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Marijuana eases HIV-related pain, study says

Mon Feb 12, 2007

By Will Dunham

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Smoking marijuana eases a type of chronic foot pain in people with the AIDS virus, according to a study published on Monday that the researchers touted as demonstrating marijuana's medicinal benefits.

But the White House drug policy office said the research was flawed and offered only "false hope."


Scientists explore possible new way to fight AIDS

Feb 6, 2007

By Will Dunham

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A naturally occurring molecule saves vital immune system cells from cellular suicide during the onslaught of the AIDS virus and might help keep the body's natural defenses working in HIV-infected people, a study found.

The findings represent a potential new avenue to fight the effects of the human immunodeficiency virus, HIV, according to U.S. National Institutes of Health scientists whose work was published on Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.



By Roberto Giraldo

Continuum Midwinter 1998/9
For the last 6 years I have been working at the laboratory of clinical immunology in one of the most prestigious University Hospitals in the City of New York. Here I have had the opportunity to personally run and get to know in detail the current tests used for the diagnosis of HIV status, namely, the ELISA, Western Blott and Viral Load tests. 

1. Diluting the serum for the ELISA test. 


China not ready for circumcision to stop AIDS

Fri Jan 19, 2007

By Ben Blanchard

BEIJING (Reuters) - China is still looking at evidence that male circumcision can play an important role in fighting the spread of AIDS and is not currently considering such a campaign, a senior health official said on Friday.

Late last year, researchers in the United States and Africa said that circumcising men cut their risk of being infected with the AIDS virus in half, and could prevent hundreds of thousands or even millions of new infections globally.


Universal AIDS tests will pay off, experts say

Wed Nov 29, 2006

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Editor

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Routine, universal testing for the AIDS virus as recommended by a federal agency will likely cost the United States $900 million, but will pay off in terms of lives and money, experts said on Wednesday.

They said the federal government will need to allocate more money to programs that pay for treating uninsured HIV patients, and said cities, states and groups that run clinics will have to hire more staff.