Potential cure for AIDS. Making HIV dormant [Video]

This isn’t a post about an odd or unusual side effect. But it is quite interesting.

The cure for AIDS and Cancer alike seems to be far off in the distance. However, this could change in a forseeable future for the victims of AIDS. I honestly never thought I would be alive when a cure for AIDS would be found. Though, that may still be the case.

Researches in Queensland have discovered an HIV protein named “Nullbasic,” which was formed by mutating an exisisting HIV protein over many generations. The research team, led by David Harrich are so confident in their findings that animal trials may begin as early as this year.

Currently, HIV patients use expensive and powerful drugs to combat their HIV, usually with little success. Though this new protein may not eliminate HIV, it will reduce the cost of treatment for these patients.

David Harrich explains how it works: “I have never seen anything like it. The modified protein works every time. You would still be infected with HIV, it’s not a cure for the virus. But the virus would stay latent, it wouldn’t wake up, so it wouldn’t develop into AIDS. With a treatment like this, you would maintain a healthy immune system.”

There seems to be light at the end of this long, dark, and scary tunnel. Or at least, let’s hope so.


Sweet Tea & Soda Could Make You Depressed


Among a study of more than 260,000 individuals a link has been found between depression and soft drinks. In 1995-96 these 260,000 between the ages of 50 and 71 were tracked on their consumption of soda, sweetened tea, coffee, and other soft drinks. Ten years later they were asked if they had been diagnosed with depression since the year 2000. Over 11,300 had been.

What’s intriguing here is that the go to culprit, Sugar, is believed to be innocent, at least for the most part. Instead researchers believe artificial sweeteners used in these drinks are the ones to blame.

Those that drank four or more sodas per day were 30% more likely to develop depression. Those that stuck with fruit punch actually had a 38% chance to develop depression (artificial sweeteners.) However, there is some light at the end of this depressing tunnel. For those that need that caffeine kick in the morning and drank coffee had a 10% lower risk to develop depression.

Though this is an interesting study, it’s not confirmed and is only preliminary. So cutting back on these beverages doesn’t mean you’ll cure your depression.

Source: Yahoo! Health