An HIV-positive man in Britain has just become the second known adult to be cleared of the deadly virus after receiving a bone marrow transplant. According to the patient’s doctors, the stem cells from an HIV-resistant donor helped in removing all traces of the HIV infection.
The anonymous patient contracted the disease in 2003 and was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma by 2012. However, it wasn’t until 2016 that he was able to access the stem cell donation. The man received the stem cells as a treatment for cancer. Amazingly, highly sensitive tests show no trace of the man’s previous HIV infection only three years after receiving stem cells from the donor with a rare genetic mutation that resists infection.
The case once again proved that stem cell treatment can help patients with the HIV virus.
Ravindra Gupta, a professor and HIV biologist who co-led a team of doctors treating the man, declared that the patient is free of the virus.
“There is no virus there that we can measure. We can’t detect anything,” Gupta said.
Professor Gupta described the patient as being “functionally cured” and “in remission”. However, the doctor also pointed out that it is “too early to say he’s cured.”
The patient asked doctors not to reveal his name, age, nationality or other details.
According to the doctors, the case is proof of the concept that scientists will be able to end AIDS one day. However, it might not mean a cure for HIV has been found just yet.
The London patient is only the second case where an HIV-positive adult was cleared of the infection. An American man named Timothy Brown, also known as the Berlin patient, underwent similar treatment in Germany in 2007, which also cleared his HIV. It is important to note that the procedure is expensive, complex, and risky.
There are currently millions of people who are infected with the life-threatening disease. Scientists are hoping that the case of the two patients will eventually lead to a cure being found.
Energizer Unveils New Smartphone With ‘Most Powerful Battery In The World’
It can last for up to 50 days without charging!
Are you tired of having a phone that immediately runs out of power only after a few hours of use? You might want to get yourself the new smartphone from Energizer. The huge phone boasts of an enormous 18,000mAh battery - which means you won't need to charge until almost two months after charging.
Energizer is working with the French company Avenir Telecom to create the Energizer Power Max P18K Pop. With constant use, the phone can last up to a week or withstand a 48-hour continuous video playback. However, it truly proves itself on standby. The gigantic smartphone can reportedly last up to 50 days without needing to be plugged in.
The new smartphone has the world's most powerful battery.
Scientists Have Just Detected 300,000 Previously Undiscovered Galaxies
This is a huge discovery!
It looks like the universe is far bigger than what we've all imagined it to be. According to recent reports, astronomers have just discovered hundreds of thousands of new galaxies that have previously been undetected.
More than 200 scientists from 18 countries participated in the study and the discovery was made using the Low Frequency Array (LOFAR) telescope. They found 300,000 new light sources believed to be originating billions of lightyears away from our planet.
China Completes Its First Successful Robotic Surgery
The operation was so precise that the patient was able to stand up the following day!
Some people are wary of doctors for fear that they could make a mistake. But would you trust a robot with your health? China has recently completed its first robotic surgery and it was a resounding success. In fact, the robot performed so well that the patient was expected to recover immediately after the surgery.
The operation was performed by Tinavi, the world's first and only orthopedic robotic system. Also called Tianji in Chinese, the robot operated on a patient at the First Affiliated Hospital of Anhui Medical University in the Anhui province of China. Interestingly, the system's operation was so precise that the patient was able to stand up the day after his surgery.
The robotic arm works on the patient as a surgeon looks on.