Ocular syphilis on the rise: What clinicians must know
SAN DIEGO – Cases of ocular syphilis are on the upswing in 2015, and many physicians are not up to speed regarding this serious complication, experts asserted at the annual Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. “I know that at my institution there’s been a lack of... (Source: Skin and Allergy News)
Source: Skin and Allergy News - September 29, 2015 Category: Dermatology Source Type: news

Sharp rise in sexually transmitted diseases in Ireland in past decade
Incidence of gonorrhoea rises fourfold while infection with syphilis and chlamydia doubles (Source: The Irish Times - Health)
Source: The Irish Times - Health - September 22, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'Lab-on-a-Chip' technology to cut costs of sophisticated tests for diseases and disorders
Engineers have developed a breakthrough device that can significantly reduce the cost of sophisticated lab tests for medical disorders and diseases, such as HIV, Lyme disease and syphilis. The new device uses miniaturized channels and valves to replace 'benchtop' assays -- tests that require large samples of blood or other fluids and expensive chemicals that lab technicians manually mix in trays of tubes or plastic plates with cup-like depressions. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - September 11, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

'Lab-on-a-Chip' technology to cut costs of sophisticated tests for diseases and disorders
(Rutgers University) Rutgers engineers have developed a breakthrough device that can significantly reduce the cost of sophisticated lab tests for medical disorders and diseases, such as HIV, Lyme disease and syphilis. The new device uses miniaturized channels and valves to replace 'benchtop' assays -- tests that require large samples of blood or other fluids and expensive chemicals that lab technicians manually mix in trays of tubes or plastic plates with cup-like depressions. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - September 11, 2015 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Why Are Certain Illnesses More Prevalent Among Black Americans?
Psychiatrist Damon Tweedy, the author of Black Man in a White Coat, learned a tough lesson in medical school: Illness does not affect everyone equally.  As Tweedy told HuffPost Live on Tuesday, certain diseases and health problems disproportionately impact people of color, such as obesity and diabetes, which are both more prevalent in the black community. While continuing his medical studies at Duke University and interacting with more black patients, Tweedy said he began to understand the underlying factors contributing to the prevalence of health care issues among black Americans. African Americans ar...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - September 10, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Truvada Protected 100 Percent Of Study Participants From HIV
A study of 657 people taking PrEP, the daily pill that can prevent HIV, has found that not a single person contracted the potentially deadly virus over two and a half years of observation.  The research showed that despite rising rates of STIs in the group, as well as a decline in condom use, the pill was able to protect everyone involved from HIV. The study was conducted by doctors from Kaiser Permanente, a managed care company based in Oakland, California. "What our study shows very reassuringly is that PrEP works in a real world setting," said lead researcher Dr. Jonathan Volk of ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - September 5, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What Does a Post-HIV Gay Culture Look Like?
I have recently been confronting my personal issues with Truvada and in the process learning a lot about myself. But it got me wondering, what exactly will sex between men look like after HIV is effectively contained or eradicated? How will it affect gay male culture? And is that the goal of safe sex education and advocating for the use of PrEP? I believe a lot of gay media outlets are being disingenuous in the extreme by pretending as if PrEP and Truvada aren't about barebacking. The response, the #TruvadaWhore online campaign, was useless posturing because it didn't spark the conversation that needs to happen, which is ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - August 26, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New Ring Can Diagnose Sexually Transmitted Diseases In A Single Test
A ring with the ability to diagnose sexually transmitted diseases like syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia and trichomoniasis was designed by the Mexican Ernesto Rodríguez Leal.The portable medical device called Hoope is a ring that is placed in the thumb, contains a disposable cartridge with a retractable needle for single use and sends the data to a smartphone in less than a minute. (Source: Medical Design Online News)
Source: Medical Design Online News - August 24, 2015 Category: Medical Equipment Source Type: news

New ring can diagnose sexually transmitted diseases in a single test
A ring with the ability to diagnose sexually transmitted diseases like syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia and trichomoniasis has been developed. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - August 22, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Anonymous Essay Recounts Shocking Treatment Of Anesthetized Patients
Going under general anesthesia is always a leap of faith. When you're knocked out for an operation, you have no choice but to trust your doctors completely. Yet a disturbing essay published Monday in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine shows that doctors sometime betray that trust in shocking ways. The article exposes behavior so "disgusting and scandalous" that the publication's editors were concerned it could damage the reputation of doctors in general. But in the end, they argue in an editorial, the essay's power to spark discussion about a little-discussed topic and expose a dark part of medical cult...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - August 18, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

