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Lack of HIV knowledge revealed by survey raises concern among experts, activists

Lack of HIV knowledge revealed by survey raises concern among experts, activists

Health
Dec. 2 (UPI) -- HIV can't be passed from one person to another through a hug, but the reluctance of younger Americans to share the gesture with someone who is HIV positive has raised concerns that additional education on the disease is desperately needed. In a survey conducted by the Prevention Access Campaign, HIV-positive activists and drugmaker Merck, more than one quarter of HIV-negative "Millennials" who responded said they have avoided hugging, talking to or being friends with someone with HIV. Additionally, 30 percent said they would prefer not to interact socially with someone with HIV. Activists involved in the project say the results are evidence that many in the general population -- particularly those between 18 and 36 years of age -- remain poorly informed about the virus an...
Essex lorry deaths: Vietnamese families fear relatives among dead

Essex lorry deaths: Vietnamese families fear relatives among dead

World
At least six of the 39 people found dead in a lorry trailer in Essex may have been from Vietnam.The BBC knows of six Vietnamese families who fear their relatives are among the victims. They include Pham Thi Tra My, 26, who has not been heard from since she sent text messages on Tuesday saying she could not breathe.A man was earlier arrested at Stansted Airport on suspicion of manslaughter and conspiracy to traffic people. The 48-year-old from Northern Ireland is the fourth person to be arrested in connection with the investigation. Two people from Warrington are being held on suspicion of manslaughter and conspiracy to traffic people and the lorry driver is in custody on suspicion of murder.Ms Tra My's brother, Pham Ngoc Tuan, sa...
Suspected mumps among south Wales university students

Suspected mumps among south Wales university students

Health
Almost 30 suspected cases of mumps - a contagious viral infection that causes swelling of the glands - have struck students at universities in Wales.Public Health Wales (PHW) is investigating a series of cases in Cardiff and the Cwm Taf area.It is urging people to make sure they have received the MMR vaccination.Cardiff University, Cardiff Metropolitan University and the University of South Wales have advised students to be aware of symptoms.PHW has been informed of 28 suspected cases, as of 16 October, though said it was continuing to monitor the situation. Skip Twitter post by @kierramarie99 Nah who's the antivaxx kids that's caused this mumps outbreak at Cardiff uni then?...
Motorcycle fatality rate among Air Force personnel falls

Motorcycle fatality rate among Air Force personnel falls

Business
Oct. 18 (UPI) -- The U.S. Air Force, with 22,000 motorcycle riders among its personnel, said it saw a 69 percent reduction in motorcycle accident fatalities in the past 10 years. Fatalities dropped from 13 in Fiscal Year 2010 to four in FY19, the Air Force announced on Friday, adding that the branch has seen a decline of 41.9 percent in lost-time injuries over that period. The record compares to a slowly increasing rate nationally. Between 2010 and 2019 the national motorcycle fatality rate stayed between 4,295 and 4,990, with the exception of 5,286 in 2016, the National Transportation Safety Board statistics indicate. Defense Department guidelines, in place since 2013, require Air Force personnel to take repeated training courses and wear protective clothing, including a helmet, while r...
Sticking to one sport could up injuries among teen athletes

Sticking to one sport could up injuries among teen athletes

Health
Sept. 29 (UPI) -- Here's a good reason to encourage your teenager to play more than one sport: New research finds kids who concentrate on only one sport may be at risk for stress fractures, tendinitis and knee injuries. "It's wonderful for a child to love a sport and to want to engage in it, but we must keep in mind the number of hours spent playing," said study author Alison Field, a professor of epidemiology and pediatrics at Brown University. "They add up pretty quickly." The findings are a result of following more than 10,000 older children throughout the United States. The bottom line is that kids who do the most hours of intense activity per week, and that happens to be those focusing on a single sport, are the most likely to be injured. Field hopes that coaches, parents and doctor...