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A new study suggests that a years-long HIV outbreak among intravenous drug users in Indiana may have been avoided if preventative actions had been taken sooner, Reuters reported. According to the article, the researchers indicated that if state officials had increased HIV screening and treatment efforts in 2011, there would have been fewer than 10 infections total. The study evaluated the severe HIV outbreak among individuals who inject drugs in Scott County, Indiana, where a cluster of 215 infection were ultimately attributed to the outbreak, the article reported.
A recent study has found that light-to-moderate physical activity may lessen the severity of a future stroke, Reuters reported. According to the article, researchers examined 925 patients who were treated for strokes in Sweden between 2014 and 2016, with 4 in 5 of the patients who had a mild stroke. Compared to individuals who were inactive prior to their stroke, those who got at least some exercise before a stroke were twice as likely to have a mild stroke, the article reported.
Officials with the FDA conducted a surprise inspection of e-cigarette maker Juul’s headquarters and collected more than a thousand pages of documents, The Hill reported. According to the article, the inspection comes after FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, said that the agency is considering banning online sales of e-cigarettes as part of an ongoing effort to prevent youth use of tobacco products. The inspection was meant to determine compliance with laws and regulations, including the collection of company records, the article reported.