July 22, 2012 |
S ome 25,000 delegates are gathering in Washington this week for the 2012 International AIDS Conference. This is a moment of exceptional promise. Gains in AIDS treatment are remarkable — and continuing. One of the saddest tragedies in the world is for people to die of HIV/AIDS when lifesaving medicines are available. Just a decade ago, that tragedy was playing out across Africa. Thanks to the generosity of the American people, this is no longer the case today. Through the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS...
June 4, 2012 |
The number of people with cancer is likely to surge by more than 75 percent across the world by 2030, with particularly sharp rises in poor countries as they adopt unhealthy "Westernized" lifestyles, a study said last week. Many developing countries were expected to see a rise in living standards in coming decades, said the paper from the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer. But those advances could come at a cost: an increase in breast, prostate and colorectal...
May 1, 2012
Rachel Gould, 31, who had been a program analyst with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, died of cervical cancer March 28 at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington County. The death was confirmed by her sister, Jessica Banov. Mrs. Gould had been employed at HHS since 2004. Since 2007, she had been a program analyst within the Administration for Children and Families' office of legislative affairs and budget. Before joining HHS, she was a fellow at the Institute for Youth, Education and Families at the National...
December 12, 2011 |
"I didn't make that claim, nor did I make that statement. Immediately after the debate, a mother came up to me, and she was visibly shaken and heartbroken because of what her daughter had gone through, and so I only related what her story was. " — Michele Bachmann, Sept. 22 Of all the candidates seeking the GOP presidential nomination, Rep. Michele Bachmann (Minn.) has earned the most four-Pinocchio ratings . She has a tendency to shoot from the hip and repeat statements even after they have been proved incorrect.
October 31, 2011 |
Several years ago, during an annual mammogram, my wife, who is in her 40s, was told a mass had been found in one of her breasts. Anxious and uncertain, she had a biopsy, and we braced for the worst. My father-in-law, when in his 50s, went through a similarly harrowing experience when a prostate specific antigen (PSA) test given during a routine physical exam came out positive, and he underwent a prostate biopsy. Fortunately, both my wife and father-in-law were found to be...
October 25, 2011 |
Boys should routinely be vaccinated against the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV) at age 11 or 12 to protect them against genital warts and certain cancers and to reduce the chances that they will spread the virus, a federal advisory panel recommended Tuesday. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), which helps set standards for childhood and other vaccinations, voted overwhelmingly to bring the recommendation for boys in line with that for girls. The vote was 13 in favor and none...