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Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Health News-26: Cancer drug to flush out dormant HIV

This is another news item which I came across in the same section of the paper of the same day. It is reported that researchers claim that a drug used to treat certain types of cancer, VORINOSTA or vorinostat, is able to dislodge hidden virus in HIV patients. Lab experiments measuring active HIV levels in CD4 + T cells, which are specialized white blood cells that the virus uses to replicate, showed that this drug unmasked the hidden virus in these cells. It is a major breakthrough in the treatment of AIDS. 

More on this:
Cancer Drug May Flush Out 'Hidden' HIV - Study:

http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=160683

Grateful thanks to The Times of India and MedicineNet.

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