The HIV "Cure" in Germany: Behind the Hype

Published on
December 15, 2010

Here's what we're checking out today:

HIV/AIDS: Discover Magazine's 80 Beats blog unpacks some of the hype surrounding the announcement that a man in Germany has been "cured" of HIV infection.

Foodborne Illness: The CDC reports that 48 million people – that's one in 6 Americans – fall ill and 3,000 die each year from foodborne diseases like salmonella. No sprouts in our sandwich today, but we're reading the Barfblog analysis of the new CDC data here.

Rationing Care: Pulitzer Prize-winner Sheri Fink, reporting for Public Radio International, produces a heartbreaking story about rationing dialysis in South Africa. Good context for the economics and effectiveness of dialysis (at least in the United States): this ProPublic investigation.

Dangling Docs: CardioBrief's Larry Husten wonders about the appropriateness of pharma companies "dangling doctors" in front of journalists. He declines these "media opportunities." Should you, too?