Tagged: hiv

HIV infection animated - Code for life

Grant Jacobs May 13, 2018

Here’s a great video of HIV infection animated, showing molecular life at play – Molecular life is fascinating stuff. Complex molecules getting around making life happen. I’ve been following it for 30+ years and it continues to amaze me. It’s a realm where chemistry and physics merge to become life. In this case, an HIV infection taking place. There’s a … Read More

Drug use can have social benefits, and acknowledging this could improve rehabilitation - Guest Work

Guest Author Apr 04, 2018

Jennifer Power, La Trobe University This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Illicit drug use is often framed in terms of risk and antisocial or criminal behaviour. But drug use is often a highly social activity. For many people, the pleasure of using drugs is about social connection as much … Read More

Why finding new HIV targets takes so long: Some basics about basic research - Guest Work

Guest Author Jan 09, 2018

Christy Gaines, University of Maryland, Baltimore County This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Although great strides have been made at combating human immunodeficiency virus, leading to better quality of life and a longer life expectancy for those living with the virus, significant problems remain. As of 2016, 36.7 … Read More

HIV prevention in NZ: on a knife edge - Guest Work

InfectedNZ Nov 21, 2016

HIV seems like a scourge of the eighties, but today new HIV diagnoses and the costs of medication are escalating out of control in New Zealand. The world’s most dangerous infectious disease epidemic of the modern era is being revived, fuelled by invisibility, indifference and inaction. HIV has a terrifying ability to evolve and evade control when our guard is … Read More

Antibody injections could be stepping stone to HIV vaccine - Guest Work

Guest Author May 10, 2016

By Ivy Shih, The Conversation Imagine a seasonal jab of antibodies that could neutralise the HIV virus. Such an injection could prove to be next best alternative to an HIV vaccine, which has proven elusive to date. American and German researchers have demonstrated that by injecting macaques with neutralising antibodies, they successfully shielded the monkeys from HIV infection … Read More

Book review: The chimp and the river - Scibooks

Sarah-Jane O'Connor Mar 14, 2016

What do dengue fever, yellow fever, bubonic plague, bovine tuberculosis and West Nile fever have in common? Add to them swine flu, bird flu, SARS, HIV and Ebola and perhaps it becomes more obvious: all are zoonotic diseases – those that have crossed from animals into humans, often with devastating consequences. In 2012, science writer David Quammen tackled the subject … Read More

World AIDS Day – Science & Pseudoscience of AIDS - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Nov 30, 2014

In the early 1980s, the emergence of a previously unknown and fatal disease, raised concern amongst medical professions and fear in the general population. Those suffering from this new disease presented with a range of opportunistic infections, including rare forms of pneumonia and cancer – suggesting the cause was a failing immune system. Thirty years on, we now refer to … Read More

Kelly Brogan denies germ theory and the value of HIV drugs - Diplomatic Immunity

Helen Petousis Harris Sep 23, 2014

HIV causes AIDS and modern antiretroviral drugs extend quality of life and reduce AIDS related mortality. Kelly Brogan MD does not believe that HIV is the cause of AIDS because it does not satisfy Koch’s Postulates of infectious disease according to her website.* These postulates are four criteria refined and published in 1890 by a chap called Robert … Read More

Not quite Monday Micro – which nasty microbes would you rank in the top 10? - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Aug 01, 2014

On Monday I was asked to go on the radio and comment on an article that appeared in the NZ Herald (syndicated from The Independent) entitled “What’s the world’s biggest health risk?”. The article lists an infectious diseases ‘Top Ten’ which looks like this: 1. Ebola – as of 23 July 2014, there … Read More

Sensationalising science: sometimes behind the sizzle is just fizzle - Ice Doctor

Victoria Metcalf Jul 25, 2014

If we believe the headlines we might expect to see aliens waving at us via telescopes within 20 years. How much harm does the sensationalism of science do? Image Source: Wikimedia Commons http://science1.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2001/ast07sep_2/ Accompanying the increasing permeation of science news into mainstream media, there’s an explosion of popular science media sites such as IFLScience. Should we … Read More