STI knowledge ignorance with syphilis as a metal band and chlamydia as a flower
The poll by online pharmacy MedExpress.co.uk revealed 36 per cent of people have never had an STI test - despite being sexually active. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 18, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Woman Loses Vision After Mosquito Bite Transmits Chikungunya Fever
By: Laura Geggel Published: 08/10/2015 10:38 AM EDT on LiveScience A woman who caught chikungunya fever while vacationing in the Caribbean wound up losing some of the vision in her right eye permanently, according to a new report of her case. The findings suggest that vision problems may be an underreported effect of the mosquito-transmitted virus, which has spread in recent years from Africa and Asia to the Caribbean, Latin America and parts of the United States, the report's authors said. "Sight-threatening visual loss can be a late complication of infection with chikungunya," said Dr. Abhijit Mohite, who treat...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - August 10, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Gambia: The Fight Against Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission On Course
[Daily Observer] Allere Incoporation, a global diagnostic device and service provider on Tuesday afternoon presented 1800 HIV/Syphilis duo test kits to The Gambia through Her Excellency the First Lady Madam Zineb Yahya Jammeh. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 5, 2015 Category: African Health Source Type: news

The Biggest LGBT Wellness Stories Of The Week
 Trans Communities Have More Cancer Breaking: transphobia is making cancer worse. A new report from the World Health Organization found that cancer is higher among trans folks because stigma and discrimination stopped people from getting preventative screening. Straight Providers Favor Straight Patients A new study of heath care providers found that straight providers pretty much prefer straight patients -- the opposite was true for lesbian and gay providers. So in case you haven’t found a queer provider yet, visit Gay and Lesbian Medical Association’s website to get hooked up. Discrimination to Blame for ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - August 1, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Biggest LGBT Wellness Stories Of The Week
 Trans Communities Have More Cancer Breaking: transphobia is making cancer worse. A new report from the World Health Organization found that cancer is higher among trans folks because stigma and discrimination stopped people from getting preventative screening. Straight Providers Favor Straight Patients A new study of heath care providers found that straight providers pretty much prefer straight patients -- the opposite was true for lesbian and gay providers. So in case you haven’t found a queer provider yet, visit Gay and Lesbian Medical Association’s website to get hooked up. Discrimination to Blame for ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - August 1, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Knowledge Gap of Research Ethics
This article was supported with funding from the International Reporting Project. -Photo: Doctor injecting a patient with placebo as part of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study, by .Jrtayloriv at en.wikipedia [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. (Source: Science - The Huffington Post)
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - July 10, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Nigeria: Whither Nigeria in Elimination of Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission?
[Vanguard] Last week , the World Health Organisation, WHO, validated Cuba as the first country on earth to eliminate Mother-to-Child-Transmision of HIV, eMTCT, and syphilis. WHO Director-General. Dr Margaret Chan, who recognised that the elimination of transmission of a virus is one of the greatest public health achievements possible, described the feat as a major victory in the long fight against HIV and sexually transmitted infections, and an important step towards having an AIDS-free generation. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - July 9, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Your NEJM Group Today: Potassium Homeostasis, Treating Syphilis Without Needles, Maine Gastroenterology Opportunity (FREE)
By the Editors NEJM Group offers so many valuable resources for practicing clinicians. Here's what we chose for you today:NEJM Clinical Practice Center: Review article: The … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - July 8, 2015 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Cuba ends mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis
(Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - July 1, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Cuba eliminates mother-to-child HIV and syphilis, WHO report
Following a regional initiative to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis, Cuba becomes the first country to receive WHO validation for reaching the goal. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - July 1, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: HIV / AIDS Source Type: news

Medical News Today: WHO: Cuba is first country to eliminate mother-to-child HIV and syphilis
Following a regional initiative to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis, Cuba becomes the first country to receive WHO validation for reaching the goal. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - July 1, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: HIV / AIDS Source Type: news

Cuba named first country to end mother-to-child HIV transmission
HAVANA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization on Tuesday declared Cuba the first country in the world to eliminate the transmission of HIV and syphilis from mother to child. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - July 1, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Cuba eliminates mother-to-child transmission of HIV, syphilis
Stephen FellerGENEVA, Switzerland, June 30 (UPI) -- Cuba is the first country in the world to be validated by the World Health Organization for eliminating mother-to-child transmission of the HIV and syphilis. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - June 30, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cuba becomes first country to halt mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis – UN health agency
Cuba has become the world’s first country to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis, “a major victory in our long fight against HIV and sexually transmitted infections, and an important step towards having an AIDS-free generation,” the World Health Organization announced today. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - June 30, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Cuba Is The First Country To Eliminate Mother-Baby HIV And Syphilis Transmission
HAVANA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization on Tuesday declared Cuba the first country in the world to eliminate the transmission of HIV and syphilis from mother to child. The WHO said in a statement that an international delegation that it and the Pan American Health Organization sent to Cuba in March determined the country met the criteria for the designation. In 2013, only two children in Cuba were born with HIV and five with syphilis, the statement said. "Cuba's success demonstrates that universal access and universal health coverage are feasible and indeed are the key to success, even against challenges as d...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - June 30, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

