Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Harvesting Aborted Organs for Human Transplant

While organ transplantations have more than doubled in the past 20 years, and available organ donations have increased at an even greater rate, the number of patients on waiting lists has more than quintupled.  Now a new company is publishing research with a solution to the organ shortage: grow aborted fetus organs in living animals for eventual transplantation to humans.
"If the [fetal] organs are available, it is better to use them to save somebody's life rather than throw them into the trash bin."
-- Eugene Gu, CEO of Ganogen, Inc., Redwood City, CA
For background, click headlines below to read previous articles:

Harvesting Blood of Children for Fountain of Youth

Type 1 Diabetics' Hope Rests in Dead Human Embryos

Human Embryos Cloned, Killed to Harvest Stem Cells

Boy 'Created' Artificially to Cure Sister's Disease

-- From "Coming age of Xenotransplantation: Would you accept an organ from a pig to save your life?" by David Warmflash, Genetic Literacy Project 2/12/15

A shortage of organs means a shortage of organs from human donors, and in the years to come, non-human organs may be used to fill the gap. Known as xenotransplantation, the idea of grafting organs from non-human animals to human patients is not new, but historically, it’s been essentially a surgical research tool.

As the technology has advanced, researchers have begun developing a technique that could get more kidneys to people who need transplants. But the method is controversial: It is now feasible to remove a kidney from an aborted human fetus and implant the organ into a rat, where the kidney can grow to a larger size. It’s possible that further work could find a way to grow kidneys large enough that they could be transplanted into a person, the researchers said, although much more research is needed to determine whether this could be done.

“Our long-term goal is to grow human organs in animals, to end the human donor shortage,” said study co-author Eugene Gu, a medical student at Duke University and the founder and CEO of Ganogen, Inc., a biotech company in Redwood City, California.

As for how people feel about xenotransplanation, a poll conducted at the turn of the century found 71 percent of the public saying that they would consider xenotransplantation for a family member, if no human organ match were available. But there is also the animal rights objection.

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From "Kidney Harvested From Aborted Human Fetus Grown In Rat: An End To Organ Donor Shortage, Scientists Say" by Susan Scutti, Medical Daily 1/23/15

“We feel that our research is more palatable than all the other researchers who use taxpayer money to fund their research involving aborted human fetal tissues, which is the vast majority of major biomedical research labs,” Gu tells Medical Daily. In fact, Gu and his research team acquired the fetal kidneys used in their experiments from Stem Express, a self-described “multi-million dollar company that supplies human blood, tissue products, primary cells, and other clinical specimens to biomedical researchers around the world.”

“We did this study in rats as proof-of-concept to show that human fetal organs can indeed survive in an animal host, can function to keep the animal alive, and can grow larger over time,” Gu says. Indeed: the rats survived roughly four months after the transplant, and one even lived for 10 months.

Among the ethical questions raised by Gu's work is whether the use of human fetal organs in research should be permissible and whether it is right to transplant human organs into animals. The Ganogen website argues that, as personalized medicine advances and becomes increasingly prevalent, “the differences between mice and men can no longer be ignored.” The reason? Simple animal testing of new drugs, which increasingly target highly specific proteins or genetic variations, cannot sufficiently safeguard our human health. The drug Herceptin is their case in point. This commonly prescribed breast cancer drug caused heart failure in some patients after extensive animal testing proved it safe.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Aborted baby organs to be used to grow transplants for medical patients" by Ethan A. Huff, Staff Writer, Natural News 3/3/15


Set to be published in the American Journal of Transplantation, a study on the process shows that it is entirely possible to cultivate living organs inside the bodies of animals. Whether these synthetically derived organs will be accepted by the bodies of actual human donors is still unknown, but researchers believe that the concept is promising for achieving their goals.

After obtaining human fetal kidneys from Stem Express, a California-based company that supplies researchers with various tissues harvested from both dead babies and adults, Gu and his colleagues implanted them into rats deliberately bred without immune systems. If the rats had had immune systems, their bodies likely would have rejected the foreign organs.

