Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

July 11, 2004
Up-front cost for treating an HIV-infected patient in Africa is $30 USD per visit
Researchers at Johns Hopkins and the Perinatal HIV Research Unit, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa, have determined that the actual average cost for providing primary care to an HIV-infected patient is $30 USD per visit.

4 out of 5 eligible patients missing opportunity to benefit from latest HIV breakthrough
Despite the clear benefits for patients and the high rates of resistance in the west, new research has shown that currently only 1 out of 5 eligible patients is benefiting from the latest HIV breakthrough, FUZEONĀ®, primarily due to the need to inject the drug.

Genetic mutation found that is major contributor to type 1 diabetes
A natural mutation of a gene that helps regulate the reactivity of the immune system is a major contributor to type 1diabetes, Medical College of Georgia researchers have found.

New lower-cost assay system equivalent to flow cytometry for accurate CD4+/CD8+ cell counts
Study results presented at the International AIDS Conference demonstrate that a new assay technology offering lower test and instrumentation costs -- the EasyCD4+ system -- can provide absolute CD4+ and CD8+ lymphocyte counts as accurately and reproducibly as flow cytometric methods.
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