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Health Highlights: July 23, 2012

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

U.S. Pledges More Funds to Fight HIV/AIDS

The United States is donating $80 million in new funding to help poor countries boost their efforts to prevent HIV infection in babies born to mothers with the virus that causes AIDS.

The new money will help get life-saving HIV drugs to women who currently don't receive them, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton told the International AIDS Conference Monday, the Associated Press reported.

Clinton also told the conference that the U.S. will invest millions more to identify the best ways to protect the highest-risk populations -- gay and bisexual men, sex workers and injection drug users -- in countries hard hit by HIV.

Also at the conference, leading U.S. AIDS researcher Dr. Anthony Fauci said science has provided the tools needed to greatly reduce the number of new HIV infections, but countries need to put these tools in place, the AP reported.

Those tools include better treatment of HIV-infected people, so that they're less likely to infect others.

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Cargill Recalls Ground Beef

Nearly 30,000 pounds of ground beef that may contain salmonella has been recalled by Cargill Beef, Hannaford Supermarkets is alerting consumers.

The 85-percent-lean ground beef was produced at Cargill's plant in Wyalusing, Pa. on May 25, the Associated Press reported.

The recall includes ground beef sold at Hannaford Supermarkets between May 29 and June 16. The company said that customers who return ground beef with those dates will receive refunds.

"Food borne illnesses are unfortunate and we are sorry for anyone who became sick from eating ground beef we may have produced," Cargill President John Keating says in a statement, the AP reported.

Consumers can find additional information at the U.S. Department of Agriculture website.

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