Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

4/29/2013 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Scientists say they're on the brink of a breakthrough.

Finding a vaccine that defeats HIV, the virus that causes AIDS is essential for the future of the human race. Denmark researchers have since taken up the torch after a  U.S. trial first started in 2009 was halted last week. With clinical trials underway in Denmark, researchers at the Aarhus University Hospital are using a "novel approach" to fight the HIV virus.

The study enrolled 2,504 volunteers, mostly gay men, in 19 cities beginning in 2009. Half received dummy shots, and half received a two-part experimental vaccine developed by the NIH. All were provided free condoms and given extensive counseling about the risks for HIV.

The study enrolled 2,504 volunteers, mostly gay men, in 19 cities beginning in 2009. Half received dummy shots, and half received a two-part experimental vaccine developed by the NIH. All were provided free condoms and given extensive counseling about the risks for HIV.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

4/29/2013 (2 years ago)

Published in Health

Keywords: HIV, testing, Denmark, U.S., vaccine, AIDS


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Danish scientists claim they're on the brink of a "promising" breakthrough to cure HIV. The trial uses a treatment that forces the HIV virus from so-called reservoirs it forms in DNA cells, bringing the virus to the surface.

Once the virus is exposed, the body's natural immune system can destroy it with the help of a vaccine.

"The challenge will be getting the patients' immune system to recognize the virus and destroy it. This depends on the strength and sensitivity of individual immune systems," Dr. Ole Sogaard, a senior researcher at Aarhus told reporters.

Awarded a new round of funding of about $2.1 million from the Danish Research Council, 15 people have been signed up for the trial. Similar research is being conducted in Britain through a collaboration of five universities focusing on people who were only recently diagnosed with HIV. Sogaard reiterated that the research in Denmark would be a cure for those already infected, but wouldn't prevent HIV or AIDS.

Finding an accessible cure that is affordable to the public received a major setback in the United States when experimental shots failed to reduce the amount of the AIDS virus in the blood, the National Institutes of Health said.

"It's disappointing," Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of NIH's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said. Fauci added, "There was important information gained."

The study enrolled 2,504 volunteers, mostly gay men, in 19 cities beginning in 2009. Half received dummy shots, and half received a two-part experimental vaccine developed by the NIH. All were provided free condoms and given extensive counseling about the risks for HIV.

Known as "prime-boost," the DNA-based vaccine made with genetically engineered HIV material is given to prime the immune system to attack the AIDS virus. A different vaccine, encasing the same material inside a shell made of a disabled cold virus, then acts as a booster shot to strengthen that response.

The intent was to train immune cells known as T cells to spot and attack the very earliest HIV-infected cells in someone's body. The hope was that the vaccine could either prevent HIV infection, or help those infected anyway to fight it.

When researchers examined only participants diagnosed after being in the study for at least 28 weeks, there were 27 HIV infections among the vaccinated and 21 among the placebo recipients.

The NIH said Thursday that it is stopping vaccinations in the study, known as HVTN 505, but that researchers will continue to study the volunteers' health.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copyright 2015 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for February 2016
Universal:
That prisoners, especially the young, may be able to rebuild lives of dignity.
Evangelization: That married people who are separated may find welcome and support in the Christian community.



Comments


More Health

Can science STOP breast cancer from spreading? Watch

Image of Scientists are one step closer to stopping breast cancer in its tracks (Rudyanto Wijaya/iStock).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Researchers believe they have discovered a protein that can prevent the spread of breast cancer! LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The protein, called EPHA2, was discovered to stop cancer cells from leaving blood vessels and spreading to other areas.The Cancer ... continue reading


No human rights for the unborn - UN proposes to kill babies, instead of Zika virus Watch

Image of UN Human Rights Commissioner, Jordanian Prince Zeid Ra'ad Zeid Al-Hussein [not pictured], has suggested abortion as a solution to the Zika crisis.

