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Winter 2013-14 JSNMA is here!!! -  Humanism in Medicine edition

Winter 2013-14 JSNMA is here!!! – Humanism in Medicine edition

Season’s Greetings and Happy New Year! There is much to celebrate and reflect on for this season: being thankful, being generous, celebrating family traditions, and embracing the new year. This season is also an opportunity to reflect on what it means to have humanism in medicine. William Osler stated: “Let us know what kinds of people have a […]

To Halt AIDS, Stop Brief Risk Counseling and Concentrate on Testing, National Study Finds

To Halt AIDS, Stop Brief Risk Counseling and Concentrate on Testing, National Study Finds

For decades, people seeking an HIV test have been counseled on realistic and achievable steps they could take to avoid infection. But a national study led by Miller School investigators has determined that, given the rapid HIV tests available today, the resources devoted to pre-test counseling would be better spent on universal testing that could detect more HIV cases earlier, and […]

HIV cure dealt a setback

HIV cure dealt a setback

The search-and-destroy mission against the HIV virus just got much more complicated. New research suggests that HIV’s genetic program is far more abundant in certain dormant T-cells of infected patients and is potentially more capable of unleashing its deadly instructions than previously thought. The reservoir of human immune cells hosting that code, or provirus, could […]

Baby 'cured' of HIV: New details offer hope for other patients

Baby ‘cured’ of HIV: New details offer hope for other patients

New details about the first person to be cured of HIV through drug therapy alone offer hope that others who are born with the virus may be able to beat it back and avoid a lifetime of treatment, researchers reported Wednesday. The formerly HIV-positive Mississippi girl drew widespread interest in March when doctors presented her case in […]

Fight to cure HIV gets tougher as study sheds light on hidden virus

Fight to cure HIV gets tougher as study sheds light on hidden virus

Just as some scientists were becoming more hopeful about finding a way to overcome HIV’s ability to resist, evade, and otherwise survive efforts to rid it from the body, another hurdle has emerged, new research from Johns Hopkins shows. In a cover-story report published in the journal Cell, Johns Hopkins infectious disease experts say the amount of potentially […]

HIV in cells eradicated with antifungal drug

HIV in cells eradicated with antifungal drug

New research by an international team finds that Ciclopirox, an antifungal cream used all over the world, completely eradicates HIV – the virus that leads to AIDS – in cultured cells, and the virus does not return when the treatment stops. The study also found Deferiprone, a systemic drug used to remove excess iron from […]

UNAIDS: Decline Seen in New HIV Infections

UNAIDS: Decline Seen in New HIV Infections

The HIV/AIDS pandemic has been halted and is beginning to reverse, at least by some measures, according to a report from the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). New HIV infections in 2012 were down slightly from 2011 and by 33% since 2001, while AIDS-related deaths continued to fall from their peak in 2005, the […]

In Life, Man Immune To HIV Helped Scientists Fight Virus

In Life, Man Immune To HIV Helped Scientists Fight Virus

Stephen Crohn, a man best known for staying alive during the early days of the AIDS epidemic, died Aug. 23 at age 66. Throughout his lifetime, the New York artist helped researchers uncover vital clues about HIV and how to stop it. Crohn’s partner was one of the first people to die from AIDS in […]

How Male Power Spreads HIV

How Male Power Spreads HIV

In a bright pink tank top, a black skirt, and three-inch heels, Sandra Villarreal Martinez walked confidently to the front of a small group of women, ages 38 to 55, sitting in plastic chairs on a cement patio. They are all HIV positive. She offered them a big smile as beads of sweat accumulated on […]

Alicia Keys: Women Can Drive the Conversation on HIV/AIDS In Their Communities

Alicia Keys: Women Can Drive the Conversation on HIV/AIDS In Their Communities

The HIV/AID pandemic continues to hit the Black community hardest. It’s a problem, and perhaps, there is no other celebrity who knows this better than superstar Alicia Keys, who continuously promotes HIV/AIDS awareness. Recently, the Keep a Child Alive creator joined a panel of other stars, local health educators, religious leaders and other advocates at […]