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UK patient 'free' of HIV after stem cell treatment

UK patient 'free' of HIV after stem cell treatment

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A UK patient's HIV has become "undetectable" following a stem cell transplant - in only the second case of its kind, doctors report in Nature.The London patient, who was being treated for cancer, has now been in remission from HIV for 18 months and is no longer taking HIV drugs.The researchers say it's too early to say the patient is "cured" of HIV.Experts say the approach is not practical for treating most people with HIV but may one day help find a cure.The male London patient, who has not been named, was diagnosed with HIV in 2003 and advanced Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2012. He had chemotherapy to treat the Hodgkin's cancer and, in addition, stem cells were implanted into the patient from a donor resistant to HIV, leading to both ...
Finding of protein key to insulin production may help diabetes treatment

Finding of protein key to insulin production may help diabetes treatment

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Jan. 25 (UPI) -- The discovery of a protein responsible for producing too much insulin, a condition that often leads to type 2 diabetes, may lead researchers to improved treatment. Researchers were able to remove the protein GRP94 to significantly reduce the production of insulin without effecting the productivity of beta cells in the pancreas, according to a study published Friday in Diabetes Journals. "Even though proinsulin has a relatively short sequence, it still needs help acquiring the right structure to become mature, functional insulin. However, several other studies have shown that proinsulin can be folded without help from proteins in artificial cell-free conditions," Michal Tomasz Marzec, a researcher at the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen, sa...
Few medical facilities offer opioid treatment medication, study says

Few medical facilities offer opioid treatment medication, study says

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Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Few medical facilities around the U.S. offer proper medication to treat opioid use disorder, even as the country continues to grapple with a growing epidemic, a study says. Only 36 percent of medical facilities offered patients addicted to opioids buprenorphine, naltrexone or methadone, the three medications approved by the FDA for long-term opioid management, according to a study published Tuesday in Health Affairs. "These results highlight the importance of Medicaid expansion in increasing the availability of medication treatment for opioid use disorder, though gaps in access remain widespread," Ramin Mojtabai, a professor in the Department of Mental Health at the Bloomberg School, said in a press release. More than 70 percent of medical facilities in Rhode Island, New ...
Xanax: Treatment for addiction rises sharply in children

Xanax: Treatment for addiction rises sharply in children

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The number of children being treated for addiction to tranquilisers has doubled in a year, to more than 300, according to Public Health England.The drug Xanax, and copies of it, accounted for the sharpest rise - from eight children receiving treatment in 2016-17 to 53 in 2017-18.Ambulance services around the country have also reported a growing problem. In 2017-18, more than 15,500 children had help for substance misuse, 88% for cannabis.The total number receiving treatment was 5% down on the previous year, What is Xanax?Xanax is the brand name for the drug alprazolam, a benzodiazepine prescribed for anxiety or panic attacks. But many of the pills taken by children are copies bought online, with no indication of their strength or...
Health education produces better results for chronic disease treatment, study says

Health education produces better results for chronic disease treatment, study says

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Nov. 19 (UPI) -- People with chronic diseases can improve their health conditions with only 45 minutes of consultation with a medical professional, according to a new study. Researchers said in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association they observed results in 47 patients with hypertension, COPD or diabetes. Each patient followed up doctor appointment with 45-minute visits to second-year medical students -- and paid two more to the students after three weeks and three months. For the patients, those sessions decreased their level of emotional distress and increased their ability to self-monitor and navigate the healthcare system, the study found. "Patients reported a greater understanding of their chronic disease and feeling better equipped to manage their health," Alexis Stoner...