Health Alert: At Home HIV Testing Kit

(CBS) - The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first over-the-counter, at-home HIV testing kit. The Ora-Quick test uses a sample taken from a person's mouth with results 20 to 40 minutes later. The test is 93 percent accurate at identifying people who are HIV positive and 99 percent correct at determining people who are HIV negative.


(CBS) - It's a technology that's helped millions of couples have children. Now in-vitro fertilization, or IVF, has reached a new height. Fertility experts say five million children have been born thanks to medical reproductive assistance. The first so-called "test tube baby" was born in 1978. IVF is a procedure where a woman's eggs are fertilized outside her body -- in a laboratory -- and reinserted into the birth mother's uterus. It's not cheap, the national institutes of health estimates IVF can cost between 12 and 17-thousand dollars.


(CBS) - A new study finds transferring just one single embryo during in vitro fertilization greatly reduces the risk of newborn death. Researchers looked at more than 50-thousand IVF births. They found the chances of having a baby that was stillborn, or did not survive the first month was 53 percent greater if two embryos were transferred instead of one.


(CBS) - New research questions the current recommendation not to give the shingles vaccine to patients with diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis or psoriasis. The common wisdom is that the live vaccine would increase those patients' risk of getting the painful skin condition in the weeks after getting the shot. But the study in the Journal of the American Medical Association says that's not the case and the vaccine will significantly reduce their long-term risk of getting shingles.


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