Rae Ellen Bichell

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Penicillin Shortage Could Be A Problem For People With Syphilis

Monday, May 23, 2016

The medication is the only one available to prevent an infected pregnant woman from passing the disease to a fetus. Pfizer says the shortage should be over in July.


Today's Tools For Combating Zika Mosquitoes Hark Back To 1945

Saturday, May 21, 2016

The message about reducing the risk from the Aedes aegypti mosquito is the same today as it was 70 years ago. This time there's just a new virus involved.


Suddenly Paralyzed, 2 Men Struggle To Recover From Guillain-Barre

Monday, May 16, 2016

Guillain-Barre syndrome can render healthy people temporarily paralyzed. It's something you're likely to hear more about as Zika continues to spread. And for those who get it, it is one wild ride.


Professional 'Guinea Pigs' Can Make A Living Testing Drugs

Sunday, May 08, 2016

One man died and five others were injured in a clinical trial in France this year. Trials like those depend on healthy people willing to take experimental medications in return for cash.


Botched French Drug Trial Followed Rules But Lacked 'Common Sense'

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

In January, one man died and four others sustained brain injuries in the early clinical test of an experimental pain drug. Independent scientists reviewed the study to learn what went wrong.


Suicide Rates Climb In U.S., Especially Among Adolescent Girls

Friday, April 22, 2016

After a decline throughout the '90s, suicide rates have reversed course. Suicide has increased in almost every age group over the past 15 years.


Zika Virus Can Be Transmitted Through Anal Sex, Too

Thursday, April 14, 2016

A Texas man who had traveled to Venezuela passed the Zika virus to his male partner through sex. CDC officials say that people should be aware that Zika can be transmitted through semen.


Zika Virus Can Cause Brain Defects In Babies, CDC Confirms

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

U.S. health officials say they are now convinced that Zika virus can target the developing brain before birth, leading to a severe type of microcephaly and other brain abnormalities.


White House Says It Will Cut Ebola Funding To Address Zika

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

The Obama administration requested $1.9 billion in emergency funds to prepare for Zika, but Congress has yet to respond. Now the White House plans to divert funding intended for Ebola.


New Source Of Transplant Organs For Patients With HIV: Others With HIV

Thursday, March 31, 2016

The organ donor and both recipients in the procedure this month were all HIV-positive — a first in the U.S. Using HIV-positive organs for some patients could enable a thousand more transplants a year.


Possible Heart Benefits Of Taking Estrogen Get Another Look

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Evidence has ping-ponged over the decades on the effects of hormone therapy on a woman's arteries. The latest study suggests a brief stint on hormones might be helpful — if given at the right time.


Scientists Build A Live, No-Frills Cell That Could Have A Big Future

Thursday, March 24, 2016

In engineering the cell, researchers paired away nearly all genes that weren't essential to life. It might eventually serve as a basic framework for different sorts of cellular factories, they say.


Disease Detectives Find A Really Good Reason Not To Drink Date Palm Wine

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Every year, little clusters of Nipah virus break out in Bangladesh. And it wasn't from the usual cause — drinking raw sap from date palm trees. So what's up?


To Quit Smoking, It's Best To Go Cold Turkey

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Quitting abruptly is more effective, a study finds, even for people who'd rather phase it out gradually.


How Best To Test For Zika Virus?

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Getting an accurate diagnosis is a big hurdle in the current outbreak of Zika virus. There are three kinds of tests for Zika, and each has problems. Scientists are working hard to improve diagnosis.


High Doses Of Experimental Drug Implicated In Botched French Study

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

An investigation into a clinical test in France that left one person dead and put five in the hospital has found evidence of brain damage in people who took high doses of the experimental pain medicine.

The early-stage clinical study, conducted by Biotrial in France, was halted in January when ...


GOP Congressmen Question The Need For $2 Billion To Fight Zika Virus

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Republican representatives continue to question the need for about $2 billion in emergency funding requested by the Obama administration to respond to the Zika virus.

Congressmen including Dr. Michael Burgess, R-Texas, asked in a hearing of an Energy and Commerce subcommittee Wednesday whether funds earmarked for combating the ...


New Study Makes The Case For A Zika Virus Link To Guillain-Barre

Monday, February 29, 2016

Researchers say Zika virus should be added to the list of diseases that cause Guillain-Barre syndrome, a neurological condition that's been rising in areas with Zika transmission.


The AIDS Crisis Hasn't Ended In The Black And Latino Communities

Thursday, February 25, 2016

HIV rates have been on the decline in the U.S. for years now, but stark disparities remain, with some groups of people at high risk of infection.

Here's the good part: The number of people diagnosed annually has dropped by about 20 percent in the last decade.

The drop was ...


2 More U.S. Cases Of Zika Virus Likely Shared Via Sex

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Health officials announced Tuesday that they are investigating 14 new U.S. cases of possible sexual transmission of the Zika virus.

The virus was confirmed to be in blood samples from two women, using a method that detects pieces of the virus' genetic material, say doctors from the Centers for ...