AIDS and new treatment possibilities

aids

Today, we want to talk about HIV in our post. The virus progressively damages the human immune system with the result that it becomes an almost impossible mission for our body to fight against many different types of infection.

Fortunately, great progress has been made in recent years in the battle against the AIDS virus. According to the WHO, at the end of 2012, some 10 million patients with the disease were receiving antiretroviral therapy in average-income and low-income countries all over the world. This means that the numbers of patients worldwide are still significant. How is HIV transmitted? Now that everyone is talking about Ebola, the different ways diseases can be transmitted is something that people are particularly concerned about. However, in the case of HIV, a virus that has a much higher incidence in the developed world, there tend Read more

Stem cells restore eyesight

Stem cells

This is not the first time we have used the pages in this blog to echo the exciting possibilities today of stem cells to regenerate human organs. We have to acknowledge, however, that perhaps the medical advances we are going to discuss in this post may be the most spectacular of all those which have appeared to date in Best Doctors’ Blog.

The importance of some new research The breakthrough comes out of some new research carried out in the USA with 18 patients which has shown that transplanting adult stem cells into the retinas of patients with serious ocular damage does not result in rejection and, what is more, can reverse damage that was previously incurable.The results could not be clearer or more conclusive. The 18 patients who took part in the research all had incurable retina diseases, which is the main cause of blindness both in young people and adults in advanced countries. The stem cell transplants were successful in every case, Read more

Great progress on diabetes thanks to a team from Harvard

diabetes

Diabetes is a global disease that currently affects 347 million people all over the world. People with diabetes are unable to produce insulin which can cause serious health problems, including cardiac and kidney problems or nervous system disorders.

The good news is that a team of researchers from Harvard University in Boston (USA), led by Douglas Melton, has just made an important discovery, which has been published in the prestigious journal Cell. More than 15 years have been spent trying to find a way to produce beta cells on a large scale. These are a specific type of cells that are able to detect blood sugar levels and maintain them at healthy levels producing insulin. Now, there is a solution thanks to the use of stem cells, which are able to develop into any kind of tissue or organ. Thanks Read more