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HIV Or Anti-HIV Drugs Unexpectedly Protect Against Multiple Sclerosis

Neomatica: “A team of an Australian doctor and British researchers analyzed the medical records of over 5 million individuals and discovered that either HIV or anti-HIV drugs have a protective effect against multiple sclerosis (MS).  AIDS patients or people with HIV receiving treatment have a 60% less likely chance of receiving a diagnosis of MS.  Deeper analysis found that those on a treatment regimen the longest, for 5 years or more, had an 80% reduced chance of developing MS.  The discovery is remarkable for the fact that no curative or preventative treatments for MS exist and this unexpected insight may be one of the most interesting avenues. The researchers write

“If subsequent studies demonstrate there is a causal protective effect of HIV (and/or its treatment), and if the magnitude of it proves to be similar…this would be the largest protective effect of any factor yet observed in relation to the development of MS,”

The primary author of the study, Dr. Julian Gold of Prince of Wales Hospital in Australia, first observed casually that even though he treats patients with HIV and knows people with MS, he had never met a person with both.  He searched through medical literature, and found 700,000 studies on HIV/AIDS and 300,000 studies on MS.  Out of the approximately 1,000,000 studies, there was no reference to a patient who had both.  Eventually, he did find one person whose symptoms of MS began to diminish when he began treatment for HIV… The research was published on Aug 4, 2014 in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and PsychiatryJ Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry doi:10.1136/jnnp-2014-307932  [Open Access – full text available to all]

 

Census Bureau Updates Interactive HIV/AIDS Database

“The U.S. Census Bureau today released its annually updated interactive global resource on the prevalence of HIV infection and AIDS cases and deaths. First developed in 1987, the database now holds more than 164,000 statistics, an increase of approximately 5,900 new estimates in the last year, and is the most comprehensive resource of its kind in theContinue Reading

NIH releases comprehensive new data outlining Hispanic/Latino health and habits

“A comprehensive health and lifestyle analysis of people from a range of Hispanic/ Latino origins shows that this segment of the U.S. population is diverse, not only in ancestry, culture, and economic status, but also in the prevalence of several diseases, risk factors, and lifestyle habits. These health data are derived from the Hispanic Community HealthContinue Reading

Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Adults: National Health Interview Survey, 2012

Vital and Health  Statistics, Series 10, Number 260. Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Adults: National Health. Interview Survey, 2012. Data from the National Health Interview Survey. February 2014. “This report provides national estimates for a broad range of health measures for the U.S. civilian non institutionalized population of adults. The other two reports in this set provide estimates of selected health measures for the U.S.Continue Reading

NIH research network finds many youth have high levels of HIV

“More than 30 percent of young males who had sex with other males and who were subsequently enrolled in a government treatment and research network were found to have high levels of HIV, reported researchers from the National Institutes of Health and other institutions. The health status of the study participants, who ranged in age fromContinue Reading

CDC – 2012 Sexually Transmitted Diseases Surveillance

2012 Sexually Transmitted Diseases Surveillance “STDs are hidden epidemics of enormous health and economic consequence in the United States. They are hidden because many Americans are reluctant to address sexual health issues in an open way and because of the biologic and social characteristics of these diseases. All Americans have an interest in STD preventionContinue Reading

Risking your Health: Causes, Consequences and Interventions to Prevent Risky Behaviors

“A new World Bank report, Risking your Health: Causes, Consequences and Interventions to Prevent Risky Behaviors, warns that risky behaviors are increasingly prevalent globally, particularly in developing countries, and constitute a growing threat to the health of individuals and their populations. The report looks at how individual choices that led to five risky behaviors –smoking, using illicitContinue Reading

Census – International Data Base

‘The International Data Base has been updated to include revised estimates and projections for 16 countries or areas incorporating new data or analysis. One of the countries in this update is Mexico, whose 2013 population is now projected to be 2.2 percent larger than the previous estimate primarily because of lower estimates of emigration sinceContinue Reading

New Report on Stem Cell Research Reveals the Field is Growing Twice as Fast as The World Average

“Elsevier, EuroStemCell, and Kyoto University’s Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS), released Stem Cell Research report: Trends and Perspectives on the Evolving International at the World Stem Cell Summit. This new, comprehensive analysis of the growth and development of the stem cell field as a whole, closely examines the research landscape for embryonic stem (ES) cell, human embryonic stem (hES) cellContinue Reading

Report – The State of Women in America

Anna Chu and Charles Posner | September 25, 2013 “Despite the advancements made by women over the past few decades, it is still difficult for women to get ahead and not just get by. There remain challenges on economic security, leadership, and health issues that make it harder for women to have a fair shot at success. This mapContinue Reading

Data Visualization: HIV/AIDS Impact in Africa

“To mark World AIDS Day 2013 on Dec. 1, the U.S. Census Bureau is releasing today two data visualizations that depict the impact that HIV/AIDS has made on the population of 10 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The Census Bureau estimates and projects population numbers, population growth rate, fertility, life expectancy and infant mortality worldwide. In theContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Hurricane Sandy Relief, Small Business Contracting, Medicare, Minority AIDS Initiative

HURRICANE SANDY RELIEF – Improved Guidance on Designing Internal Control Plans Could Enhance Oversight of Disaster Funding, GAO-14-58, Nov 26, 2013 NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS – Actions Taken by FEMA to Implement Select Provisions of the Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act of 2006, GAO-14-99R, Nov 26, 2013 SMALL BUSINESS CONTRACTING – Updated Guidance and Reporting Needed for Consolidated Contracts, GAO-14-36, Nov 26, 2013Continue Reading