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AIDS Deaths and HIV Infections Hit Lowest Numbers Since Start of Epidemic

The United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) is reporting world AIDS deaths and new HIV infections have each dropped 21 percent since the peak of the AIDS pandemic, the most optimistic report the group has ever issued.

Michel Sidibe, executive director of UNAIDS program, says in a news release, “We have seen a massive scale-up in access to HIV treatment, which has had a dramatic effect on the lives of people everywhere.”

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Phony Doctor Injected Cement Mixture Into Plastic Surgery Patients [PICTURES]

A transgender woman was arrested in Miami for performing medical procedures without a license. She’s also charged with causing great bodily harm cause by her phony enhancement procedures, where she injected a mixture containing Fix-A-Flat, a tire inflator and sealant, into her patients.

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Census Report: 90 Is the New 85

So many Americans are living past 85 that it may push the designation of ‘oldest of the old’ from 85-plus to 90 and older in just a few years, according to a Census Bureau report released Thursday.

“Can 90 be the new 85?" asked Dr. Richard Suzman of the National Institute on Aging at the National Institutes of Health.

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Study: Most Baby Boomers Do Not Have a Living Will

In an AP-Life Goes Strong poll conducted this spring, 64 percent of Americans born between 1946 and 1964 (and 70 percent of all U.S. adults) said they did not have a health-care proxy, living will, or advanced directive that spells out what care they would like to receive if they're unable to communicate with their doctors.

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Americans Are Divided on Flu Shots — Survey of the Day

With flu season upon us, 46 percent of Americans have received a flu shot, whereas 47 percent said they have not and will not.

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Texas Researchers Creating Ultimate Flu Shot

North Texas researchers are on the brink of revolutionizing the way we fight the flu.

Every year, scientists try to guess which strain of the flu will cause the most people to get sick.  They use that particular flu bug to make a flu vaccine.  That's a hit or miss approach, and despite their best efforts, 40,000 people die of flu every year.

But what if there was one flu shot that would protect us from every type of flu there is?

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Genetically Modified Rice Can Be Used in Lieu of Human Blood

Scientists have found a way to genetically modify rice as a replacement for human blood. The idea is to extract a protein containing human genes that could then be used in lieu of actual blood to help burn victims and those who’ve suffered massive blood loss.

It’s seen as a viable solution to shortages of blood donations, and it circumvents the need for HIV and hepatitis screenings that must be done on human blood before it can be used.

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Chamber Salutes Lufkin Area Medical Community

The Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce honored four of the city's medical professionals for their outstanding work Thursday, at the Chamber's 4th Annual Salute to Healthcare Banquet at the Pitser Garrison Civic Center.

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