Health coaches, part of the newly emerging field of wellness, provide an extra push when patients need help kicking unhealthy habits. In recent years, rising health care costs for obesity-related diseases such as Type 2 diabetes have made health coaches a popular medical resource.
The International AIDS Conference is being held this week in Washington, D.C. HIV infection in the host city is the highest in the nation. Though treatments have come a long way in the past 30 years, those high infection rates — especially among the black community — show there is still much work to be done.
The country has the largest HIV epidemic in the world, and it's also had one of the most conflicted responses to the virus. For years, the government questioned the link between HIV and AIDS and offered little by way of treatment. Now, South Africa is trying to make up for lost time.
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