New Hope For HIV-1 Eradication From ‘Shock And Kill’ Research

June 6, 2009

Latent HIV genes can be ‘smoked out’ of human cells. The so-called ‘shock and kill’ technique, described in a preclinical study in BioMed Central’s open access journal Retrovirology, might represent a new milestone along the way to the discovery of a cure for HIV/AIDS.

Dr. Enrico Garaci, president of the Istituto Superiore di Sanità (the Italian Institute of Health) and Dr. Andrea Savarino, a retrovirologist working at the institution, worked with a team of researchers to study the so-called “barrier of latency” which has been the main obstacle to HIV eradication from the body.
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New Hope For HIV-1 Eradication From ‘Shock And Kill’ Research

June 6, 2009

Latent HIV genes can be ‘smoked out’ of human cells. The so-called ‘shock and kill’ technique, described in a preclinical study in BioMed Central’s open access journal Retrovirology, might represent a new milestone along the way to the discovery of a cure for HIV/AIDS.

Dr. Enrico Garaci, president of the Istituto Superiore di Sanità (the Italian Institute of Health) and Dr. Andrea Savarino, a retrovirologist working at the institution, worked with a team of researchers to study the so-called “barrier of latency” which has been the main obstacle to HIV eradication from the body.
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FDA approval of Synthroid

June 3, 2009

Question:

More than seven years ago I read that synthroid had never been approved by the FDA. I emailed the company that makes synthroid and asked them about this. They replied saying that is was true that they had never been approved, but that they stood behind their product. Just recently I emailed the FDA about the approval of synthroid and they said that it was approved Sept. 2002. I`ve been on synthroid since 1982. For twenty years I was on an unapproved medication. Who do we trust?

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Modifiable Hip Fracture Complications Contribute To Mortality, Institute For Aging Research Finds

May 26, 2009

Potentially modifiable post-fracture complications, including pneumonia and pressure ulcers, are associated with an increased risk of death among nursing home residents who have suffered a hip fracture, according to a new study conducted by scientists at the Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife.

“Prevention strategies to reduce pressure ulcers and pneumonia may help reduce mortality in this frail population,” says lead author Sarah D. Berry, M.D., M.P.H., a research fellow at the Institute and a staff geriatrician at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center.
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Age Concern And Help The Aged On New Research On Dementia, UK

May 20, 2009

Commenting on the new research on Alzheimer’s by the the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London, Michelle Mitchell, Charity Director for Age Concern and Help the Aged said:

‘This research provides more scientific evidence that working is a crucial ingredient of that engaging and active lifestyle we know is key to healthy mental ageing.

‘Ensuring a more comfortable retirement is not the only reason why older workers want to work for longer. Keeping their brains active and their social relationships fresh are often equally important.
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The End Of The Line For Existing Stem Cell Research?

May 16, 2009

Time is short for scientists to respond to the call for comments on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) proposed guidelines for the use of human embryonic stem (ES) cell lines and their eligibility for federal funds. On May 26, the window to provide feedback will close, and the drafted rules leave the possibility that funding for almost all existing cell lines will disappear.

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HHS Names Federal Coordinating Council For Comparative Effectiveness Research

March 21, 2009

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced the members of the Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research. Authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the new council will help coordinate research and guide investments in comparative effectiveness research funded by the Recovery Act.

“Comparative effectiveness research can improve care for all Americans and is an important element of President Obama’s health reform plan,” said HHS Spokeswoman Jenny Backus. “President Obama is committed to openness and transparency and the Coordinating Council will host open meetings and a listening session as it begins its important work.”
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