Earlier research has attempted to grow immature human kidneys in the abdomens of mice, but this latest study represents the first time that whole organs have been successfully sown inside animals. If the process proves to be successful on a larger scale, it forebodes a future in which aborted human babies become a commercial commodity for companies to capitalize on artificial organ development.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Scientists grow kidneys of aborted babies in animals" by Bob Unruh, World Net Daily 3/3/15


A video by Ganogen glosses over the source of the organs by euphemistically calling them “discarded.” But obtaining viable human organs requires working in concert with abortion businesses.

Ganogen says it already is working on the processes for kidney transplants as well as human fetal heart transplantation.

Jim Sedlak, spokesman for the American Life League, the largest grassroots Catholic pro-life movement in the U.S., called the transplant program “totally immoral” and “another outlandish use of aborted babies to produce results that humans think are good.”

“We are totally opposed to any use of aborted cells from human beings to grow organs or for any other purpose,” he said. “Someone died in order for these organs to be grown.”

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read Obama Administration OKs Aborted Baby Brain Experiments

And read President Obama's FDA: Why not Three Biological Parents?

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

SC Seminary: Homosexuality Sinful — Media Outraged

As courts have now imposed same-sex "marriage" on South Carolina, Erskine College, a small private Christian college in Due West, SC, has publicly reiterated the Biblical position on homosexuality a year after two students made their homosexual behavior public.  Erskine offers liberal arts undergraduate studies and a graduate theological seminary.
Erskine College exists to glorify God . . . in a Christ-centered environment where learning and biblical truth are integrated to develop the whole person.
-- Mission Statement (excerpt)

We believe the Bible teaches that monogamous marriage between a man and a woman is God’s intended design for humanity and that sexual intimacy has its proper place only within the context of marriage.
We believe the Bible teaches that all sexual activity outside the covenant of marriage is sinful and therefore ultimately destructive to the parties involved. As a Christian academic community, and in light of our institutional mission, members of the Erskine community are expected to follow the teachings of scripture concerning matters of human sexuality and institutional decisions will be made in light of this position.
-- Statement on Human Sexuality (adopted 2/20/15), Board of Trustees and Student Services and Athletic Committee
For background, click headlines below to read previous articles:

Massachusetts Christian College Ostracized by City & Media for Opposing Gay Agenda

Gays and Media Attack Nebraska Christian College for Being Moral

Liberal Media Pounce on Evangelical Liberty University

California Boots College Christian Clubs Across the State

California School Bans Books by Christian Authors

Atheists Force Bible Bans at Colleges Across America

Marquette University Bans Conservative Professor, Like a Terrorist

New York Univ. Strips Students of Gender Identification (Gay Agenda)

Stanford Univ. Hires Anti-Christian Lesbian Ordained Priest

-- From "South Carolina college's statement ignites homosexuality furor" by Patrick Foster, USA TODAY Voice 2/27/15

In March of last year, Drew Davis and Juan Varona, two Erskine volleyball players, were featured in an article published on OutSports, in which the athletes officially came out as gay. Following the article’s appearance, the Division II team went on to the NCCA tournament.

The college has reacted to the flurry of news stories on Twitter, saying “No gay (or straight) students have been asked to leave Erskine College based on the Statement.”

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "South Carolina college denounces homosexuality after two volleyball players come out as gay" by Marissa Payne, Washington Post 2/27/15

. . . the college, which is aligned with the Associate Reformed Presbyterian tradition, released a strongly worded denouncement of homosexuality on campus that many read to be a behavioral ban. The document, titled “Statement on Human Sexuality,” was submitted by the Student Services and Athletic Committee and adopted by the board of trustees last Friday.

The statement will now be added to the school’s official manuals and used to further make procedural rulings, according to an article posted to Erskine’s official Web site on Thursday.

It is unclear how the newly adopted statement will affect student life going forward; however, Erskine said in a followup statement on Friday that the new language “does not ‘ban’ any individual or class of individuals from attending Erskine.”

Reaction from those outside the college has been mostly negative, as well, with many taking to Twitter to denounce what they see as a step in the wrong direction in a state that has already legalized gay marriage.

In some parts of the country, college accreditation boards are demanding conservative Christian colleges revise what they believe to be discriminatory policies and positions. . . .

