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TB arrived at the New World before Europeans

August 23, 2014

New archeological evidence suggest that tuberculosis spread to the Americas from sea mammals before European explorers and settlers made contact with the New World, according to results of a study published in Nature.

Although modern strains of Mycobacterium tuberculosis from the Americas closely match those from Europe — indicating that human TB was introduced after Columbus — the new findings show that seals and sea lions, or pinnipeds, acquired the disease from humans in Africa and then carried it to the Americas more than 1,000 years ago.

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FDA approves combination HIV treatment

August 22, 2014
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Campaign focuses on reducing HBV in Chinese city

August 22, 2014
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Minor infections may increase children's risk for stroke

August 22, 2014
Children with minor infections had an increased risk for stroke within a 3-day time period, according to study findings published in Neurology.Nancy K. Hills
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HCV Consults: Volume 1, Number 2

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Approved interferon-free therapy has already become entrenched among clinicians for patients with HCV genotypes 2 and…
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Gene surgery effectively removes HIV-1 from human cells

July 29, 2014
PHILADELPHIA — Temple University researchers have successfully eradicated latent HIV-1 virus from cultured human…
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Challenges in HIV Screening and Prophylaxis: PrEP’ing for the Future

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A substantial proportion of Americans with HIV remain undiagnosed and suboptimally treated. Failure to follow…
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