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The Checkup: August 3, 2008 - August 9, 2008

News from the AIDS Conference -- Frenk Heads to Harvard

The International AIDS Conference, which concluded in Mexico City Friday, is a farewell of sorts for Julio Frenk. Frenk, the former Minister of Health of Mexico, is heading to Cambridge, Mass. to become dean of the Harvard School of Public Health. As health secretary from 2000 to 2006, Frenk...

By Frances Stead Sellers  |  August 8, 2008; 7:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  AIDS  
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News from the AIDS Conference -- Dying of TB

While much of the international AIDS community has focused on delivering life-saving antiretroviral drugs to people infected with HIV, it has overlooked another preventable killer: tuberculosis. Just 1 percent of the people living with HIV/AIDS have been screened for TB, according to data from the World Health Organization. The findings,...

By Frances Stead Sellers  |  August 8, 2008; 3:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  AIDS  
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Simple Jack and the "R" Word

A few days ago my dear friend Bridget forwarded me an e-mail about a movie that premieres in major cities Monday and opens nationally next Wednesday, Tropic Thunder, and its use of the word "retard." The e-mail, circulated by the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), hints at a...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  August 8, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
 
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News from the AIDS Conference--Needle Exchange

Needle exchange may be a controversial topic in U.S. political circles, but among organizers and delegates at the international conference this week in Mexico City, it's a no-brainer. "When it comes to prevention in IV (intravenous) drug users, there is no complexity, said Michel Kazatchkine, executive director of the Global...

By Frances Stead Sellers  |  August 7, 2008; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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New From the AIDS Conference -- a Need for New Money

The man responsible for distributing much of the world's anti-AIDS money says he is seeking contributions from new players such as China and the Gulf states. About 76 percent of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria presently comes from G-8 countries, according to the fund's executive...

By Frances Stead Sellers  |  August 7, 2008; 12:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Runner's High? Yeah, Right

If you're like me, you hate those exercise fanatics who are always bragging about how much better they feel after a good work-out. Anxious or depressed? Go to the gym, they say. You'll feel better. Need a rush? Jog until you're ready to drop and get that "runner's high." Yeah,...

By Rob Stein  |  August 7, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness  
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News From the AIDS Conference

At least one person in the Bush administration agrees with Sen. Coburn--sort of. In a speech to conference delegates Tuesday, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Mark Dybul called for a freeze on confabs until participants can demonstrate they've accomplished the myriad goals spelled out already. "I propose a moratorium on any...

By Frances Stead Sellers  |  August 6, 2008; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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News From the AIDS Conference

"Conference or Care?" That's the choice as Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) sees it, and he says the Bush administration has picked the International AIDS Conference over HIV prevention and treatment. In a release from Washington, Coburn castigated the administration for sending 100-plus officials to the conference in Mexico City...

By Frances Stead Sellers  |  August 6, 2008; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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New From the AIDS Conference: Mexican Migrants

Mexican migrants to the United States appear to be at increased risk for HIV and more likely to carry the virus back to Mexico, according to research being released Tuesday at the International AIDS Conference in Mexico City. A survey of 458 Mexican workers in California found that men...

By Frances Stead Sellers  |  August 5, 2008; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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ER Docs Warn: Don't Text While Rollerblading

As is reported in today's Health section, the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) has issued a warning about the dangers of text-messaging (communicating by writing and receiving messages composed on cellphone keypads) while engaged in other activities, from driving or crossing the street to Rollerblading or cooking. While nobody's...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  August 5, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  General Health  
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News From the AIDS Conference: A California Pitch

The Post's Ceci Connolly is covering the 17th International AIDS Conference, which is taking place in Mexico City through August 8. She's going to be sending regular updates from the summit to The Checkup; I'll be posting them as they come. Here's her first note: Now that Congress has lifted...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  August 4, 2008; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Still In the Dark About Sunscreen

I'll be heading off to Ocean City soon. As always, I'll bring plenty of sunscreen, just as Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) recommended we all do after he recently had another "spot" removed from his fair skin. (Sen. McCain has had skin cancer four times.) But I won't be armed with...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  August 4, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Family Health  
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