• HIV AIDS

    Resources available in Brazil for the prevention and treatment of AIDS

    Brazil has done a great job in the fight against HIV-AIDS but there is still no cure, so prevention is the best approach. Free HIV testing is available for all citizens of Brazil, along with free treatment for those infected.

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    Polls: chicken soup, and Ebola

    In our last poll, a majority of our readers had a high level of concern that Brazil is not prepared to deal with Ebola in our country. Our new poll question if you believe more in home remedies or in medication to treat symptoms of virus infections.

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    How worried are you about Ebola coming to Brazil?

    While no cases of Ebola have been diagnosed in Brazil, the level of concern seems to be rising. Our current poll asks our readers about this, and we also report the results of our last poll regarding hospitals.

  • Ebola virus

    Basic facts about Ebola: do we have to worry?

    Ebola virus disease is particularly deadly, has so far been confined to West Africa, and is unlikely to spread to Brazil. Basic facts about the disease are presented.

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    Be careful with cat bites

    A recent study from the Mayo Clinic showed that cat bites to the hand are particularly dangerous. One-third of victims required hospitalization, and often surgery to resolve the infection. Wounds near joints and over the wrist were most problematic.

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    The US may soon ban consumer anti-bacterial soaps

    Anti-bacterial soaps containing the chemical triclosan have been shown to be no more effective at killing germs than plain soap, and triclosan may have long-term side effects. Several European countries have already restricted its use, and it seems like the US will soon follow.

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    Dengue fever and the World Cup

    Next year at the World Cup, outbreaks of dengue fever are possible. People in at-risk areas should take measures to prevent mosquito bites, and support public health measures to decrease the mosquito population.

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    Good news about yellow fever

    Many foreigners have fear of contracting yellow fever in Brazil but the disease now is rare in Brazil. An effective vaccination is available, and the WHO has just revised their recommendations such that at-risk individuals only receive one shot in their lives. Booster shots are no longer necessary.