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  • British Smokers Being Denied Treatment by State-Run Healthcare Service

    08/11/2014 3:20:34 AM PDT · by markomalley · 91 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | 8/11/2014 | David Atherton
    Scotland's second largest health board, NHS Lothian, will not be giving further treatment to smokers for non-urgent cases, with referrals from GPs being refused. Dr. Zahid Raza said: "In Edinburgh, we will not see patients at the clinic that are still smoking. Evidence shows that they would not do well with the treatment." He also went onto say: "We try to avoid intervention and, in around 80 percent of cases, a smoker’s condition will improve just simply by stopping smoking and smoking other lifestyle changes."Dr Jean Turner of the Scotland Patients Association said that she was "extremely disappointed", adding: "I'm...
  • REM's Michael Stipe delayed HIV test to stay out of the, um, Reagan-Bush internment camps

    07/05/2014 10:42:18 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 50 replies
    Cain TV ^ | Monday June 30th, 2014 | Dan Calabrese
    You remember those, right?If you ever wonder where delusional left-wingers get their ideas that what is happening in the world, it's useful to know your history. They didn't just start believing crazy things when George W. Bush won the Florida recount, or when dastardly Republicans started criticizing Barack Obama. They've been this way for a long time.And as is so often the case, the insanity is influenced and often led by figures in pop culture. REM front man Michael Stipe provided a perfect example in a recent statement about why, back in the 1980s, he decided not to get tested...
  • Woman Says Letter Warned Magic Johnson Told He Had Aids Virus Two Months Before Doctor Knew

    04/29/2014 6:43:48 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel ^ | November 1992 | Frank Deford
    Last year, Magic Johnson found out that he had the virus that causes AIDS in his body... ...hounded by a new wave of rumors that he must be bisexual, fearing the rejection of NBA players and aware that a $2 million lawsuit from a onetime lover that accuses him of giving her HIV was sure to burst public, Johnson last week rescinded his decision to return to the Los Angeles Lakers.... Of all the turmoil that drove Johnson back out of basketball, it is the grievous lawsuit in Michigan filed by a woman called only Jane Doe that threatens most...
  • Campaign against UN Women to decriminalise pimping, buying sex

    01/04/2014 1:31:55 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 15 replies
    zeenews.india.com ^ | January 03, 2014
    Kolkata: A group of organisations have launched a campaign against a move by UN Women, a United Nations organisation dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women, to decriminalise pimping, buying sex and brothel-keeping. "Such a move will fuel huge sex-trafficking as those who buy and sell women will get off scot free," Ruchira Gupta of Apne Aap Women Worldwide, an anti-sex trafficking NGO, told reporters here today. More than 1,000 individuals and organisations representing victims and survivors, women and dalits have signed a petition that the NGO would submit to UN Women in Delhi on January 7. The...
  • High School Sex Ed Indoctrination Reaching Dangerous Levels

    12/09/2013 5:25:02 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 9, 2013 | Rachel Alexander
    I was astonished recently when one of my stepdaughters arrived home from public high school in Washington state with a red ribbon painted on her cheek. Sex education in the schools – which conservatives have tried to limit to abstinence-only – has now gone well beyond simple education. Today's students are being coerced into promoting and acting out the politically correct views taught them. It is being done so sneakily, using the authoritative stamp of approval by the public schools, that even my conservatively raised children were cajoled into participating. There was no way to pull your child out of...
  • Gay men push to end 30-year blood donation ban

    12/02/2013 7:39:21 AM PST · by Gritty · 81 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 1, 2013 | Cheryl Wetzstein
    A push by activists to ease the 30-year-old blanket ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men faces a key test this week as a federal panel hears results of the latest research. The findings will be released amid growing pressure from politicians and advocates, including college students, to change the policy. Critics say the ban is a hangover from the early, fear-filled days of AIDS, stigmatizing gay men and ignoring advances in treatment and detection in the decades since...
  • AIDS proves stubborn in Europe as new HIV infections rise

    11/27/2013 6:08:28 AM PST · by massmike · 20 replies
    http://ca.news.yahoo.com/ ^ | 11/27/2013 | Kate Kelland
    Some 131,000 people were newly infected with HIV in Europe and nearby countries in 2012, an 8 percent rise from a year earlier and a worrying reversal of a recent downward trend in AIDS cases in the West. Michel Kazatchkine, the United Nation's HIV/AIDS Special Envoy in Eastern Europe, told Reuters in an interview this month that HIV epidemics are becoming more concentrated in marginalized groups such as sex workers, drug users and gay men, and could defy global attempts to combat AIDS if no progress is made in turning them around.
  • Can a foot cream really do battle with HIV?

