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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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Prescriptions & Patient Information

A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine reports that more than half of all Americans rely on Wikipedia, Google, and WebMD for health information. According to an article published by CNN Health, after a new FDA drug safety warning has been issued, only a third of the relevant Wikipedia articles were updated within two weeks of the warning. Roughly twenty percent were updated after two weeks, and the remaining articles remained unchanged for at least one year. While the FDA has declared itself the best resource for online health information, the study notes that its lacking presence in social media and confusing online set-up does not aid the current situation.

Read the study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Read the article published by CNN.

 

Ebola Outbreak

According to an article published by CBS News, two Americans have contracted the deadly Ebola virus after working to fight the fatal virus outbreak in West Africa. Dr. Kent Brantly, a family physician from Texas, was working as the medical director at an Ebola care center in Monrovia, run by the charity Samaritan’s Purse. The second American, Nancy Writebol worked to decontaminate those entering and leaving the Ebola care sector of the hospital. Infectious disease expert, Dr.William Shaffner of Vanderbilt University explains that even perfect use of all protective gear will never completely eliminate the possibility of contracting the virulent infection. Ebola is one of the most deadly diseases across the globe, with the current outbreak resulting in the deaths of 319 people in Guinea and 224 in Sierra Leone according to the World Health Organization.

Read the article published by CBS News.

Improving Longevity

Everyone wants to feel needed and purposeful, and according to an article published by NPR’s Shots blog, new research indicates that people who feel they have a purpose in life will actually live longer. A study published in Psychological Science  gauged positive and negative emotions from a cohort of 6,000 people, noting that after 14 years, people who reported having more purpose and direction had a 15 percent lower risk of death compared to those with little or no direction and purpose. Though further research is needed, experts concluded that these feelings of purpose and direction can reduce stress and feelings of fear, loneliness, and distress. 

Read the article published by NPR’s Shots blog.

Read the study published in Psychological Science.

HIV & AIDS

Medical and legal experts are challenging the 30-year policy preventing gay and bisexual men from donating blood, says an article published by CBS News. Along with two others, Glenn Cohen J.D., director of Harvard Law School’s Petrie-Flom Center, submitted an article published in JAMA urging the FDA to reconsider this policy under the claim that new technologies and advances in healthcare have rendered the lifelong-ban irrelevant. Other countries, such as the United Kingdom and Canada have made changes to similar laws, neither of which has reported an increase in HIV-positive donations. FDA spokeswoman Jennifer Rodriguez said the agency would consider making changes to the lifelong ban, following the conclusions of new research.

Read the article published by CBS News.

Read the article published in JAMA.