Alabama ’s Abortion Ban Isn’t Only About Abortion. Opponents Are Afraid it May Drive Doctors Out of the State
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on May 15 signed into law the strictest abortion ban in the country, sparking fears not only about abortion access, but also about how the policy could worsen disparities that already endanger the health of women living in the south. The law, set to become enforceable in six months, bans nearly all abortions at all stages of pregnancy, with exceptions only for serious threats to the mother’s health. It also makes performing abortions a crime for doctors, who could be convicted of a felony and face up to 99 years in prison. Until the law is enforced, abortion is still legally available in Alabama...
Source: TIME: Health - May 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized abortion Abortion Ban medicine politics public health Source Type: news

The race to beat antibiotic resistance is on – so where do phages fit in? | Richard James
The GM virus treatment that saved Isabelle Holdaway is a start, at least, in the fight against drug resistanceThe first antibiotic was discovered by Paul Ehrlich in 1909 and cured syphilis-infected rabbits. At that time about 10% of the population of London were infected with syphilis and there were no effective treatments. Despite the tedious injection procedure and side effects, Salvarsan, together with the less toxic derivative Neosalvarsan, enjoyed the status of the most frequently prescribed drug until its replacement by penicillin in the 1940s. The postwar period was the beginning of a 20-year golden age of antibioti...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 10, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Richard James Tags: Medical research Science Antibiotics Health Society UK news Source Type: news

NIH awards will advance development of vaccines for sexually transmitted infections
(NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) today announced awards to establish four Cooperative Research Centers (CRCs) focused on developing vaccines to prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs). The grants, totaling $41.6 million over five years, will support collaborative, multidisciplinary research on the bacteria that cause syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia. At the end of the program, each center is expected to identify at least one candidate vaccine ready for testing in clinical trials. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - May 9, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Gonorrhoea, syphilis rates skyrocket in N.W.T.: public health officer
The N.W.T. chief public health officer is issuing a public health advisory after seeing a dramatic rise in the rates of two STIs in the territory. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 23, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/North Source Type: news

Gonorrhea, syphilis rates skyrocket in N.W.T.: public health officer
The N.W.T. chief public health officer is issuing a public health advisory after seeing a dramatic rise in the rates of two STIs in the territory. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 23, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/North Source Type: news

Fraying Health Safety Net Failing to Stop Syphilis in Rural America Fraying Health Safety Net Failing to Stop Syphilis in Rural America
Syphilis is spreading into rural counties across the Midwest and West. Communities grappling with budget cuts and crumbling public health infrastructure lack experience in fighting the disease.Kaiser Health News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - April 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Syphilis cases are rising in rural US because of 'conservative attitudes to sex'
Experts in Missouri and Iowa say syphilis is a growing problem in rural communities because the residents and doctors aren't used to dealing with the sexually transmitted disease. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Rural health clinics struggle to fight skyrocketing syphilis cases
Syphilis is spreading from big cities into rural counties across the Midwest and West. One Missouri clinic has seen more than six times as many cases in the first few months of 2019 compared with the same period last year. Communities grappling with budget cuts and crumbling public health infrastructure also lack experience in fighting the disease. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - April 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study reports on bacterial STIs among men using PrEP
This study, which included nearly 3,000 mostly gay and bisexual men in Australia who received daily HIV preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP), reports on the association of bacterial sexually transmitted infections (STIs) by describing diagnoses of chlamydia, gonorrhea or syphilis among the men and behavioral risk factors. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 9, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

In Latin America, the Term Leprosy Still Carries a Burden from Biblical Times
In the panel on Hanseniasis versus Leprosy, the need to change the name of a disease surrounded by stigma with no scientific basis was debated, during the Latin American and Caribbean Assembly of Organisations of People Affected by Hansen's Disease, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Credit: Fabiana Frayssinet/IPSBy Fabiana FrayssinetRÍO DE JANEIRO, Mar 13 2019 (IPS) Known scientifically as Hansen’s disease, leprosy carries a symbolic burden from the past that people affected by the disease and experts from around Latin America are fighting, including the terminology used. The debate took place during a panel called H...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 14, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Fabiana Frayssinet Tags: Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Latin America & the Caribbean Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations leprosy Source Type: news