    10/08/2013 8:30:25 AM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies
    CNET.com ^ | September 24, 2013 | Elizabeth Armstrong Moore
    A study has found that the antifungal drug Ciclopirox kills HIV in cell cultures -- and the virus doesn't bounce back when the drug is stopped. But the research has yet to be performed on people. A drug commonly prescribed to treat nail fungus appears to come with a not-so-tiny side effect: killing HIV in cell cultures.In a study performed at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, not only does the drug Ciclopirox rid infectious HIV from cell cultures, but the virus also doesn't bounce back when the drug is withheld. The same group of researchers had previously shown that Ciclopirox...
  • Some gay-rights activists regret focus on marriage

    07/18/2013 1:40:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 18, 2013 2:57 PM EDT | David Crary
    Even as it celebrates victories in the push for same-sex marriage, America’s gay-rights movement is experiencing self-criticism and internal divisions over its approach to other thorny issues. Some activists say the nationwide marriage campaign, while worthwhile, has diverted energy and resources from causes that may be harder to market—such as rights for transgender people and advocacy to combat HIV and AIDS. “I wish we were spending a little more time working on these other issues and not just making marriage the centerpiece,” said Terry Stone of CenterLink, a nationwide coalition of more than 200 community centers that serve lesbians, gays,...
  • Bid to cure HIV ramps up

    06/28/2013 4:22:18 PM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies
    Nature News ^ | 26 June 2013 | Erika Check Hayden
    Clinical trial will aim to replicate virus-expunging therapy that worked in US infant. HIV-positive mothers who take anti­retroviral therapies while pregnant can be prevented from transmitting the virus to their babies 99% of the time — a resounding success story in the decades-long fight against the virus. But what about infants whose mothers do not receive the drugs? Energized by the case of the ‘Mississippi baby’ — who seemed to be cured of HIV after aggressive treatment was begun within hours of birth — researchers are hoping to show that these infants, too, can get off to a healthy start....
  • Russia's AIDS Epidemic: It's America's Fault (of Course)

    05/28/2013 10:27:39 PM PDT · by neverdem · 21 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 27, 2013 | Kim Zigfeld
    HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is raging out of control in Vladimir Putin's Russia. It is perhaps the single most devastating hallmark of the demographic crisis that has his nation by the throat. Instead of contending with it forthrightly and energetically, Putin is ignoring the crisis in favor of a neo-Soviet Cold-War confrontation with the West. In a 2011 report issued on World AIDS Day, the United Nations stated the stunning reality: "The Russian Federation and Ukraine account for almost 90% of the Eastern Europe and Central Asia region's epidemic. Injecting drug use remains the leading cause of HIV infection in...
  • Doctors say infant cured of HIV at UMC

    03/03/2013 4:49:57 PM PST · by grandpa jones · 90 replies
    WAPT ^ | 3/3/13
    JACKSON, Miss. —Doctors at the University of Mississippi Medical Center said they have cured a baby suffering from HIV and the breakthrough is reverberating worldwide. Related Woman says ex kidnapped her 18-wheeler overturns off of I-20 3 arrested in Jackson drug bust Grenade launcher found during drug bust Fire hydrant testing begins in West... "There is excitement around this," said Dr. Deborah Persaud of John's Hopkins Children's Center. Doctors across the country are heralding the medical breakthrough in Jackson. "We have, perhaps inadvertently, but in fact, cured the child," said Dr. Hannah Gay, associate professor of pediatrics. "We don't know...
  • HIV Vector Licks Leukemia

    12/10/2012 6:20:25 PM PST · by neverdem · 25 replies
    A gene therapy that uses infusions of patients’ own T cells genetically engineered to attack their tumors enjoyed its first successful and sustained demonstration of clinical-trial success in nine of 12 leukemia patients—two of whom have been in remission for more than two years. The therapy was pioneered by the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, whose researchers will present latest results from the study today at the American Society of Hematology (ASH)'s Annual Meeting and Exposition in Atlanta.According to Penn Perelman, the results pave the way for a potential paradigm shift in the treatment of these types of...
  • Elton John: AIDS Epidemic Fueled by Stigma Violence Indifference - I Have News for Elton John

