HIV-Positive Man Possibly Cured After Stem Cell Transplant; Measles Vaccine Study in Denmark Shows No Link With Autism; Woman Injured At Walmart Wins Nearly $17 Million in Jury Verdict; Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Accused of Meddling in Criminal Investigation; Deaf Man Who Was Incarcerated for 25 Years To Be Released On Parole Tomorrow After Activism by HEARD
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HIV-Positive Man Possibly Cured After Stem Cell Transplant
There are reports of a HIV-positive man in Britain who appears to be cured of the disease after getting a stem cell transplant.
He has been in remission for a year and a half. This means he did not show any symptoms of HIV or AIDS, even after stopping HIV treatment.
He is the second known man who has been “cured” — with another person cured 12 years ago after a stem cell transplant.
The man had HIV and cancer. The stem cell transplant was for the cancer, not for HIV. The stem cell donor, who gave it from his bone marrow, had a specific gene named CCR5 that was “malfunctioning,” and that appears to be the reason why HIV was stopped, because of CCR5.
The Washington Post explained that while the medical community is excited about this, there are concerns because stem cell transplants are risky, complicated, and have severe side effects.
There are about 37 million people in the world with HIV, but only 21 million have access to medicine that can control the disease.
Measles Vaccine Study in Denmark Shows No Link With Autism
A new study in Denmark on whether the measles MMR vaccine increases the risk for autism showed that there is no link between the vaccines and autism.
The study analyzed over 650,000 children born in Denmark. The study said there were about 6,500 children out of that group who had autism, but there was no increase in the rate among children who had or hadn’t received the MMR vaccine. There was no difference.
There was no proven link, nothing that shows that the MMR vaccine causes autism.
This study addresses concerns by many parents around the world who are fearful that the MMR vaccine will cause autism.
There have been several studies in the past that show again and again that there is no link between the MMR vaccine and autism.
The idea that the MMR vaccine causes autism spread when a doctor published a study in 1998. But that doctor, Andrew Wakefield, has lost his medical license and his study has been retracted and called a fraud. His study analyzed only 12 people.
There is still popular opinion and belief that the vaccine causes autism, after famous people like Jenny McCarthy and more recently, Donald Trump, linked the vaccine with autism.
Those who do not have MMR vaccinations can easily carry and spread measles, which is highly contagious.
Measles was thought to be under control the U.S., but it seems to be making a comeback because there have been outbreaks over 200 cases in 11 states in the first two months of 2019. There are also outbreaks around the world.
Measles kill more than 100,000 people worldwide.
There are still groups of people who are “antivaccine” activists. There was a report that there were multiple people who expressed anger at a panel at the Centers for Disease Control for making recommendations on vaccinations.
Today there was a 18-year old man, Ethan Lindenberger, who spoke before a Senate committee today to explain why he decided to get vaccinated even though his mother said it was dangerous.
Lindenberger said when he did his own research, he realized there was no scientific evidence that backed up his mother’s concerns.
Woman Injured At Walmart Wins Nearly $17 Million in Jury Verdict
A West Virginia woman who was injured at a Walmart won nearly $17 million dollars in a jury verdict.
The woman, who is 53, said she was pushing her granddaughter on a shopping cart when Walmart employees, who were trying to detain a shoplifter, knocked her to the ground with the cart falling on top of her.
She had to undergo several surgeries to repair internal injuries.
The jury said Walmart is 30% responsible and the shoplifter is 70% responsible.
A Walmart spokesperson told NBC News that they believe the shoplifter is responsible and are evaluating post-trial options.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Accused of Meddling in Criminal Investigation
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is going through a scandal that has caused several top aides to resign and his opponents to call for his resignation.
This started when Canada’s former attorney general and justice minister, Jody Wilson-Raybould, said Trudeau’s office pressured her and federal investigators to go easy on a major Canadian company, SNC-Lavalin.