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read So-called 'Anti-Gay' Gordon College (Salem, Mass.) Accreditation Threatened

From "Erskine College statement on sexuality attracts national attention" by Kirk Brown, Anderson Independent Mail 3/2/15

According to the board's statement, "Sexual relations outside of marriage or between persons of the same sex are spoken of in scripture as sin and contrary to the will of the Creator."

Erskine spokesman Cliff Smith said Sunday that the national news coverage has inaccurately described the board's statement as a reaction to publicity surrounding two gay athletes on the college's men's volleyball team. Smith said discussions among the trustees regarding the statement on sexuality began before a website called OutSports.com posted a story last year about athletes Andrew Davis and Juan Varona.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Erskine releases statement on homosexuality" by Nathaniel Cary, The Greenville (SC) News 3/2/15

The Board's statement on human sexuality, which is released Feb. 20, denounces the practice of any sex outside of marriage, including homosexuality.

The statement has sparked a flurry of national news stories.

Erskine has 600 undergrad students and 130 graduate students in its seminary and is aligned with the conservative Associate Reformed Presbyterian, which appoints the school's trustees. Erskine celebrated its 175th anniversary last year.

The school said its students are expected to follow scriptural teachings on homosexuality.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

In addition, read Gay Agenda will be Complete when Christians are Muzzled, Say Homosexualists as well as Senator Ted Cruz Says the Gay Agenda Ends Christian Liberty

And read American Decline: Obama's Gay Agenda vs. Christians

Monday, March 02, 2015

Pastor's Wife Fined for Praying Too Loud—N. Dakota

Martha Nagbe, wife of United Methodist Pastor Juwle Nagbe of Lisbon, North Dakota, has been fined $150 after multiple court dates because police ticketed her for "praying too loud on city sidewalks."  The family, originally from Africa, are protesting the infringement of their American right to freedom of speech.

"I can't stop [praying]. I'm trusting God. . . . In the United States it's one nation under God."
-- Martha Nagbe


For background, click headlines below to read previous articles:

Indiana Town Denounces Loud, Praying Christians

Missouri Police Steal Preacher's Amplifier to Shut Him Up

Pastor Arrested in California for Reading Bible in Public

Christian Jailed in Texas for Witnessing on Sidewalk

Buffalo, NY Police Boot Christian from Festival for Talking

Jesus Talk Outlawed in New Orleans, Arrests Made

Preacher Arrested: 'Breach of the Peace' on Street

Virginia Police Halt Bible 'Noise,' Preacher Sues City & Wins

Pastor Wins Free Speech Lawsuit Over California Mall

Police Say Prayer Illegal Outside U.S. Supreme Court Building

Christians Arrested for Praying Too Loud Near Chicago Abortion Clinic

Christians Arrested for Praying at Gay Festival

Praying Mother Banned from School Grounds in New Hampshire



-- From "Lisbon pastor's wife fined for praying too loud" by Christina Craig, Valley News KVLY-TV11 & KXJB (Fargo, ND) 2/24/15

Nagbe said police told her to stop praying downtown and in area neighborhoods. She moved from Liberia to this country for opportunity, but feels that she's being denied her rights.

In one hand Nagbe carries her bible, singing versus of praise throughout the streets. Lisbon's police chief told us Nagbe's loud praying is "disturbing the peace."

Police further comment this isn't about race, religion, or freedom of speech. They've received complaints from neighbors "that have been woken up and she is standing outside of their house shouting,” said Chief [Jeanette] Persons. “It's not that she just walks by, but she will stand out there for a lengthy period of time."

Chief Persons said if Nagbe continues to pray loudly in the streets, she will continue to get fined. But, Chief Persons also comments if Nagbe lowered her voice the problems would go away.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Late-term Abortion Ban Passes in West Virginia

When the West Virginia legislature banned abortions after 20 weeks gestation last year, Democrat Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed the bill, but now with a Republican hold on a veto-proof majority, abortionists who murder children capable of feeling pain could lose their license to kill, with no exception for rape or incest.

