October 20, 2011

Born into Poverty

1 Parents of Conjoined Cameroon Twins Seek Help

The parents of conjoined baby girls, born in Tugi, a poor Cameroon village, plead for aid from the int’l community. The twins, joined at the chest and abdomen, are fed with tubes. Nurses say they are active and healthy. Tugi has limited resources to keep the girls alive - and superstitions abound. Villagers say the twins’ birth is a bad omen for their community and, sometimes, conjoined twins are killed immediately after birth, although this practice is on the wane. The girls were born in a Presbyterian hospital, the largest in Cameroon, but it’s ill-equipped to surgically separate the girls. The 235-mile journey to the capital, Yaounde, is too dangerous for the babies. The parents cling to hope and say their babies’ birth is nothing short of miraculous.

More at CNN.com | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Churkey May Help Fight Hunger in Developing World

Tags: Conjoined Twins, Cameroon, Cameroon Twins, Tugi, Yaounde, Separating Conjoined Twins

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Mobile Users Followed 18 Years

2 Study Shows No Link for Cell Phones, Tumors

No link between long-term mobile phone use and tumors of the brain or central nervous system was found in the largest study to date on the subject. Danish researchers, led by the Institute of Cancer Epidemiology, found no evidence of increased risk of brain tumors among 358,403 cell phone users over 18 years. The research, published in BMJ, revealed that cancer rates were nearly the same among long-term mobile phone users and non-subscribers of cell phones. Overall, there was no increased risk for central nervous system tumors or all cancers combined, but researchers say that more study is needed among heavy users or for more long-term use of cell phones. Earlier this year, scientists who reviewed several studies concluded that cell phones are possibly carcinogenic to humans.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Using Cell Phone May Increase Cancer Risk

Tags: Cell Phone Cancer Risk, Institute of Cancer Epidemiology, Mobile Cause Cancer, Mobile Phone Cancer Link, Causes of Brain Tumors, Dangers Cell Phones, Risk Mobile Phones

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Three Targets, Ideal for Vaccine

3 How HIV Antibody Neutralizes Virus Understood

A new study out of the Scripps Research Institute has figured out how a potent ant-HIV antibody attaches to the virus that causes AIDS. This team has isolated 17 antibodies from volunteers that are HIV-positive and this particular one, PGT 128 was shown to neutralize approximate 70 percent of the HIV strains in smaller concentrations than other antibodies. PGT 128 prevents the virus from infecting cells by binding to the glycans gp120 and gp41 on the surface of the virus. It also penetrates the "glycan shield" to bind the V3 loop of gp120, which helps HIV to evade the immune system and does not change much from strain to strain because it is necessary for infection. The fact that PGT 128 targets multiple sites makes it good candidate for an HIV vaccine.

More at Science Daily | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Altered HIV Stimulates Immune System, Protein Offers Clues to Fighting HIV, Two Antibodies Neutralize Most HIV Strains

Tags: HIV, HIV Vaccine, The Scripps Research Institute, PGT128, Anti-HIV Antibody, Gp120, Gp41, V3 Loop, Glycans

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