Israeli Scientists See Breakthrough in AIDS Cure

Israeli Scientists See Breakthrough in AIDS Cure

Drug now being tested causes HIV-infected cells to self-destruct without harming the rest of the body   HIV and AIDS patients may find new hope in a drug developed at Hebrew University in Jerusalem which is currently being tested at the Kaplan Medical Center in The drug was inserted into test tubes containing the blood of ten AIDS patients currently being treated at the hospital, and was found to decrease the HIV virus count in the blood samples by as…

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Top 10 Pharma Sales Projections for 2016 – & Beyond

The Top 10 Pharmaceutical Companies Per the EP Vantage 2016 Preview, the Top 10 pharma companies by expected 2016 sales are: Pfizer – $48B Novartis – $44.5B Roche – $39.8B Sanofi – $39.7B Merck – $37.9B GlaxoSmithKline – $33.5B Johnson & Johnson – $33.2B Gilead – $30.1B AbbVie – $26B AstraZeneca – $22.7B     The Top 10 Drugs In 2016 Megablockbuster Humira continues to grab headlines. According to EP Vantage 2016, the top 10 drugs by sales are projected…

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Cure Update from IAS Conference Durban, South Africa

Only One Person Has Been Cured Of AIDS — Can We Do It Again? Results announced at the International AIDS Conference aim to recreate the success of The Berlin Patient (Timothy Ray Brown), the only man in the world to be cured of AIDS.   In 2007, a man with AIDS in Germany began the first of two bone marrow transplants he desperately needed to treat a rare form of blood cancer that threatened to kill him. The procedures were risky…

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Seven (#2 & 3 are HIV) New Blockbuster Drugs to Watch in 2016

Seven (#2 & 3 are HIV) New Blockbuster Drugs to Watch in 2016 Each of these new drugs could rake in $2 billion in sales. Blockbuster drugs, those medicines that bring in more than $1 billion in sales every year, are the holy grail of drug development. They can make a pharmaceutical company and send them to rock-star status among investors, as evidenced by the rise of Gilead Sciences after the launch of its hepatitis C treatments. This year’s slate…

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Is Nano-Antiretroviral Therapy (Nano-ART) the Future of HIV Treatment?

Nano-ART Experimental Combination Surprises with Anti-HIV Effectiveness A compound developed to protect the nervous system from HIV surprised researchers by augmenting the effectiveness of an investigational antiretroviral drug beyond anything expected. The potency of the combination treatment, tested so far in mice, suggests that it would be possible to rid the body of HIV for months, reducing the frequency with which patients must take these medications from daily to several times a year. Even when people with HIV infection take…

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Breakthrough Agreement Accelerates HIV Cure Research

The International AIDS Society (IAS) announced on January 20, the finalization of a Common Material Transfer Agreement (cMTA) for the donation and use of antiretroviral drugs for pre-clinical studies in HIV cure research. This major achievement is the result of more than a year of negotiation with leading pharmaceutical companies. “This agreement will greatly accelerate the transfer of drugs for cure and remission studies,” said Nobel Laureate and Co-founder of the IAS Towards an HIV Cure initiative Françoise Barré-Sinoussi. “Many…

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Path to a Cure? A protein in humans and other primates switches on immune system, stops HIV infection

An new HIV cure path may now be possible. A new study published in the journal Heliyon, has provided amazing insights into finding a cure for HIV. Scientists have uncovered part of a protein, found in humans as well as other primates that can turn on the immune system and fight off HIV at the same time. The findings are big enough to be used in developing anti-HIV gene therapy, researchers suggest. The TRIM5alpha protein has the power to intercept…

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Charlie Sheen: “If there is one guy on this planet that’s going to deliver a cure, It’s me.”

“If there is one guy on this planet to contract this, that’s going to deliver a cure, It’s me. It’s me. Seriously. Seriously.”                                 – Charlie Sheen, Today Show Exclusive Interview, November 17, 2015   Charlie Sheen revealed he is HIV positive Tuesday in an exclusive TODAY interview with Matt Lauer.  “It’s a hard three letters to absorb. It’s a turning point in one’s life,” the 50-year-old actor said. Sheen said he made the announcement to end a smear campaign…

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What Is It Like to Be Cured of AIDS? A Conversation With the Berlin Patient

Interview and Portraits by Daniel Jack Lyons for the Huffington Post on November 13, 2015 When Timothy Ray Brown underwent a bone marrow transplant in Berlin during the winter of 2007, he was unaware of the historical significance that the surgery would later have. He hoped that the grueling procedure would free him from Leukemia, and he knew there was an unlikely chance that he could also be rid of HIV. Eight years later, Brown remains free from Leukemia and…

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Vice on HBO Special Report: The Fight to End AIDS

Countdown to Zero is a VICE on HBO special report on the fight to end AIDS.  It will focusing on the breakthroughs in cure, prevention and treatment including finding a cure.  The documentary aired on HBO and had its World Premiere on Tuesday, December 1, (World AIDS Day 2015). Learn more by going to VICE on HBO by clicking here. The special, hosted by VICE founders and correspondents Shane Smith and Suroosh Alvi, goes inside the search for a cure…

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