When a Kenyan woman was diagnosed with HIV, she thought it meant the end of her marriage and her hopes to have children. But with the help of HIV therapy, Benta Odeny not only protects her husband from the virus, but she also has a healthy, HIV-negative daughter.
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After making its debut in the Western Hemisphere recently, the nasty, mosquito-borne illness has now sickened 10 people on St. Martin. Mosquitoes on the island appear to be spreading the virus, which causes a high fever and severe joint pain.
Ten years ago Congress approved a $15 billion plan to combat HIV in developing countries. Since then, the global health initiative has funded HIV treatment for nearly 7 million people and prevented hundreds of thousands of babies from getting infected during childbirth.
This year was on track for a record-low number of polio cases. But polio pushed back hard. It reappeared in some places and spiked in others. Still, global health officials remain confident that polio can be defeated soon.
After being a problem in Africa and southern Asia for decades, chikungunya has made its way to the Caribbean. The mosquito-borne illness attacks the joints, causes fever, headaches and arthritis symptoms. There are no vaccines and treatments for the virus.
The billions of dollars spent by governments and foundations to fight malaria are starting to pay off. The death rate from the mosquito-borne disease has dropped by 45 percent worldwide since 2012. Malaria kills more than 600,000 people each year.
The vaccine made by Novartis isn't approved for general use in the United States. But the Food and Drug Administration is allowing it on the Princeton campus. The university is offering the vaccine to students and some other people on campus through Thursday.
An NPR poll finds that most elementary school kids have physical education classes just one or two days a week. In response, parents and educators are getting kids to squeeze in walks, jogs and jumping jacks before, after and even during school.
A meningitis outbreak at the University of California, Santa Barbara is causing the same kind of illnesses seen earlier at Princeton, but public health officials say a different bacterial strain is to blame. The UCSB health service has given preventive antibiotics to over 700 students as a precaution.
The polio outbreak in Syria has spread to four cities, and new cases are suspected each day. But U.N. agencies responsible for combating the outbreak can work only with the Syrian government. This limitation has hobbled vaccination efforts in rebel-held regions, where the virus was first detected.