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Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Health


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I can't seem to leave some news stories alone...

Medical Good News

This is another one that is a long way from being practical, but it offers a glimmer of hope.

And it also pointedly attacks the wisdom of restricting stem cell research.

Yeah, this conservative is about to take a hard left turn, so if your image of me being a female version of Rush Limbaugh is subject to damage, you may want to stop reading now.

Still with me? Good!

First, let's put things into the cold, hard light of reality and perspective, shall we?

HIV/AIDS is not a pandemic nor even an epidemic. Most estimates put the total number of people worldwide with HIV at around 35-million. If we assume a global population of 6-billion, that comes out to about 0.6% of the world's population. On the other hand, about 500-million people (about 8% of global population) have genital herpes. See http://www.avert.org/worldstats.htm and http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/123926.php for all the details. And, just for fun, the Black Death killed nearly half the population of the known world.

The fact is that calling something an epidemic sells more commercials on the evening news than looking at the actual facts.

But, that does not mean that HIV is not a problem and a terrible illness.

It is both.

Anyway...

We have one person who was effectively cured of HIV. Oh, and his leukemia. That's hardly firm research, but due to the nature and prevalence of the illness, it is worth looking at a little closer.

The problem is the extreme right-wingers who oppose stem cell research are being just plain stupid about it all. Yeah, I said that.

Let's move forward with this finding and see what we can do.

Keep Loving!

Melodee Aaron, Erotica Romance Author
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