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Nobel researcher was a subject of his own discovery

LONDON/CHICAGO (Reuters) – Ralph Steinman proved the importance of his Nobel prize-winning research in a most personal way, using his own discoveries to fight the pancreatic cancer that eventually killed him just days before the award was announced. In the future, millions more people around the world are likely to…

Hanoi’s renowned turtle free again

An ageing giant turtle revered as a symbol of Vietnam’s independence struggle has won back her freedom back three months after being captured for medical treatment, an official said on Wednesday. The animal, one of only four known of its kind, has been successfully treated at a special pond on…

‘Flytilla’ activist says mistreated by Israel

An Austrian pro-Palestinian activist deported from Israel has complained of ill treatment at the hands of aggressive Israeli forces. Julia Hurnaus, 25, was one of about 40 so-called “flytilla” activists expelled on Tuesday from Israel, where they had flown for a protest action over the weekend. “People were injured, people…

Marcus Bachmann’s clinic practices “reparative” anti-gay therapy: reports

Two reports were published claiming that Bachmann & Associates, the Christian counseling clinic owned by Rep. Michele Bachmann’s husband, practices “reparative therapy,” or psychological treatment targeted at reorienting homosexuals. The claim isn’t new — in fact, Marcus Bachmann has refuted it in the media for years. In 2006, he told…

New AIDS guidelines target global discrimination of gays

GENEVA — The World Health Organisation published Tuesday new global guidelines for expanding AIDS treatment, focusing for the first time on homosexuals, who face discrimination in many countries. “If we do not pay major attention to the epidemic in key populations, we will not be able to eliminate HIV” —…

First therapeutic study of LSD in 35 years finishes treatment of last subject

Psychiatrists in Switzerland have nearly completed their study of LSD-assisted psychotherapy in the treatment of anxiety associated with life threatening illnesses. The study is the first of its kind to be undertaken in 35 years. Although most people associate the psychedelic drug LSD with the hippie counterculture of the 1960′s,…

New melanoma treatment breakthrough boost survival: studies

CHICAGO — Two new treatments, including therapy blocking a gene mutation occurring in half of melanoma patients, are prolonging lives of people suffering from the deadliest form of skin cancer, clinical trials unveiled Sunday show. Vemurafenib neutralizes mutation of the key BRAF gene by inhibiting production of a protein which…

Progress in fight against ovarian and breast cancer

CHICAGO (AFP) – Significant progress is being made in the prevention and treatment of ovarian and breast cancer, according to findings discussed at a global oncology conference. “The studies presented at this meeting show impressive progress in disease control and prevention of breast cancer,” said Dr. Andrew Seidman, professor of…

Yemen’s Saleh evacuates to Saudi Arabia, VP in power for now

RIYADH — Yemen’s beleaguered President Ali Abdullah Saleh, wounded in shelling of his compound in the capital Sanaa, arrived late Saturday in Riyadh for treatment but has not stood down, a Saudi official said. “President Saleh has arrived in Riyadh for treatment, but he will return to Yemen,” the official…

HIV on rise in Eastern Europe, AIDS experts warn

ALLINN (AFP) – More must be done to stem HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe, as infections continue to spiral in nations in the region, notably Russia, experts warned on Friday. “Western Europe, including southern states like Portugal that used to cause a lot of worry on HIV years ago, have been…

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