Researchers Just Filled A Major Gap In HIV's Evolutionary History

Researchers know that HIV jumped from apes and monkeys to humans on multiple occasions, in the form of HIV-like viruses called simian immunodeficiency viruses (SIV). To date, 11 out of 13 of these cross-species transmissions have been accounted for. On Monday, researchers identified the final two. » 3/02/15 2:35pm Monday 2:35pm

The World Health Organization Urges Switch To "Smart" Syringes By 2020

By using the same syringe to give injections to multiple people, health practitioners around the world are significantly driving the spread of many deadly infectious diseases. In an effort to deal with this problem, the WHO is pushing for syringes that cannot be used more than once — and they want this worldwide… » 2/23/15 2:20pm 2/23/15 2:20pm

The Semmelweis Reflex explains why people reject the new

Do people reflexively fear the new? They seem to reject it often enough that there's a psychological syndrome to explain it. The Semmelweis Reflex is named after a guy who came up with a radical idea that could have saved thousands of lives — only to see everyone reject it and continue with the killing. » 10/25/13 6:40am 10/25/13 6:40am

A Most Unusual Weapon in the Fight Against HIV: Foot Cream

Ever heard of Ciclopirox? A commonly prescribed treatment for nail fungus, you could have a tube of the stuff in your medicine cabinet right now. Now, in a study recounted in the latest issue of PLOS ONE, researchers demonstrate that the antifungal agent can reactivate the same cell-death pathways that HIV turns off,… » 9/25/13 1:04pm 9/25/13 1:04pm