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South Africa: Cure for HIV

HIV

Scribe:  Lucy Osbourne

Email:  lucy@thethinkering.com

 

Most people have to take a bevy of drugs to prevent the HIV virus from destroying the immune system and creating what is considered full blown AIDs. 

A 9-year-old child is defying the odds.   The child whose identity has been withheld for privacy reasons was given a mixture of drugs shortly after birth and for eight-and-a-half years have not shown any signs or symptoms of the active virus. 

The child caught the infection from their mother around the time of birth in 2007 according to reports.  Both the mother and the child had very high levels of HIV in the blood.    The solution called antiretroviral therapy was at the time not standard practice was given as part of a clinical trial.  Levels dropped and the virus became undetectable – treatment was stopped after forty weeks.

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The amazing adaptive Brain

The Adaptive Brain

Scribe:  N. Tru Bass
Email:  ntb@thethinkering.com

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Gonorrhea no longer Treatable, Super Strain pushes back

Gonorrhea

Scribe:  Lucy Osbourne

Email:  lucy@thethinkering.com

 

Gonorrhea, or sometimes referred to as The Clap is making an aggressive comeback.   According to the World Health Organization (WHO) says that around 78 million new gonorrhea infections occur each year.  New data from 77 countries show that antibiotic resistance is making gonorrhea much harder and sometimes impossible, to treat. 

The new strain can be hard to distinguish from typical symptoms of other types of throat infections like Strep throat or a typical sore throat. 

The antibiotic strain can be shared through traditional sex as well oral sex and more designer life choices.  The new super gonorrhea is eliminating treatment options.   The standard treatment for gonorrhea is an intramuscular injection of ceftriaxone and oral azithromycin, the super g is making that a thing of the past.  

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If you were Killed would Anyone be Prosecuted?

Tupac/Biggie

Scribe:  Lucy Osbourne

Email:  lucy@thethinkeirng.com

 

Is possible to get killed in America and no one ever prosecuted for it?  For the past 21 years’ music fanatics have pondered what happened to Tupac Shakur.  The young talented rapper was killed in September 1996 after boxing match in Las Vegas.   He was the passenger of his seven series BMW and knight was driving the car.   Many people have pointed to knight himself as the man who wanted him dead especially in the light of the fact that he had the most to gain from the death of Shakur. 

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EVOO staves off effects of Alzheimer's disease

EVOO

Scribe:  Samuel Otis

Email:  samuel@thethinkering.com

 

Extra-virgin olive oil is now believed to protect against memory loss, and maintaining the ability to learn and reduces the conditions associated with Alzheimer’s disease. 

Research at Temple University’s Lewis Katz School of Medicine found mice with EVOO-enriched diets had better memories and learning abilities compared to the rates who didn’t eat the oil.   Researchers say neuron connections in the brain were better preserved in those on an olive oil diet. 

Previous research suggests the Mediterranean oil reduces brain inflammation and activates the autophagy process where intracellular debris and toxins are removed.   Debris and toxins are cited as firm markers of Alzheimer’s disease. 

Olive Oil is a bastion of the Mediterranean diet and is acclaimed for its various health benefits.  

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Man Awarded $1.15 million Doctor removed Wrong Testicle

Urology Surgeon

Scribe:  Samuel Otis

Email:  samuel@thethinkering.com

 

A Pennsylvania man has been awarded $1.15 million after his urologist removed the wrong testicle. 

Steven Haines suffered chronic pain in his right testicle for nearly two decades before he went to a doctor to get relief from the problem.  The urologist Dr. Spencer Long advised him removal would be best and he would still have one to work with.  The surgery was performed at J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital in Huntingdon, PA.

The 54-year-old man was rightfully upset when he recovered from the surgery still having pain in the right testicle after Dr. Long removed the wrong one. 

Haines sued and a jury awarded him $1.15 million along with $815,000 for pain and suffering and $330,000 for punitive damages.  The jury found the doctor to be “reckless” for removing the man’s healthy organ. 

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Does your Stress level Affect you Dental health?

Demi Moore

Scribe:  Samuel Otis

Email:  samuel@thethinkering.com

 

On the Tonight Show recently actress Demi Moore admitted to having lost teeth due to chronic stress.   Jimmy Fallon, mentioned how beautiful she is as a prelude to showing a photo she’d sent earlier with no front teeth.  She jokily said, "I'd love to say it was skateboarding or something really kind of cool, but I think it's something that's important to share because I think it's literally, probably after heart disease, one of the biggest killers in in America, which is stress. Stress sheared off my front tooth. But, in an effort to get ready for you, I wanted to make sure my teeth were in."

Which brings up the question – Does stress effect your teeth?

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Immunotherapy saves lives

Immunotherapy

Scribe:  N. Tru Bass

Email:  ntb@thethinkering.com

 

Immunotherapy is a therapy used to treat cancer patients that involve uses of the immune system.  Some consist of antibodies that bind to, and inhibit the function of proteins expressed by cancer cells.  Several ways the therapy my work are slowing or stopping growth in cancer cells, stopping cancer from spreading to other parts of the body, and assist the immune system to work better at destroying cancer cells. 

In nature the human body’s immune system detects something harmful, it produces antibodies.  Antibodies are proteins that fight infection.  Immunotherapy has strong growth potential and is expected to grow from $62 billion in 2016 to more than $111.23 billion by 2021.

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What is Dry Drowning or Secondary Drowning

Dry Drowning

Scribe:  N. Tru Bass

Email:  ntb@thethinkering.com

 

During summer months Ice cream, shorts, sunglasses and swimming are part of the social construct.   A four-year-old boy in Texas went swimming on Memorial Day weekend and died a week later due to dry drowning. 

The boy’s lungs were filled with fluid after swimming in the Texas City Dike with his family.  One week after the swimming trip the boy complained about shoulder pain and fell asleep and woke up a few hours later.   His father said during a report, “Out of nowhere, he just woke up. He said, ‘Ahhh,” he continued, “He took his last breath and I didn’t know what to do no more.”

Emergency workers attempted to save the boy but were unsuccessful.  Medical officials told the Houston, Texas family that the boy dry drowned and there was nothing that they could do.

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Massachusetts teen encouraged Boyfriend to kill himself

Michelle Carter

Scribe:  Samuel Otis

Email:  samuel@thethinkering.com

 

Young Michelle Carter is on trial for encouraging her boyfriend to commit suicide.  He did.  She is now the bullseye for the justice system in a case has for evidence text messages like, "You can't think about it, you just have to do it." And, "You need to do it, Conrad."

In July 2014, Roy was found dead slumped in his black Ford F-150, from carbon monoxide poisoning.  The 18-year-old was supported by his then girlfriend Michelle Carter.   According to prosecutors argue that the texts are overwhelming evidence that Carter pretended to be the loving girlfriend while privately telling Roy to off himself. 

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