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Bird Flu - Possible Cluster said Indonesian Newspaper

According reports from Sinar Harapan newspaper in Indonesia, authorities have located 17 individuals in West Javanese that are believed to have become infected with bird flu virus. This raises concern that the bird flu may have become more transmittable and may be a cluster case. At this time it has not been officially claimed to be a cluster by any agency.

Government officials have been culling chickens within a radius of 1 km of any human cases. The government is reimbursing the villagers for the cost of the chicken. There have been at least 2,505 chickens killed in this culling.

Insulin Resistance in Teens Predictor of High Blood Pressure Heart Disease

Insulin Resistance in Teens Predictor of High Blood Pressure Heart Disease

Researchers in Minnesota say that a low insulin response in the teenage years can be an early predictor of heart disease. They say the insulin resistance is independent of obesity, although obesity may increase the risk of diabetes and insulin resistance.

Dr. Sinaiko says “"The insulin clamp is considered the gold standard to measure insulin resistance, a precursor to type-2 diabetes. Insulin regulates sugars, starches, fats and proteins in the body. When cells become resistant to the effects of insulin, insulin levels increase to regulate metabolism." Sinaiko is lead author of the study and professor of pediatrics at the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis.

Children with Autism have Abnormal Brain Structure – MRI Shows Autistic Kids have Enlarged Brain Size

Children with Autism have Abnormal Brain Structure – MRI Shows Autistic Kids have Enlarged Brain Size

Researchers say that children with autism have an “altered brain anatomy” thought to be due to an abnormal brain development. They used magnetic resonance imaging scans (MRI) to measure the transverse relaxation (T2) of cortical gray and white matter in the children's brains. The 60 autistic children involved in the study were between the ages of two and four.

The scientists compared the scans with 16 children with a developmental delay, and 10 children with a typical brain development. The scientists say that the autistic children had differences in the gray matter of their brains compared to the children with typical development.

AIDS Researchers Found Molecular Switch that Turns off Immune Cells – HIV Exhausts Killer T-cells

AIDS Researchers Found Molecular Switch that Turns off Immune Cells – HIV Exhausts Killer T-cells

In an international effort, researchers have found that a molecular switch or pathway is “turned off” in people with AIDS, which prevents the immune system from removing the virus. One of the mysteries involved in the search for a cure for AIDS has been the CD8 cells that don’t seem to be doing their jobs in AIDS patients.

According to Doctor Bruce Walker, “Back in 1987 our MGH team confirmed the existence of HIV-specific CD8 cells, the cytotoxic T lymphoctyes that should destroy virus-infected cells. But it didn't make sense that these cells were found in high numbers in persons with late-stage disease (AIDS), indicating that they were somehow not doing their job. These new findings finally make sense out of our early discoveries and subsequent findings by others in the field: The immune cells are there, but they have been turned off in persons with high viral loads." Walker is director of the Partners AIDS Research Center (PARC) and principal investigator of the Nature study.

Possible Side Effects of Botox Injections

Possible Side Effects of Botox Injections

You may be torn between having a botox injection or not. You are certain that you want to get rid of these ugly frown lines that makes you look older than you really are. However, you are scared because of the possible side effects that it would cause.

In the first place, what is BoTox? A cosmetic treatment involves injection of bacteria called Botulinum Toxin to remove unwanted frown lines or wrinkles. Administration is usually done through a number of injections of small amounts of botox. They say that the procedure only takes 10 minutes, does not require anesthesia and causes only a minimal amount of discomfort.

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