STD rates soar to record high driven by rising rates among over-40s
The new analysis from Health Testing Centers has found that rates of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis are rising among Americans above age 40 and that Alaska has the highest infection rates. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Women Have High Syphilis Rates, Too Women Have High Syphilis Rates, Too
The increase in syphilis rates is not confined to gay and bisexual men. New data show that women with HIV, particularly those who inject drugs, are at substantial risk.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines)
Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines - March 7, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: HIV/AIDS News Source Type: news

Upswing of Syphilis in Women With HIV
(MedPage Today) -- IV drug use and hep C infection could guide screening recommendations (Source: MedPage Today Gastroenterology)
Source: MedPage Today Gastroenterology - March 6, 2019 Category: Gastroenterology Source Type: news

Bill Jenkins, Tuskegee Syphilis Study Whistleblower, Dies
A government scientist, he tried to end the unethical study, was unsuccessful, and then spent his career combatting injustice in healthcare. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - March 4, 2019 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

Health Highlights: Feb. 28, 2019
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Man Who Helped Expose Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment Dies Bill Jenkins, who played a major role in revealing the Tuskegee syphilis experiment to... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - February 28, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Bill Jenkins, who helped end the infamous Tuskegee Syphilis Study, has died at age 73
The epidemiologist helped sound the alarm on the study, one of the darkest chapters in US medical history. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - February 27, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

More Babies Are Being Born With Syphilis. Blame Meth and Opioids.
Details the connection between drug use, the opioid epidemic, and the significant rise in syphilis and syphilis among newborns, or congenital syphilis. Some of the communities hit hardest by the opioid epidemic and a related methamphetamine spike are also the location of some of the steepest increases in syphilis. Congenital syphilis can cause deformities, severe anemia, an enlarged liver and spleen, jaundice or brain and nerve problems like blindness or deafness, and up to 40% may be stillborn or die as a newborn. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - February 26, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Bill Jenkins, Who Tried to Halt Tuskegee Syphilis Study, Dies at 73
Black men were being used as guinea pigs, an alarmed Dr. Jenkins told his health agency supervisor, not knowing that the supervisor was involved. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - February 25, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: KATHARINE Q. SEELYE Tags: Blacks Deaths (Obituaries) Medicine and Health Syphilis Tuskegee (Ala) Jenkins, Bill Source Type: news

Babies feel the pain as syphilis cases soar in Manitoba
At least 10 babies have become infected with syphilis as the outbreak of the highly contagious, sexually transmitted disease continues to grow in Manitoba, the province says. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - February 25, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Manitoba Source Type: news

10 infants infected with syphilis as outbreak worsens
At least 10 babies have become infected with syphilis as the outbreak of the highly contagious, sexually transmitted disease continues to grow in Manitoba, the province says. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - February 25, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Manitoba Source Type: news

High syphilis rates linked to drug use, CDC report says
Results suggest that use of meth, heroin, other injection drugs may be driving some of the increase in the STD among heterosexuals. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - February 23, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Anna Gorman Source Type: news

Study looks at seasonal and geographic trends in syphilis
(PLOS) Much of the public health impact of syphilis revolves around its impact on fetuses and neonates through the mother-to-child transmission of the disease. Researchers reporting in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases have now analyzed temporal and demographic patterns in gestational syphilis (GS) and mother-to-child-transmission (MTCT) of syphilis. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 21, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Two Crises in One: As Drug Use Rises, So Does Syphilis Two Crises in One: As Drug Use Rises, So Does Syphilis
Public health officials are grappling with climbing rates of syphilis and drug use in the US, as two public health crises collide.Kaiser Health News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Increased methamphetamine, injection drug, and heroin use among women and heterosexual men with primary and secondary syphilis - United States, 2013-2017 - Kidd SE, Grey JA, Torrone EA, Weinstock HS.
During 2013-2017, the national annual rate of reported primary and secondary (P&S) syphilis cases in the United States increased 72.7%, from 5.5 to 9.5 cases per 100,000 population (1). The highest rates of P&S syphilis are seen among gay, bisexual, and ot... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 18, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