For background, read As Pro-life Laws Sweep America, Liberals Battle Back as well as 75% of Abortion Clinics Closed: Jan. 2015 vs. 1991

Also read Gallup Poll: Americans Want Abortion Laws Changed

In addition, watch how Democrat leader Nancy Pelosi, who claims to be Catholic, refuses to acknowledge a fetus as a person.

-- From "W.Va. lawmakers pass ban on abortions after 20 weeks" by The Associated Press 2/25/15

With little debate, West Virginia senators cleared the ban Wednesday [29-5]. The House of Delegates passed it overwhelmingly [87-12] earlier this month after a more heated back-and-forth.

The proposal bans abortions after 20 weeks, with some exemptions for women in medical emergencies. Rape and incest aren't exempted, despite Democrats' effort to try to include them.

The proposal would also prohibit abortions when women have psychological conditions that could lead them to hurt or kill themselves.

Even for abortions that would be exempted, the bill requires doctors to terminate pregnancies in a way that gives "the best opportunity for the fetus to survive," unless the process would kill or irreparably harm the mother.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Full WV Legislature passes 20-week abortion ban" by Mandi Cardosi, Government Reporter, The State Journal 2/25/15

Sen. Corey Palumbo, D-Kanawha, offered an amendment to change the 20-week ban to 22 weeks. He said the amendment would have made the bill constitutional. Tomblin, acting on a similar bill last year, said he vetoed the measure because his office found it to be unconstitutional.

“Bills similar to this have been passed in at least 10 states; I think three of them have been challenged and all three have been held unconstitutional,” Palumbo said. “According to evidence out there, I don't see anyway this bill would be found to be constitutional.”

The bill did not contain criminal penalties against physicians for performing abortions, but a similar bill that passed the Legislature last year did contain penalties and was vetoed by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "West Virginia lawmakers pass 20-week abortion ban" by Matt Pearce, Los Angeles Times 2/26/15

The U.S. Supreme Court, which has barred undue restrictions on abortion before fetuses are viable outside the womb -- generally considered to be 24 weeks -- has declined to weigh in on "fetal-pain laws," at least so far.

The West Virginia legislation, titled the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act [HB 2568], provides no exceptions for rape or incest and threatens to strip medical licenses from providers who perform abortions after 20 weeks.

Federal judges have stopped similar pre-viability abortion bans in Texas, Arizona, Georgia, Arkansas and North Dakota.

As of the start of February, 10 states had pre-viability abortion bans similar to the proposal in West Virginia, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive health advocacy group.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "West Virginia Legislature Passes Ban on Abortions After 20 Weeks" by Steven Ertelt, LifeNews.com 2/25/15

Across the country, eight states have the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act in effect: Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Alabama, Louisiana, Arkansas, North Dakota, and Texas. . . . More than 18,000 ‘very late term’ abortions are performed every year on perfectly healthy unborn babies in America.

The bill [considered last month in Congress] relies on the science of fetal pain to establish a Constitutional reason for Congress to ban abortions late in pregnancy. The science behind the concept of fetal pain is fully established and Dr. Steven Zielinski, an internal medicine physician from Oregon, is one of the leading researchers into it. He first published reports in the 1980s to validate research showing evidence for it.

He has testified before Congress that an unborn child could feel pain at “eight-and-a-half weeks and possibly earlier” and that a baby before birth “under the right circumstances, is capable of crying.”

He and his colleagues Dr. Vincent J. Collins and Thomas J. Marzen  were the top researchers to point to fetal pain decades ago. Collins, before his death, was Professor of Anesthesiology at Northwestern University and the University of Illinois and author of Principles of Anesthesiology, one of the leading medical texts on the control of pain.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read Liberals Embrace Science Lies, Reject Science Truth Regarding Abortion

And read Abortion Rates Plunge: Liberals Fume, Call for More Access

Friday, February 27, 2015

Muslims Kill Christians, NOT News; Focus on Museum

Little seen headline: Islamic State jihadists kidnap hundreds of Christians and begin mass executions

Top news story:  ISIS extremists ransack Mosul museum, destroy ancient artifacts

Today's review of the mainstream media shows few words written about the genocide, but reams of articles and hours of news video reporting the destruction of material objects.