SNC-Lavalin was charged by Canadian prosecutors with corruption and fraud in 2015, accused of bribing millions of dollars to former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi
The former AG recently said there was political interference from Trudeau to make a plea deal with the company to save jobs and to make sure the company stays in Quebec. A plea deal would also allow the company to avoid a 10-year ban on bidding on government contracts.
Fortune.com explained that Quebec is politically important to Trudeau because he needs to win that province in this year’s elections in order to have another term as prime minister.
Wilson-Raybould said she wouldn’t interfere with prosecutors’ decision-making processes and resigned in January, moved to a different position, but resigned altogether in February.
One of Trudeau’s closest advisers resigned two weeks ago. On Monday, another top official resigned, saying she lost confidence in the government. People have stepped down.
Canada’s Ethics Commissioner has started a federal investigation on Trudeau’s alleged interference.
Trudeau said he did discuss the company’s case with Wilson-Raybould, but that the talks did not break any rules. He said there would be more information in the next few days and weeks.
Trudeau is a Liberal. The opposition leader, Conservative Andrew Scheer, said Trudeau needs to resign.
Deaf Man Who Was Incarcerated for 25 Years To Be Released On Parole Tomorrow After Activism by HEARD
HEARD, an organization that advocates for deaf people in the criminal justice system, said that a Deaf man, John Wilson Jr, who has been incarcerated for 25 years, will be released tomorrow.
HEARD co-founder and lawyer, Talila “TL” Lewis, who is hearing and fluent in ASL, said Wilson has been unfairly treated with a lack of communication access ever since he was arrested in the early 1990s.
Wilson was sentenced to life on a murder charge but has maintained that he is innocent, that he is not guilty. TL said they and another organization will fight for his exoneration after his release.
TL said when Wilson was first arrested and interrogated, police officers didn’t bring in an interpreter and instead brought in an officer who knew how to finger spell, causing many misunderstandings and miscommunications.
TL said on a GoFundMe page for Wilson that the U.S. Parole Commission denied Wilson parole year after year because he refused to express remorse and that he has not participated in programs.
TL said he couldn’t access the programs because they were inaccessible without interpreters, and that he can’t express remorse because he is not guilty.
TL: He always said he is innocent. He refuses to apologize because he said he didn’t kill anybody. Also, the parole board requires him to take classes but the federal prison systems never provides access to classes. Therefore, he couldn’t take the classes. Get it? It means they said he didn’t take enough classes, but he is frustrated and begging for access, but is denied. It’s a cycle that has gone on for years.
Alex: TL explained to me in an interview that it was very difficult for Wilson to work on his case from inside of a prison, because there was no access to videophones.
TL: I have worked for 12 years investigating, finding witnesses. I’ve done the best I can, but drawing information from him is difficult because he is incarcerated far away. I can’t afford flights or go on road trips. He needs simple access through videophone, but the prison system refuses to provide for 10 years. We’ve been fighting to get a simple phone call. It is the same for most deaf people nationwide. If they are innocent, how can we investigate without communication access?
Alex: Now Wilson will be released on parole tomorrow. TL said it is because of activism from HEARD and that letters sent by those who supported Wilson and HEARD made a difference.
Wilson will be walking from Schuylkill FCI in Pennsylvania tomorrow. He is a father to three children.
He is also a talented artist. TL said the motivation to start HEARD came from Wilson’s case.
TL: He represents so much of what we are trying to do, to show improvements and to stop oppression. It is very important to us at HEARD and we are proud and overwhelmed. We look forward to seeing his progress and journey. We will support him. But re-entry is challenging, especially for deaf community members because again, the system doesn’t provide access to interpreters or communication support. So our team is ready and prepared to support him and his family in their journey.
[For more information about HEARD: www.behearddc.org, Facebook/HEARDDC, Twitter @behearddc, you can also follow Talila Lewis on Twitter @talilalewis]
That is all for today. See you tomorrow and stay with the light!
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