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The Bizarre Way The Smallpox Vaccine Arrived In America

Early this month, three researchers were awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine for their discoveries on parasitic diseases. This December, the winners will receive their award at the official ceremony in Stockholm, where they will join the pantheon of scientific investigators whose discoveries changed countless lives for the better.

In the meantime, one historical medical milestone has a backstory worth knowing about: how the smallpox vaccine arrived in America.

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Your World This Week, Volume XVI

Umpqua Shootings

Police search students outside Umpqua Community College after a mass shooting on October 1.
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Infectious Disease Doctor Seeks To Treat Gun Violence As A Medical — Not Just Social — Issue

As politicians look to legislation to reduce gun violence in the United States, Dr. Gary Slutkin proposes that we view violence as an infection — and one that can be treated through someone known as an “interrupter.”

The interrupter treatment, or the application of trained health professionals in epicenters of violence to mediate a potentially deadly situation, is meant to “interrupt the transmission” of violence to a given population, Slutkin said. These individuals enter a situation in order to understand the infected individual; not judge or alienate them.

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Your World This Week, Volume XII

New Study Shows That HIV Prevention Pill Is Literally 100% Effective

Truvada Man Holding Pill

Image Source: The Huffington Post

Recently, 600 healthy subjects considered to be at high risk for contracting HIV were given the daily prevention pill, Truvada. When the study ended, not a single subject had contracted HIV. Success rates of 100 percent are practically unheard of in medical research, so the new study understandably has researchers ecstatic.

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