Drugs help AIDS patients live well into senior years

first_img It works. Though he suffers from diarrhea, headaches, uncontrollable bleeding and continual pain in his feet, among other things, he’s alive. “I am certainly one of the lucky ones,” said Grand, a retired physician who still works with AIDS patients. He keeps a reminder of how lucky he is pinned to his living-room wall. It’s a picture taken at Keith’s, a North Hollywood bar, in the late 1970s. His arm is around his boyfriend, and next to them are three other friends. Only he survives. The other men pictured died from AIDS long ago. “I am hanging in there, holding on,” he said smiling, as he sat in his living room across from one of his good friends, Jack Fulkerson, a 60-year-old living with the disease. Both men had prepared for their deaths more than a decade ago, giving away prized possessions. Grand sold his four-bedroom home in Sylmar only to live in a rented apartment in North Hollywood. Fulkerson also sold his home and purchased a cremation service for himself. He was inspired by his 6-foot-tall boyfriend, whom he watched wither down to 98 pounds before dying of AIDS in 1986. “No services at all. I thought, ‘I don’t want to be beneath the ground,’ because I thought if this thing gets ahold of me, I know how I will look,”‘ Fulkerson said. Both men never dreamed of having the future they have now. Even with health complications, they volunteer to work with AIDS patients, go to the movies and celebrate with friends. Neither has ever been hospitalized for complications from AIDS. Still, Grand points out, the funerals have not stopped, as friends continue to succumb to the disease. Even more troublesome is the cavalier attitude he sees among many young gays, whose only reference points for men with AIDS are slick drug company advertisements showing shirtless, muscled men. True, newer AIDS treatments extend lives, but that life is difficult, Grand said. And even with those treatments, there are unknowns. Doctors worry that they are only now beginning to learn the long-term effects of some of these powerful and costly drug cocktails. Experts say there are indications that some of the newer anti-retroviral drugs used to treat AIDS accelerate heart disease, could cause high cholesterol over prolonged periods and also bring about diabetes and high blood pressure. These are health problems already affiliated with old age and could complicate treatment. “This is really new territory,” said Michael Montgomery, chief of the Office of AIDS for the California Department of Health Services. “Anti-retroviral drugs are highly toxic medications, and we seem to be seeing problems with heart disease and other illnesses.” Most of the highly toxic and common drugs used to treat AIDS have only been on the market for about 10 years. And though researchers say they show no signs of causing long-term kidney or liver problems, they might interact in unknown ways with diseases that already arise during old age. Grand believes he acquired diabetes through his medication and he worries about controlling the secondary effects of the new drugs that are supposed to extend his life. “Nobody knows the extent of taking these drugs over a long period of time,” Grand said. What is known is the cost. The older an AIDS patient gets, the more expensive the treatment. An average patient between the ages of 51 and 60 costs the state $9,007 annually, compared with $7,609 for an 18- to 30-year-old. As patients age in the system, they often need more costly drugs and more medical attention. By the time a patient passes age 60, he or she costs the state $9,421 annually. State and local officials don’t have estimates about the average life span of an AIDS patient. But if the prognosis of longer lives holds true, there could be a surge in over-50 AIDS patients in Los Angeles. The bulk of those living with AIDS – 44 percent – are currently between 40 and 49 years old. “Because of the success of the treatment available, we don’t know what is going to happen,” Montgomery said. Rachel Uranga, (818) 713-3741 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Over the next decade, medical professionals predict, the ranks of seniors living with AIDS will grow as treatments extend their lives well into their golden years. In Los Angeles County alone, the percentage of those 50 and older living with AIDS has steadily climbed from 14 percent in 1997 to more than 25 percent in 2004, the most recent statistics show. And about 6 percent of those AIDS patients are more than 60 years old. Some clinics report treating patients into their 80s. “We literally have people that will not die from AIDS,” said Eric Daar, chief of HIV medicine at the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. “It was once assumed that everyone with HIV infections will die from AIDS. Prior to good therapy, the average person would develop symptoms in eight to 10 years. Now, with good therapy, they may live. “We will often joke in the clinic that the least of a person’s problems is HIV. Their viral counts may be low, but they have diabetes or high blood pressure.” To combat the disease, Grand swallows five pills every morning and again at night. He takes an additional 11 pills to counter side effects from the disease and its treatment, including diabetes, high cholesterol and arrhythmia. NORTH HOLLYWOOD – Like many people his age, Terry Grand gulps down a handful of powerful prescription drugs for his ailments. But the 66-year-old isn’t treating many of the diseases that afflict other seniors. Grand has lived with AIDS for more than two decades and is part of a growing older generation of HIV sufferers expected to die of old age – not a disease that has decimated millions. “I expected I was going to die because all my friends died. I had given away everything valuable,” Grand said. “It amazes me that I am still alive with the years that I have been affected.” last_img read more

