Lesbians Receiving Unequal Treatment from Cuban Health Services
Two women hugging at a Day Against Homophobia in Havana organised by the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) community. Credit: Jorge Luis Baños/IPSBy Ivet GonzálezHAVANA, Apr 1 2015 (IPS)In addition to other forms of discrimination, lesbian and bisexual women in Cuba face unequal treatment from public health services. Their specific sexual and reproductive health needs are ignored, and they are invisible in prevention and treatment campaigns for women.Many lesbian and bisexual women are afraid of gynaecological instruments and procedures which they experience as particularly distasteful given their...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 1, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Ivet Gonzalez Tags: Active Citizens Civil Society Development & Aid Editors' Choice Gender Headlines Health Human Rights Latin America & the Caribbean LGBTQ Population Poverty & MDGs Regional Categories Women's Health Cuba National Centre for Se Source Type: news

Officials Warn About Blinding Syphilis Cases
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Source: WebMD Health - March 12, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Morning Break: Ocular Syphilis, $25M Criminal Contamination
(MedPage Today) -- Health news and commentary from around the Web, gathered by the MedPage Today staff. (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - March 11, 2015 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Africa: Researchers Work On APP to Detect HIV, Syphilis
[The Star] The smart phone's convenience goes beyond providing access to health information, shopping offers and geographical maps. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 10, 2015 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Laughter is the best medicine for jittery dental students
Seven students in a classroom at the UCLA School of Dentistry are cracking each other up.  In a course far removed from “The Fundamentals of Caries” and “Oral Pathology,” dental students pair off and take turns improvising scenes based on characters and situations suggested by their instructor and fellow classmates. Two students role-play madcap bank robbers. Another pair pretends to be obsessive-compulsive campers gushing over the high thread count of their bed sheets. Then there are the lovers who, stunned at the revelation that they have syphilis, respond by microwaving popcorn and tuni...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - February 28, 2015 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Nigeria: Smartphone Accessory Diagnoses HIV, Syphilis in 15 Minutes
[Guardian]A NEW smartphone accessory capable of diagnosing Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV) and syphilis has been developed and successfully field-tested in Rwanda. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - February 12, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

'Dongle' turns smartphone into mobile lab to diagnose HIV, syphilis
Engineers have taken an ordinary smartphone and made it a whole lot smarter. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - February 7, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

15-Minute HIV Diagnosis With A Smartphone
Researchers have developed a new smartphone accessory that can analyze a finger-pricked drop of blood and offer point-of-care diagnosis for HIV or syphilis infection in 15 minutes. (Source: Medical Design Online News)
Source: Medical Design Online News - February 6, 2015 Category: Medical Equipment Source Type: news

Rwanda: Rwanda, U.S. Researchers Develop HIV Testing Kit
[New Times]HIV and syphilis testing and diagnosis could soon be simplified to a simple procedure that can be carried out using a cell phone accessory following the development of an appliance through a partnership of Rwandan and US researchers. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 6, 2015 Category: African Health Source Type: news

$34 Smartphone Accessory Detects HIV, Syphilis Antibodies$34 Smartphone Accessory Detects HIV, Syphilis Antibodies
A microfluidic cassette attached to a smartphone mimicked ELISA to detect antibodies to HIV and Treponema in patients in Rwanda. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines)
Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines - February 6, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Smartphone and finger prick deliver HIV diagnosis in 15 minutes
Brooks HaysNEW YORK, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- A new, low-cost smartphone accessory allows health care professionals to return HIV and syphilis diagnoses in less than 15 minutes. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - February 5, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Smartphone Device Detects HIV, Syphilis
Low-cost accessory replicates laboratory-based blood test, researchers report (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - February 4, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Smartphone Device Detects HIV, Syphilis
Low-cost accessory replicates laboratory-based blood test, researchers report (Source: Fertility News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Fertility News - Doctors Lounge - February 4, 2015 Category: Reproduction Medicine Authors: webmaster at doctorslounge.com Tags: Family Medicine, Reproductive Medicine, AIDS, News, Source Type: news

