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Welcome to the Go Ask Alice! Health in the News section!  We hope you will stay awhile.

To help you stay connected to the latest research findings and breakthroughs in the field of health, the health promotion specialists at Alice! will be posting relevant and timely news stories to this section.  Browse the page to stay current on health developments or click the links to find out more.  Alice! will be sure to keep you posted! Please come back often.

September 23, 2013: ‘Dramatic’ drop in global HIV infections

According to a UN report death rates from HIV infections and AIDS fell from 2.3 million during its peak in 2005 to 1.6 million last year. The number of new HIV infections also fell by a third since 2001 and even more dramatically among children. This drop has been attributed to better access to and affordability of antiretroviral drugs. Despite progress towards reaching the Millennium Development Goal to stop and reverse the AIDS epidemic by 2015, global efforts must continue to expand access to cost-effective testing, treatment and care.

September 23, 2013: How college health centers help students succeed

U.S. colleges and universities have expanded their campus health centers to cover a range of health issues. In addition to medical and mental health care, there has been a shift to focus on prevention and promotion of healthy lifestyles. Many centers have efforts to curb tobacco and alcohol use, prevent sexual assault, and promote good nutrition, sleep and exercise. Given the tremendous impact of health on well-being, learning and academic success, it is no wonder college health centers are taking a bigger role on campus.  

September 22, 2013: Scientists take big step towards universal flu vaccine

A research team in London claim to have made a “blueprint” for a universal flu vaccine, but will still be years away from translating it into a workable vaccine. The impact of such a vaccine would be huge given that seasonal flu kills 250,000-500,000 people each year and new seasonal flu vaccines are need each year because the influenza virus is constantly changing.     

September 5, 2013: Rise Is Seen in Students Who Use E-Cigarettes

According to a national survey by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, the number of middle and high school students who use E-Cigarettes has doubled in 2012 compared to the previous year. While E-cigarettes are marketed as a healthier alternative to traditional cigarettes, they could be causing even more health problems. One of the biggest concerns is that e-cigarettes may be a “gateway” to traditional cigarette smoking among youth who may not have otherwise started smoking.

September 3, 2013: Sleep ‘boosts brain cell numbers’

Researchers have come closer to uncovering the mystery of why we sleep. A recent study found that sleep increases the number of cells responsible for ‘myelin’, an insulating material that protects our nerves and speeds up brain signaling. This increase was highest during periods of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. 

August 15, 2013: Obesity kills more Americans than we thought

While childhood obesity rates in the U.S. have reported to be on the decline, obesity-related illnesses account for 18% of deaths in American adults, ages 40-85. This statistic is nearly three times higher than previous estimates, which had estimated to only account for 5% of U.S. mortalities.