Almost certainly a political miracle rather than a medical one, Egypt's claim to have an instant cure for HIV and Hepatitis shows the lengths the coup leaders will go for legitimacy.
27 February 2014 | The Commentator
Competent medical reporters know better than to raise hopes regarding any disease following a single trial in animals. And yet, a couple of news outlets ran with headlines declaring that pot fights AIDS, and suggested that the lack of enthusiasm in the medical community was all due to the illicit nature of the drug.
19 February 2014 | Knight Science Journalism Tracker
The “just asking questions” maneuver is familiar to many skeptics. The idea is to feign neutrality, to insulate oneself from accountability or being held to answer for any specific position, but meanwhile to sow doubt about a scientific claim by raising (dubious) questions.
18 February 2014 | Science-Based Medicine
The Immunity Project is an initiative to crowd-source money to make a new HIV vaccine. However many scientists are sceptical: "It seems like they’re going straight to the public and making appeals to emotion because they don’t have the scientific background to establish themselves in the research community," says virologist Abbie Smith at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.
11 February 2014 | Nature
Two medical professionals testified in court that a Georgia man accused of knowingly exposing women to HIV could not be found guilty because no test can prove conclusively that he—or anyone—has HIV. One suggested that the defendant's use of crack cocaine could have caused his HIV diagnosis.
30 January 2014 | Poz magazine news
The idea that people would deliberately get a serious infection in order to stave off poverty is imaginary. What drove the spike in HIV infections in Greece in the past three years was not individuals living on the street but individuals dictating policy at the top, both among the Greek political class and the Troika of lenders, who should be blamed for austerity policies that have proven detrimental to public health.
13 January 2014 | United Solidarity International
The lack of data on the effectiveness of medicines available to doctors and researchers is "of extreme concern" say a group of MPs.
The Public Accounts Committee is calling for all data on drugs being prescribed in the UK to be made available.
03 January 2014 | BBC Health
Man in court for rare prosecution under The Cancer Act 1939 which prohibits advertisements offering to treat or to cure cancer. He used his personal twitter account to boast: "Cancer, diabetes, HIV, etc etc, all curable without the big pharmaceuticals", it is alleged.
12 December 2013 | Daily Telegraph
'Tis the season for Oscar bait, and this year, "Dallas Buyers Club" looks set to get at least a few nominations. The movie stars Matthew McConaughey as Ron Woodroof, a Dallas man who contracts HIV in 1985, when the diagnosis was a death sentence. But it risks leaving a false impression of that period in the history of HIV/AIDS, and in particular of the role of AZT.
11 December 2013 | Washington Post
At prayer healing services in some Pentecostal churches in Nairobi, pastors invite people infected with HIV to come forward for a public healing, after which they burn the person’s anti-retroviral medications and declare the person cured.
09 December 2013 | Religion News Service