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HIV-positive participant in vaccine study passes virus to sexual partner during treatment interruption

HIV-positive participant in vaccine study passes virus to sexual partner during treatment interruption An HIV-positive man transmitted HIV to his sexual partner after interrupting antiretroviral therapy as part of a research study into a therapeutic vaccine, French scientists reported in the Journal of Infectious Diseases last week. The case report underlines the importance of participants […]

Keytruda combination(Inlyta) found to reduce risk of death in RCC – Renal Cell Carcinoma

A combination of MSD’s anti-PD-1 therapy Keytruda (pembrolizumab) and Pfizer’s tyrosine kinase inhibitor Inlyta (axitinib) has been found to reduce risk of death by nearly half compared to sunitinib as first-line treatment for advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC). The results are taken from the pivotal Phase III KEYNOTE-426 trial, and show that the combination is […]

Transgender women taking PrEP have lower levels of PrEP drugs, especially in rectal tissues, than cisgender men

Craig Hendrix at HIVR4P 2018. Photo by Roger Pebody. Gus Cairns Published: 09 November 2018 Difference “equivalent to four days of PrEP per week rather than seven” A study presented at last month’s HIV Research for Prevention conference (HIVR4P) in Madrid shows that transgender women who are taking feminising hormones and also taking pre-exposure prophylaxis […]

Immunotherapy: ‘Killer’ cells get boost in fight against cancer

Recent research may have just revealed a way to make a highly successful form of immunotherapy available to thousands of people with cancer. An innovative approach helps ‘killer’ immune cells attack cancer cells. In the wake of the Nobel Prize in Physiology of Medicine being awarded to James P. Allison and Tasuku Honjo for their […]

A compound found in apples can slow down aging

New research has identified a natural compound found in many types of fruit, such as apples and strawberries, and vegetables that can slow down the aging process. A natural compound called fistein, found in apples, can help slow down aging. One key factor in the aging process is known as “cellular senescence,” or the aging […]

US doctors’ organization endorses event-based PrEP for the first time

US doctors’ organization endorses event-based PrEP for the first time For the first time, a US-based professional HIV body has published guidelines endorsing event-based or so-called ‘on-demand’ pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) as an alternative to daily dosing. The International Antiviral Society-USA (IAS-USA) released its 2018 recommendations during the International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam, but there was […]

MS: New drug proven to slow brain shrinkage

New Drug Shows Promise For Patients With Progressive Multiple Sclerosis A new clinical trial for the drug ibudilast offers much-needed hope for people living with multiple sclerosis — a neurological condition that affects primarily women and has limited treatment options. Using MRI scans, researchers were able to see that the new drug slows down brain […]