Health Alert 9-3-12

By: Gina Pitisci Email
By: Gina Pitisci Email

September 3, 2012 - Researchers at the national institutes of health have identified a new disease in Asia that causes Aids-like symptoms but is not associated with HIV.The cases date back to 2004. Most of them are in Thailand and Taiwan. The NIH study, which appears in the New England Journal of Medicine, shows patients with the disease were making antibodies that attacked their immune systems. The disease is being called an adult onset immunodeficiency syndrome. Scientists don't think it's contagious. The study's lead author says it's rare here in the United States, but the NIH has seen about 12 cases. All of those patients are of Asian descent. No one has died from it here, although some may have died in other countries. No one has died from it here.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, new evidence shows the health benefits of circumcision outweigh the risks for newborn boys, but the benefits are not enough for doctors to routinely recommend it for all boys.The new advice is a shift from the Academy's previous policy released in 1999 on circumcision which acknowledged the potential health benefits of circumcision but did not did make clear whether the benefits outweighed the risks, and made no mention of insurance. The Academy says the decision should be made by parents and doctors. Research shows the health benefits of circumcision include lower risks of getting HIV, genital herpes, HPV and syphilis.

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