Monthly Archives: December 2010

Developments in diagnosis and management of Alzheimer's

With our ageing population, and growing focus on caring for that population, managing dementia is an increasingly challenging topic. As with other disabilities, there is a whole segment of the population that acts as unpaid caregivers providing vital support for aged persons with various cognitive impairments. Improvements in diagnosis, treatment and appropriate palliative care are all… Read more »


Epigenetic differences between obese and lean people

In most industrialized nations today, obesity is highly prevalent and represents a significant cost to society, both in terms of economy and health. Individuals are classified obese when they have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or over. In the UK, 1 in 4 people are classified as obese and the direct costs to… Read more »


Man officially declared cured of HIV

HIV enters immune cells by fusing with a target cell’s surface membrane and releasing viral genome into the host. The host membrane protein involvement is predominantly represented by  chemokine receptor CCR5, which is bound by glycoproteins expressed on HIV membranes. It is estimated that approximately one percent of the population carry a rare genetic mutation… Read more »


Herpesviridae – a new open access journal, has now launched

Herpesviridae has today published its first articles with BioMed Central, focusing on increasing overall knowledge of the role of herpes viruses in health and disease. The ability to establish life-long latency after primary infection is a common denominator for these large species-specific DNA viruses, as is their ability to reactivate during life and cause morbidity… Read more »


Menopause-associated risk of depression

There is little doubt that the menopausal transition can be very difficult for some women, and the topic remains of wide interest. It is an area of ongoing research to better understand the biological changes and downstream effects that can occur.  Changes to mental health are often observed, with depression being one of the commonest symptoms… Read more »


World AIDS Day 2010

Today marks the 23rd annual World AIDS Day, an event implemented by UNAIDS to raise aware of the global AIDS pandemic.  There are currently 33.3 million people living with HIV, two thirds of which reside in Sub Saharan Africa.  The theme for this year is ‘Universal Access and Human Rights’, focused on having treatment and… Read more »

Developing World Medicine