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1. No decrease in HIV rates in high-risk women taking antiviral prophylaxis

MedPage Today (3/5, Susman) reports, "Overall, 50% to 58% of women assigned to treatment arms did not have detectable drug in their systems at any of the blood samples." What's more, "the women who didn't take the medication regularly were younger, single, and had multiple relationships - that is, the women with highest risk for infection."

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2. Infant cured of HIV

The Wall Street Journal (3/4, Winslow, Subscription Publication, 2.29M) reports that Fauci said, "This is a very important proof of concept." Fauci added that more studies are needed "to see if you can generalize this to children who are born into situations where their risk of infection is very high."

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3. Judge Blocks New York City's Limits on Big Sugary Drinks

The New York Times (3/12, A1, Grynbaum, Subscription Publication, 1.68M) calls the "unusually critical" ruling "a significant blow to one of the most ambitious and divisive initiatives of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's tenure" The proposed limit on the size of sugary drinks to 16 ounces at restaurants, theaters, and food carts "was hailed by many public health officials as a breakthrough in the effort to combat the effects of high-calorie, sugary drinks on the public's health." However, the soft-drink industry "undertook a multimillion-dollar campaign to block it." Mayor Bloomberg plans to appeal, and "he fiercely defended the rationale for the rules."

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