"After sexual activity I get a strong sense of self-loathing about myself."
When Science published a monkey study nearly 2 years ago that showed an anti-inflammatory antibody effectively cured monkeys intentionally infected with the simian form of the AIDS virus, the dramatic results turned many heads. But some skeptical researchers thought the data looked too good to be true and predicted the intervention wouldn’t work on HIV in humans. They were right.
A reported 1 in 5 Americans have delinquent medical debt on their credit reports—and that doesn’t even account for other Americans who struggle with medical costs in other ways. It’s a large problem that is preventable in one of the richest countries…
The standard treatment for a serious bacterial infection is a dose of antibiotics, which slow or halt the infection by hindering critical cellular processes within the bacteria. However, some bacteria have evolved devious mechanisms to protect themselves against antibiotics, for instance by producing enzymes that can destroy the antibiotic molecules, or by making themselves less permeable to the antibiotic.
The family of Ebola viruses has just gotten a bit bigger. The government of Sierra Leone has announced that a new species of Ebola, the sixth, has been discovered there in bats. It has been called, provisionally, the Bombali virus, after a district in the north of the country where it was found. There’s no evidence the new virus has infected people, although EcoHealth Alliance, an environmental nonprofit group involved in the discovery, said on Twitter that it has the potential to infect human cells.
Medical cannabis will be made available on prescription after it was approved for use by the government.
Doctors will be able to prescribe medicine derived from marijuana “by the autumn” the Home Office announced.
The home secretary, Sajid Javid, said: “Recent cases involving sick children made it clear to me that our position on cannabis-related medicinal products was not satisfactory.
Funding to encourage more mothers in Scotland to breastfeed for longer is to be almost doubled. The Scottish government has announced an extra £2m investment. Figures show that over the last year 63% of babies had been breastfed at some point, but the rate dropped to 41% at six weeks. The cash boost, ahead of World Breastfeeding Week, will go to health boards to tackle problems which see some mothers stop breastfeeding.