HIV and syphilis biomarkers: Smartphone, finger prick, 15 minute diagnosis
Medical researchers have developed a low-cost smartphone accessory that can perform a point-of-care test that simultaneously detects three infectious disease markers -- HIV and syphilis -- from a finger prick of blood in just 15 minutes. The device replicates, for the first time, all mechanical, optical, and electronic functions of a lab-based blood test without requiring any stored energy: all necessary power is drawn from the smartphone. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - February 4, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

A Dongle For Detecting HIV And Syphilis
Rapid, inexpensive, easy to use point-of-care (POC) diagnostic tests are critically important in stemming infectious diseases, particularly in developing countries. Researchers at Dr. Sam Sia's Columbia University lab have invented a promising device that can detect both HIV and syphilis and have successfully piloted it in Rwanda. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - February 4, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Judy Stone Source Type: news

HIV and syphilis can be diagnosed in 15 minutes with smartphone app
The software, which analyses blood samples taken with a finger-prick dongle attachment, was invented by scientists at Columbia University and is 540 times cheaper than current lab testing. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 4, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Smartphone Device Detects HIV, Syphilis
Low-cost accessory replicates laboratory-based blood test, researchers report Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: HIV/AIDS, Medical Device Safety, Syphilis (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - February 4, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Lab on a chip turns smart phones into mobile disease clinics
Battery-free dongle tests for HIV and syphilis in 15 minutes (Source: ScienceNOW)
Source: ScienceNOW - February 4, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Creepy Medical Supplies Found Amid Wreckage Of Pirate Blackbeard's Ship
Ahoy! Archaeologists excavating pirate Blackbeard's sunken ship, named Queen Anne's Revenge, recently unearthed from the wreckage various medical devices--and some of them look pretty darn terrifying. Among the grisly finds were a urethral syringe that would have been used to treat syphilis, two pumps, and a porringer that would have been used in bloodletting, Live Science reported. "We just have to understand that these people were suffering," Dr. Linda Carnes-McNaughton, an archaeologist with the U.S. Department of Defense who volunteered on the excavation, told CNN. "They were seeking relief for any kin...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - January 31, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Creepy Medical Supplies Found Amid Wreckage Of Pirate Blackbeard's Ship
Ahoy! Archaeologists excavating pirate Blackbeard's sunken ship, named Queen Anne's Revenge, recently unearthed from the wreckage various medical devices--and some of them look pretty darn terrifying. Among the grisly finds were a urethral syringe that would have been used to treat syphilis, two pumps, and a porringer that would have been used in bloodletting, Live Science reported. "We just have to understand that these people were suffering," Dr. Linda Carnes-McNaughton, an archaeologist with the U.S. Department of Defense who volunteered on the excavation, told CNN. "They were seeking relief for any kin...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - January 31, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fear of syphilis and suicide. 1914 - Savage GH.
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Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - January 20, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Commentary Source Type: news

Beethoven May Have Composed Masterpieces To His Own Irregular Heartbeat
Many who listen to Beethoven's masterpieces would describe them as deeply heartfelt -- and according to new research, this description may be surprisingly apt. The unusual rhythms found in some of Beethoven's most iconic works may be linked to the heart condition cardiac arrhythmia, which he is suspected to have had, research from the University of Michigan and University of Washington suggests. In a new paper published in the journal Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, the researchers -- a cardiologist, a medical historian and a musicologist -- investigated the link between the German composer's likely heart conditio...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - January 11, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Beethoven May Have Composed Masterpieces To His Own Irregular Heartbeat
Many who listen to Beethoven's masterpieces would describe them as deeply heartfelt -- and according to new research, this description may be surprisingly apt. The unusual rhythms found in some of Beethoven's most iconic works may be linked to the heart condition cardiac arrhythmia, which he is suspected to have had, research from the University of Michigan and University of Washington suggests. In a new paper published in the journal Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, the researchers -- a cardiologist, a medical historian and a musicologist -- investigated the link between the German composer's likely heart conditio...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - January 11, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pharmacogenomics and the Biology of Race
The numerous and impassioned responses to Nicholas Wade's recently published Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race and Human History have once again reminded us of the complexity, ambiguity and perils of writing about the biology of race. In the US one is reminded of the collective sins of our past, including the eugenics movement of the early twentieth century, whereby a disproportionate percentage of people of color and those from lower socio-economic classes were sterilized, and the Tuskegee Study conducted between 1932 and 1972 in which 600 African-American sharecroppers in rural Alabama were purposely not treated for s...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - January 5, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Syphilis In Women
Syphilis in Women (Source: eMedicineHealth.com)
Source: eMedicineHealth.com - December 30, 2014 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Syphilis on the Rise Among Gay, Bisexual Men: CDC
Rates of chlamydia dip for the first time in 30 years (Source: Fertility News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Fertility News - Doctors Lounge - December 17, 2014 Category: Reproduction Medicine Authors: webmaster at doctorslounge.com Tags: Gynecology, Reproductive Medicine, AIDS, News, Source Type: news

