Archive for March, 2008

STDs Rising Among American Teenage Girls

A recent study by the United States Center for Disease Control shows that there are more than three million teenage girls who are infected with a sexually transmitted disease (STD), making one in every four female teenagers currently infected. What is more alarming is that the most common diseases found in these teens are also the most harmful. This report published on early March 2008 at a convention in Chicago has caused alarm for health workers and STD prevention advocates.According to the re…

Research Shows How HIV Protein Gets Into Cells

A team of researchers from University of Illinois has solved the mystery of how a protein associated with the HIV virus can cross cell membranes. Their findings could improve the design of therapeutic agents that cross a variety of such membranes.The TAT protein transduction domain of the HIV virus is a tiny part of the overall TAT protein (containing only 11 amino acids), but it can slip across lipid-rich membranes that are designed to keep things out. Although it is not involved in transmittin…