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New antibody attacks 99% of HIV strains

Scientists have engineered an antibody that attacks 99% of HIV strains and can prevent infection in primates. It is built to attack three critical parts of the virus – making it harder for HIV to resist its effects. The work is a collaboration between the US National Institutes of Health and the pharmaceutical company Sanofi. The International Aids Society said it was an “exciting breakthrough”. Human trials will start in

Another Good Reason Not To Pee In The Pool

Water parks can be fun, but they also can pose unexpected health risks – in this case, eye and respiratory problems. And that shower you never take before you get in the pool plays a role. In July 2015, patrons at an indoor water park resort in Ohio started to complain about eye and respiratory problems. Local health officials surveyed patrons and water park employees, who reported issues like eye

World Running Out Of Antibiotics, Warns World Health Organisatio

GENEVA: Antibiotics that are currently in clinical development are insufficient to combat the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance, a World Health Organisation (WHO) report said. Most of the drugs currently in the clinical phase are modifications of existing classes of antibiotics and are only short-term solutions, WHO said. There are, however, very few potential treatment options. The growing resistant infections pose the greatest threat to health, including drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB)

What to Feed Your Family When the Power Is Out

There’s always a run on grocery stores in advance of a hurricane or blizzard—and with good reason. If you won’t be able to leave your house for a few days or if the power is out for longer than a couple of hours, what to feed your family becomes a major concern. The food experts at Consumer Reports have some tips for weathering the next storm safely and nutritiously. Fill

Seven easy DIY health tests that can identify serious problems

This particular test may still need professional equipment, but there are similarly easy health tests that you can do at home that don’t require technology to interpret the results. All of the below tests take no longer than a minute, and they can highlight an array of serious health issues, from dementia to blocked arteries and anemia. (Remember: always consult your GP if you’re unsure about medical issues and symptoms.)

How your DNA can prevent medicine side effects

Side effects are a very real consequence to some medication and they could be telling you something you may not know. According to mygeneRX, your genetics have a direct effect on how your body processes medication, this metabolism, in turn, may lead to severe side effects. A DNA sample of a simple cheek swab can now be accurately profiled to determine your risk of side effects, which will allow you