For background, read President Obama Compares Christians to Islamic Terrorists and even Ignores Christian Genocide (focuses on furthering Gay Agenda)

Also read President Obama Ignores Hate Crimes Against U.S. Christians

And read Muslim Beheads Christians in New Jersey per Koran



-- From "ISIS Onslaught Engulfs Assyrian Christians as Militants Destroy Ancient Art" by Anne Barnard, New York Times 2/26/15

A rampage reminiscent of Tamerlane or Genghis Khan, perhaps, but in reality, according to reports by residents, activist groups and the assailants themselves, a description of the modus operandi of the Islamic State’s self-declared caliphate this week. The militants have prosecuted a relentless campaign in Iraq and Syria against what have historically been religiously and ethnically diverse areas with traces of civilizations dating to ancient Mesopotamia.

Assyrian leaders have counted 287 people taken captive, including 30 children and several dozen women, along with civilian men and fighters from Christian militias, said Dawoud Dawoud, an Assyrian political activist who had just toured the area, in the vicinity of the Syrian city of Qamishli. Thirty villages had been emptied, he said.

The assault on the Assyrian communities comes amid battles for a key crossroads in the area. But to residents, it also seems to be part of the latest effort by the Islamic State militants to eradicate or subordinate anyone and anything that does not comport with their vision of Islamic rule — whether a minority sect that has survived centuries of conquerors and massacres or, as the world was reminded on Thursday, the archaeological traces of pre-Islamic antiquity.

The Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, has presented itself as a modern-day equivalent of the conquering invaders of Sennacherib’s day, or as Islamic zealots smashing relics out of religious conviction.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Activist: ISIS now holds 262 Christians hostages in Syria" by Laura Smith-Spark, CNN 2/26/15

The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights put the number of Assyrian hostages seized over three days at 220, in a statement released Thursday.

They were taken from 11 villages in the Tal Tamer area in al-Hasakah Province, the monitoring group said. Its information indicates that ISIS has taken them to the Mount Abdelaziz area, southwest of Tal Tamer.

Besides those captured by ISIS militants, thousands of families have been forced to flee their homes, he said.

ISIS has proven, time and again, its willingness to ruthlessly go after minority groups which don't subscribe to its extreme take on Islam.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Militants abduct more Christians, smash ancient artifacts" by Zeina Karam and Sinan Salaheddin, Associated Press 2/26/15

The destruction of artifacts in the Mosul museum is part of a campaign by IS extremists who have destroyed a number of shrines — including Muslim holy sites — to eliminate what they view as heresy. They also are believed to have sold ancient artifacts on the black market in order to finance their bloody campaign in the region.

In the video released Thursday, militants used sledgehammers and drills to smash and destroy several large statues, which are then shown chipped and in pieces. The five-minute video also shows a black-clad man at an archaeological site in Mosul, drilling through and destroying a winged-bull — an Assyrian protective deity — that dates to the 7th century B.C.

Irina Bokova, director general of the U.N.'s culture agency UNESCO, said in a statement that she was "deeply shocked" at the video. She said she asked for an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council be convened "on the protection of Iraq's cultural heritage as an integral element for the country's security."

"I condemn this as a deliberate attack against Iraq's millennial history and culture, and as an inflammatory incitement to violence and hatred," Bokova said.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "ISIS kills 15 Assyrian Christians, charity reports" by Ed West, Catholic Herald 2/26/15

Aid to the Church in Need reported that the Islamist group murdered a number of Assyrians it took from Hassake governorate in Syria.

Abbot Emanuel Youkhana passed on the news to various Catholic agencies working in the area, and said the number still being held totalled 350.

The charity reports that another source claimed that people in the Sunni Arab village of Bab Alfaraj have been told to attend “a mass killing of infidels” at Mount Abdul Aziz tomorrow.

