Secretary of State Hillary Clinton unveiled Thursday an ambitious U.S. blueprint on how to realize the vision of an AIDS-free generation, aiming to see virtually no babies born with HIV by 2015.
"Scientific advances and their successful implementation have brought the world to a tipping point in the fight against AIDS," the 54-page document says.Full Story
Preventing surgery-linked infections is a major concern for hospitals and it turns out some simple measures can make a big difference.
A project at seven big hospitals reduced infections after colorectal surgeries by nearly one-third. It prevented an estimated 135 infections, saving almost $4 million, the Joint Commission hospital regulating group and the American College of Surgeons announced Wednesday. The two groups directed the 2 1/2-year project.Full Story
A U.S. federal judge ruled here that tobacco companies must run ads acknowledging that they lied about the health effects of cigarettes, and explain in blunt terms the adverse effects of smoking.
The ruling on Tuesday by District Judge Gladys Kessler was part of a government racketeering case against top cigarette companies originally brought in September 1999.Full Story
Innocuously marketed as incense or bath salts, synthetic drugs are increasingly popular among Portuguese youths looking for a legal high, despite a ban on selling them to minors.
Adverts for these substances, responsible for a growing number of hospitalizations, are plastered around Lisbon and have now caught the eye of health authorities who have decided to wage war against the dozens of so-called smartshops selling them.Full Story
Chinese AIDS activists on Thursday accused the Communist Party's new number two Li Keqiang of hypocrisy after he called for more non-government efforts to fight the disease.
The ruling party has long been suspicious of HIV/AIDS campaigners because of their refusal to support official policy, and activists accused Li -- expected to become prime minister in March -- of overseeing deliberate oppression.Full Story
The world's biggest food group Nestle is moving into traditional Chinese medicine by joining forces with Chinese pharma group Chi-Med, the Swiss group said on Wednesday.
The new entity, called Nutrition Science Partners (NSP), is to be owned equally by the two parties, Nestle said in a statement, without revealing any of the financials behind the deal.Full Story
The British government was to announce plans on Wednesday for a minimum alcohol price of £0.45 ($0.72, 0.56 euros) in England and Wales in an attempt to restrain an infamous binge-drinking culture.
The interior ministry was unveiling a consultation on the per-unit price, having announced in March that it would introduce minimum pricing to curb the "scourge of violence" caused by drunken revelers in town centers.Full Story
The number of drugs when mixed with grapefruit that can lead to serious health problems, including sudden death, has skyrocketed, warns a Canadian researcher who first discovered the toxic link.
In an article in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, David Bailey, a scientist at the Lawson Health Research Institute in London, Ontario, said more than 85 drugs, many of them highly prescribed for common medical conditions, are known to interact with the pink fruit.Full Story
More than a quarter of new HIV infections in the United States strike young people aged 13 to 24 and 60 percent of those don't know they're sick, health officials said Tuesday.
An estimated 12,200 youth were infected with HIV in 2010, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a new study.Full Story
Bus stops in the northern Swedish town of Umeaa have been fitted with light therapy panels to help commuters fight off the winter blues, the energy company behind the move said Tuesday.
In the depths of winter, daylight in Umeaa, around 500 kilometers (300 miles) north of Stockholm, lasts only around four and a half hours, meaning that many people catch a glimpse of the sun only through an office window.Full Story