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HIV can be prevented in high-risk individuals, such as those whose partners are infected, with the implementation of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP). In this CME video series, experts will explain the scope of the problem of HIV infection, how to effectively use screening tools for identifying HIV infections in patients, and the roll that PrEP can play in preventing the spreading of infection.

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Mental Health & Depression

Recent studies have shown the dangers too much sitting pose on a person’s health, and now, this same sedentary lifestyle is being linked to depression, Reuters article says. In a study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, researchers analyzed 193,166 participants to look at sedentary behavior and risk of depression, finding that individuals who led the most sedentary lifestyles were 25 percent more likely to be depressed overall compared to the least sedentary group in the study.

Read the article published by Reuters.

Read the study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

Obamacare Updates

According to a Reuters article, 7.3 million Americans with Obamacare are paying premiums on their health plans. Administration officials noted that this figure was not an accurate reflection of enrollment, which represents a 91 percent premium payment rate. Estimated figures of overall enrollment were not released, though the Department of Health and Human Services has indicated that enrollment is subject to change over time, contingent on a person’s job, marital status, and other significant events.

Read the article published by Reuters.

Public Health & Wellness

AP/CBS

Purveyors of food and beverages are cutting calories in U.S. products, removing a total of 6.4 trillion calories since 2007, an article published by CBS News reports. As part of a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 16 companies met to discuss their pledge to reduce calories, with the recent changes resulting in each person consuming roughing 78 fewer calories per day. Many of these foods and beverages include sugary snacks, drinks, and cereals, as well as candies, cookies, and other products with fats and oils.

Read the article published by CBS News.

Read the study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

2014 Ebola Outbreak

According to a New York Times article,  a group of eight officials and journalists in Guinea were killed by a mob believing that the officials came to spread the Ebola virus to their village. The deputation was sent to raise community awareness about the virus when the mob closed in and began hurling rocks at the group, with few survivors managing to escape with their lives.

Read it in The New York Times.