Philadelpia Main Line

A rare lung infection that affects affluent older white women has doctors stumped. The infection is called Nontuberculous Mycobacteria or NTM for short.

The lung infection, similar to tuberculosis, is caused by a bacteria that is found in water, soil, and in the air.

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head lice

Loyal reader Ronisha writes:

“Hey,

I was reading your blog and you mentioned only straight hair getting lice, which is untrue. I work for one of the top lice places here in NYC. I’m African American, and although not to many cases are African American, I can assure you that we do get lice.”

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prince hiv aids

The world continues to mourn megastar Prince Rogers Nelson who died at age 57 in an elevator at his 66,000 sq ft Paisley Park residence near Minneapolis last Thursday.

Insiders confirm the pop icon was diagnosed with “full blown AIDS” in the months before he died.

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Truvada PrEP

A 43-year-old gay man is believed to be the first person to contract HIV while on daily Truvada PrEP antiviral medication.

PrEP stands for “pre-exposure prophylaxis.” One pill contains 2 antiviral drugs (tenofovir and emtricitabine) to prevent HIV infection in people who engage in high risk, unprotected sex.

Ideally, men on PrEP prophylaxis therapy should also use condoms.

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Zika virus

Health officials in South Florida confirm 3 pregnant women have tested positive for the Zika virus. The total number of cases in the state of Florida stands at 32.

All of the infected patients contracted the mosquito-borne infection while traveling out of the country.

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