Health Rewind: Is an HIV Vaccine Really in Our Future?

Plus, the link between drinking and breast cancer.

Get Vaccinated! - Mostly everyone — babies, children and adults — need to get the MMR vaccine, which prevents measles and two other viral diseases — mumps and rubella. A 2014 study found that African-Americans respond better to the measles vaccine compared to whites and Latinos. (Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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HIV Vaccine Successful in Clinical Trial - We may be one step closer to the first FDA-approved HIV vaccine. Researchers in Canada are claiming that their HIV vaccine “aced” a recent clinical trial. The vaccine, which was developed by Chil-Yong Kang, MD, patterns other successful vaccines such as polio, hepatitis A and influenza.The vaccine will advance to Phase II of its clinical trial in the near future. (Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)


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Women of Color More Likely to Underestimate Breast Cancer Risk - A recent survey found that most American women don’t understand their risk for breast cancer. Only 9.4 percent of women accurately assessed their risk; 46 overestimated their risk and 46 underestimated their risk. Black, Asian and Latino women were more likely to underestimate their risk, says Health Day. Learn more about breast cancer risk factors at (Photo: Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Obamacare - "Despite all the hue and cry and, you know, sky-is-falling predictions about this stuff, if you've already got health insurance, then that part of Obamacare that affects you, it's pretty much already in place. …What is left to be implemented is those provisions to help the 10 to 15 percent of the American public that is unlucky enough that they don't have health insurance."  (Photo: AP Photo/J. David Ake)

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Michigan Approves Medicaid Expansion - In a 75-32 vote, Michigan lawmakers voted in favor of expanding Medicaid in their state as part of the Affordable Care Act. It’s estimated that Medicaid will provide coverage for more than 470,000 people, USA Today reported. Michigan is the 25th state to sign on to the expansion. (Photo: AP/J. David Ake)


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Study: Chronic Illnesses Linked to Food Insecurity - A new study found that people suffering from chronic illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, mental health and hypertension are more likely to live in areas with lower access to healthier foods. Another factor: Researchers from Toronto believe that the financial cost of managing these illnesses with medications leaves folks with less money to buy healthier foods.(Photo: David Paul Morris/Getty Images)


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Parents: Yelling and Cursing at Your Kids Harms Them - Parents who yell and curse at their teens may be doing more harm than good, says a recent study. The report’s authors suggest that this type of discipline doesn’t change children’s “bad” behavior, but can increase a kid’s irritability, aggressiveness and disregard for their peers, says Science Daily. Blacks made up 40 percent of the study’s participants.(Photo:REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi /Landov)

Nelson Mandela - President George Bush awarded former South African president and apartheid freedom fighter Nelson Mandela the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2002.(Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

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Mandela Leaves Hospital After Three Months - Former South African President Nelson Mandela spent his first night home in almost three months since being hospitalized for a lung infection. His status in unknown, yet sources say Mandela, 95, remains in critical condition.(Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

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Eating Whole Fruits Linked to Lower Diabetes Risk - Want to lower your risk of developing type-2 diabetes? Try eating more whole fruits, a new study suggests. Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health found that just eating two servings a week could slash your risk by 23 percent, says the Huffington Post. Note: Drinking sugary fruit juice does not give the same results.(Photo: Jasmina/Getty Images)


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Hospitals in Black Neighborhoods Less Likely to Support Breastfeeding - As part of Women E-News series on Black babies and health, a new article highlights the lack of hospitals that teach and support breastfeeding in Black communities. Forty-five percent of baby-friendly hospitals are in areas where Blacks make up 3 percent of the population. Breastfeeding is touted as the best nutrition for babies by the American Association of Pediatrics, the World Health Organization and hundreds of health experts. (Photo:The Plain Dealer /Landov)


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School-Age Drinking Increases Breast Cancer Risk​​​​​​ - Scientists found that hard drinking in a woman’s youth is linked with breast cancer. A new study suggests that regular consumption of alcohol raises a woman’s risk of “proliferative benign breast disease” by 15 percent. While these lesions are non-cancerous, they can increase your risk of breast cancer by 500 percent, writes Science Daily.(Photo: BSIP/UIG via Getty Images)

 Israelis Train South Africans to Circumcise

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Fewer Baby Boys Are Being Circumcised - A recent CDC report found that in the past decade, there had been a 10 percent decrease in baby boys being circumcised. Lead researcher Maria Owings attributes this decline to doctors not strongly pushing the surgery for newborns and more parents may believe that circumcision is not necessary, writes Web MD. Circumcision is believed to help reduce a man’s chance of contracting HIV. (Photo:

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Will a Natural Treatment Treat HPV in Black Women? - With recent data showing that Black women are least likely to get the HPV vaccine, it puts Black women more at risk. A set of researchers suggests that Gene-Eden-VIR, a natural supplement, can help reduce symptoms of the STD, says Digital Journal. (Photo: LWA/Dann Tardif)

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