HIV infection rates increasing in 74 countries

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DURBAN, South Africa — While the world has made progress reducing the number of people who die from AIDS every year by expanding access to life-saving drug treatments, many countries are increasingly failing to prevent the spread of HIV. That’s the disturbing gist of a new…

Women have been targeted in the failed Turkish coup

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In the days since a failed military coup stunned Turkey’s citizens, photos of crowded and often violent male-dominated protests erupted across social media channels. In the midst of so much chaos, the apparent lack of women has raised some important questions: Where were the women? And…

More bad news for malaria vaccine

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The protection provided by the world’s first malaria vaccine all but disappears after seven years, according to a new study. A phase-two clinical trial of Mosquirix (RTS,S) in Kenya showed just 4 percent effectiveness in children older than 7 years. With an already relatively low rate…

Researchers use city pigeons to study air pollution

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Air pollution is one of the greatest threats to humans, caused by humans, today. The public is increasingly aware of the health and economic costs of air pollution, which has a disproportionate impact on the world’s poor. But efforts to combat the pollution problem have yet to…

Playing for Change: Making peace through music

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Grammy Award-winning producer, engineer and film director Mark Johnson stopped to listen to a subway musician on his way to work one morning, when he had an epiphany: “The greatest music I had ever heard was on the way to the studio and not in the studio.” According…