Spanish HIV Vaccine Shows 90 Percent Success in Early Trial

Medical researchers in Spain say an experimental vaccine against HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, has produced a 90 percent immune response among a small group of healthy human test subjects. The promising results pave the way for further clinical trials on HIV-infected volunteers. Researchers at the Spanish National Research Council’s National Biotech Center say

2011 Nobel Prize in Medicine to Remain Unchanged

The Nobel Foundation in Stockholm, Sweden has announced that the 2011 Nobel Prize for Medicine will remain unchanged despite the death of one of the three laureates, Ralph Steinman. The decision was handed down late Monday following an emergency meeting after it was learned that the Canadian-born Steinman died on Friday following a lengthy battle

New Survey Finds 1/3 of World’s Population Overweight

Obesity is not just an American problem anymore.  A recent international survey by the Worldwatch Institute, found that nearly two billion people around the world are overweight. Health statistics were gathered from 177 countries. Researchers there say the trend is being driven, ironically, by rising personal income, which is leading people to eat fattier foods

Study: Popular Herbal Remedy Doesn’t Ease Enlarged Prostate

Scientists investigating a popular herbal treatment for enlarged prostate, saw palmetto, have concluded it is no more effective than a placebo. That conclusion comes from a study which included hundreds of men in their forties and older. As men age, the prostate gland often gets larger. The prostate surrounds the urethra, which carries urine from

Nobel Winner in Medicine Dies Three Days before Announcement

A Canadian-born scientist was awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine on Monday for his discoveries about the immune system, but hours later his university said that he had been dead for three days, according to The Associated Press. The Nobel committee had been unaware of Ralph Steinman’s death and it was unclear whether the prize

Ethics Debate Mires Kenya HIV-Testing Campaign

In an effort to combat the spread of HIV, Kenya’s National Aids Control Council and STI Control Program (NASCOP) may soon turn to mandatory testing. Around 1.5 million Kenyans are estimated to be living with HIV, or about 6.3 percent of the adult population. Prevalence of the disease in Kenya is such that only sub-Saharan

Study: Neglected Tropical Diseases Surfacing in Central Asia

Many of the bacterial and parasitic worm infections commonly associated with the tropics are becoming rampant in some Central Asian countries in the former Soviet Union. That’s the finding of a new study of that region’s worsening public health problem. Neglected tropical diseases threaten the lives of a billion people worldwide, mostly in Africa, Latin

Study: Female Coffee Drinkers Are Less Depressed

Women who drink coffee may have a lower risk of depression, according to a study from the Harvard School of Public Health. Several recent studies have looked at a possible link between coffee and suicide, and found that coffee drinkers were less likely to kill themselves. Depression can contribute to suicide, so a logical question

Arsenic Expert: Millions of Indians at Risk

Dipankar Chakraborti has two obsessions — yoga, which gets him up in the morning, and arsenic contamination, which keeps him up at night. Director of environmental studies at Jadavpur University in West Bengal, Chakraborti has been at the forefront of a potential health crisis already affecting tens of millions of people — arsenic groundwater contamination

Rethinking HIV from an Economic Viewpoint

Some of the world’s top economists have gotten together to take a new look at the HIV/AIDS epidemic and see whether money can be better spent. It’s called the RethinkHIV project and includes three Nobel Laureates. The Copenhagen Consensus Center and the Rush Foundation sponsored the panel of experts, which presented its findings Wednesday in