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‘Shameful embargo’ delays 80% of nursing posts in Letterkenny

first_imgIt has emerged that just one in five new nursing posts have been sanctioned at Letterkenny University Hospital due to the recruitment embargo in the HSE.And less than half of all staffing posts in the hospital have been signed off since May this year.The figures have sparked shock and anger locally and have given rise to more calls on the government to lift the health service recruitment ban. “The true and scandalous impact of the government’s embargo is now revealed,” said Donegal Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn.Senator Mac Lochlainn had asked the Minister for Health to confirm how many posts at the hospital had been submitted for national approval since the recruitment embargo commenced earlier this year and how many had been signed off on. He said: “Of 19 nursing posts applied for, only four have been sanctioned (one in five). Of 69.5 overall staffing posts applied for, only 29.5 have been sanctioned (less than half). The serious impact of these willful blockages by the Minister and his department and HSE senior officials is felt every day across the hospital.“Growing numbers of patients awaiting inpatient beds and growing numbers of people awaiting outpatient and inpatient hospital appointments and operations. And impossibly difficult working conditions for our nurses, doctors and support staff.” Senator MacLochlainn is again calling on the Minister to end the embargo in order to reopen all the beds in the hospital’s Short Stay Ward.He said: “My campaign to get all of these beds reopened with additional nurses and doctors, will continue until Minister Simon Harris keeps his word.”‘Shameful embargo’ delays 80% of nursing posts in Letterkenny was last modified: November 3rd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:embargoHSELetterkenny University HospitalNURSESSenator Padraig Mac Lochlainnlast_img read more

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Neandertal Promoted to Fully Human

first_imgThe myth of the brutish, subhuman Neandertal is apparently almost dead.  Science1 Oct. 1 showed a picture of him in a business suit in an article entitled, “Dressed for Success: Neandertal Culture Wins Respect.”  Michael Balter writes, “respect is growing for Neandertals” as evidence mounts that they made jewelry, wore clothing, and survived a variety of harsh climates by their wits.    Balter reports that most of a hundred archaeologists and anthropologists gathered at Gibraltar last month agreed that Neandertals were “complex hominids doing complex things.”  They may not have had the better needles of their “modern human” neighbors, but their sharp, pointed bone awls could have easily pierced animal hides to make clothing.  And clothes they needed: new studies show that their stout, muscular bodies would not have provided much protection from their low-temperature habitats, as previously assumed.    Several at the meeting argued that Neandertals were also culturally the equals of the other humans.  Radiocarbon dates that had been used to separate the two groups have lately been called into question (for example, see 07/08/2004 headline).  Some are now arguing that Neandertals independently developed culture, art and tools without borrowing the technology from their presumably more advanced newcomers.  Leslie Aiello (University College, London) summed up the revisions: “The Neandertals had big brains, and they must have been using them for something.”  The gap is closing, but we haven’t fully closed it yet.”1Michael Balter, “Paleoanthropology: Dressed for Success: Neandertal Culture Wins Respect,” Science, Vol 306, Issue 5693, 40-41, 1 October 2004, [DOI: 10.1126/science.306.5693.40].If it were not for evolution-inebriated Charlie worshipers wanting to force scattered fossils and artifacts into a timeline of progress, this whole mess would not have lasted so long.  It’s time to conclude the old brutish-Neandertal story they told us for over 100 years was just another mistake in the long tradition of Darwin Party mistakes.  For that matter, the entire suite of early-man tales we were taught in the textbooks is now in the trash (see 02/15/2002 and 09/23/2004 headlines).  The evolutionary hall of shame would make for an interesting museum: show all the supposed human ancestors that were either hoaxes or misinterpretations (better buy plenty of floor space) and let viewers learn lessons from real, observable history.  Joachim Neander himself would feel vindicated (see 10/26/2001 headline).(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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The Secret River — Geocache of the Week

