Oz Scientist Claims to Have Discovered Way to Make HIV Virus Turn on Itself

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 …

Nearly (Dollor) 1 Billion Could Be Saved Annually By Generic HIV Treatment Strategy

Replacing the combination of brand-name, antiretroviral drugs currently recommended for control of HIV infection with soon-to-be-available generic medications could save the U.S. health care system almost (Dollor) 1 billion a year but may diminish the effectiveness of HIV treatment. A study led by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Weill Cornell Medical College investigators examines the potential impact of such a change. The study will appear in the January 15 iAnnals of Internal Medicine/i,

“The …

Researchers may Have Identified an Achilles Heel of a Key HIV Protein

Achilles heel of an important HIV replication protein may have been found by researchers.

In findings, researchers from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine showed that targeting this vulnerable spot could stop the virus from replicating, potentially thwarting HIV infection from progressing to full-blown AIDS.

Previous research demonstrated that a small HIV protein called Nef interacts with many other proteins in infected cells to help the virus multiply and hide from the immune system….

Breakthrough in HIV Research Made By Scientists

A system that renders certain types of immune cells impervious to HIV infection, possibly paving the way to its eradication from the body was cracked by US researchers.

The system’s two vital components are high levels of a molecule that becomes embedded in viral DNA like a code written in invisible ink and an enzyme that, when it reads the code, switches from repairing the DNA to chopping it up into unusable pieces.

Johns Hopkins researchers say the discovery opens a new approach to eradicating …

Stanford Study: Immune Cells Engineered in Lab to Resist HIV Infection

A novel way to engineer key cells of the immune system so they remain resistant to infection with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS was found by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

A new study describes the use of a kind of molecular scissors to cut and paste a series of HIV-resistant genes into T cells, specialized immune cells targeted by the AIDS virus. The genome editing was made in a gene that the virus uses to gain entry into the cell. By inactivating a receptor …

Global Annual HIV Infections from Syringe Sharing Could be Eradicated Within Eight Years

A new article by researchers at RTI International and Futures Institute says that switching the type of syringe used by people who inject drugs could help curb HIV transmission within eight years. This is especially true in countries with injection-driven epidemics.

The commentary, published in the January issue of iInternational Journal of Drug Policy/i (IJDP), summarizes existing evidence regarding how low dead-space syringes can help reduce HIV transmission and estimates potential impacts …

Research: Early Treatment for HIV Slows Damage to Immune System and Reduces Risk of Transmission

According to research published today in the iNew England Journal of Medicine/i (1) a 48-week course of antiretroviral medication taken in the early stages of HIV infection slows the damage to the immune system and delays the need for long term treatment. However, the delay was only marginally longer than the time already spent on treatment.

The study, the largest clinical trial ever undertaken looking at treating people with recent HIV infection, also suggests that the treatment lowers …

TB Infection Rates Set to Turn Clock Back to 1930s, Says Report

Despite major progress in all fields of medicine, tuberculosis remains a massive threat to mankind.

During the 1930s, dedicated sanitaria and invasive surgery were commonly prescribed for those with the infection – usually caused by iMycobacterium tuberculosis/i, which the editors describe as “the most successful human pathogen of all time.”

TB often lies dormant with no symptoms, but in a proportion of cases, becomes active, predominantly attacking the lungs. But it can also affect …

Gum Disease Found to Worsen Infection in Animal Model of AIDS

The number of viral variants in moderate gum disease in an animal model exposed to an AIDS- like virus were high in number, causing infection and greater inflammation, Texas Biomed scientists in San Antonio have found.

Both of these features have potential negative implications in long term disease progression, including other kinds of infections, the researchers say in a new report. The public health message from the study is that even mild inflammation in the mouth needs to be controlled because …

Humanitarian Aid Workers In Uganda Show Signs of Mental Health Problems

The high risk for mental health problems among staff working in humanitarian organizations in northern Uganda, due in large part to their work environment is being shown by a latest research.

A new study by researchers at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health examined the mental health of 376 Ugandan workers at 21 humanitarian aid agencies and found that a significant number of the staff at these organizations experienced high levels of symptoms for depression (68%), anxiety disorders …