October 23, 2014

Deadly Legionnaires’ Disease Sickens 6 on Las Vegas Strip

Deadly Legionnaires' Disease Sickens 6 on Las Vegas Strip

Nevada health authorities are investigating an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease that has been reported at the posh 4,000-room Aria Resort and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip. Four guests who stayed at the resort were treated for the bacteria-borne disease, but many more may have been exposed from June 21 to July 4. Stephanie Bethel of the Southern Nevada Health District told the Associated Press that this sometimes deadly form of pneumonia had been reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and that the six guests had recovered.

Baby Boomers’ Aging Future Studies Reveal All; Optimism, Drugs

Baby Boomers' Aging Future Studies Reveal All; Optimism Drugs

The “baby boomers” are now between ages 47 to 65 and believe that the worst thing about aging is changes to their physical strength and health, over concerns about beauty according to a new poll released this week. In addition about 4.3 million adults aged 50 or older used an illicit drug in the last year. Boomers express mixed emotions about getting older, with slightly more boomers (42%) feeling positive emotions like confidence or happiness about getting older than negative ones (38%) such as frustration, sadness or fear.

HIV/AIDS ‘Treatment as Prevention’ a Top Priority

HIVAIDS ‘Treatment as Prevention’ a Top Priority

A top AIDS expert says the best way to control the epidemic is to use antiretroviral drugs as a prevention tool. The “treatment as prevention” strategy will be highlighted at next week’s AIDS conference in Rome. Dr. Julio Montaner says the strategy “has progressed from a testable hypothesis to an urgent implementation priority.” “We originally came with the recommendation for treatment as prevention back in 2006. We felt at that time that the data was compelling enough to make that recommendation,” he said.