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What can the field of medicine learn from art? Polyxeni Potter knows.

For over 20 years Potter served as managing editor of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's medical journal "Emerging Infectious Diseases," which stood out from other journals for publishing — not graphic illustrations of disease on the cover, but classic works of art, from 17th century Dutch masters to Vincent Van Gogh, Henri Matisse, Frida Kahlo and many more.

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David Goldman / Associated Press

With the mosquito-borne illness Zika in the news, it may be hard to remember that just a few years ago, West Nile Virus was the big concern.

Well, it turns out West Nile never had major numbers in metro Atlanta – and now scientists know why.

Each year, only about three people out of 100,000 in the Atlanta area get infected with the virus.

That figure’s low  compared to other parts of the country, including Chicago.

For a long time the low infection rate puzzled scientists, since Atlanta’s long, hot mosquito season can last until November.

This Thursday, June 26, 2008 file photo shows a developer solution vial, left, and test device, right, for an oral rapid HIV test at a medical center in the Bronx borough of New York.
Tina Fineberg / Associated Press

Fewer than 1 in 4 high school students who've had sex have ever been tested for HIV, a troubling low rate that didn't budge over eight years, government researchers say. Young adults fared slightly better, although testing rates have declined in black women, a high-risk group.

David Goldman / Associated Press

With the largest Ebola outbreak under control, officials with the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say they see 2016 as an opportunity to transition away from responding to Ebola and toward strengthening the public health systems in countries vulnerable to infectious diseases.


The number of babies born with syphilis has shot up, and it's taking a toll.

Of the 458 babies born last year with syphilis, 33 of were stillborn or died shortly after birth. From 2012 to 2014, there's been a 38 percent increase in cases of congenital syphilis. The spike reverses a previously falling trend in the rates of babies with syphilis from 2008 to 2012, according to a report released Thursday in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.