26 Dec '11, 9pm

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Medical conditions like HIV and heart failures were once deemed a swift death sentence. Today, medical advancements have given new life and hope to people suffering from them. Eveline Gan takes a look at medical breakthroughs that have occurred in the past year. Breakthrough: A Cure for AIDS? Timothy Brown, a HIV patient living in San Francisco, shook up the medical world as the first person to be officially cured of the incurable infection. Incidentally, it was a totally unrelated disease which provided the cure. Diagnosed with leukaemia four years ago, Brown underwent a stem-cell transplant from a bone-marrow donor with the delta-32 mutation. People with this genetic cell mutation are naturally very resistant to the HIV virus as it targets and cripples the CCR5 receptor, which is found on the surface of the cells in our immune-system. HIV cannot infect cells without the ...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Health/EDC111227-0000001/Medic...

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