Syphilis on the Rise Among Gay, Bisexual Men: CDC
Rates of chlamydia dip for the first time in 30 years (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - December 16, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Syphilis on The Rise Among Gay, Bisexual Men: CDC
Rates of chlamydia dip for the first time in 30 years Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Health, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Syphilis (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - December 16, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Syphilis spikes among sexually transmitted diseases in U.S.: report
ATLANTA (Reuters) - Syphilis is rapidly spreading among gay and bisexual men in the United States, leading to the highest new case numbers reported in two decades, while other common sexually transmitted diseases appear to be under control, a federal study found on Tuesday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 16, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Syphilis Test Gets OK for Wider Use
(MedPage Today) -- FDA allows use outside traditional laboratory settings. (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - December 15, 2014 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Rapid syphilis test cleared for use in medical offices, hospitals
A screening test for syphilis that can produce results in 12 minutes has been granted a waiver, allowing it “to be used in a greater variety of health care settings,” including physician’s offices, the Food and Drug Administration announced on Dec. 15. The Syphilis Health Check test, which uses a...googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-cta'); (Source: Skin and Allergy News)
Source: Skin and Allergy News - December 15, 2014 Category: Dermatology Tags: EM FDA and CDC EM News & EM Infectious Disease FPN FDA FPN News FPN Infectious Diseases OBGYN FDA Source Type: news

FDA grants CLIA waiver expanding the availability of rapid screening test for syphilis
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced that it granted the first-ever waiver, under certain laboratory regulations, for a rapid screening test for syphilis, which will allow the Syphilis Health Check test to be used in a greater variety of healthcare settings. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - December 15, 2014 Category: American Health Source Type: news

From allergies to syphilis, the signs of illness hidden in your mouth
Scientists in India have developed a new test to spot 14 different conditions. It is aimed at those people who live in remote areas and don't have regular access to a doctor. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 8, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Serologic Testing for Syphilis: Benefits and Challenges of a Reverse Algorithm
Syphilis is a human infection of global importance. Its diagnosis can be challenging, requiring construction of a serologic profile based on the results of at least two types of antibody tests: treponemal and nontreponemal. The traditional approach to the serodiagnosis of syphilis has been the use of a nontreponemal screening assay followed by the performance of a treponemal confirmatory test if the initial nontreponemal screening test was reactive. With the increasing availability of automated, easier-to-perform, and rapid treponemal assays, an increasing number of laboratory testing sites are adopting reverse sequence sc...
Source: Clinical Microbiology Newsletter - December 7, 2014 Category: Microbiology Authors: Katherine Soreng, Roma Levy, Yetunde Fakile Source Type: news

​Did Columbus really bring syphilis to Europe?
The explorer's crew has long been blamed for importing the disease, but scientists say an ancient skeleton may prove otherwise (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - December 4, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Croatian skeleton 'disproves' theory syphilis arrived aboard Christopher Columbus's ship
Scientists at the University of Split in Croatia claim the discovery of a skeleton with signs of syphilis dating from the Roman era is proof the disease pre-dates Columbus' return to Europe. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 4, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Did Columbus Really Bring Syphilis to Europe?
Scientists say they found signs of the disease in Croatian skeleton that lived centuries earlier (Source: Fertility News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Fertility News - Doctors Lounge - December 3, 2014 Category: Reproduction Medicine Authors: webmaster at doctorslounge.com Tags: Family Medicine, Infections, Reproductive Medicine, News, Source Type: news

