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New superbug making kids sick despite vaccine

A new superbug that causes meningitis and pneumonia in kids has public health officials worried: Serotype 19A of the Streptococcus pneumoniae bacterium eludes most antibiotics and a vaccine intended to prevent infection.

October 14, 2008 — Jordan Lite

Bolivia tries to bolster public health with traditional medicine

The U.S. has a decidedly ambivalent relationship with alternative medicine, though large numbers of Americans routinely ingest nostrums from ginkgo to garlic.  In Bolivia, by contrast, the status of holistic medicine has risen at even the highest levels of government.

October 6, 2008 — Gary Stix

African colonization helped spread HIV and AIDS more than a century ago, study says

Although acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) didn't hit mainstream collective consciousness until the early 1980s, new research out of the University of Arizona in Tucson indicates that the most pervasive global strain of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) began spreading among humans between 1884 and 1924, a finding that suggests growing urbanization in colonial Africa set the stage for the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

October 1, 2008 — Larry Greenemeier

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