By David Drudge (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The UN is now politicizing the spread of the Zika virus to promote abortion. The virus, which is carried by mosquitoes and can also be transmitted sexually, causes significant birth defects in children resulting in lifelong developmental and cognitive impairment. The ... continue reading


Native American Health Facilities 'Horrifying' Practices: Woman dies on floor of hospital room after staff causes her to overdose Watch

Image of Native American health facilities (not pictured) are so underfunded that poorly trained staff are responsible for serious illnesses and even preventable deaths.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

During a Senate hearing on Wednesday, several witnesses stepped forward to ask the federal government to fund the struggling Indian Health Service, only to be told that government officials were unable to procure the necessary resources. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic ... continue reading


Florida Gorvernor declares state of emergency with Zika virus outbreak Watch

Image of At least nine people have been diagnosed with the Zika Virus in Florida (James Gathany/CDC).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency after nine cases were diagnosed from people who travelled to Zika-dense regions. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The state of emergency affects Tampa Bay, south and southwest Florida and Santa Rosa County. ... continue reading


Zika virus sexually transmitted in first U.S. case Watch

Image of Zika has been transmitted within the United States.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The first known case of the Zika virus being locally acquired in the United States has occured in Dallas, Texas. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Dallas County health officials confirmed a recent traveler to Venezuela infected their partner after a sexual ... continue reading


Has the origin of the dangerous Zika virus been found? What really started the outbreak? Watch

Image of Women returning from affected areas are being warned to postpone conceive for at least a month in case they have been infected (India News).

By Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Most of Latin America - along with the rest of the world, is frantically trying to come to grips with an outbreak of Zika. The mosquito-borne illness usually leaves patients with mild, flu-like symptoms but causes a wide variety of birth defects to expectant ... continue reading


Scientists get permission to carry out horrifying genetic experiments on babies, then destroy them! Watch

Image of The era of designer babies is about to begin. The only cost is the lives of hundreds, possibly thousands of other babies.

By Marshall Connolly, Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Scientists in England have been given permission to start genetic experiments with unborn children. The scientists intend to turn off genes in between 30 - 120 unborn children just to see what happens. They claim the experiments will give them new insights that can aid ... continue reading


Is Alzheimer's contagious? Find out NOW! Watch

Image of Doctors continue to investigate whether Alzheimer's can be spread from one person to another (Alamy).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Professor John Collinge, the head of neurodegenerative disease at University College London, believes Alzheimer's disease can by transmissible from one person to another during invasive medical procedures -but is he right? LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - In a study ... continue reading


Zika virus may halt Olympics as WHO calls emergency meeting for explosive spread of the virus Watch

Image of The Zika virus continues to spread, leading to babies born with smaller-than-normal heads and brain damage (Reuters).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Zika virus spreads so quickly and leaves such devastating effects on babies that Rio's Olympics may be cancelled. Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) has called an emergency meeting following explosive outbreaks. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According ... continue reading


EVERYTHING you need to know about the dangerous Zika virus Watch

Image of Mothers in Jamaica are being discouraged from becoming pregnant until the Zika crisis has passed (YouTube).

By Anastasia Moloney, Thomson Reuters Foundation

The number of countries and territories in the Americas reporting cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus rose to 22 on Tuesday, more than double the number a month ago, according to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters ... continue reading


All Health News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

  • St. Paschal: Saint of the Day for Thursday, February 11, 2016
  • Stations of the Cross - Fourth Station: Jesus meets his mother HD Video
  • Can you answer these four challenging questions about Lent?
  • Is Valentine's Day...? (Take the quick survey!)
  • Daily Readings for Thursday, February 11, 2016
  • Palm Sunday HD Video
  • Take this thought provoking Stations of the Cross survey

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Joel 2:12-18
12 'But now -- declares Yahweh- come back to me with all your heart, ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 51:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 14, 17
3 For I am well aware of my offences, my sin is constantly in ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18
1 'Be careful not to parade your uprightness in public to attract ... Read More

Reading 2, Second Corinthians 5:20--6:2
20 So we are ambassadors for Christ; it is as though God were urging you ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for February 10th, 2016 Image

St. Scholastica
February 10: St. Scholastica, sister of St. Benedict, ... Read More