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Discover the Health section of The Advocate, where readers can find the latest news on medicine, fitness, mental and physical wellbeing, scientific developments, and diseases that affect the LGBT community. Read the most recent on gay health, AIDS and HIV news, pregnancy and sex from experts like doctors and researchers. Learn about news related to health insurance, statistics, changing laws and government policy, and tools that can be used in preventing and curing illnesses in the United States and beyond.

Liver cancer
seems to be on the rise, a blip of bad news in the
nation’s otherwise optimistic annual report on
cancer that shows survival continuing to improve.
Overall, Americans’ death rates from cancer have
dropped 1.1% a year since 1993, a trend that continued in
2002—the most recent year for which figures
are available—researchers reported Tuesday
in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

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The Hartford
Financial Services Group is cutting life insurance rates for
some women with breast cancer, citing improved treatment and
research that is helping more women survive the
disease. The policies, which will cost the same as for
healthy women, will be available to women 40 and older
who have been treated for early stages of breast cancer.
Previously, those women would have paid more for coverage or

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Eleven percent of
respondents to Project CHAT, a Chicago health
department survey of 1,147 gay and bisexual men in the city,
said they have used crystal meth at least once within
the past year, the Chicago Free Press reports. Of the
Chicago meth users, 20% reported being weekly users of
the drug, 22% were HIV-positive, and 40% had
unprotected anal sex with casual partners. Only 8% of

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Germany has
reported a sharp rise in HIV infections so far this year,
with a rise of about 20% in new cases in the first six
months of the year as compared with the same period in
2004, Agence France-Presse reports. The country has
registered 1,164 new HIV cases in the first half of the
year, mostly among gay men between the ages of 25 and 45.
Most of the new cases were clustered in such large

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Health advocates
are hoping to take advantage of the enormous popularity
of medical-based television programs like E.R.,
Scrubs,
and CSI to deliver important
messages about AIDS and other diseases to viewers, the
San Jose Mercury News reports. Government
officials are even contacting scriptwriters at the various
TV production companies and sending advisors to
Hollywood to educate producers on the importance of

October 05 2005 12:00 AM

The 19th annual
AIDS Walk Washington, held Sunday in the District of
Columbia, raised more than $400,000 for the Whitman-Walker
Clinic, an AIDS service organization that on Saturday
closed a suburban Maryland office because of ongoing
financial problems, The Washington Post
reports. About 3,300 people participated in the
fund-raiser.

October 05 2005 12:00 AM

“Crystal
Breaks,” a yearlong advertising campaign designed to
deter crystal meth use among Chicago gay men, entered
its second phase with a sobering television commercial
now airing on popular cable channels.

October 05 2005 12:00 AM
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