Daily Archives: October 21, 2011

Uncovering the role of the thymus in AIDS progression

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HIV-infected patients who maintain undetectable levels of the virus are known as elite controllers – they have high or “normal” CD4 cell counts and behave just like HIV-negative people, said Mathias Lichterfeld of Harvard Medical School at a press conference Friday during the 49th Annual Meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. Fending off […]

The latest in tuberculosis diagnostics

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Steve Lawn, from the University of Cape Town in South Africa, began his talk on diagnostics for HIV associated tuberculosis (TB) by reminding the audience of the enormous burden of TB in his country where one percent of the population develops TB disease each year. He gave his presentation to an audience at the 49th […]

White House weighs in on key priorities for fiscal year 2012, including global health

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In an October 19 letter to the Democratic and Republican leaders of the House and Senate Appropriations committees, the Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Jack Lew spelled out the Obama administration’s funding priorities for the current fiscal year (FY) across the various funding bills. The letter contains the following […]

GB Virus C: HIV’s viral enemy?

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Researchers continue to unfold the curious link between HIV and GB Virus C (GBV-C). “Every study that shows persistent [GBV-C] infection over time has shown a survival benefit to HIV co-infected patients. How does this work? Why does this virus improve survival among people with HIV? Can we use it therapeutically?” Jack T Stapleton, MD, […]