    07/24/2012 11:11:49 AM PDT · by maggiesnotebook · 27 replies
    Maggie's Notebook ^ | 7-23-12 | Maggie@MaggiesNotebook
    How does that work? When I think of an epidemic being "fueled," I think of what is causing the epidemic. In the case of AIDS, it is not caused by "stigma," "violence" unless that violence involves something physical that would pass on the HIV virus, or "indifference" unless a person chooses to be indifferent to the danger of the disease.John was speaking at a conference.  Science and money would not be enough to beat the epidemic, he said: "We need love. If that word makes you a bit uneasy – if you associate it with Disney and schmaltz, let's call...
  • Quicklime provides a hot way for rapid HIV detection

    03/04/2012 1:54:16 AM PST · by neverdem · 1 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 1 March 2012 | Simon Hadlington
    US researchers have developed a rapid testing kit for HIV, which uses nothing more sophisticated than quicklime to power it. The device, which relies on heat generated from the hydration of calcium oxide, should be useful in situations where there is no electricity, such as in rural areas in developing countries. The new device can detect HIV in the field at an early stage of infection To contain the spread of HIV and to treat carriers of the virus effectively, it is important to diagnose the condition at the 'point of care' - rather than in a remote laboratory. HIV...
  • George Bush's Africa AIDS Achievement Big But Ignored

    12/02/2011 5:48:06 PM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | December 2, 2011 | Editor
    World Health: At a star-studded gala Thursday, President Obama drew big praise from AIDS activists and NGOs for expanding AIDS-fighting programs. But the real accomplishment rests with his predecessor, President Bush. After quietly helping to save 30 million lives from the scourge of AIDS across the African continent, it would seem that higher honors would be in store for Bush, whose AIDS initiatives there have been an astonishing success. Obama, to his credit, acknowledged Bush in his World AIDS Day speech Thursday, as have serious-minded Africa advocates including rock singer Bono. But among the garden-variety NGOs, media elites or activist...
  • Gamers Help Fight AIDS: Online players solve a tough problem that had scientists stumped for a...

    11/22/2011 12:44:25 AM PST · by neverdem · 17 replies
    Reason ^ | December 2011 | Peter Suderman
    Online players solve a tough problem that had scientists stumped for a decade. For more than 10 years, health researchers have been stumped by an enzyme that helps retroviral infections like AIDS reproduce. Biologists studying the enzyme were unable to model its shape, a crucial first step in figuring out how to beat it. Recently scientists turned the problem over to an unusual team of collaborators: video gamers. Using Foldit, a free online protein folding game developed at the University of Washington in 2008, those gamers competed to see who could produce the most accurate virtual model of the real-life...
  • The Greening of AIDS Prevention - Don’t bet the house and farm on drugs and condoms.

    10/13/2011 3:57:31 PM PDT · by neverdem · 8 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | October 13, 2011 | Interview
    The Greening of AIDS PreventionDon't bet the house and farm on drugs and condoms. Broken Promises: How the AIDS Establishment Has Betrayed the Developing World is the recent book by Edward C. Green, the former director of the AIDS Prevention Research Project at the Harvard School of Health. He has been conducting research in Africa, Southeast Asia, and other parts of the world for upwards of three decades, in the fields of applied anthropology and international health. In an interview with National Review Online, Green, current director of the New Paradigm Fund, talks about clarifying recent AIDS research and how...
  • A Bathhouse Setting Study HIV (25-33% of Gay and Bisexual Men in NYC estimated to be HIV Positive)

    10/13/2011 7:23:34 AM PDT · by Clintons Are White Trash · 53 replies
    NYU 2011 Research Report ^ | 10/13/2011 | Demetre Daskalakis, MD
    Page 19 - In a bathouse in New York City, Demetre Daskalakis, MD hopes to solve the mysteries of long-term resistance to HIV infection. In this unusual setting he established an HIV testing site in 2007.
  • New leukemia treament exceeds 'wildest expectations'

