Archive for August, 2012

Death Toll in Syria over 17,000

August 14, 2012

An opposition group that documents human rights violations in Syria says more than 17,000 people have been killed since the uprising against President Bashar Assad began in March 2011. And many more are likely to die if an agreement isn’t reached between opposition forces and Assad regime.

What enormous health problems will the population and aid workers have to contend with in the coming months? The World Health Organization is already facing critical medicine shortages in Aleppo and Homs. How will those who are injured, the vast majority who are civilians and many of who are children, receive the basic treatment they need? The situation in Syria is already paralleling and soon may surpass the devastation and loss of life during the Spanish Civil War.

From the UN News Center: “Syria experiencing critical shortages in medicines”


HIV-Infected Organ Transplants

August 13, 2012

HIV research, treatment, and advocacy groups are lobbying members of Congress to amend current law and allow transplantation of organs from HIV-infected donors to HIV-infected recipients. They are calling to amend the National Transplant Act, passed in 1984, which reflects the profound lack of knowledge of HIV/AIDS at the time when it was written. HIV has become a manageable chronic disease and patients with HIV have longer life spans and are vulnerable to other chronic diseases associated with older age, such as kidney failure and liver failure–conditions for which organ transplantation is often the standard treatment.

JAMA, August, 8, 2012, Mike Mitka


Tony Cunning, 48, of Milwaukee, got a kidney transplant last month at UW Hospital. He is one of the first three HIV-positive patients to receive an organ transplant in Wisconsin.