September 26

HIV medicines ‘boost prevention’

first_img Share Share Share Sharing is caring! By Helen BriggsHealth editor, BBC News websiteThe HIV drug tenofovirHIV drugs can be used to boost protection against HIV as well as treating symptoms after infection, research suggests.Two studies in Africa add weight to previous data showing drugs used to treat HIV can reduce infection risk when taken daily.The World Health Organization said the studies could have “enormous impact” in preventing HIV transmission.The findings were revealed in the run-up to an AIDS conference in Rome.“This is a major scientific breakthrough which re-confirms the essential role that antiretroviral medicine has to play in the AIDS response,” said Michel Sidibé, executive director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).“These studies could help us to reach the tipping point in the HIV epidemic.”Future hopesOne trial, carried out by the University of Washington, US, followed almost 5,000 couples in Kenya and Uganda, where one person had HIV infection and the other did not.The uninfected person took a daily HIV medicine (tenofovir), a combination of two HIV drugs (tenofovir and emtricitabine), or a placebo pill.There were 62% fewer HIV infections in the group on the single drug and 73% fewer HIV infections in the group that took the combination, compared with those given a dummy pill.The other trial, conducted by the United States Centers for Disease Control, followed 1,200 HIV-negative heterosexual men and women in Botswana. They received either a once-daily combination tablet or a placebo. The HIV medication reduced the risk of getting HIV by about 63% overall.A previous trial found the combination of two HIV drugs reduced the risk of infection in gay and bisexual men by 44%. But a similar study in women at risk of HIV infection in Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa produced disappointing results.New toolsThe HIV charity, the Terrence Higgins Trust, described the latest findings as “genuinely exciting”.Head of Policy Lisa Power told the BBC: “Pre-exposure prophylaxis is not going to be available overnight but we are exploring whether it is one of a range of things that can drive down onward transmission of HIV.”But she stressed that the findings needed to be properly tested and trialled.“If you’re currently trying to stay HIV negative don’t give up on the condoms yet.”The WHO and UNAIDS recommend that people make evidence-informed decisions on HIV prevention options.They say no single method is fully protective against HIV and antiretroviral drugs for prevention need to be combined with other HIV prevention methods such as condoms.“Effective new HIV prevention tools are urgently needed, and these studies could have enormous impact in preventing heterosexual transmission,” said Dr Margaret Chan, the WHO’s Director-General.“WHO will be working with countries to use the new findings to protect more men and women from HIV infection.”Full details of the studies will be presented at the meeting in Rome.center_img HealthLifestyle HIV medicines ‘boost prevention’ by: – July 14, 2011 16 Views   no discussions Tweetlast_img read more

September 21

Black Cats close in on Scocco

first_imgSunderland boss Gus Poyet has confirmed he is close to landing Argentinian striker Ignacio Scocco. The Internacional frontman is expected on Wearside to undergo a medical during the next 24 hours or so after the two clubs agreed a fee. Asked on Tuesday afternoon if the deal was likely to go through, Poyet said: “I hope so. It’s not done, but we are very, very close.” Scocco would become the third Argentinian to complete a move to the Stadium of Light this month, following in the footsteps of keeper Oscar Ustari and defender Santiago Vergini, who both made debuts in Saturday’s 1-0 FA Cup fourth-round victory over Skrill Premier outfit Kidderminster. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

September 16

Track and field looks to build on a successful season

first_imgHe broke the indoor world record for the 400-meter dash early in the season, reaching a blistering time of 44.52 seconds, and his dominance in the event carried through every meet of the season. Norman went on to win first place in the 400-meter dash at the NCAA Outdoor Championships with a time of 43.61 — a collegiate record — also helping the men’s 4×400 team win the event with a time of 2:59:00, another collegiate record. Norman made the decision to go pro in July, though he will continue his studies at USC to complete his degree. Sophomore All-American sprinter Twanisha Terry will also look to improve on a tremendous freshman season, in which she set a USC record in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.99. Named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year in 2018, Terry also earned First Team All-American honors in both the 100-meter dash and the 4×100 relay. Last season saw the Women of Troy secure their place as the best unit in the country — they clinched the national championship title. Kendall Ellis’ effort in the final leg of the 4×400 gave the Trojan women an improbable come-from-behind victory, and with it, their second national title. The men’s team also had an incredible season, finishing fourth in the nation with a record-breaking performance in the 4×400 relay. Redshirt senior All-American high jumper Randall Cunningham will return for his final season after winning the 2018 indoor high jump title with a clearance of 7-foot-6. A fractured tibia cut Cunningham’s season short and held him out for the season’s outdoor half. Sophomore jumper Earnest Sears earned All-America honors at the NCAA Championships by placing seventh in the high jump. (Photo courtesy of John McGillen/USC Athletics) The departures of Ellis and Norman, along with other members of last year’s team like Bowerman finalist Rai Benjamin, will undoubtedly hurt. However, the Trojans still have a roster loaded with talented athletes. center_img Ellis’ departure is also a huge blow to the team, as she was a Bowerman semifinalist herself. Along with her remarkable performance in the 4×400, Ellis took second place in the women’s 400-meter dash with a time of 50.19 and was named a first-team outdoor All-American for the second time. She set a USA indoor record in the women’s 400-meter dash in her first-place finish, running an incredible 50.34 to secure her title. Ellis also won an outdoor Pac-12 title in the 400-meter dash. Both the men’s and women’s teams will have to cope with the departure of their best performers from last year, as sprinters Kendall Ellis and Michael Norman have moved on from the team. Both were crucial in 2018, securing numerous individual victories and leading the Trojans to great team success. The Trojan track and field teams return to action this Friday when they compete in the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M. Norman was arguably the best athlete in collegiate track and field last year. He was rewarded with the prestigious Bowerman trophy, an award that is presented annually to the best performer in the sport. Norman was a force all year long, dominating in the 400-meter dash as well as in the 4×400-meter relay. last_img read more

December 27

GAA NEWS: NAOMH ULTAN CLUB NOTES

first_imgAGM – The Naomh Ultan GAA AGM will be held Sunday December 2nd at 5pm upstairs in the clubhouse, everyone more than welcome. ROYAL FLUSH & BINGO – Royal Flush Draw results for the weekend of 18/11/2012 were 7, 10, 11 & 18. There was no winner. Consolation prizes went to Manus Boyle, Jimmy Byrne & Sean Brosnan. Next weeks jackpot now stands at €5720. Bingo in the GAA Clubhouse, Dunkineely on Friday night at 9pm. Prize money of €1170 paid out. Three of the panels are €100, €150 & €200. Many thanks to all who support our weekly bingo and royal flush draws.  25 CARD DRIVE – After commencing over a month ago, it was decided to change the night of the 25 card drive from Thursday to Wednesday. There will also be a table for ladies for any interested. It commences at it’s usual time of 8:30.pm.GAA NEWS: NAOMH ULTAN CLUB NOTES was last modified: November 19th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more