    08/10/2011 1:39:34 PM PDT · by Nachum · 68 replies
    NBC News ^ | 8/10/11 | Robert Bazell
    Doctors have treated only three leukemia patients, but the sensational results from a single shot could be one of the most significant advances in cancer research in decades. And it almost never happened. In the research published Wednesday, doctors at the University of Pennsylvania say the treatment made the most common type of leukemia completely disappear in two of the patients and reduced it by 70 percent in the third. In each of the patients as much as five pounds of cancerous tissue completely melted away in a few weeks, and a year later it is still gone
  • U.S. to Build Ethiopian Drug-Warehouse 'Super Structures'

    07/18/2011 9:26:41 AM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 4 replies
    U.S. Trade & AId Monitor ^ | July 18, 2011 | Steve Peacock
    The design and construction of pharmaceutical warehouses are in the planning stages for Ethiopia, courtesy of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The agency today issued a presolicitation notice alerting potential vendors to the release of an upcoming Request for Proposals (RFP), which USAID expects to release around July 28. The RFP will provide greater detail about the project, which aims to build ten "super structures" on substructures that the Government of Ethiopia already has put in place. The facilities are located in the regions of Addis Ababa, Adama, Arbaminch, Awassa, Bahirdar, Dessie, Diredawa, Jimma, Mekelle, and Nekemte. The...
  • Housekeeper That Accuses IMF Head of Sexual Assault Lives in HIV Apartment

    05/18/2011 8:10:17 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 73 replies
    Cleveland Leader ^ | May 18, 2011
    Not only does Dominique Strauss-Kahn have to worry about a possible prison sentence, but now he also has reason to be concerned about coming into contact with the HIV/AIDs virus. The alleged victim of the IMF chief's sexual assault lives in a Bronx apartment rented exclusively for adults with HIV or AIDS. The hotel maid is a West African immigrant, and has occupied the fourth floor of the building with her 15-year-old daughter since January. Before that, she had lived in another apartment since 2008 that was set aside by Harlem Community AIDS United for adults with the virus and...
  • IMF accuser in apt. for HIV vics (Victim of French socialist hotel sex assault has AIDS?)

    05/18/2011 4:40:28 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 26 replies
    NY Post ^ | 5/18/11 | JENNIFER BAIN and BOB FREDERICKS
    Dominique Strauss-Kahn may have more to worry about than a possible prison sentence. The IMF chief's alleged sex-assault victim lives in a Bronx apartment rented exclusively for adults with HIV or AIDS, The Post has learned. The hotel maid, a West African immigrant, has occupied the fourth-floor High Bridge pad with her 15-year-old daughter since January -- and before that, lived in another Bronx apartment set aside by Harlem Community AIDS United strictly for adults with the virus and their families. The Post has not been able to ascertain whether the maid, 32, has HIV/AIDS because of medical confidentiality laws.
  • HIV-positive muppet to star in Nigeria's 'Sesame Street'

    10/06/2010 9:22:27 AM PDT · by fightinJAG · 34 replies
    CNN ^ | Oct. 6, 2010 | George Webster
    Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog have some new friends, but they're a long way from "Sesame Street." One of America's best-loved children's shows, which began life on a fictional New York street over 40 years ago, is about to land in Nigeria under the title of "Sesame Square" -- bringing with it some distinctly West African twists. The show stars Kami, a girl Muppet who is HIV-positive, has golden hair and a zest for adventure; and Kobi, an energetic, furry, blue Muppet whose troublesome escapades help others learn from his mistakes.
  • D.C. brings HIV testing to the crowd at the DMV

    10/01/2010 8:59:46 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 23 replies
    wahsington post ^ | 9/30 | nikita stewart
    Starting Tuesday, getting tested for HIV in the District will be as easy as renewing a driver's license.
  • UPDATE 1-1 in 5 gay, bisexual men in US cities has HIV

    09/23/2010 4:18:33 PM PDT · by Inappropriate Laughter · 70 replies · 2+ views
    reuters ^ | Julie Steenhuysen | Thu Sep 23, 2010
    CHICAGO, Sept 23 (Reuters) - Nearly one in five gay and bisexual men in 21 major U.S. cities are infected with HIV, and nearly half of them do not know it, U.S. health officials said on Thursday. Young men, and especially young black men, are least likely to know if they are infected with HIV, according to a study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "We need to reinvigorate our response to preventing HIV among gay and bisexual men," Dr. Jonathan Mermin, director of CDC's Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, said in a telephone interview. "We can't allow...
  • The White Atheists’ Burden: save the savages (AIDs, Africa, condoms, and "dodgy prejudices")

