Just an update from Soul...March 10th...and that's "Cupid" playing in the background.
Friday, February 27, 2009
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Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Greetings SoulerSpace cadets! I know it's been a while since I've been consistent with my posts, but I've been hard at work finalizing the album and getting all the marketing pieces together. That being said QuanMania will begin this Saturday, February 18th at Kenyon College. That's right folks, Soul and Black...Live! I'll let you know more details as they emerge, but I also recently picked up the Souler Cam, and will start posting videos of The Quan as we get closer and closer to the album release. Though there is still not a concrete date for the release, it will be released for sure next month, March. I thank you all for your patience and look forward to sharing me and J's vision to the world. Hope to see you at Kenyon! Quan!
Friday, February 13, 2009
Doctors have succeeded in ridding a man of the HIV virus by giving him a bone marrow transplant in what they claim is the closest treatment yet to a cure for the disease.
The remarkable case gives new impetus to the development of gene therapy for HIV which could ultimately replace the need for expensive and toxic antiretroviral drugs. Instead of taking drugs for life, HIV sufferers might instead have a one-off treatment that would leave them virus-free.
The 42-year-old American had been infected with HIV for a decade. He was treated with antiretroviral drugs in Berlin, where he lives, for four years to hold the disease in check, but then developed leukaemia. Since being given a bone marrow transplant two years ago, he has not taken antiretroviral drugs to control HIV and has had no resurgence of either disease. He is believed to be the longest HIV-free survivor who was previously treated with antiretroviral drugs. Full details of the case are published for the first time today in The New England Journal of Medicine. An editorial in the journal says it "places further emphasis on gene therapies" for HIV, adding: "The case paves the way for innovative approaches that provide long-lasting viral control with limited toxicities for persons with HIV infection."
The man's treatment began with a search by doctors at Berlin's Charité Hospital for a bone marrow donor with a genetic resistance to HIV. One of the strangest features of the disease is the way some people who have been exposed to the virus on many occasions remain uninfected. Twenty years ago, it was noticed that certain prostitutes in Nairobi remained uninfected despite exposure to the virus through thousands of sexual contacts.
It has since emerged that some people carry a mutation of a gene (CCR5) that confers protection against HIV. In Western populations an estimated one to three per cent have the mutation.
Dr Gero Hutter, a haematologist at the Berlin Charité Hospital, and colleagues tested 61 potential donors before they found one with the CCR5 genetic mutation, who agreed to the operation.
The American recipient of the transplant, who runs a holiday rentals business in the German capital, has undergone regular checks in the two years since the treatment. The doctors have tested his bone marrow, blood and tissues and found no sign of HIV. "For as long as the viral load remains undetectable, this patient will not require antiretroviral therapy," they say in the journal.
Speaking to The Independent yesterday, Dr Hutter said there had been several previous reports of patients being virus-free following treatment but none to compare with the latest case. "The difference is that in our patient we had a plan. It was not an accident," he added. "It is the longest time someone who has had antiretroviral therapy and stopped has lasted without the virus rebounding. Normally it rebounds within weeks. It is the closest we have come to a cure."
Dr Hutter said a bone marrow transplant would be too risky as a routine treatment for HIV and too difficult to find donors with the right genetic make-up. But a modification of the approach using gene therapy to render a patient HIV-resistant could work, he said.
Even a costly treatment could be worthwhile. The price of treatment with antiretrovirals in Europe is €70,000 to €80,000 (£63,000 to £72,000) a year compared with a one-off cost of €20,000 to €30,000 for a bone marrow transplant.
Dr Hutter said: "When I started in medicine, HIV was completely untreatable. Now the situation has changed completely. Perhaps our case is a glimpse of hope for the future."
Professor Jay Levy, an Aids specialist at the University of California, and author of the US journal's editorial, said claims that the patient had been cured of HIV would be premature because of the virus's capacity to hide in other parts of the body including the brain, gut, liver and lymphatic system, from which it could always re-emerge.
"Nevertheless, the results... provide further encouragement for those examining approaches to treatment that reduce CCR5 expression in persons with HIV infection," he writes.In 2007, an estimated two million people died from Aids and 2.7 million were newly infected with HIV.
25 years of research: The HIV virus
When the discovery of HIV was announced in 1984, US politicians predicted that a cure for Aids would be found within five years, but it is still a distant prospect.
Over the past 10 years, a cocktail of aggressive antiretroviral drugs has been developed to help keep the effects of the disease at bay. Eliminating it has proved far more difficult because of the virus's unique nature.
HIV integrates itself into an infected person's DNA and attacks the cells the immune system sends to attack it. Once infected, these T-cells take the virus deeper into the body. Gene therapy is a new approach that harnesses the natural resistance to HIV shared by 3 per cent of people.
Experts hope that by tweaking a sufferer's DNA, they can achieve "long-lasting viral control".
Props to Mr. West for this article on a breakthrough in the search for the cure.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
With no further delay...I present to you this month's Omega, Carter G. Woodson.
Dr.Carter G Woodson was born in 1875 in New Canton, Virginia, the son of former slaves James and Elizae Riddle Woodson. His father had helped the Union soldiers during the Civil War. He moved his family to West Virginia when he heard that Huntington was building a high school for blacks. Coming from a large, poor family, the son Carter Woodson could not regularly attend school. Through self-instruction, Woodson was able to master the fundamentals of common school subjects by the time he was 17.
Ambitious for more education, Woodson went to Fayette County to earn a living as a miner in the coal fields. He was able to devote only a few months each year to his schooling. In 1895 at the age of twenty, Woodson entered Douglass High School where he received his diploma in less than two years. From 1897 to 1900, Woodson taught in Fayette County. In 1900 he was selected as the principal of Douglass High School. Woodson earned his Bachelor of Literature degree from Berea College in Kentucky. He then attended the University of Chicago, where he was awarded his M.A. in 1908. From there he became affiliated with Harvard University to complete his Ph.D. in history, which he did in 1912. His doctoral dissertation,The Disruption of Virginia, was based on research he did at the Library of Congress while he taught high school in Washington, D.C. After earning his PhD, he started working as a professor at Howard University.
After leaving Howard University because of differences with its president, Dr. Woodson devoted the rest of his life to historical research. He also worked to preserve the history of African Americans and accumulated a collection of thousands of artifacts and publications. He noted their contributions "were overlooked, ignored, and even suppressed by the writers of history textbooks and the teachers who use them." Race prejudice, he concluded, "is merely the logical result of tradition, the inevitable outcome of thorough instruction to the effect that the Negro has never contributed anything to the progress of mankind." In 1926, Woodson single-handedly pioneered the celebration of "Negro History Week", for the second week in February, to coincide with marking Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass's birthdays. The week was later extended to the entire month and renamed Black History Month.
Woodson died in 1950.
ROO Bruh, ROO!
Monday, February 9, 2009
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Sort of. I decided to enter this contest over at Kev's blog. This new artist, Trav Williams, is doing an album completely laced with samples from Nas' Illmatic album. I decided to enter for this weeks flip...Memory Lane. It felt good to do the beat, it's the first beat I've completed (fully arranged and programmed) in months...partake!
Memory Lane_Produced by SoulKlap
Sidebar: Shouts to Kev for puttin the new single @ the blog too! Appreciate the love fam! Peep it here.