July 18, 2010

New Infections Drop

1 AIDS Drugs Cut Down on Spread of Disease

Taking AIDS drugs lowers the amount of virus in the body and the possibility that the virus will be spread to others, say researchers. However, AIDS drugs don't take the place of safe sex practices. According to the study completed in British Columbia, new infections dropped 3 percent for every 100 people with HIV who started taking AIDS drugs. New HIV infections in British Columbia have been reduced by half since 1996, a figure that matches the rise in AIDS treatment, reports MSNBC. Study results were published by the British medical journal Lancet. Findings will also be presented at the International AIDS Conference in Vienna.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: FDA Approves More Effective HIV Test

Tags: British Medical Journal, Lancet, British Columbia AIDS Study, AIDS Drugs, International AIDS Conference

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Forgery for Sick Leave

2 Teacher Faked Brain Tumor

For years, middle school teacher Leslie Herneisey of Middletown, Pennsylvania faked having an inoperable brain tumor, says Yahoo News. The fifty-one-year-old woman forged papers so that school officials would believe she needed weeks of chemotherapy. However, district officials became suspicious when Herneisey failed to show symptoms. She faces a dozen counts of forgery for faking documents that allowed her to take sick leave. The woman has admitted to faking the documents, and she resigned from her teaching job in May. Herneisey's lawyer says she suffers from depression. Her preliminary hearing is set for August 5.

More at Yahoo! News | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Chemotherapy, Leslie Herneisey, Teacher Fakes Illness, Teacher Fakes Brain Tumor, Inoperable Brain Tumor, Middle School Teacher Scandal, Depressed Woman Fakes Tumor, Teacher Charged with Forgery

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The Vaccine Patch

3 Patch Could Make Vaccines Painless and Simpler

Researchers at Emory University have developed a vaccine patch that contains 100 “microneedles” only 0.65 millimeters long that dissolve in the skin, producing a better immune response in mice than the traditional poke. To test it, researchers loaded the needles with influenza vaccine and gave one group of mice the vaccine the conventional way, a second got the vaccine in the patch and the third group got the patch without the vaccine. The mice who received the patch had a better immune response compared to the mice that got the standard vaccine when it was measured three months later. Advantages of the patch are they are painless, safer because no needles of which to dispose, people could vaccinate themselves at home and it would make it easier to vaccinate during a pandemic.

More at BBC | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Two Flu Shots May Protect Against All Strains

Tags: Vaccination, Vaccine, Vaccine Patch, Microneedles

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