    09/18/2010 4:32:50 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 12 replies
    Spiked ^ | Thursday 16 September 2010 | Brendan O’Neill
    The idea that the pope is responsible for spreading AIDS in Africa has acquired the moral force of a chattering-class commandment. Say it in polite company and you will be greeted by vigorously nodding heads. The pope’s criticism of condom-use ‘sabotages the fight against AIDS’, says a Guardian columnist (leading an online commenter to say: ‘the genocidal freak should be tried for crimes against humanity.’) The New Statesman reckons the Vatican has done more to spread AIDS around Africa than ‘prostitution and the trucking industry combined’. Stephen Fry, that unofficial High Representative of the chattering classes, says the pope has...
  • Global AIDS Activists Pine For President Bush

    07/30/2010 9:24:01 AM PDT · by Slyscribe · 18 replies · 1+ views
    IBD's Capital Hill ^ | 7/30/2010 | Sean Higgins
    The Washington Post reported yesterday on the frustration and anger among international AIDS charities with the White House. The groups argue that President Obama’s administration has reneged on pledges to fund antiretroviral therapy programs. The programs have been big successes in Africa, which faces epidemic levels of infection. “In sub-Saharan Africa, antiretroviral therapy, much of it paid for by the U.S. government, is resurrecting whole communities,” the Post reports. That progress is endangered, the charities say, by a shortage of funds. They now long for the good old days of ... the previous administration.
  • Inferior Blood (If it's OK to reject blood from gay men, what about blacks?)

    06/22/2010 8:00:34 AM PDT · by flowerplough · 27 replies
    Slate ^ | 21 June | William Saletan
    ... Maybe you fooled around with a guy 30 years ago and have spent the rest of your life as a celibate priest. Maybe you've been in a faithful same-sex marriage for 40 years. Maybe you've passed an HIV test. It doesn't matter. You can't give blood, because you're in the wrong "group." On the other hand, if you're in the right group—heterosexuals—you can give blood despite dangerous behavior. If you had sex with a prostitute, an IV drug user, and an HIV-positive opposite-sex partner 13 months ago, you're good to go. This kind of group-based screening is a long-standing...
  • Idol Gives Back

    04/23/2010 9:21:30 AM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 1 replies · 176+ views
    TheCypressTimes.com ^ | 04/23/2010 | Bruce Sonnenberg
    I thought, "We should do a program" like this! The "we" I thought of is us Christians. Americans are the most generous people in the world and American Christians are the most generous of all. I wonder how much we could raise for good causes? Of course, I know of a ministry that is already in many of the same places that these other organizations are in- Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, and twenty more! That's the ministry of He Intends Victory (HIV). I started HIV in 1990 from 2 guys in the church I was pastor at who both shared with...
  • New female condom adds to anti-AIDS arsenal

    03/23/2010 6:00:45 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 18 replies · 587+ views
    Chicago Tribune via Houston Chronicle ^ | March 23, 2010, 4:33PM | no byline
    When Zoe Lehman talks about the newest version of the female condom, she's equal parts women's health care advocate (“It's an incredible prevention tool that empowers women”) and sex therapist (“we tell women the double rings are amazingly pleasurable”). ...Lehman, 23, is the support services coordinator at the Chicago Women's AIDS Project and a “sexpert.” ...“We see the introduction of this new female condom as a way to inform women about taking their health into their own hands,” said Lehman, a University of Chicago graduate who has worked with HIV/AIDS infected women in Africa. “We've been letting everyone know how...
  • When HIV is deemed a deadly weapon -Charge in sex assault of teen is a first for (Harris county)

    03/22/2010 11:52:03 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 10 replies · 416+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | March 22, 2010, 8:07AM | BRIAN ROGERS
    Prosecutors decided to cite HIV as a deadly weapon in charging a Houston man with aggravated sexual assault of a child last week — a first for Harris County. ...Prosecutors accusing Kevin Lee Sellars of having sex with a 15-year-old boy used Sellars' HIV-positive status to upgrade the sexual assault of a child charge to an aggravated offense, making it a first-degree felony. ...Everett, 26, is accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old boy he met on the Internet last year. Castillo said he believes Everett has HIV and plans to prosecute him, regardless of whether the boy contracted it. “You...
  • New HIV Hiding Spot Revealed

