What is HIV all about?
Human immunodeficiency virus is a condition which causes progressive
failure of immune system and allows dangerous infections and cancers to
prosper. Infection with HIV is caused by transfer of blood, semen, vaginal
fluids and breast milk. The major routes of transmission include unsafe
sex, contaminated needles, breast milk and from an infected mother to
The latest story about this topic is that scientist at ULCA have proved
that engineered stem cells can really attack HIV infected cells in a living
organism. In a previous study researchers found that killer T cells contain
T cell receptors which help the killer cells to identify and kill the HIV
infected cells. But the sad part was that their numbers were not sufficient
to clear the virus from the body.
But the present study can be said as a boon in many ways. The researchers
cloned the T receptors and used it to engineer genetically human blood stem
cells. These cells were placed in human thymus tissue and implanted into
mice. Long story cut short these cells developed into large number of
mature cells that could specifically target cells containing HIV proteins.
But one thing is that the HIV specific T cell receptors should be a perfect
match to the individual in order to kill the virus.
Now the next step of the researchers will be to make T cell receptors
target different parts of HIV and which can be used in more genetically
matched individuals. The scientists believe that this method will be efficient
in eradicating the HIV virus from the body of infected persons. Let us hope
and pray that they should be successful in their attempt.
One of my
cousins shared this on Facebook. I found this useful, so I am sharing it with
you in my blog. The following are the ways to maintain a normal blood pressure.
These steps are advised by the health professionals. ØExercise on a regular basis ØReduce salt in your diet ØReduce your weight ØStop smoking ØInclude bananas in your diet ØReduce your alcohol consumption ØAvoid or reduce caffeine intake ØReduce stress levels ØPractice meditation Hope you
would follow these steps to lead a healthy life. Take care, Swarnam
Mediterranean Diet is more than a diet. It is a complete lifestyle, one which can be termed as health promoting, encouraging social relationships and happiness as a way of life. This diet brims with full of nutritional goodness and enhances your wellness quotient to a great extent. Interested to know more about this diet? Here we go… What is a Mediterranean diet? This diet pattern is adopted from the traditional food styles of people living in the Mediterranean basin. To be more specific from Greece, Southern Italy, Portugal, Turkey, Spain, and Cyprus. The main attraction in this diet is that it is rich in full flavored foods. It is characterized by high intake of vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, whole grains, olive oil and moderately high intake of fish. Moderate amount of red wine along with meals is also a unique part of this diet, but it can be optional. Red meat and saturated fats fare very low in this diet. Herbs and spices are used to flavor food instead of salt. Health benefits …