There are no families left in the 35 Assyrian Christian villages of the area. The only people left in the region are Christian militia fighters who are fighting alongside Kurdish troops

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "ISIS kills 15 Christian hostages in Syria, beheads woman" posted at ANSAmed 2/26/15

The news was given by Archimandrite Emanuel Youkhana to the Catholic organization Aid to the Church in Need on Thursday. . . . One woman was beheaded in the village Tel Hormidz and two men were shot to death. There is no information at the moment on how the other 12 were killed. Youkhana added that the number of those known to have been taken hostage had risen to about 350. In addition to the hundreds previously reported, some 80 inhabitants from the Tel Jazira village, 21 from Tel Gouran, 5 from Tel Feytha and 3 from Qabir Shamiya have been taken. Almost all are being held in the Sunni Muslim village Um Al-Masamier.

. . . One source has said that a mass execution is being planned for Friday, February 27, in the mosque of Bab Alfaraj, a Sunni village in the area. There has been no confirmation of the news.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read Islamic 'Call to Prayer' at National Cathedral in Washington D.C.

And read Florida School Teaches Islam Including Prayer Rugs

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Anal Sex Pill Pushed in Gay Men Study to Stop HIV

In the never-ending, and thus far fruitless effort to make deviant sexual behavior harmless, researchers are hawking a new extremely expensive alternative to failure-ridden condoms for homosexual men: take medication orally, then engage in anal sex, then orally afterward -- repeat again in serial fashion.

For background, read U.S. Government Says HIV/AIDS is Mostly a Gay Disease and also just reported that Soaring Syphilis Rates Among Homosexual Men Point to HIV Risk

Also read Anal Sex is Main Cause of HIV Pandemic, Study Shows

And read President Obama Commits $15 Million to Show that Gay Men Aren't the Cause of HIV/AIDS

In addition, read HIV Cure: False Hope to Victims, Money to Others

-- From "Preventative treatment dramatically reduces HIV risk in gay men" by Kate Kelland, Reuters (London) 2/24/15

Gay men at high risk of HIV who took a daily dose of a Gilead AIDS drug as a preventative measure cut their risk of infection by 86 percent, according to results of a British trial released on Tuesday.

Researchers who conducted the trial of so-called pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) said the results offer real hope of reversing the HIV epidemic among men who have sex with men, one of the highest risk groups.

PrEP involves people who do not have HIV but who are at high risk of becoming infected and seek to protect themselves by taking a single pill, usually a combination of two antiretrovirals, every day.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Pills before, after risky sex by gays can lower HIV risk" by The Associated Press 2/25/15

The results offer hope of a more appealing way to help prevent the disease beyond taking daily pills and using condoms, although those methods are still considered best.

The study, done in France and Canada, is the first to test "on demand" use of Truvada, a pill combining two AIDS drugs, by people planning to have risky sex. The uninfected men who took it were 86 percent less likely to get HIV compared with men given dummy pills.

The study of Gilead Science's Truvada was led by the French national HIV research agency.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "HIV Pills Before And After Sex Prevents Spread Of HIV In Gay Men: Study" by Dianne Depra, Tech Times 2/25/15

More than 35 million people around the world have HIV but experts estimate that new infections in gay men can be curbed by 25 percent through pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), preventing up to a million new cases in the group in a 10-year period.

PrEP helps those not yet infected by HIV but at high risk of acquiring an infection with a simple pill. Containing emtricitabine and tenofovir, the pill keeps the virus from permanently taking hold after an individual is exposed, preventing HIV from fully developing. In a UK trial, researchers tested the Gilead drug Truvada and found that as a preventative measure, the pill can cut up to 86 percent of HIV risk.

The results of the study was presented at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections, which the UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS, gladly welcomed.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men" by Charlie Cooper, UK Independent 2/24/15

A daily pill that can dramatically cut a person’s risk of contracting HIV must be made available through the NHS “as soon as possible”, campaigners have said.

Results of a major UK trial of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) have been described as “extremely exciting” and a “game-changer” by leading specialists.

Despite major advances in the fight against HIV/Aids in recent decades, the infection rate among men who have sex with men remains stubbornly high in the UK, and the results of the trial have led to calls for PrEP to be offered free by the NHS.

With evidence of its effectiveness now established, it will have to consider whether the pills, which will cost £423 per month for each patient, will be cost-effective, and what the criteria should be for accessing them.

