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Virus to blame for rise in throat cancer: study

(Reuters) – Cancer of the back of the mouth and throat is on the rise, primarily because of more cases stemming from a viral infection called human papillomavirus (HPV), according to a U.S. study. The number of people who were diagnosed with HPV-related oral cancer in 2004 was triple the…

Deadly fungus strikes Joplin tornado victims

CHICAGO — The toll from the deadliest single tornado to strike the United States in six decades rose to 151, and eight hospitalized victims were infected with a rare and potentially deadly fungus kicked up by the storm, officials said Friday. The toll from the May 22 tornado which destroyed…

Rectal gel shows promise in warding off HIV: study

WASHINGTON (AFP) – A gel that has been shown to reduce the risk of HIV infection in women during vaginal sex has also shown promise toward preventing transmission during anal sex, US researchers said Monday. “HIV was significantly inhibited in tissue samples from participants who used tenofovir gel daily for…

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