W.H.O. Certifies End of Mother-to-Child Transmission of H.I.V. in Cuba
Cuba was the first country to receive the distinction, which requires 95 percent of elimination targets to be met, for H.I.V. and syphilis transmission. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - June 30, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. Tags: Cuba Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome Syphilis World Health Organization Source Type: news

Cuba Wins W.H.O. Certification It Ended Mother-to-Child H.I.V. Transmission
The island nation was the first country to receive the distinction, which requires 95 percent of elimination targets to be met, for H.I.V. and syphilis transmission. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - June 30, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. Tags: Cuba Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome Syphilis World Health Organization Source Type: news

Cuba named first country to end mother-to-child HIV transmission
HAVANA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization on Tuesday declared Cuba the first country in the world to eliminate the transmission of HIV and syphilis from mother to child. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - June 30, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Cuba stamps out mother-to-child HIV
Cuba has successfully eliminated mother-to-child transmission of both HIV and syphilis, the World Health Organization says. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - June 30, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

WHO validates elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis in Cuba
Cuba today became the first country in the world to receive validation from WHO that it has eliminated mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis. “Eliminating transmission of a virus is one of the greatest public health achievements possible,” said Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General. “This is a major victory in our long fight against HIV and sexually transmitted infections, and an important step towards having an AIDS-free generation” she added. (Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - June 30, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: hiv/aids [subject], hiv, hiv infections, aids, Cuba [country], Press release [doctype], Region of the Americas [region] Source Type: news

What Life Is Like With A Disfigured Face
(Photo: © Anthony Gerace) In a world obsessed with beauty, living with a facial disfigurement can be hard. Neil Steinberg explores the past and present to find out what it’s like to look different.“Take your ear off for me, please,” Rosie Seelaus says to Randy James, who is sitting on a black exam chair in a special room designed for viewing colors in the Craniofacial Center on the Near West Side of Chicago.He reaches up and detaches his right ear, which she created for him out of silicone seven years before. The ear is shabby, stained from skin oil and mottled by daily use. Viewed under various lig...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - June 26, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Diasorin Announces New Webinar Highlighting Syphilis Diagnosis
The webinar will focus on Treponemal Algorithms from the Public Health Perspective, June 25, 2015(PRWeb June 23, 2015)Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/06/prweb12807676.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)
Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals - June 24, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Cases of syphilis and incurable strains of gonorrhoea soar
New figures from Public Health England reveal today that cases of syphilis, pictured, rose 33 per cent in 2014 compared with the previous year, while gonorrhoea cases rose 19 per cent. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 23, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Trend for ADULTS to drink breast milk is 'dangerous' and 'increases risk of catching HIV, hepatitis and syphilis', doctors warn
An increasing number of adults are drinking breast milk, convinced the health benefit it brings infants could boost their fitness and immune systems. But experts warn it can be 'hazardous, spreading viruses like HIV'. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 19, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Bodybuilders drinking human breast milk at risk from coming into contact with HIV, hepatitis and syphilis, medical journal warns
Adults buying breast milk online risk coming into contact with infectious diseases such as hepatitis, syphilis, and even HIV, according to a major medical journal (Source: The Independent - Science)
Source: The Independent - Science - June 18, 2015 Category: Science Tags: Science Source Type: news

Bodybuilders 'could get HIV from drinking human breast milk'
Human breast milk sold online is not screened, buyers could be exposed to infectious diseases including hepatitis, HIV and syphilis (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - June 18, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: dangerous HIV aids syphilis human breast milk hepatitis Source Type: news

Tinder and Grindr dating apps 'causing STI cases like syphilis and HIV to rise'
Health bosses in Rhode Island warned high-risk behaviours, including using social media to arrange casual and often anonymous sexual encounters, are fuelling a rise in STIs. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 27, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Tinder’s Fault? R.I. Health Officials Blame Social Media In STD Uptick
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (CBS) — Cases of sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise in Rhode Island and health officials are pointing to encounters made possible by social media as a culprit. The health department says that syphilis cases are up 79 percent, gonorrhea has increased by 30 percent, and newly identified HIV cases are up 33 percent from 2013 to 2014. The increase is consistent with national trends, officials say, and they’re citing “high-risk behaviors that have become more common in recent years.” Those behaviors “include using social media to arrange casual and often anonymous s...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 26, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local dating apps HIV Rhode Island sexually transmitted diseases Social Media STD's Tinder Source Type: news