The next question is how many people would be given the pill. It would probably only be available for high-risk people – those who are having sex with several partners, sometimes unprotected. About 18,000 men who have sex with men are diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection each year (an indicator of a high-risk lifestyle). If around a quarter of these were deemed likely to benefit from PrEP that would mean 4,500 people taking PrEP a year, at a total cost of £22.8m.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Gilead’s Pill Can Stop HIV. So Why Does Almost Nobody Take It?" by Caroline Chen, Bloomberg Business 2/17/15

Truvada, Gilead [Sciences Inc.]’s HIV drug, has been approved since 2004 for people with the virus. In 2012, use was expanded to people without HIV as a way of preventing transmission -- a practice called PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis. Taken daily, it can prevent infections 92 percent of the time, meaning it could drastically reduce new infections in sexually active gay men, among the U.S.’s highest-risk communities.

Thanks to its use in HIV patients, Truvada’s been a financial success, bringing Gilead $1.79 billion in the U.S last year. Yet out of 3.3 U.S. million prescriptions from January 2012 to March 2014, only 3,200 were for prevention.

There are many reasons: Gilead says PrEP isn’t a moneymaker, so the drugmaker doesn’t pitch the medicine to many of the primary care doctors who see healthy, HIV-negative gay men most likely to benefit from Truvada. Patients and advocates say doctors often don’t know about the medicine, and some insurance plans leave patients with copays as high as $1,300, making use by the healthy less affordable.

The result is thousands of people who could significantly lower their HIV risk, yet don’t. Some 50,000 Americans are diagnosed with HIV each year, with the highest rates among young gay males, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "New compound raises hope for HIV vaccine" by IANS posted at Business Standards 2/19/15

In a major step against HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), the virus that causes AIDS, scientists have announced the creation of a novel drug candidate that is so potent and universally effective it might work as part of an unconventional vaccine.

"Unlike antibodies, which fail to neutralise a large fraction of HIV-1 strains, our protein has been effective against all strains tested, raising the possibility it could offer an effective HIV vaccine alternative," said lead researcher Michael Farzan, professor at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), Florida.

Tested in monkeys, the new drug candidate blocks every strain of HIV-1, HIV-2 and SIV (simian immunodeficiency virus) that has been isolated from humans or rhesus macaques, including the hardest-to-stop variants, the findings showed.

The study was published online in the journal Nature.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "New drug discovery could offer HIV cure" by Yoon Ju Chung, Daily Tarheel 2/22/15


The Scripps Research Institute on Wednesday published details about the potential drug, touted as a vaccine alternative. Dr. Michael Farzan, a professor of infectious diseases at TSRI’s Florida campus, said he expects his new drug candidate could cure the 35 million people living with HIV worldwide within the next few years.

But Dr. David Margolis, a UNC professor of medicine and leader of the Collaboratory of AIDS Researchers for Eradication, cast doubt on several of the study’s findings: whether it will be as effective for humans as it was for monkeys, whether the protection will last long enough and whether human cells will react abnormally to the proteins.

“This is not novel and has been tried in the lab for decades,” he said.

An estimated 39 million people have died worldwide from HIV-related causes, and while treatments have improved, a cure has remained elusive for decades.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Click headlines below to read previous articles:

New Deadly HIV Rampant in Cuba — Obama Media Ignore

President Obama Pays Pre-teens to Learn Anal Sex in Hawaii

Obama Top Homosexual Arrested for Anal Sex with Boy

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Women Shun Kids More Effectively, Liberals Cheer

Many health professionals, and especially the mainstream media, are gleeful with the new federal CDC report showing an increasing number of women choosing the most effective means to reduce or entirely eliminate giving birth while retaining hedonistic lifestyle choices. Popularity of sterilization, the most effective means to avoid kids, is also increasing as more government programs encourage and pay for the procedure.
". . . it's going to be fascinating to see what impact this will have on overall fertility rates . . ."
-- Amy Branum, study co-author and researcher at the National Center for Health Statistics of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
For background, read Pediatricians Push IUDs & Implants on Teen Girls, but even so the Morning-After Pill is Becoming the 'Contraceptive' Choice

Also read Over-the-Counter Abortion Paid by ObamaCare: Study

And read Obama White House Says Lower Birth Rates Will Lower Costs but unfortunately, their Utopian Dream is Shattered by the Reality of Birth Rate because Where Liberalism Flourishes, Population Diminishes

In addition, read Limiting Births Fails to Save Earth, Says U.S. Government Report

-- From "IUDs, hormone implants growing more popular among US women" by Lindsey Tanner, Medical Writer, Associated Press 2/24/15

Birth control pills remain the most popular contraceptive method nationwide [used by 16%], but intrauterine devices and implants are more effective at preventing pregnancy and they last for several years.