As drug use rises, so does syphilis: Report
An uptick in the disease could be linked to increased drug use, researchers say. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - February 18, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Heroin and meth are driving record high syphilis rates in the US, report warns  
Between 2013 and 2017, the number of people with highly-transmissible syphilis shot up by 73 percent - and twice as many are now using injection drugs, a CDC report reveals. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

South Africa: Preventing Sexually Transmitted Infections - Why South Africa Isn't Winning
[The Conversation Africa] Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are a serious public health issue. It's estimated that globally, more than a million people are diagnosed with one or more sexually transmitted infections like gonorrhoea, chlamydia or syphilis every day. What's more concerning is that the prevalence of infection with chlamydia for example, have remained unchanged over the past 10 years despite better screening in developed countries. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 15, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

CDC: Heterosexual Syphilis Transmission Up for Drug Users
FRIDAY, Feb. 15, 2019 -- A substantial proportion of heterosexual syphilis transmission seems to be occurring among those who use drugs, especially methamphetamine, according to research published in the Feb. 15 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - February 15, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Meth Abuse Contributing To Significant Increase In Cases Of Syphilis, Study Finds
New research from the CDC reveals that a recent spike in syphilis cases among persons living in the U.S. may be the result of methamphetamine and injection drug use. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - February 15, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Robert Glatter, MD, Contributor Source Type: news

Two crises in one: As drug use rises, so does syphilis
Public health officials grappling with record-high syphilis rates around the nation have pinpointed what appears to be a major risk factor: drug use.“Two major public health issues are colliding,” said Dr. Sarah Kidd, a medical officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and lead... (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - February 14, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Anna Gorman Source Type: news

Sexually transmitted infections are on the rise. Here ’s what you need to know to protect yourself
UCLA Health Rates of sexually transmitted diseases have risen for the past four years to record highs in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ’slatest analysis. In California, the state health departmentfound that the number of people diagnosed with syphilis, gonorrhea or chlamydia in 2017 was 45 percent higher than five years prior.These sorts of statistics may spark a fear that there ’s little we can do to protect ourselves — but that’s not the full story.Dr. Leena Nathan, an obstetrician/gynecologist at UCLA Health-Westlake Village, consults with peo...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - February 14, 2019 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Meth Abuse Driving Big Spike in Syphilis Cases
THURSDAY, Feb. 14, 2019 -- A startling increase in syphilis cases among Americans may be linked to addiction to methamphetamine and other drugs, federal health officials said Thursday. Between 2013 and 2017, the rate of syphilis infection among... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - February 14, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

How the Belmont Report clarified informed consent
Sandra Maddock, President & CEO, IMARC Research Imagine being enrolled in a clinical trial without fully understanding the scope or the risks. The Belmont Report marks an important milestone in the history of clinical research. It established guidelines for basic ethical principles, as well as informed consent, the assessment of risks and benefits and subject selection. In this post, we’ll discuss the key principles of the report, and in particular, how it clarified our understanding of informed consent. What is the Belmont Report? The Belmont Report was written in response to the infamous Tuskegee Syphi...
Source: Mass Device - February 8, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Danielle Kirsh Tags: Blog IMARC Source Type: news

1st case of congenital syphilis confirmed in Eastern Health region
There was a spike in the number of syphilis cases overall, with 33 reported in 2018. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - February 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Nfld. & Labrador Source Type: news

Newborn baby dies from SYPHILIS in Britain 'for the first time in decades'
At least one baby in the UK died last year of syphilis transmitted from its mother during pregnancy, and cases are on the rise, the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV warned. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Newborn baby dies from SYPHILIS in Britain 'for the first time in decades'
At least one baby in the UK died last year of syphilis transmitted from its mother during pregnancy and cases are on the rise, the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV warned. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What is the secondary stage of syphilis?
The secondary stage of syphilis has symptoms including sores on the genitals, mouth, and anus. Diagnosis involves a physical exam. Learn more about secondary syphilis here. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - January 31, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Sexual Health / STDs Source Type: news

Judge allows lawsuit to move forward for medical experimentation victims intentionally injected with syphilis
(Natural News) It almost sounds too horrific to be true: a government injecting people with syphilis intentionally so they can be used to test antibiotics. Unfortunately, for hundreds of Guatemalans, that nightmare was a reality in the 1940s, and it was the U.S. government carrying out the heinous acts – and it was just one... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 27, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