Tinder, other hookup apps blamed for rise in STDs
Rhode Island's Department of Health says that sexually transmitted diseases are way up in the state, in part because of the increase of hookup apps like Tinder. Between 2013 and 2014, cases of syphilis grew by 79%. HIV infections were up 33% and gonor... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - May 26, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Most Unusual Deaths By State, In One Map
What are the most distinctive deaths by state? Researcher Francis Boscoe of the New York State Cancer Registry set out to answer that question by analyzing the deaths in each state from 2001 to 2010. Out of a total 136 causes of death, Boscoe pinpointed the number one reason people in different states died that was distinct from the United States’ general population. Now keep in mind that these aren’t the most common deaths in each state. Instead, think of these deaths as the ones that a state had in a disproportionately high number compared to the national average. The map, Boscoe explained, is a good way...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - May 19, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

What is the strangest killer in YOUR state? Map shows the most 'most distinctive' causes of death across the US
The map, by the New York State Cancer Registry, reveals where the rate for a cause of death is higher than the US average. Examples include syphilis in Louisiana and guns in Tennessee. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 15, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

This App Transforms Smartphones Into Cheap, Mobile Laboratories To Detect Parasites In The Blood
WASHINGTON (AP) — Prick a finger and have the blood checked for parasites — by smartphone? Scientists are turning those ubiquitous phones into microscopes and other medical tools that could help fight diseases in remote parts of the world. In the newest work, University of California, Berkeley, researchers used a smartphone-run video microscope to target a challenge in parts of Central Africa — some devastating infections caused by tiny parasitic worms. A small pilot study in Cameroon showed the device could measure within minutes certain worms wriggling in a finger-prick of blood, rapidly identifying wh...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - May 7, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

What is Jacquet Diaper Dermatitis?
Discussion The differential diagnosis of diaper dermatitis is usually fairly easy with irritant, fungal and bacterial causes being the most common. These are usually easily treated with resolution. When it is not improving then the differential must be expanded and other disease processes must be considered. These again usually include problems that are relatively easily treated such as scabies, lice or tinea. Other much less likely conditions in this age group would be syphilis or granuloma inguinale. Other signs or symptoms need to also be considered as Crohn’s disease, histocytosis or acrodermatitis enteropathica ...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - April 27, 2015 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

What Causes Bullae?
Discussion Bullae are fluid-filled epidermal lesions that are filled with serous or seropurulent fluid. They are> 1 cm in diameter and often easily rupture due to their thin walls. The differential diagnosis is different for bullae than for vesicular lesions with bullae being often more worrisome. However there is overlap and vesicular diseases can become large enough to be bullae. Drug toxicity and genetic problems are also more common in bullae whereas vesicles are more often caused by infectious diseases. Potentially life threatening conditions such as toxic epidermal necrolysis syndrome, Stevens Johnson syndrome or...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - April 20, 2015 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Prenatal STD Screening Suboptimal Among Insured WomenPrenatal STD Screening Suboptimal Among Insured Women
Prenatal screening for syphilis and hepatitis B was nearly universal among Medicaid-insured and commercially insured women, but screening rates for HIV and chlamydia were much lower. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - April 8, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Ob/Gyn & Women ' s Health News Source Type: news

#BlackLivesMatter -- A Challenge to the Medical and Public Health Communities
By Mary T. Bassett, M.D., M.P.H. Two weeks after a Staten Island grand jury decided not to indict the police officer involved in the death of a black man, Eric Garner, I delivered a lecture on the potential for partnership between academia and health departments to advance health equity. Afterward, a group of medical students approached me to ask what they could do in response to what they saw as an unjust decision and in support of the larger social movement spreading across the United States under the banner #BlackLivesMatter. They had staged "white coat die-ins" but felt that they should do more. I wondered w...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - April 7, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Guatemalans infected with STDs file lawsuit
Remember the Tuskegee syphilis experiment from the 1930s? Scientists studied poor African-Americans in Alabama who'd contracted the venereal disease but didn't tell them they had the disease or do anything to cure them. A lawsuit filed this week alleg... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - April 4, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Johns Hopkins faces lawsuit over STD study
Medical experiments in the 1940s and 50s deliberately infected people in Guatemala with sexually transmitted diseases including syphilis and gonorrhea. Now the Johns Hopkins University medical center is defending itself in a billion dollar lawsuit over alleged involvement. WJZ-TV's Christie Ileto reports. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - April 3, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Johns Hopkins faces $1B class action suit by research subjects who were infected with STDs decades ago
Johns Hopkins will vigorously oppose a $1 billion lawsuit filed Wednesday by more than 700 family members and research subjects who were infected by sexually transmitted diseases during 1940s and 1950s government experiments in Guatemala. The class action suit filed in Baltimore City Circuit Court alleges that Hopkins, as a leading authority on venereal disease at the time, played a key role in a government study of syphilis and other sexually transmitted diseases in Guatemala. The suit, filed… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - April 2, 2015 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Sarah Gantz Source Type: news