My Green Smoothie Recipe by Dr. Samuel Jones

My Green Smoothie Recipe by Dr. Samuel Jones

My green smoothie recipe is delicious, organic, nondairy, gluten-free, and full of nutrients, minerals, vitamins, fiber, good fats, and antioxidants with no added sugar.

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Can Insects Compete With Beef, Poultry as Nutritional Powerhouses?

Joel B. Mason, MD, isn’t ready to pop a whole cricket in his mouth just yet. But he’s okay with eating granola, pasta, or energy bars made with powdered crickets.

“[Y]ou can fold it into a number of recipes and use it similarly to the way you use flour,” he said. Besides facilitating cooking and baking, “it gets past this yuck factor that most North Americans have about popping an insect into their mouth.”

Mason’s interest in edible insects doesn’t stem from living in exotic lands or indulging in culinary innovation. He’s a cancer researcher with an affinity for the environment. Preventing colon cancer through nutrition is his primary pursuit, and that’s part of where crickets come in.

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What Recent Policy Changes Has the White House Made to Funding the HIV/AIDS Epidemic Globally?

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amfAR

The Foundation for AIDS Research

Overview

On January 23, 2017, President Trump reinstated and significantly expanded the Mexico City Policy (MCP), which prohibits non- U.S.-based nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) from receiving U.S. global health funding if they perform, counsel on, or refer for abortion, or advocate for its liberalization outside of limited exceptions. Whereas the MCP historically only implicated family planning funding, the expanded MCP (EMCP) now applies to all federal global health assistance funding. As such, the EMCP now applies to HIV funding through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), implicating hundreds of new implementing partners (IPs) that were previously exempt. While the EMCP’s impact on PEPFAR IPs is not yet known, previous iterations of the MCP prompted service reductions and clinic closures among family planning providers. In order to understand if and how PEPFAR IPs may be affected, amfAR, in collaboration with Johns Hopkins University, launched a confidential electronic survey and key-informant interviews with PEPFAR IPs to document any changes in organizational operations and service delivery prompted by the EMCP.

Background on the Mexico City Policy
• Since the 1970s, the Helms Amendment has prevented any U.S. foreign assistance funding from being used for abortion services, even during the Clinton and Obama administration years when the MCP was not in effect. In contrast to the Helms Amendment, however, the MCP extends restrictions to organizational activities as a whole, even those supported by non-U.S. funding.  Specifically, the EMCP restricts a nonU.S.-based NGO from engaging in the following activities while receiving U.S. global health assistance: 1) abortion services; 2) counseling on abortion; 3) referring for abortion; and 4) advocating for the liberalization of abortion access.  Limited exceptions in the cases of rape, incest, or if carrying the pregnancy to term would endanger a woman’s
life, are allowed in the EMCP language.

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MEDICAL DELIVERY, DRONES ARE SAVING LIVES

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Fortune

January 16, 2019

 

Drones may one day make your life easier by delivering pizza, but today—in Rwanda—they are already playing a vital role in emergency medical services.

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HIV Undetectable Equals Untransmittable

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JAMA

January 10, 2019

HIV Viral Load and Transmissibility of HIV Infection

In 2016, the Prevention Access Campaign, a health equity initiative with the goal of ending the HIV/AIDS pandemic as well as HIV-related stigma, launched the Undetectable = Untransmittable (U = U) initiative.1 U = U signifies that individuals with HIV who receive antiretroviral therapy (ART) and have achieved and maintained an undetectable viral load cannot sexually transmit the virus to others. This concept, based on strong scientific evidence, has broad implications for treatment of HIV infection from a scientific and public health standpoint, for the self-esteem of individuals by reducing the stigma associated with HIV,2 and for certain legal aspects of HIV criminalization.3 In this Viewpoint, we examine the underlying science-based evidence supporting this important concept and the behavioral, social, and legal implications associated with the acceptance of the U = U concept.

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In African Countries Beating H.I.V. Epidemic faster than US

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The New York Times

SEPT. 19, 2017

A couple of years ago, European researchers began studying more than a thousand couples, gay and straight, in which one member had been infected with H.I.V. and the other hadn’t. These couples weren’t using condoms. But the infected partner was taking antiretrovirals successfully; the virus was suppressed, undetectable in the blood. The researchers published their results in July 2016 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

People waiting to be tested for H.I.V. in Harare, Zimbabwe, in 2012. Credit Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/Associated Press

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Vaginal Bacteria Kills HIV Treatment

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Certain species of vaginal bacteria can inhibit the efficacy of the topical microbicide tenofovir, which is used to prevent HIV, by breaking it down before it is absorbed, reports an international team of investigators in Science.

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sub-Saharan Africa Malaria Initiative

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JAMA

 

Launched in 2005 by President George W. Bush and expanded by President Barack Obama, the US President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) has been one of the main sources of funding for malaria prevention interventions in sub-Saharan Africa. A new report in PLoS Medicine shows that the PMI has reduced child mortality and the burden of malaria in those countries that have received its funding, primarily by increasing access to insecticide-treated nets, artemisinin-based combination therapy, and indoor residual spraying.

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HIV-infected organs transplant success

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BBC News

HIV-infected organs have been successfully transplanted for the first time into patients with HIV in the UK.

In total, two kidneys and two livers were donated after death to seriously ill people who also had the virus.

The first organs from HIV-positive donors have been transplanted into HIV-infected patients in the UK

The first organs from HIV-positive donors have been transplanted into HIV-infected patients in the UK

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Millions More Need H.I.V. Treatment, W.H.O. Says

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The New York Times

 

The World Health Organization issued sweeping new guidelines on Wednesday that could put millions more people on H.I.V. drugs than are now getting them. The recommendations could go a long way toward halting the epidemic, health officials say, but would cost untold billions of dollars not yet committed.

A medic with Doctors Without Borders testing a sex worker for H.I.V. in Beira, Mozambique, in October 2014. Credit Gianluigi Guercia/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

A medic with Doctors Without Borders testing a sex worker for H.I.V. in Beira, Mozambique, in October 2014. Credit Gianluigi Guercia/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

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