Joe Neel http://kanw.com en Screening Immigrants For TB Pays Dividends In U.S. http://kanw.com/post/screening-immigrants-tb-pays-dividends-us Hundreds of people with tuberculosis wishing to come to the U.S. have been stopped before they reached U.S. borders, says a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.<p>Physicians overseas picked up more than 1,100 cases in prospective immigrants and refugees prior to their arrival in the U.S. The cases include 14 people with multidrug-resistant TB, the CDC says.<p>The agency credits beefed up recommendations for pre-travel screening that require newer, more sensitive sputum-culture tests. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 17:05:00 +0000 Joe Neel 40804 at http://kanw.com Screening Immigrants For TB Pays Dividends In U.S. How The End Of DOMA Will Affect Obamacare, Federal Employees http://kanw.com/post/how-end-doma-will-affect-obamacare-federal-employees The Supreme Court's <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/06/26/195863800/read-the-rulings-inside-the-same-sex-marriage-decisions">ruling</a> that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional will not only make a big difference in health benefits for some federal employees, it could also affect people who will be newly eligible for Obamacare beginning next year.<p>For lower-income people seeking coverage under Obamacare, marriage may not provide a financial advantage, tax experts say.<p>Once the dust settles and new policies can be drawn up, federal employees in same-sex marriages will be able t Wed, 26 Jun 2013 21:19:00 +0000 Joe Neel 29753 at http://kanw.com England Offering Free HIV Treatment For Visitors http://kanw.com/post/england-offering-free-hiv-treatment-visitors We're just catching up with our U.K. reading list, so we're a bit late with this one. But it's worth noting that as of Oct. Tue, 09 Oct 2012 18:04:00 +0000 Joe Neel 19412 at http://kanw.com England Offering Free HIV Treatment For Visitors AIDS Returns To The U.S. Spotlight http://kanw.com/post/aids-returns-us-spotlight More than 20,000 people are attending the <a href="http://www.aids2012.org/">19th International AIDS Conference</a> in Washington this week.<p>The meeting features speeches from U.S. Mon, 23 Jul 2012 20:32:00 +0000 Joe Neel 16026 at http://kanw.com AIDS Returns To The U.S. Spotlight U.S. AIDS Cases Come Into View http://kanw.com/post/us-aids-cases-come-view The HIV epidemic in the U.S. started in 1981, mainly in major cities along the East and West Coasts.<p>The first reports were from Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco among gay and bisexual men. Within months, it was clear that injecting drug users were also getting the virus.<p>Even now, you can see the lingering geographic contours of how the epidemic unfolded.<p>These maps from <a href="http://www.aidsvu.org/">AIDSvu</a> at Emory University show that the U.S. still has a significant problem with HIV and AIDS. Mon, 23 Jul 2012 20:26:00 +0000 Joe Neel 16025 at http://kanw.com U.S. AIDS Cases Come Into View Controversial Cholesterol Pill Vytorin Shows Promise For Kidney Patients http://kanw.com/post/controversial-cholesterol-pill-vytorin-shows-promise-kidney-patients Remember Grandpa Frank?<p>Way back in 2008, the ad above ran in heavy rotation on TV during the heyday of <a href="http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a603015.html">Vytorin</a>, a cholesterol-lowering pill that claimed to fight both genetics and bad habits.<p>Soon after the ad had appeared, oh, say thousands of times across the country, the Food and Drug Administration <del>ordered</del> asked the company to <del>stop<del> showing</del></del> revise the ads with Grandpa Frank and other relatives because the ads didn't reveal a study showing Vytorin wasn't any more effective than < Mon, 31 Oct 2011 22:29:00 +0000 Joe Neel 4203 at http://kanw.com Controversial Cholesterol Pill Vytorin Shows Promise For Kidney Patients Pakistan Polio Spreading To China http://kanw.com/post/pakistan-polio-spreading-china There's <a href="http://www.who.int/csr/don/2011_09_20/en/index.html">word</a> from the World Health Organization that wild poliovirus type 1 has appeared in 10 children in the <a href="http://www.maps-of-china.com/xinjiang-s-ow.shtml">Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region of China</a> this month.<p>The viral strains isolated from these children were genetically linked to virus currently circulating in Pakistan, the WHO says.<p>They're the first confirmed cases of polio identified in China since 1999, according to WHO.<p>It's still unknown whether the virus was carried out of Pakistan into C Mon, 26 Sep 2011 16:15:00 +0000 Joe Neel 2715 at http://kanw.com Pakistan Polio Spreading To China U.S. Public Health Service Official Clarifies Stance On Uniforms http://kanw.com/post/us-public-health-service-official-clarifies-stance-uniforms We got an e-mail this morning from Lt. Cmdr. Kyle Lyons of the U.S. Public Health Service, asking that we straighten out a mess we created with <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/08/15/139656710/uniform-not-just-a-word-for-public-health-services-commissioned-corps?ps=cprs">our post on sweaters and windbreakers Monday</a>.<p>Lyons says we missed his intention: The newsletter item we picked up on was only aimed at reminding Commissioned Corps officers that they shouldn't be seen in public wearing shirt sleeves. Tue, 16 Aug 2011 17:46:00 +0000 Joe Neel 1001 at http://kanw.com U.S. Public Health Service Official Clarifies Stance On Uniforms Uniform: Not Just A Word, For Public Health Service's Commissioned Corps http://kanw.com/post/uniform-not-just-word-public-health-services-commissioned-corps I am not making this up.<p>With temperatures barely out of the 100s and even higher in many areas, the Commissioned Corps of The U.S. Public Health Service has some helpful tips for officers who stray outdoors from the lab or the clinic.<p>"Being that it is summer and heat indices have been over 100 degrees here in the National Capitol Region," the <a href="http://dcp.psc.gov/ccbulletin/articles/CCBulletin_08_2011.aspx">Corps' latest newsletter</a> says, "be reminded you have to wear either the sweater or windbreaker jacket when outdoors."<p>A sweater? A windbreaker? In this heat? Mon, 15 Aug 2011 22:17:00 +0000 Joe Neel 964 at http://kanw.com Uniform: Not Just A Word, For Public Health Service's Commissioned Corps