Single-Dose Benzathine Penicillin G in HIV Patients With Early SyphilisSingle-Dose Benzathine Penicillin G in HIV Patients With Early Syphilis
A new study supports current recommendations to treat HIV-infected adults with early syphilis with a single dose of benzathine penicillin G (BPG) rather than multiple doses. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 1, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

The Most Celebrated, Mistrusted Little Pill in the World Two Old Friends Debate The Daily Drug That Could Revolutionize HIV Prevention
Longtime friends Peter Staley, left, and Sean Strub pose for a portrait in Strub's home in Milford, Pennsylvania. Truvada, the HIV preventive drug, sits on the table before them. (Photo by Damon Dahlen) Downtown Milford, population 1,021, is a picturesque street surrounded by forested hills. In the fall, sheafs of dried autumn corn decorate the lampposts; pumpkins sit outside shops with wooden signs. Prominent AIDS activist Sean Strub first came to the Pennsylvania town in 1996, looking for a quiet place to recoup from his long and brutal illness. He'd begun a recently approved regimen of 16 pills a day -- the most effe...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - December 1, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

As Newborn Syphilis Cases Rise, Maternal Screening Urged
(Source: Fertility News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Fertility News - Doctors Lounge - November 11, 2014 Category: Reproduction Medicine Tags: Reproductive Medicine, Obstetrics, News, Source Type: news

Meth Abuse Driving Big Spike in Syphilis Cases
(Source: Fertility News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Fertility News - Doctors Lounge - November 11, 2014 Category: Reproduction Medicine Tags: Reproductive Medicine, Dependence, News, Source Type: news

Worry, Don't Be Happy: How We Decide What's Dangerous
Over the course of the next year an American is more likely to die from a car accident (1 in 9,100), a shark attack (1 in 3.7 million), a bee sting (1 in 5.2 million), a lightning strike (1 in 9.6 million) or a plane crash (1 in 11 million) than from Ebola (1 in 13.3 million). Why do we continue to experience such an exaggerated fear of Ebola here in the United States? Why do many support measures that could worsen the problem, such as closing our borders or imposing quarantines on returning health care workers? Why, despite constant media coverage, do so many people seem not to understand the key facts about Ebola tra...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - November 3, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Could sex with 21 women 'cut prostate risk'?
"Sleeping with more than 20 women protects men against prostate cancer, academics find," The Daily Telegraph reports.The study in question included more than 1,500 men diagnosed with prostate cancer and a matched group of men without prostate cancer from the general population. Researchers then interviewed the men about their sexual activity. The study concluded that having more than 20 female partners over a man’s lifetime was associated with a decreased risk of prostate cancer, while having several male partners seemed to increase the risk.However, studies like this one cannot prove that ha...
Source: NHS News Feed - October 29, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Lifestyle/exercise Cancer Source Type: news

Codpieces a Cover for Syphilis? That's Improbable!
(MedPage Today) -- A weekly report from our friends at Improbable Research. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - July 5, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: 200 STI Cases Reported At Chingwizi
[The Herald]THERE is an outbreak of sexually transmitted infections at Chingwizi Holding Camp with over 210 cases of syphilis and gonorrhoea recorded in the past three months. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 26, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Syphilis
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Source: eMedicineHealth.com - June 26, 2014 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Draft Guidance for Industry: Use of Donor Screening Tests to Test Donors of Human Cells, Tissues and Cellular and Tissue-Based Products (HCT/Ps) for Infection with Treponema pallidum (Syphilis)
(Source: What's New at CBER)
Source: What's New at CBER - June 9, 2014 Category: Biomedical Science Source Type: news

Woman sues after syphilis diagnosis posted on Facebook
Hospital worker allegedly accessed Ohio woman's STD diagnosis, which was posted to Facebook page about allegedly promiscuous women (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - June 6, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP) Atlas
Provides access to state and county-level data on HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, tuberculosis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. Click the query tab to change selections. -- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Source: Rural web sites and other tools via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Rural web sites and other tools via the Rural Assistance Center - June 3, 2014 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news