Aug 31

A study of triathletes has revealed that the heart adapts to triathlon training by working more efficiently.

Triathlons are multi-sport events consisting of swimming, cycling and running various distances in succession.

“To our knowledge, this is the first study using MRI to investigate effects of triathlon training on cardiac adaptations,” said lead researcher Michael M. Lell, M.D., associate professor at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Erlangen, Germany.

Dr. Lel

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Aug 30

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A resurgence of bedbugs across the U.S. has homeowners and apartment dwellers taking desperate measures to eradicate the tenacious bloodsuckers, with some relying on dangerous outdoor pesticides and fly-by-night exterminators.

The problem has gotten so bad that the Environmental Protection Agency warned this month against the indoor use of chemicals meant for the outside. The agency also warned of an increase in pest control companies and others making “unrealistic promises of effectiveness or low cost.”

Bedbugs, infesting U.S. households on a scale unseen in more than a half-century, have become largely resistant to common pesticides. Full article…

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Aug 29

Research in Tanzania shows that women with HIV who took vitamin A and beta-carotene (VA/BC) supplements had more HIV in their breast milk than those who did not, while women who took multivitamins were more likely to develop mastitis. Both are major risk factors for HIV transmission during breastfeeding The discovery of an association between vitamin A supplementation and HIV in breast milk may help to explain an unexpected finding from an earlier study of the same group of women. After enrolling 1078 HIV-positive pregnant women into intervention and control arms to investigate the potential benefits of nutritional supplementation, researchers observed that children born to mothers in the VA/BC arm were more likely to acquire HIV during breastfeeding. Full article…

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Aug 27

A German girl-band singer broke down in tears Thursday as a court found her guilty of causing bodily harm to her former boyfriend by having unprotected sex with him despite knowing she was infected with HIV. She was not sentenced to jail time.

Nadja Benaissa, a member of No Angels, was given a two-year suspended prison sentence and 300 hours community service after she was convicted in a Darmstadt administrative court. She faced a possible 10 years behind bars.

The court ruled that the 28-year-old had infected a former boyfriend with the virus that causes AIDS by having unprotected sex with him. Full article…

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