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Eradicate AIDS Exhorts First Lady of France

Filed under: Uncategorized — Medindia Health News June 27, 2010 @ 7:48 pm
image To eradicate AIDS, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, the First Lady of France exhorted the world to contribute billions of dollars through a global tax. "We have a historic opportunity," she wrote in the daily Liberation. "In a few years we can eradicate AIDS from the surface of the planet." The former model and singer is a goodwill ambassador for the global fund against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria as well as wife of French President Nicolas Sarkozy. She pointed to rec...

New Blood Pressure Treatments May Result From Novel Pathway

Filed under: Hypertension — Medindia Health News June 24, 2010 @ 7:59 pm
image Through a study on mice, researchers have found that increasing certain proteins in blood vessels of mice can cause them to relax, thus lowering blood pressure. The study provides new avenues for research that may lead to new treatments for hypertension. "The paper demonstrates that cytochrome P450 plays an important role in the management of high blood pressure, a disease of enormous public health concern," said Dr. Darryl Zeldin, acting clinical director of the National...

HIV/AIDS Caregivers Come With a Cost

Filed under: Uncategorized — Medindia Health News June 23, 2010 @ 8:58 pm
image According to the study which focused on Botswana, providing caregivers with financial and material support is an urgently required public health imperative. The study revealed that providing caregivers of people living with HIV and AIDS with financial and material support will ensure that caregivers are not demoralized in rendering care services to their clients as well as attract more people into caregiving. Though the Botswana government provides caregive...

Diabetes Increases Liver Disease Risk: Study

Filed under: Hypertension — Medindia Health News June 22, 2010 @ 10:07 pm
image A new study has shown that adults with newly diagnosed diabetes are at higher long-term risk of serious liver disease, including cirrhosis and liver failure. It is well-known that diabetes has a negative impact on the eye, kidney and blood vessels, but little is known about its effect on the liver. The latest study conducted over 13 years by researchers from St. Michael's Hospital, University of Toronto and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences in Toronto inclu...

Sex Education to Curb Birth Rate in Philippines Sparks Debate

Filed under: Uncategorized — Medindia Health News @ 10:07 pm
image A new sex education campaign in Philippine schools has sparked widespread debate in Asia's bedrock of Catholicism, where the high birth rate is blamed for desperate poverty. The United Nations-backed programme, which is being piloted this month in primary and high schools, aims to promote safe sex, limit the spread of HIV-AIDS and prevent unwanted pregnancies. However, the Catholic Church and powerful conservative crusaders have struck back with a high-profile campaign to...

AIDS Drugs Helped Prevent 99pc of HIV Transmission to Breastfed Babies

Filed under: Uncategorized — Medindia Health News June 19, 2010 @ 3:43 am
image AIDS-combating antiretroviral drug combinations administered to pregnant and breastfeeding women in Botswana, Africa, helped prevent 99 percent of the mothers from transmitting human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) to their babies. The result came from an international clinical trial led by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). "This is the lowest rate of mother-to-child transmission recorded in a study from Africa, or among b...

US Accused of Cutting AIDS Funding

Filed under: Uncategorized — Medindia Health News @ 3:43 am
image Thousands of protesters felt that the US was not keeping up its commitment to fighting AIDS in Africa and other developed countries. Protesters wore bright green shirts that said "HIV positive" and carried signs calling on US President Barack Obama to protect access to AIDS treatment as they marched through the posh suburb of Sandton to deliver a letter to the US consulate. The memo accused the United States of cutting funding to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis...

Researchers Okay Nurse-Monitored Treatment For HIV

Filed under: Uncategorized — Medindia Health News June 17, 2010 @ 10:31 pm
image In a finding that could yield major benefits in the fight against AIDS in Africa, researchers said that HIV drugs can be administered as effectively by nurses as by doctors. In a trial carried out at two South African front-line clinics, 408 patients with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) were assigned to antiretroviral (ART) drugs monitored by doctors, and 404 others to drugs monitored by nurses. The goal was to see whether nurses were as observant and reactive as ...

Global Fund Halts Aid to Zambia Following Proof of Corruption in the Health Ministry

Filed under: Uncategorized — Medindia Health News @ 10:31 pm
image The Global Fund to battle AIDS and other killer diseases has stopped aid to Zambia, following concrete proof of corruption in the country's health ministry. The decision to suspend crucial aid to the poor southern African country was made at a Global Fund meeting in Geneva in April, but only seen on its website Wednesday. A report from the Fund said its own auditors were "unable to provide assurance as to the safety of investing further funds through the ministry of healt...

HIV Screening With Nucleic Acid Testing to may Help Identify More Infected People

Filed under: Uncategorized — Medindia Health News June 16, 2010 @ 3:37 pm
image Community-based HIV testing programs generally use only HIV antibody testing, but nucleic acid testing (NAT) can detect the presence of HIV earlier. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine studied more than 3,000 patients who sought HIV testing in community-based clinics in or near San Diego to examine the yield of testing with a rapid test plus NAT and to see whether patients would be willing to access their results by phone or computer.
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