    03/08/2010 8:41:04 PM PST · by neverdem · 12 replies · 167+ views
    ScienceNOW ^ | March 7, 2010 | Jon Cohen
    Powerful anti-HIV drugs have come tantalizingly close to eradicating the virus from people, driving the blood level of HIV so low that standard tests cannot detect it. But no one has been cured: the virus comes roaring back in everyone who stops taking the drugs. A new study has identified one of HIV's main hideaways, raising intriguing possibilities about how to remove it. The work addresses a mystery first reported in 2006 by the lab of Robert Siliciano, a virologist at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, who has developed the most sensitive test to find HIV. Siliciano's group first...
  • ‘Evidence of Science’ Backs Pope’s Assertion Against Condom Use To Stem HIV-AIDS in Africa

    03/02/2010 12:03:26 PM PST · by raptor22 · 19 replies · 620+ views
    CNS News ^ | March 2, 2010 | Susan E. Wills
    Last March, Harry Knox, who serves on the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, criticized Pope Benedict XVI for his comment that the African AIDS epidemic will not be overcome by promoting condoms. Knox wrote that Pope Benedict was “hurting people in the name of Jesus,” adding that “on a continent where millions of people are infected with HIV, it is morally reprehensible to spread such blatant falsehoods.” Recently a CNSNews.com reporter asked Knox if he stood by his statement – he indicated that he emphatically does – even in light of the strong defense of Pope Benedict...
  • Vets Against Repeal Of DADT: Medical Truths, More Reasons To Exclude Open Homosexuality In Military

    02/15/2010 4:57:28 AM PST · by Daniel T. Zanoza · 6 replies · 517+ views
    RFFM.org ^ | Feb. 14, 2010 | Donna Garner
    WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT, SOME OF THE INFORMATION BELOW MAY NOT BE CONSIDERED SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN Editor's Note: This column was first posted July 28, 2008. If there were not enough reasons homosexuals should not be allowed to openly serve in the U.S. Armed Forces, the following column by Donna Garner will provide more food for thought. Garner, an activist and researcher, accumulated reams of information regarding the added risk homosexuality presents to those who practice this behavior. Vets Against Repeal of DADT: "Do Ask, Do Tell" points to the fact these medical issues would be a factor which would play...
  • Scientists say crack HIV/AIDS puzzle for drugs

    01/31/2010 3:55:57 PM PST · by neverdem · 21 replies · 1,126+ views
    Reuters ^ | Jan 31, 2010 | Kate Kelland
    * Study solves puzzle that eluded scientists for 20 years * Finding should help development of new HIV/AIDS medicines * Allows scientists to see how Merck and Gilead drugs work LONDON, Jan 31 (Reuters) - Scientists say they have solved a crucial puzzle about the AIDS virus after 20 years of research and that their findings could lead to better treatments for HIV. British and U.S. researchers said they had grown a crystal that enabled them to see the structure of an enzyme called integrase, which is found in retroviruses like HIV and is a target for some of the...
  • Biological catch-22 prevents induction of antibodies that block HIV

    12/24/2009 11:38:17 PM PST · by neverdem · 19 replies · 1,018+ views
    Scientists seeking to understand how to make an AIDS vaccine have found the cause of a major roadblock. It turns out that the immune system can indeed produce cells with the potential to manufacture powerful HIV-blocking antibodies – but at the same time, the immune system works equally hard to make sure these cells are eliminated before they have a chance to mature. "These studies show that a potentially protective neutralizing antibody against a viral disease is under the control of immunological tolerance," said Barton Haynes, M.D., director of the Center for HIV/AIDS Vaccine Immunology (CHAVI) at Duke University Medical...
  • AIDS victims need effective compassion and a ‘message of conversion,’: Catholic Med Assoc

    12/01/2009 6:19:08 AM PST · by NYer · 5 replies · 264+ views
    cna ^ | December 1, 2009
    Dr. John Brehany CNA STAFF, Dec 1, 2009 / 05:48 am (CNA).- The head of a Catholic medical organization says that World AIDS Day is a time to show “effective compassion” to those affected and to recall the Church’s leadership in helping AIDS victims. Lamenting the “unfair” criticisms of the Catholic response to AIDS, he advocated charity, scientific research and a “message of conversion” to combat the threat. Dr. John Brehany, Ph.D, Executive Director of the Catholic Medical Association (CMA) spoke with CNA in a Monday interview.He said that World AIDS Day is a time to remember those who...
  • Send me your Sick....

