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Brain-Controlled Devices To Help Paralysis

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When we say that science has figured out a way to have brain-controlled devices help paralysis, we don't mean to cure it (yet), unfortunately. We mean to help those with paralysis live day-to-day life!

We're talking moving objects with your mind, because mentally controlling artificial limbs and mobility devices would be a big step forward toward more independent living.

Here's what one researcher said:

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Nick Cannon Talks Lupus And What's Important

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Nick Cannon will go down as one of the nicest, most hard working guys in Hollywood — which is not too shabby at all as far as a legacy goes!

Luckily, he's still with us after a health crisis this year, and we as a world can continue to know and love him.

Here's what he said about being diagnosed with Lupus, which is an autoimmune disease with no cure that caused his kidneys to shut down earlier this year:

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Guns N' Roses' Guitarist Opens Up About Depression

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Anyone can suffer from depression. Even famous rock and roll guitarists. Especially famous rock and roll guitarists.

Duff McKagan, the guitarist from Guns N' Roses, suffered from a serious bout of depression following the September 11th terrorist attacks.

He said:

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Rose McGowan Helps Raise Awareness For Pulmonary Fibrosis

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Rose McGowan is lending her star power to Pulmonary Fibrosis month to help raise money and awareness.

40,000 people around the world die each year because of Pulmonary Fibrosis.

Pulmonary Fibrosis (PF) is a disease that slowly robs a person of their ability to breath.

Rose lost her father to PF.

She said:

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President Of Exodus International No Longer Believes In Curing Homosexuality

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This is progress!

Alan Chambers, an "ex-gay" and current president of the organization that believed in conversion therapy to "cure" homosexuality, now recognizes that it is impossible for Exodus International to "pray away the gay."

He was enlightened by an episode of Our America With Lisa Ling which investigated the controversial practice. On Tuesday night, the OWN show's finale revisited the topic and Chambers went one step further. He now believes that homosexuals can indeed go to Heaven and told Lisa Ling:

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Patients HIV-Free After Bone Marrow Transplants!

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This is amazinggggg!

Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston found that two men no longer have detectable HIV in their blood cells after bone marrow transplants!

The men were on anti-retroviral therapy, and now they might be cured of HIV.

It seems weird even typing that but it could be true.

One of the researchers said:

"We expected HIV to vanish from the patients’ plasma, but it is surprising that we can’t find any traces of HIV in their cells. It suggests that under the cover of anti-retroviral therapy, the cells that repopulated the patient’s immune system appear to be protected from becoming re-infected with HIV."

More studies need to be conducted on these two men to make sure they are completely cured of HIV.

They remain on anti-retroviral medications for the time being.

So we've got bone marrow transplants and a prevention pill on the way!

Right now, bone marrow transplants are too costly and dangerous for all HIV patients to undergo but it's still a great step in the right direction.

Way to go, doctors!

Science! Science! Science!

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A Cure For AIDS On The Way?

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Wow!

In a week filled with great and fab updates on the war on AIDS, we've had a new prevention drug, word that new related deaths are dropping, and now there's a focused effort on actually producing a cure!

The world is totally ready for one!

The sick part of this article is the revelation that scientists and drug companies HAVEN'T been really working on one. They've just been trying to contain the symptoms and vaccines.

They're not swinging for the fence, really.

The International Aids Society (IAS) are swinging away, on the other hand.

They say it's our best chance at eradication — vaccines are still far off, treatment costs are way too high.

So what do they consider a cure?

They call it a "functional cure." What does this mean? It means that there are those out there that have the disease, but do not need medication to handle it. It happens to about .3% or 1% depending on who you ask. For some of them it is 20 years since they were infected with HIV, and they have no detectable levels of virus in the blood.

So basically, if you can stop taking drugs, then you have been "functionally cured".

The inspiration for this is Timothy Brown — a man that had both HIV and leukemia. The doctors selected a special bone marrow transplant from a donor that had a gene that made him resistant to HIV — now Brown is cured of both cancer and HIV.

Holy shizz!

Even though it still might be a while, it's never to early to start searching!

That's the first step!

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