Hepatitis C has possibly been cured, but...
In April, 2012 a human study with a combination of Gillead Sciences' Sofosbuvir
, and Bristol-Myers' Daclatasvir led to a 100 percent cure rate for hepatitis-C, the world's leading cause of liver disease. Unfortunately, Gillead, which paid billions for Pharmasset
, the company that developed Sofosbuvir, refused to allow additional studies with Bristol-Myers
, choosing instead to try developing a proprietary cure, possibly using highly toxic Ribavirin
. They are also backing away from a similarly successful study completed this year
, previously approved by Pharmasset. Since Gilliad's delay of additional human studies, approximately 300,000 people worldwide have died
from liver disease related to Hepatitis-C and 40% of all available liver transplants have been diverted to a treatable disease, while up to 200 million additional infected people worldwide
-- many of whom do not know they are infected until the end stages of the disease
-- are still waiting for a cure. Meanwhile, Hepatitis-C activists are trying to petition the White House to find a way to resolve the impasse. [more inside]
[NSFW funky French 2011 AIDS prevention PSA]. And if that touched you the right way, you'll definitely want to poke around sexyfingers.org
[also NSFW but loads of Flash Friday fun]. [more inside]
Southwest's obesity ticket policy nearly strands man with medical condition that causes obesity.
SWA's extra fee for fat travelers has been covered before
. But what if your obesity is caused by a medical condition? An indigent man dying of late-stage Hepatitis C
and suffering from related abdominal bloating
is told by an SWA gate agent he can't board a connecting flight to a hospital willing to take his case
unless he coughs up money for another ticket -- despite the family getting reassurances before he departed that he wouldn't have to pay due to his medical state. He only boards after an SWA in Dallas for the ticket herself.
seems to be not limited to one location in North America. North Carolina
supermarkets, a McDonalds
in Wisconsin, is this a "new" trend?
A New Way to Catch Hepatitis
"Israeli doctors have discovered a gruesome new way to catch hepatitis and possibly other blood-borne diseases
- from the flying bone fragments of suicide bombers." (empahasis added)
wants to ban anyone with HIV or hepatitis from visiting or living on the island. I can't see how they can get away with this.
Hepatitis G virus may inhibit HIV from becoming AIDS (NY Times link).
The Hepatitis G virus doesn't seem to cause any disease, but is now being pointed at as a factor that slows the progress of HIV. It's the second time this year I've heard of a virus being used to defeat a virus
. There's a connection there, but I'll leave it at that.
"I wanted to be a mother who bakes.
But then I found out it's illegal." While I can understand being afraid of a Hepatitis or E. Coli outbreak, I can't help but think this is simply another example of a school district of applying really stupid rules to a situation.