    11/28/2009 9:25:53 PM PST · by Rabin · 9 replies · 730+ views
    "Please note:" ^ | On October 30, 2009 | B. Brother
    On October 30, 2009, President Barack Obama signed the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2009, which will lift the ban on allowing people infected with the HIV virus into the United States after January 1, 2010. Currently, under section 221(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), people with HIV are ineligible for visas or admission to the United States unless specifically admitted for medical treatment, or are otherwise granted a waiver of ineligibility. H.R.3792 would also impose intergovernmental and private-sector mandates by requiring public and private medical facilities to comply. CBO estimates that the costs of the...
  • HIV vaccine trial under fire - Expert scrutiny casts doubt on 'historic' results.

    10/23/2009 9:39:07 PM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies · 858+ views
    Nature News ^ | 21 October 2009 | Declan Butler
    The sponsors of the largest ever HIV vaccine trial yesterday hailed a "historic" moment as they formally announced the trial's results at an international AIDS vaccine meeting in Paris. The results received rapturous applause from an audience of more than 1,000 HIV researchers. But some scientists are much more sceptical of the findings, arguing that the response of the HIV research community, long deprived of any good news from vaccine trials, is based more on hope than on rigorous science.The US$119-million phase III trial, sponsored by the health ministry of Thailand and the US Army, started in Thailand in 2003....
  • New HIV vaccine hope

    09/05/2009 8:36:44 PM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies · 1,003+ views
    Chemistry World ^ | 03 September 2009 | Sarah Houlton
    A team of scientists in the US has discovered two new antibodies that could lead to an HIV vaccine. Researchers from the Scripps Institute in California, the International Aids Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) and US-based biotech companies Theraclone Sciences and Monogram Biosciences discovered these two broadly neutralising antibodies using high-throughput screening of serum from patients infected with HIV.When people are first infected with HIV, they produce antibodies that are specific to the infected strain, but a few years later some start to make antibodies active against other strains of the virus - known as broadly neutralising antibodies. 'There is a huge variability in...
  • New HIV Strain Discovered in Woman From Cameroon - French researchers find new strain of HIV...

    08/02/2009 8:44:37 PM PDT · by neverdem · 22 replies · 2,226+ views
    ABC News ^ | August 2, 2009 | RANDOLPH E. SCHMID
    French researchers find new strain of HIV virus in African woman who moved to Paris A new strain of the virus that causes AIDS has been discovered in a woman from the African nation of Cameroon. It differs from the three known strains of human immunodeficiency virus and appears to be closely related to a form of simian virus recently discovered in wild gorillas, researchers report in Monday's edition of the journal Nature Medicine... --snip-- Researchers led by Drs. Lawrence Corey and Jia Zhu of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center found that long after the areas where the herpes...
  • Catholic Doctors Confirm Pope's Statement: Statistics Prove Condoms Ineffective Against HIV

    05/12/2009 9:23:21 PM PDT · by Coleus · 17 replies · 1,439+ views
    life site news ^ | 05.12.09 | Kathleen Gilbert
    MANILA, Philippines, May 12, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A group of Catholic medical professionals based in the Philippines has stated that condom promotion has failed to curb the spread of AIDS.  The group said that it agreed with a widely-criticized recent statement by Pope Benedict XVI in which he endorsed a renewed respect for sexuality in facing the AIDS epidemic, rather than condom use. "Condoms are highly dangerous," said Yolly Eileen Gamutam, head of Asia's Catholic Association of Doctors, Nurses and Health Professionals (ACIM-Asia), in an article on the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines website. "If we are promoting truthful public information...
  • Where Are the Arrests for Thousands of Sexually Murdered Boys?