TAKE a Number: A Rising Threat to Pregnant Women: Syphilis
The S.T.D. has gained ground among all women in the U.S., including those who are expecting. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: NICHOLAS BAKALAR Tags: Syphilis Sexually Transmitted Diseases Pregnancy and Childbirth Babies and Infants Bacteria Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Obstetrics & Gynecology (Journal) Source Type: news

A Devastating Surge in Congenital Syphilis: How Can We Stop It? A Devastating Surge in Congenital Syphilis: How Can We Stop It?
Screening and treatment are effective ways to protect mothers and babies from the rising tide of syphilis. Arm yourself with the latest knowledge.CDC Expert Commentary (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases Commentary Source Type: news

Johns Hopkins, Bristol-Myers Must Face $1 Bln Syphilis Infections Lawsuit Johns Hopkins, Bristol-Myers Must Face $1 Bln Syphilis Infections Lawsuit
A federal judge in Maryland said The Johns Hopkins University, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co and the Rockefeller Foundation must face a $1 billion lawsuit over their roles in a 1940s U.S. government experiment that infected hundreds of Guatemalans with syphilis.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - January 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Johns Hopkins, Bristol-Myers must face $1 billion syphilis infections suit
A federal judge in Maryland said The Johns Hopkins University, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co and the Rockefeller Foundation must face a $1 billion lawsuit over their roles in a 1940s U.S. government experiment that infected hundreds of Guatemalans with syphilis. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Johns Hopkins, Bristol-Myers must face $1 billion syphilis infections lawsuit
A federal judge in Maryland said The Johns Hopkins University, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co and the Rockefeller Foundation must face a $1 billion lawsuit over their roles in a 1940s U.S. government experiment that infected hundreds of Guatemalans with syphilis. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Record numbers of over-65s are getting sexually transmitted infections
The number of old people being diagnosed with STIs in England rose by 14 per cent between 2016 and 2017, from 1,411 to 1,608, with cases of syphilis trebling. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

2012 to 2016 Saw Increase in Syphilis Among Pregnant Women
MONDAY, Dec. 10, 2018 -- From 2012 to 2016, there was a 61 percent increase in syphilis cases among pregnant women, with no traditional behavioral risk factors reported among half of these women, according to a study published online Dec. 4 in... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - December 10, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

What are Some of the Causes of SGA?
Discussion Intrauterine growth retardation or fetal growth retardation is due to a pathological process that causes decelerated fetal growth velocity. Small-for-gestational age (SGA) is an infant with growth parameters below the normal range for gestational age. More commonly, SGA is defined as a birth weight
Source: PediatricEducation.org - December 10, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

What Causes Post-Inflammatory Hypopigmentation?
Discussion Hypopigmentation can be worrisome for many families because of cosmesis and the worry that “something is wrong.” The normal natural changes in skin-tone over the year due to different light exposure and wide variations within individuals is not something that many people are aware of. Post-inflammatory hypopigmentation is a common cause of hypopigmentation. Vitiligo is the most common cause of depigmentation. Vitiligo is an acquired, depigmenting disorder with typical lesions appearing as milky white macules with distinct margins that are not scaly. Hair (including eyebrows and eyelashes) can be dep...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - November 12, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

It's not just the flu that's seasonal! Scientist names when 31 diseases most commonly strike
A researcher from the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health found the hazy months of June, July and August cause a spike in gonorrhoea, genital herpes and syphilis in the northern hemisphere. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Bipolar patient, 35, starts to go bald after developing 'moth-eaten' alopecia from his syphilis
The unnamed 35-year-old, who is believed to be from Pennsylvania, went to an emergency psychiatry clinic where a physical examination revealed he had patchy alopecia and a faint, scaly rash. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Factors Contributing to Congenital Syphilis Cases: NYC Factors Contributing to Congenital Syphilis Cases: NYC
Cases of congenital syphilis are on the rise in the United States. What are the major contributing factors to this increase, and are we missing opportunities for prevention?Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - October 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pediatrics Journal Article Source Type: news