first_img SharePrint RelatedWalensee 8° — Geocache of the WeekAugust 7, 2019In “Community”NO LIMIT – Centrale d’Oxygène Liquide — Geocache of the WeekAugust 16, 2017In “Community”Ring of Fire — Geocache of the WeekAugust 30, 2017In “Community” “Close your eyes. You hear nothing but silence and the faint sound of trickling water in the background. Imagine you are 80 feet below ground with your eyes open in the pitch black. You are one with Mother Earth. You are somewhere along an 800 meter stretch of a 14 kilometer underground river that originates in the interior of the peninsula and empties into the sea. The lights come back on. Look up and see thousands of jagged-edged stalactites pointing towards your head like the tips of poison Mayan arrows. It looks like you are either on another planet or on the set of a blockbuster Hollywood movie”.This is a direct quote from the cache page for The Secret River, and they’re not kidding about the cinematic environment. The EarthCache could easily be featured in the next Indiana Jones movie. At 215.2 kilometers, the Secret River or “Sistema Sac Actun” (White Cave System) is the longest running underwater cave in the world. Its unique geological history make it a destination for geocachers and geologists alike. EarthCaches provide an opportunity to learn a geological lesson and visit awe-inspiring geological locations. Visitors can see how our planet has been shaped by geological processes, how we manage its resources and how scientists gather evidence. Typically, to log an EarthCache, you will have to provide answers to questions by observing the geological location. The geocacher who visits The Secret River will leave with a solid understanding of how the cave and river were formed and how to differentiate between Stalactites, Stalagmites, Columns, Helictites. Logs from a few recent geocachers to visit the caves:  “What a hidden gem. If you are anywhere near this area, you should take this tour and log this Earthcache. We happened upon it almost by chance. We were just looking for something local to do for the afternoon. We were in the area for 10 days and it was one of the best things we did. Wondering along with a guide for a couple of hours in an underground system of caves, along a river was simply amazing. This is not my first dave tour, I’ve done several in the US. But this was my first underground river cave tour.So glad we happened upon this earthcache, and this tour.Thanks Dragonfly E&N for creating and maintaining it, favorite point for sure! – JeeperDad“One of my favorite caches on this trip. After spending a few days in warm swimming pools at the resort we were all happy to have this refreshing river to jump into. Our tour guide was really good and I enjoyed the history along with some local stories. Glad to share this experience with Dix1, 800rmk, tumbler77, the wee-ones and some friends. Thanks for sharing this secret river with us. Deserves a favorite.” – del2uThe unique structure and vastness of the cave/river is what draws tourists to this location from around the world. The geological lessons, highly informative cache page, and the required logging tasks are what draw in geocachers from around the world. One might say the bat’s out of the bag for GC2NTRK – The Secret River.Share with your Friends:More Difficulty:4Terrain:4 Location:Yucatán, MexicoN 20° 35.259′ W 087° 08.061′ Earth CacheGC2NTRKby Dragonfly E&Nlast_img read more

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Entertainment Industry Foundation Joins Forces With Linkin Park To Raise Funds and

first_imgThe Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) is thrilled to announce the addition of Music for Relief, a global humanitarian assistance fund, to its philanthropic portfolio.Brad Delson of Linkin Park, EIF Board Chair Chris Silbermann, EIF Board Member Sherry Lansing, Rob Bourdon of Linkin Park, and EIF CEO Nicole SextonCredit/Copyright: Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for Entertainment Industry FoundationFounded by the band Linkin Park in response to the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, Music For Relief will become the official crisis relief program of EIF, and will provide aid to survivors of natural disasters around the world. Since its inception, Music For Relief has responded to more than 30 natural disasters across four continents – including Hurricane Katrina, and the earthquakes in Haiti in 2010, in Japan in 2011, and in Nepal in 2015.“The Entertainment Industry Foundation has the capability to activate the entertainment community around a cause, which is what we set out to achieve with Music For Relief,” said band member Brad Delson. “We look forward to working with EIF to continue this important work and maximize our impact in communities affected by disaster.”“For more than a decade, the members of Linkin Park have been true trailblazers in using their global reach and social impact to raise funds, provide humanitarian support and, quite frankly, save lives,” said EIF Chief Executive Officer Nicole Sexton. “It’s an honor to be their strategic partner in amplifying the Music For Relief mission, and mobilizing the creative community to respond immediately to future global disasters.”“EIF’s ability to mobilize the entertainment community to support victims and areas affected by disaster has been greatly accelerated by the vision and generosity of Linkin Park,” said EIF Board Chairman and ICM partner Chris Silbermann. “Music For Relief will allow EIF to activate the creative community worldwide, and swiftly respond in critical times of need on a global basis.”EIF, which is known for its stewardship of world-renowned programs like Hunger Is and Stand Up To Cancer, a division of the organization, is celebrating its 75th anniversary as the entertainment community’s first collaborative, industry-wide charity organization. EIF is deeply committed to working with key partners on the ground to coordinate and deliver vital services through the strength of its fundraising network. Contributions to the Music For Relief program will support front-line efforts and deploy critical aid and disaster relief services whenever and wherever they are needed.Sexton added, “EIF is honored to help magnify the vision of the generous founders of Music For Relief, the members of Linkin Park, and their donors, partners and fans. Music For Relief will allow EIF the capability to harness the power of the entertainment community to help make a meaningful difference in the lives of those affected by natural disasters around the globe.”To support Music For Relief, EIF’s Disaster Relief and Recovery Program, please click musicforrelief.org/donatelast_img read more

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