    04/07/2009 3:08:51 PM PDT · by DirtyHarryY2K · 13 replies · 930+ views
    www.drjudithreisman.com ^ | April 7, 2009 | Dr. Judith Reisman
    1 This essay was originally written circa 1995, revised 2006. [PDF] THE HARD DATA ON HOMOSEXUAL V. HETEROSEXUAL CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE A major study reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) concluded “Sexual abuse of boys appears to be common, underreported, underrecognized, and undertreated,”9 citing to other “large scale studies” in which 34% of 1001 men who had sex with men attending a sexually transmitted clinic….reported histories of sexual abuse.”10 The same study—of underreported boy sexual abuse--stressed that males are much more reticent to report same sex child abuse, as an insult to their manliness perhaps, than...
  • [Vietnam] PM welcomes US Senator McCain [climate change alert]

    04/07/2009 7:31:35 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 18 replies · 557+ views
    Vietnam wants to increase multifaceted cooperation with the US for peace, stability and development in the region and the rest of the world, said Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung while receiving Senator John McCain in Hanoi on April 7. Mr Dung told his guest that the Vietnam-US relationship has developed well on the basis of positive friendship, mutual respect and multifaceted cooperation. He noted with satisfaction the effective investment and trade ties between the two countries, saying bilateral trade reached US$15 billion in 2008 and the US was one of Vietnam’s top 10 foreign investors. He proposed that the US...
  • AIDS

    04/07/2009 4:16:16 AM PDT · by ShraveaKumar · 7 replies · 418+ views
    Shravea Kumar
    AIDS AIDS is caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). HIV is a virus that is mainly transmitted by having sex with an infected partner. HIV also is spread through contact with infected blood, which frequently occurs among injection drug users who share needles or syringes contaminated with blood from someone infected with the virus. Women with HIV can transmit the virus to their babies during pregnancy, birth, or breast-feeding. For HIV infections borne by blood, reducing the extent of sharing of needle and injecting equipment among drug users, and sterilizing equipment used in blood transfusions and medical procedures, are...
  • Harvard AIDS Expert Says Pope is Correct on Condom Distribution Making AIDS Worse

    03/20/2009 10:30:26 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 23 replies · 1,590+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | March 19, 2009 | John-Henry Westen
    Thursday March 19, 2009 Harvard AIDS Expert Says Pope is Correct on Condom Distribution Making AIDS Worse By John-Henry Westen   March 19, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Edward C. Green, director of the AIDS Prevention Research Project at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, has said that the evidence confirms that the Pope is correct in his assessment that condom distribution exacerbates the problem of AIDS.  "The pope is correct," Green told National Review Online Wednesday, "or put it a better way, the best evidence we have supports the pope's comments."  "There is," Green added, "a consistent association...
  • Religious Kids Are Healthier, Says Study

    03/13/2009 6:09:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies · 454+ views
    Scientific Blogging ^ | March 11, 2009 | Staff
    Like adults, kids who are more spiritual or religious tend to be healthier. That’s the conclusion of Dr. Barry Nierenberg, Ph.D., ABPP, associate professor of psychology at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, who has been studying the relationship between faith and health. He presented on the topic at the American Psychological Association’s Division of Rehabilitation Psychology national conference on February 27, in Jackson, Fla. “A number of studies have shown a positive relationship between participatory prayer and lower rates of heart disease, cirrhosis, emphysema and stroke in adults,” he says. “Prayer has been shown to correlate to lower...
  • Michelle Obama: America's Lady Diana? (Slobbering Synchophantic Barf Alert!)

    01/24/2009 4:02:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 146 replies · 3,018+ views
    The Sunday London Times ^ | January 25, 2009 | Sarah Baxter
    The First Lady has excited the fashion world, but like Diana she would rather champion the less fortunate than be a mere clotheshorse. Michelle Obama’s flair for fashion has captivated Washington and set the hearts of glossy magazine editors aflutter. She has already eclipsed Carla Bruni, the super-model chanteuse and wife of Nicolas Sarkozy, the hyperactive French president. Not since Diana, Princess of Wales, has there been such a glamorous role model at the apex of society. In her white, one-shouldered chiffon gown, she boogied to Stevie Wonder’s Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours and slow-danced with her husband at a...
  • News review 2008: Reality returns to the White House

    12/27/2008 2:51:24 PM PST · by CE2949BB · 17 replies · 1,284+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 27 December 2008 | Peter Aldhous
    Barack Obama may have an impossible burden of expectation on his shoulders, but one fervent wish of many US scientists should be easy enough to fulfil: simply lead the nation back into the "reality-based community".