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May. 21, 2013

Infectious diseases weigh on primary care
American Medical News
Some doctors are becoming more involved than ever in managing complicated infectious diseases, medical experts say. Contributing to that change is the fact that there are too few infectious disease specialists to meet the nation's demand, particularly in rural areas. Another factor is improved treatment that extends the lives of people with diseases such as HIV. As a result, more doctors are treating chronic conditions in patients with complex communicative illnesses.More

Angelina Jolie's news prompts women to call doctors
USA Today
Actress Angelina Jolie's revelation that she had a preventive double mastectomy has struck a nerve with women, many of whom have called doctors to ask about their own breast cancer risk. "There has been an amazing surge of queries about this," says Kathleen Blazer, a genetic counselor at City of Hope Cancer Center in Duarte, Calif. More

New skin cancer drug successfully tested in humans
University of New South Wales via The Medical News
A new class of drug targeting skin cancer's genetic material has been successfully tested in humans for the first time, opening the way to new treatments for a range of conditions from skin cancers to eye diseases. The research involves the drug Dz13, a targeted molecular therapy, which was developed at the University of New South Wales and has now been found to be safe in a clinical trial of patients with the common skin cancer, basal-cell carcinoma.More

Will cheaper HPV shots be the difference between life and death?
Care 2
It is hoped that a dramatic and historic price cut on leading HPV vaccines will help immunize millions more young women in developing countries and combat cervical cancer rates, but is this change one that should be praised or rallied against as not having gone far enough?More

Infections from tainted spine injections continue to baffle investigators
HealthDay News
The tainted steroid injections linked to 55 recent U.S. deaths also caused many less lethal infections, more than half of them concentrated in Michigan, federal health officials reported. As of the first week of May, they had affected 320 people nationwide, with 52 percent of those cases in Michigan.More

Cancer center studies target immune system, women's cancers
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center via HealthCanal
Physician scientists at the Keck School of Medicine of USC are studying ways to teach the body’s immune system to fight off cancer. The USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of the Keck School, has recently begun recruiting female participants for three new clinical trials studying breast, ovarian and cervical cancer immunotherapies.More

CDC: Many public pools contaminated with human waste
HealthDay News
Fifty-eight percent of pool filter samples taken from Atlanta area pools last summer contained E. coli, a bacteria found in human feces. A report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a sign that swimmers often contaminate pool water when they have a "fecal incident" in the water, or when human waste washes off their bodies because they don't shower thoroughly before hitting the water, according to the CDC.More

Scotland official urges measles vaccinations
BBC News
Scotland's Chief Medical Officer has called for children aged between 10 and 17 to be vaccinated against measles. Sir Harry Burns made the call among fears that a generation of children have low levels of protection after the MMR scare a decade ago. More

Cancer risk gene testing announced
BBC News
A pioneering program to test cancer patients for nearly 100 risk genes is to start in London and could represent the future of treatment in the NHS. The results will be used to pick targeted drugs or decide how much of the tissue around a tumour to remove. More

Technology may find ovarian cancer cells at an earlier stage
Chicago Tribune
New technology for identifying early stage ovarian cancer in uterine and cervical cells could have the potential to one day stem this often deadly disease, according to a recent study in the International Journal of Cancer. Using equipment that can carry out nanocytology — a technique that identifies cells at the nanoscale, or one billionth of a meter, much smaller than typical microscopy can detect — researchers were able to find ovarian cancerous cells that were invisible using a conventional microscope.More

CDC: Many public pools contaminated with human waste
HealthDay News
Fifty-eight percent of pool filter samples taken from Atlanta area pools last summer contained E. coli, a bacteria found in human feces. A report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a sign that swimmers often contaminate pool water when they have a "fecal incident" in the water.More

The next contagion: Closer than you think
The New York Times
In the wake of the spread of two recent infectious agents, we face a third, and far more widespread, ailment that has gotten little attention: call it "contagion exhaustion." News reports on a seemingly unending string of frightening microbes have led some people to ho-hum the latest reports.More

Ignorance of tick-borne Lyme disease 'costing lives'
BBC News
A group of individuals calling themselves Worldwide Lyme Protest UK is highlighting the devastating impact of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases when they are misdiagnosed. Nicola Seal who has coordinated the U.K. protest, says the disease is not understood by the vast majority of medical professionals, leaving thousands of patients without the appropriate treatment.More

Study: HIV no barrier to getting liver transplant
HealthDay News
Liver transplants to treat a common type of liver cancer are a viable option for people infected with HIV, according to new research. The Italian study, published recently in the journal The Oncologist, found that the AIDS-causing virus doesn't affect survival rates and cancer recurrence after transplants among HIV patients with this particular type of liver cancer, called hepatocellular carcinoma. More

New medicine targets genes behind melanomas
The Shreveport Times
Genes and sunshine helped a life-threatening skin cancer invade Stacey Friday Rachal's body. Rachal, of Goldonna, La., discovered a year ago that melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, had invaded her brain. Doctors removed the tumor a year ago and discovered more cancer in lymph nodes under her arm. Now a new drug tailored to the genetic mutation behind her type of cancer is keeping the illness at bay.More

Flesh-eating bacteria victim gets fitted for new bionic 'iLimbs'
VideoBrief Aimee Copeland lost both her hands and legs to a flesh eating bacteria during a zip line accident. Now in Columbus, Ohio, with a new set of prosthetic hands now in place, Aimee Copeland can wipe down tables, fold a towel, hang clothes, she can even flat iron her hair and do it all on her own.More

Parasite may make malaria-infected mosquitoes love smelly humans
CBS News
The parasite that infects a mosquito with malaria may be behind the bug's affinity for the human scent, a new study published in PLOS ONE on May 15 reveals. Mosquitoes infected with the Plasmodium falciparum parasite have an increased rate of transmitting malaria. They consume larger, more frequent blood meals than those without the parasite. More