National surveys show 7 percent of U.S. reproductive-aged women used long-acting contraceptives in 2011-13, up from less than 2 percent in 2002. The most popular are IUDs, T-shaped devices containing hormones or copper that are inserted into the womb. They can work for up to about 10 years. Implants are matchstick-size plastic rods containing hormones that are inserted beneath the skin of the upper arm. They last about three years. Both types can cost hundreds of dollars but should be covered with no co-pays by most insurance plans under contraception mandates of the Affordable Care Act [ObamaCare].

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommended IUDs and implants as the most effective forms of reversible birth control in 2011 and called them safe for most women. Both long-acting methods are nearly 100 percent effective, with lower failure rates than birth control pills, patches and injections.

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From "Report: Women embrace more effective birth control" by Kim Painter, Special for USA TODAY 2/24/15

The most effective methods of reversible birth control are rapidly gaining popularity among U.S. girls and women, a new report shows.

IUDs, once widely shunned due to safety concerns, started making a comeback after new versions were introduced in the early 1990s. They caught on more rapidly after 2000, the report shows. Hormonal arm implants were introduced in the 1990s and also have caught on as new versions have been introduced, Branum says.

The new report details who is using the long-acting methods and where growth is fastest. In 2011-2013, use was highest among women ages 24 to 34 and those who already had children. But growth was fastest among younger girls and women and those with no children.

Another concern: the devices do not protect against sexually transmitted diseases, so condoms are still needed. Also, the insertion of an IUD can be briefly painful, and arm implants can cause unpredictable menstrual bleeding.

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From "The IUD Is Getting More Popular In America. Here's Why" by Jeffrey Young, Huffington Post 2/24/15

Decades have passed since the Dalkon Shield scandal of the 1970s, when an estimated 200,000 women were injured, many became infertile and about 20 died from infections related to that IUD. But new, safer products started coming onto the U.S. market from the late 1980s through the current decade. Medical societies have adopted policies in recent years recommending physicians consider IUDs and other long-acting contraceptives for more types of patients, including women who’ve never had a child and teenagers. And word-of-mouth combined with advertising and marketing by IUD manufacturers has increased consumer awareness.

There are drawbacks, of course. Some women experience discomfort and irregular bleeding during the first few months, or even longer. In rare cases, an IUD can become dislodged. The device doesn’t prevent sexually transmitted infections. A woman who decides she wants to become pregnant must have the device removed. And IUDs must be implanted inside the uterus, which requires a typically painful procedure that involves pushing the device past the cervix.

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From "IUDs Are Getting More Popular With American Women" by Alexandra Sifferlin, Time Magazine 2/24/15

“I am delighted LARC [long-acting reversible contraceptive] use is rising. It’s terrific and I would like to see even more,” says Dr. Mary Jane Minkin, professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences at the Yale School of Medicine.

Overall, the use of LARC has increased fivefold in the past decade among women between the ages of 15 to 44, though overall usage remains low. Use spiked from 1.5% in 2002 to 7.2% in between 2011 and 2013. Women ages 25 to 34 are the most likely to choose LARC at 11% compared with 5% of women ages 15 to 24 and around 5.3% of women ages 35 to 44.

Women in other countries are significantly more likely to use LARC, especially the IUD. Separate research has shown that 23% of French women using contraception use an IUD as well as 27% of Norwegian women and 41% of women in China. In the U.S., cost may be a factor: the Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive-health nonprofit, reports that their research shows sharp increases in the numbers of women who don’t have to pay out of pocket for LARC thanks to the Affordable Care Act [ObamaCare]. Without insurance coverage, LARC can be prohibitively expensive for some — around $900 for an IUD, for instance.

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