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A cure for HIV? Feasible but not yet realised

A cure for HIV? Feasible but not yet realised Josh Schiffer, who discussed his reaction to hearing the news and what this breakthrough means in the fight against HIV . AIDS researchers have raised false hope before. Numerous therapies now in use target the virus's ability to replicate itself, allowing patients to manage the condition effectively for years. They can generate a constant, low-level immune response that increases the risk of h... [Full Article...]

Finnish President Accepts Government's Resignation

Finnish President Accepts Government's Resignation Juha Sipila has been the country's prime minister since 2015 after forming a three-party governing coalition with two other right-leaning parties, including the small populist Blue Reform Party, a group that was once part of the eurosceptic True Finns but split up amid divisions over immigration policies. [Full Article...]

Second person cured of HIV in major medical breakthrough

Second person cured of HIV in major medical breakthrough Both patients received stem cell transplants from donors carrying a genetic mutation that prevents expression of an HIV receptor, known as CCR5. For only the second time, doctors have announced they have "effectively cured " a patient with HIV using stem cells , sending the virus into "sustained remission". [Full Article...]

Ebola Epidemic in DRC Out of Control as Death Toll Rises - MSF

Ebola Epidemic in DRC Out of Control as Death Toll Rises - MSF Joanne Liu . "Ebola is a brutal disease, bringing fear and isolation to patients, families, and healthcare providers", Liu said. "That means that we have not reached them, and they have not sought our care", Liu said. Given numerous security incidents, the ministry said it asked the country's interior ministry to ensure the security of goods, services, and people in the area. [Full Article...]

Facebook Will Combat Anti-Vaccination Content By Making Them Less Visible

Facebook Will Combat Anti-Vaccination Content By Making Them Less Visible Facebook will ban anti-vaccination adverts and suppress anti-vaccine content as part of a broad crackdown against risky medical misinformation. The company has come under fire for the slew of anti-vax groups and pages on the website spreading myths, such as vaccines causing autism and conspiracy theories about mandatory vaccinations. [Full Article...]

Patients With Hard-To-Treat Depression, A New Drug 'Special K' At Rescue

Patients With Hard-To-Treat Depression, A New Drug 'Special K' At Rescue Esketamine, which was approved Tuesday by the FDA, differs from previous treatments in that it will be sold as a nasal spray, according to manufacturer Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a division of Johnson & Johnson. Many doctors who have become comfortable offering ketamine for depression probably won't switch to esketamine, said Dr. Demitri Papolos, director of research for the Juvenile Bipolar Researc... [Full Article...]

Teen who got vaccinated despite parents' wishes speaks before Congress

Teen who got vaccinated despite parents' wishes speaks before Congress Ethan Lindenberger of Norwalk, Ohio, said his mother's "love, affection and care is apparent", but that she was steeped in online conspiracies that make him and his siblings vulnerable to vaccine-preventable diseases like the ongoing measles outbreaks . [Full Article...]

Cure for HIV? Second man cleared of the deadly virus

Cure for HIV? Second man cleared of the deadly virus While a second patient experiencing HIV viral remission with a slightly less toxic cancer treatment is certainly encouraging progress, an 18-month remission does not equal a cure. "If you transplant those cells into someone who already has HIV, you may protect those new cells from infection", he said. The incoming transplanted donor-immune cells seek out and destroy all the host's immune cells - i... [Full Article...]

Second Ever Patient May Have Been Cured of HIV

Second Ever Patient May Have Been Cured of HIV Both the London and Berlin patients received stem cell transplants from donors carrying a genetic mutation that prevents expression of an HIV receptor, known as CCR5. The London patient received a bone-marrow transplant to treat his Hodgkin's lymphoma along with immunosuppressive drugs. Indeed, 16 months later, his virus remains at below detectable levels, and his immune cells all contain th... [Full Article...]

20 states including Virginia aim to block Trump abortion rule

20 states including Virginia aim to block Trump abortion rule Washington, D.C., and 19 states said they would sue separately in or on Tuesday. Attorneys general from Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin are also joining Oregon's lawsuit. [Full Article...]

