National AIDS Manual (NAM) reports that doctors who carried out a stem cell transplant on an HIV-infected man with leukaemia in 2007 say they now believe the man to have been cured of HIV infection as a result of the treatment, which introduced stem cells which happened to be resistant to HIV infection.
Patients and Patents's blog
(Reuters Health) - Children with asthma who live in areas with "smoke-free" laws may suffer fewer bouts of coughing and wheezing as a result, a new study suggests.
The findings, reported in the journal Pediatrics, add to evidence that smoking bans in workplaces, restaurants and bars have produced health benefits. But until now, most research has focused on adults.
A recent report from Reuters Health highlights results from a new study which found that the less education people have, the greater their risk of eventually developing chronic heart failure.
Researchers say lower education levels are basically a stand-in for people's overall economic condition, and that their findings add to evidence connecting poverty to heart disease.
A small daily dose of aspirin - 75mg - substantially reduces death rates from a range of common cancers, a study suggests. Research at Oxford University and other centres found that it cut overall cancer deaths by at least a fifth. (source: BBC News)
December 1, 2010 marks World AIDS Day -- an opportunity to raise awareness and celebrate victories such as increased access to treatment and prevention services.
Modern lifestyles and demographic changes are increasing the risk of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs): cardiovascular diseases, cancers, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes. Each year they account for 60% of all deaths or some 35 million people. (Source: World Health Organization)
An article in the November 2010 issue of The Lancet
The GAVI Alliance has issued a new call for applications from developing countries keen to protect more of their children from disease with new vaccines.
Studies have shown that immunisation not only saves lives, but also boosts economies, acting as a key driver of development.3 Increasing immunisation rates is vital to meet the health Millennium Development Goals, particularly MDG 4 on reducing child mortality.
According to the UN, only 34 per cent of countries with endemic malaria are complying with World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations to routinely monitor anti-malarial medicines.
The WHO's “Global report on anti-malarial drug efficacy and drug resistance: 2000-2010” calls on countries to be more vigilant in drug monitoring to allow for earlier detection of resistance to anti-malarial treatments.