Scientists have identified a molecule that allows the immune system to effectively police tuberculosis (TB) of the lungs. Their findings appear today in the online version of the iJournal of Clinical Investigation/i.
More than 2 billion people or one-third of the world’s population are infected with mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacterium that causes TB, said senior author Shabaana A. Khader, Ph.D., assistant professor of pediatrics, Pitt School of Medicine. The infection is challenging …
A new therapeutic vaccine developed by a team of Spanish researchers can temporarily brake growth of the HIV virus in infected patients.
The vaccine, based on immune cells exposed to HIV that had been inactivated with heat, was tested on a group of 36 people carrying the virus and the results were the best yet recorded for such a treatment, the team said.
“What we did was give instructions to the immune system so it could learn to destroy the virus, which it does not do naturally,” …
A revamp is being carried out by engineers to help the world’s largest and most powerful atom smasher reach maximum energy levels with a 2-year hibernation period starting March. This is being done so that it could help in more stunning discoveries following the detection of the so-called “God particle.”
With the reopening of its 10-billion-dollar proton collider in early 2015, the stage will be set for observing more rare phenomena-and unlocking more mysteries, James Gillies, chief spokesman …
The ongoing conflict in Syria is making it impossible to help provide food aid to more than one million Syrians who are hungry and helpless, the United Nations’ World Food Program revealed.
The World Food Program (WFP) said it is helping 1.5 million Syrians, but continued fighting and an inability to use the port of Tartus to deliver food mean many people are not receiving aid.
The UN estimates that over 60,000 people have been killed in the uprising, which began in March 2011, the BBC reports….
New Zealand scientists have suggested that complementing a diet rich in vegetables can help in the digestion of red meat and prevent illnesses that come with the consumption of the heavy diet.
Experts with the government-run Plant and Food Research Institute investigated the effects of red meat consumption with and without fermentable carbohydrates on the bowel health of rats, Xinhua reported.
The research published in the Journal of Food Science suggested that the impact of red meat consumption …
The Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said Saturday that the HIV/AIDS cases in India have dropped by 57 percent in the last decade as against 20 percent globally.
“In the last decade, the global average declining rate for new HIV infections was 20 percent, in India it is 57 percent,” said Azad at the closing function of the third phase of the Red Ribbon Express here.
A recent report by National AIDS Control Organization (NACO) said India has seen new HIV cases go down from 2….
A potential HIV vaccine showed promise four years ago against the virus that causes AIDS, but it fell short of providing the broad protection necessary to stem the spread of disease.
Now researchers — led by Duke Medicine and including team members from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Military HIV Research Program and the Thailand Ministry of Health — have gained additional insights into the workings of the vaccine that …
While Pakistani insurgents were brutally beheading Indian soldiers, a group of Indian doctors were helping their Pakistani counterparts to do complex liver transplants in Lahore.
The doctors from Delhi’s Apollo Hospital spent long hours in the surgery room of the Sheikh Zayed Hospital during a four-day trip that began Jan 6 – incidentally the day major trouble erupted on the Jammu and Kashmir border.
Unlike during the 2012 trip, this time the Indian doctors only oversaw the “right lobe …
An Australian scientist from Queensland claimed that he has been able to turn the HIV virus to attack itself and stop it from progressing to AIDS.
David Harrich, from the Queensland Institute of Medical Research, said he had successfully modified a protein in HIV that the virus needed to replicate and instead made it inhibit virus growth.
“I have never seen anything like it. The modified protein works every time,” said Harrich.
“If this research continues down its strong path, and bear …
Antiretroviral (ARV)-treated, HIV-infected individuals still have a higher mortality rate than uninfected individuals even though these drugs are the preferred choice of treatment in this condition.
During the course of infection, HIV patients develop inflammation that damages the walls of the intestines, known as the gut mucosa, allowing intestinal microbes to escape and enter the blood stream to cause a life-threatening systemic infection. The health of the gut mucosa is significantly influenced …