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  1. Nicotine May Help Treat Sepsis

    Oct. 25, 2004 -- The active ingredient in tobacco may actually have a beneficial effect on the body in treating a common and potentially deadly type of infection process known as sepsis, new research shows. Sepsis is the third leading cause of death in developed countries and accounts for nearly 9%

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  2. Drug Shows Early Hope in HIV Prevention

    Oct. 14, 2004 -- A new chemical is showing early effectiveness in blocking sexual transmission of the AIDS virus in animals, giving researchers some hope that they may have found a new method of HIV prevention in humans, according to a study released Thursday. The chemical, known as PSC-RANTES, reli

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  3. Elderly Women Know Little on HIV Transmission

    Oct. 14, 2004 -- Older women, revered for their bedroom prowess in movies like The Graduate and American Pie, may not be any wiser when it comes to knowing about HIV transmission, according to a survey in a recent issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. The researchers conducting fa

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  4. Infection Risk From Blood, Tissues Now Tiny

    Aug. 18, 2004 -- You've now got a near-zero chance of getting HIV or hepatitis C from a blood transfusion or tissue graft, new studies show. But is this extra safety worth the extra cost? In the early 1980s, there wasn't any way to tell whether a blood transfusion carried the deadly AIDS virus. What

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  5. 2 New Combo AIDS Pills Get FDA Nod

    Aug. 3, 2004 -- The FDA has approved two new two-in-one AIDS drugs. For people taking the lifesaving medicines, that means fewer pills and less complicated drug schedules. Easier to take means fewer missed doses. And missed doses, for whatever reason, are a big problem. Give the virus even a small c

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  6. Gel Is Next Hope for Preventing HIV in Women

    July 16, 2004 (Bangkok, Thailand) With development of a vaccine to prevent HIV infection still years away, AIDS specialists say that vaginal gels which kill HIV "represent a major breakthrough in the fight against AIDS." Speaking at the XV International AIDS Conference, Zeda Rosenberg, MD, chief exe

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  7. Break From HIV Drug Therapy May Be OK

    July 15, 2004 (Bangkok, Thailand) -- It's the weekend and you're off to the beach. You're leaving your work behind and now researchers say HIV-infected people may be able to leave their drugs behind as well. In a new study, HIV-infected patients on antiviral drugs were able to skip their medications

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  8. 18 Million AIDS Orphans Expected by 2010

    July 13, 2004 (Bangkok, Thailand) -- Fifteen million children have lost one or both of their parents to AIDS, according to a United Nations report released Tuesday. And there's no end in sight: By 2010, 18.4 million children -- more than one in three orphans -- will have lost parents to AIDS, the re

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  9. Injectable Drug Helps HIV Suppression

    July 12, 2004 (Bangkok, Thailand) -- Four years ago, Richard Apodaca, an AIDS patient in San Francisco, had given up hope. "I was taking as many as 60 pills a day and I still couldn't walk, never mind work. HIV had completely decimated my immune system," Apodaca tells WebMD. But when he told his doc

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  10. Growth Hormone Fights HIV Fat Syndrome

    July 12, 2004 (Bangkok, Thailand) -- Increasing the level of growth hormone in people with HIV appears to show promise in treating fat redistribution syndrome that afflicts them. "For the first time, we have shown that a substance that stimulates the body to make its own growth hormone results in bo

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