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Researchers Renewing Focus On AIDS Cure

For much of the 31-year story of the AIDS epidemic, it was virtually taboo to use the word "cure." Now, after decades of focus on prevention and treatment, Deeks and other researchers say that it's time to put new emphasis on the search for a cure.

Hold The Ice: Rhetoric Gets Hot Over New York's Big Soda Ban

At a public hearing today, the opponents to New York Mayor Bloomberg's proposed big soda ban are saying the government is too involved in personal health decisions. But the mayor is determined, and the ban is likely to be approved by the board of health in September.
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Pleasure Project Brings Safer Sex Discussion To AIDS Conference

An educational, advocacy organization for safer sex wants to revive a discussion for this topic at the International AIDS Conference.


Needle Exchanges Often Overlooked In AIDS Fight

Few strategies to prevent HIV infection are so effective, or so thoroughly proved. Yet needle exchanges aren't offered in some places that have been hit hard by the virus. In the U.S. there is pressure on funding that raises concerns the programs could be curtailed.

When Going Back To The Hospital Is Good News

As Medicare prepares to start punishing hospitals with higher than expected readmission rates, new government data show that some hospitals with high readmissions are doing a better job than most in keeping Medicare patients alive.
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AIDS Conference Attendees Still See Relevance In 'Normal Heart'

International AIDS Conference organizers and others gathered at Arena Stage for a showing of "The Normal Heart" Monday, which took them on a walk through the early history of the disease.


Bird Flu Researchers To Meet About Research Moratorium

The world's top influenza researchers agreed to a voluntary moratorium on working with contagious, lab-altered forms of a particularly worrisome form of bird flu back in January. The hold was supposed to last just 60 days. It's now been more than six months, and scientists don't agree on what should happen next.