'London patient' becomes HIV-free after transplant

'London patient' becomes HIV-free after transplant That's too soon to label the treatment - which used hematopoietic stem cells from a donor with an HIV-resistance gene - as a cure, researchers said Tuesday in a study in the journal Nature . Even if the CCR5 mutation wasn't extremely rare, you'd still have to match the immunological footprints of the donor and the patient to prevent the bone marrow from reacting badly to the recipient. [Full Article...]

London Patient Might be Second-Ever Cured of HIV

London Patient Might be Second-Ever Cured of HIV The donor - who was unrelated - had a genetic mutation known as CCR5 delta 32, which confers resistance to HIV . The case, published online Monday by the journal Nature , was presented Tuesday at an HIV conference in Seattle. Dr. Gero Hutter, the German doctor who treated Brown, called the new case "great news" and "one piece in the HIV cure puzzle". Since the Berlin patient, "cure" and ... [Full Article...]

Third Potential Carcinogen Found in Blood-Pressure Drugs

Third Potential Carcinogen Found in Blood-Pressure Drugs ET. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Macleods Pharmaceuticals Limited is voluntarily recalling one lot of Losartan Potassium/Hydrochlorothiazide combination tablets due to detection of trace amounts of an unexpected impurity. In a statement , FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb explained that the agency has been carrying out a series of investigations for several months after various ... [Full Article...]

Major European study finds no link between vaccines and autism

Major European study finds no link between vaccines and autism Anders Hviid of the Statens Serum Institut in Copenhagen, Denmark. The MMR vaccine is a baby's first line of defence against measles, mumps, and rubella. He hopes the latest piece of evidence will reassure families with young children at risk of developing autism spectrum disorder that the vaccine will not increase that risk. [Full Article...]

Man in London believed to be second to be cured of AIDS

Man in London believed to be second to be cured of AIDS His doctors found a donor with a gene mutation that confers natural resistance to HIV. The patient received the bone-marrow transplant in May 2016. "I never thought that there would be a cure during my lifetime", he said. Timothy Henrich, a clinician at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), has seen HIV bounce back in two patients who had a conditioning regimen that impressively ... [Full Article...]

Second man seems to be free of AIDS virus after transplant

Second man seems to be free of AIDS virus after transplant Bone marrow transplants as an HIV cure is a treatment with harsh side effects, but The New York Times reported that scientists think giving patients similar HIV-resistant immune cells might do the trick. "It's been 10 years since the last success, and I was totally prepared for failure of the graft or return of the lymphoma", he says. CCR5 is the most commonly used receptor by HIV-1. [Full Article...]

How 'Completely Avoidable' Measles Cases Continue to Climb

How 'Completely Avoidable' Measles Cases Continue to Climb The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has expressed concern over the world's measles epidemic and indicated that in ten countries, including Brazil, Ukraine and France, almost three quarters of the increased number of people in 2018 registered. [Full Article...]

Measles Cases Rose to 65

Measles Cases Rose to 65 There are many things the United States does right in vaccine policy compared with Europe. Mullica says before being sworn in, he found out that Colorado came in dead last for kindergarten vaccination rates. College and university students, healthcare personnel and worldwide travelers are at increased risk for measles, and should receive two doses of the MMR vaccine to ensure adequate protec... [Full Article...]

Super Rare 'Semi-Identical' Twins Discovered In Australia — WHOA

Super Rare 'Semi-Identical' Twins Discovered In Australia — WHOA Nicholas Fisk , a professor and maternal-fetal medicine specialist from the University of New South Wales in Sydney. Fisk cautioned that the rarity of semi-identical twins meant there was no need for "routine genetic testing ". "It's this odd place in between", chief author Dr. Michael Terrence Gabbett of Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane told Reuters Health in a telephone interv... [Full Article...]

Washington AG Announces Intent to Sue Over Title X Rule

Washington AG Announces Intent to Sue Over Title X Rule Regulatory changes to the federal program that sustains Planned Parenthood and other women's care providers have sparked serious concerns among healthcare advocates in New Jersey, where residents in 13 of the 21 counties depend on a single, federally funded-clinic for affordable family planning services. [Full Article...]


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