New Study May Aid Search for AIDS Vaccine

New Study May Aid Search for AIDS Vaccine

By Salynn Boyles


In the spring of 1997, then-president Bill Clinton called for an effective AIDS vaccine within a decade. Fourteen years and billions of research dollars later, a vaccine to prevent HIV infection remains an elusive goal.

International efforts to develop a useful HIV vaccine have proven disappointing, with failed clinical trials and dashed hopes. But a new study may represent an important break in the search.

Researchers with the Scripps Howard Research Institute and the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) have identified 17 new antibodies with broad activity against HIV.

Full story at WebMD

Sometimes, slipped disc starts with severe back pain

By Sade Oguntola


Back pain is very common and is one of the reasons some people miss work at some time. Although the causes of back pain are usually physical, experts warn that back pain at times occur due to the disc in between the bones in the back slipping or rupturing.

Millions of people are suffering from back pain, making it a major continuous source of physical discomfort for many. From the office worker who spends long periods sitting awkwardly or slouched over keyboards, the nurse who spends long shifts on her feet all day lifting or caring for a patient to the long distance driver who spends long period of time behind the wheel in a poor position with limited movement, or the nursery teacher who is continuously bending down to a child’s height and lifting children, back pain is one reason many people miss work at some point.

Full story at Nigerian Tribune

Clovis center helps children with brain disorders

By News Feed


Kristian Stachura was a mad — and defiant — 7-year-old. He refused to do homework. Teachers couldn’t control the Clovis youngster. Discipline, medication and psychotherapy for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder didn’t help.

But since enrolling at a Clovis storefront center for children with brain disorders and learning disabilities, Kristian’s anger is gone.

The transformation, said Kristian’s mother, Stephanie Stachura, is “like night and day.”

Full story at Clovis Independent

Abuse of prescription medications is a growing problem in young, old

By Macklin Reid


A woman showed up for her beauty appointment at a Ridgefield salon so incapacitated that the police were called to the scene.

Painkillers.

It was a Thursday morning in mid-February, not a Friday night. This wasn’t a teenager or a college kid, the woman was well into adulthood.

Abuse of prescription narcotics and pain relievers is often perceived as a problem largely among teenagers. But it is also an increasingly serious problem among adults.

Full story at The Ridgefield Press

Head injuries remain major concern for all football players

By Dr. Bruce Kaler, MD


Head injuries in athletes resulting in concussions occur more frequently than previously thought. We are learning more about the problem and the important consequences.

Each year more than 300,000 U.S. athletes suffer some form of traumatic brain injury. High school athletes comprise 60,000 of these injuries. The consequences vary a great deal and can be physical, emotional and intellectual.

Traumatic brain injury can result in short-term symptoms as well as problems that are more serious which may not surface until several years later. What kind of problems develop depend on what portion of the brain is affected, the severity of the blow, the number of repeated blows to the head, pre-existing conditions of the individual, and personality traits of the injured person.

Full story at Auburn Reporter

Using HIV to cure cancer?

By Tyler Ryan


Columbia (WACH)—Cold facts about HIV/AIDS in South Carolina: The Palmetto State is ranked 10 in the Nation for AIDS cases.  There are more cases of AIDS infections in people under 30 than any other State.  More than 20 percent of people are not aware they have the virus.

Since its discovery in 1981, there have been an estimated 25 million AIDS/HIV related deaths worldwide.  The very disease that has taken millions of lives may be the cure for another ailment which affects millions of people: Cancer.

After 20 years, the University of Pennsylvania researchers say have found a way to engineer a patient’s T-cells to destroy the tumors which are linked to chronic lymphocyte leukemia.  “The trial exceeded our wildest imagination,” said Dr. Carl June, one of the lead researchers in the study.

Full story at Midlands Connect

Lupus: Drug represents first new treatment in 50 years

By Michael Staples


It’s being dubbed the first new treatment available in 50 years.

Needless to say, it has those involved the battle against Lupus excited and optimistic.

The breakthrough centers around a drug called Benlysta .

Approved last month by Health Canada, it will help those suffering from Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), an autoimmune disease with no known cause or cure.

The new drug is a targeted therapy which, in simple terms, means it aims at one particular protein within the human body and the treatment starts from there.

The disease, according to Lupus Canada, affects about 1-in-1,000 people in this country.

Full story at The Daily Gleaner

Dementia study makes strides in Louisiana

By Jodi Belgard


More than 200 people who are over the age of 60 and in the Alexandria area have participated in a study for the Institute of Dementia Research and Prevention since the research center opened its Alexandria office in June.

The Louisiana Again Brain Study (LABrains) is the cornerstone project of the Institute for Dementia Research and Prevention, a department of Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, which is a branch of Louisiana State University.

Rob Brouillette, the manager of the institute, said the study was prompted by the institute’s director, Dr. Jeffrey Keller, formerly associate director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Center at the University of Kentucky.

Full story at The Town Talk

AIDS Ride Ends, Challenges Continue For Victims

By Channel 3000.com


MADISON, Wis. — Riders finished a grueling four-day bike ride to focus community attention on AIDS, but event supporters said the challenge goes on for victims of the disease.

The ninth annual AIDS Ride started and ended in Madison, and took about 90 riders on a 300-mile journey around south central Wisconsin.

The event raised money for the AIDS Network, which provides services to HIV-positive people in the area. There are currently an estimated 1,000 HIV-positive people living just in Dane County.

Bikers and community supporters raised more than $200,000 this year, organizers said.

Full story at Channel3000.com

Diagnosing TBI and PTSD in Returning Soldiers

By Neil Osterweil


BOSTON – For clinicians evaluating returning soldiers for posttraumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury, one of the greatest obstacles may be the soldiers’ inability to admit they may have a problem, said a specialist at a conference on the complexities and challenges of PTSD and TBI.

The DSM-IV diagnostic criteria for PTSD include experiencing or witnessing an event involving actual or threatened death or serious injury, and a response involving "intense fear, helplessness, or horror," noted Dr. Lisa Brenner, associate professor of psychiatry, neurology, and physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Colorado, Aurora.

"When I have a 25- or 26-year-old soldier or a veteran in my office, and I say, ‘Were you afraid?’ What do you think they say to me? ‘No. I wasn’t afraid. I am trained to not be afraid.’ How do you engage in a conversation about whether or not this event really did have the impact on them that we think it did, in language that makes sense to our returning soldiers?" she asked.

Full story at Clinical Psychiatry News