Medical News TodayCancer screening rates have fallen in US
Despite evidence that earlier diagnosis and improved treatment increases survival, rates of people seeking preventive cancer screening have fallen in the US in the last ten years. Failure of leading bodies to agree screening guidelines, plus reductions in workers with insurance cover could be among reasons for the decline, suggest researchers from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

New Richmond NewsHealth officials encourage flu shots
With the holidays around the corner, and winter break about to start for schoolchildren, state health officials are encouraging Wisconsin residents to give the gift of influenza protection by getting a flu shot. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, everyone aged 6 months and older should be vaccinated. “The most effective way to prevent influenza is by getting vaccinated,” said Dr. Henry Anderson, state health officer. “Getting your flu shot and making sure children are vaccinated can help protect relatives and friends of all ages, and will help protect children when they return to school in January.”

Huffington PostThe effects of alcohol in the body (Infographic)
Most of us know that drinking too much can lead to car accidents, addictions or worse. We know drinking a little can make us giggly or weepy, lose our balance or lose our lunch, feel ravenously hungry the morning after or want nothing more than to be still in a dark room until that terrible pounding subsides. But few of us know much more than the above, especially when it comes to what’s actually going on inside the body to create these reactions.

Boston GlobeWhen kids get bullied for health problems
Any children who stand apart from their peers for whatever reason — they look, speak, or dress a little differently — has a greater likelihood of being bullied, and now it turns out that even common health problems like food allergies can set children up for being victimized. Of course, bullies need no reason at all to pick on a weaker child, but a new study published in the journal Pediatrics finds that the prevalence is particularly high in kids who have food allergies and that nearly a third of them are teased and taunted for their allergies sometimes having offending foods thrown at them. Allergists at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York City conducted surveys of more than 250 families and found that parents frequently didn’t know that their child was suffering such targeted victimization.

Voice of AmericaSouth Africa reports progress in fighting HIV/AIDS
South Africa has made significant gains in the past decade in the fight against HIV/ AIDS. While it still has the largest number of people living with the virus, the country has seen a significant drop in new infections and a decline in the number of HIV/AIDS related deaths. Sakhiwo Hobo picks up his medicine from the counter and walks away. It only takes him an hour to see a doctor and get his treatment renewed at the Themba Lethu Clinic in Johannesburg, one of the biggest HIV/AIDS centers in South Africa.