RSSArchive for September, 2013

How Poverty Taxes the Brain

How Poverty Taxes the Brain

Human mental bandwidth is finite. You’ve probably experienced this before (though maybe not in those terms): When you’re lost in concentration trying to solve a problem like a broken computer, you’re more likely to neglect other tasks, things like remembering to take the dog for a walk, or picking your kid up from school. This […]

In Life, Man Immune To HIV Helped Scientists Fight Virus

In Life, Man Immune To HIV Helped Scientists Fight Virus

Stephen Crohn, a man best known for staying alive during the early days of the AIDS epidemic, died Aug. 23 at age 66. Throughout his lifetime, the New York artist helped researchers uncover vital clues about HIV and how to stop it. Crohn’s partner was one of the first people to die from AIDS in […]

How Male Power Spreads HIV

How Male Power Spreads HIV

In a bright pink tank top, a black skirt, and three-inch heels, Sandra Villarreal Martinez walked confidently to the front of a small group of women, ages 38 to 55, sitting in plastic chairs on a cement patio. They are all HIV positive. She offered them a big smile as beads of sweat accumulated on […]

Playing for time: Can music stave off dementia?

Playing for time: Can music stave off dementia?

At 101, Frank Iacono still plays the violin. The concertmaster for the Providence Civic Orchestra of Senior Citizens in Rhode Island, he particularly enjoys playing polkas and jigs. “It keeps my mind active, and it gives me a lot of pleasure,” Iacono said. The orchestra’s executive director and co-founder, Vito Saritelli, said Iacono is extremely […]

Toward making people invisible to mosquitoes

Toward making people invisible to mosquitoes

In an advance toward providing mosquito-plagued people, pets and livestock with an invisibility cloak against these blood-sucking insects, scientists today described discovery of substances that occur naturally on human skin and block mosquitoes’ ability to smell and target their victims. The presentation was among almost 7,000 scheduled here this week at the 246thNational Meeting & […]

Saving U.S. Health Care With Skype

Saving U.S. Health Care With Skype

The University of Virginia Health System is home to a program that may be essential to solving the health-care-access problem in the U.S. The program is centered around telemedicine, or the use of electronic communication to exchange medical information either from patient to physician or between doctors. Through the UVA system’s Center for Telehealth, physicians from 40 specialties partner with […]

Alicia Keys: Women Can Drive the Conversation on HIV/AIDS In Their Communities

Alicia Keys: Women Can Drive the Conversation on HIV/AIDS In Their Communities

The HIV/AID pandemic continues to hit the Black community hardest. It’s a problem, and perhaps, there is no other celebrity who knows this better than superstar Alicia Keys, who continuously promotes HIV/AIDS awareness. Recently, the Keep a Child Alive creator joined a panel of other stars, local health educators, religious leaders and other advocates at […]

Vaccine seems to clear monkeys of HIV-like infection; humans next?

Vaccine seems to clear monkeys of HIV-like infection; humans next?

Scientists have developed a vaccine that protected monkeys against simian immunodeficiency virus, or SIV, offering fresh hope that a similar vaccine can save humans from HIV. When the monkeys were intentionally infected with SIV, the new vaccine cleared the infection and kept the animals virus-free for up to three years, according to a report this week in the journal Nature. Although […]

LIVING Study: Black professionals sleep less than whites

LIVING Study: Black professionals sleep less than whites

Sleeping less than seven hours a night can lead to a higher risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and weight gain. A new study out this week suggests that blacks in the United States have shorter sleep durations than their white counterparts — particularly professionals — and may contribute to the reasons why […]

High debt load anticipated by majority of medical students; African-Americans most affected

High debt load anticipated by majority of medical students; African-Americans most affected

The cost of a medical school education in the United States has been on the rise over the past 10 years. However, given racial and ethnic inequalities in access to financial resources, increases in the student debt burden may not be assumed equally. To evaluate the issue, researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public […]