BABY BORN WITH HIV APPARENTLY CURED: In what would be only the second-ever reported cure of someone infected with HIV, scientists announced on Sunday (March 3rd) that a baby born with the AIDS virus appeared to have been cured. The child, who was started on treatment within 30 hours of its birth, is now two-and-a-half years old, and has been off medication for about a year with no signs of infection. Although there's no guarantee the child will remain healthy, testing has uncovered just traces of the virus' genetic material still present that don't appear able to replicate. The baby was given faster and stronger treatment than usual, starting on drug treatment before tests confirmed that the infant was infected and not just at risk from its mother, whose HIV wasn't diagnosed until she was in labor. In the U.S., such births are very rare, because HIV testing and treatment is part of prenatal care. Experts say the development offers promising information for efforts to cure HIV infection in children.
FACEBOOK TO UNVEIL NEW 'NEWSFEED' LOOK: Ready for another Facebook change? The social networking giant has announced that it will unveil a new look for the "newsfeed" at a media event on Thursday (March 7th). This will be Facebook's second high-profile product event this year, after the introduction of its social search feature in January. This is the first major update to the newsfeed since September 2011, although there have been other changes to it, including the incorporation of ads directly into the newsfeed.
MAN FAKES KIDNAPPING TO AVOID GIRLFRIEND: A man in New York City was arrested after he faked his kidnapping to avoid telling his girlfriend why he was gone for two weeks. A couple of pedestrians in Brooklyn found 36-year-old Rahmell Pettway between two cars, gagged and bound with duct tape. Pettway told police that he had been kidnapped on February 19th by two men in a minivan who spent two weeks driving him from one location to the next. Law-enforcement became suspicious of his story and Pettway ended up confessing that he made up the entire thing because he was avoiding his girlfriend for the two weeks and didn't know what to tell her. An official said, "He's a total moron. It was a pathetic attempt to pull the wool [over] her eyes." He was charged with filing a false report. (New York Post)
MANY HURRICANE SANDY BABIES EXPECTED THIS SUMMER: One New York OB-GYN office says Hurricane Sandy has sparked a 30-percent rise in births expected this summer. In October Hurricane Sandy caused more than 8.5-million homes and businesses to lose power, and one doctor says that events that cause power outages really bring people together. Dr. Jacquez Mortiz, director of the division of gynecology at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital in New York says the tri-state area affected by the storm will probably see a little rise in people who were unable to get their birth control, and other issues like that. Mortiz says in the past there was a baby bump during 9/11, and bumps after blackouts and hurricanes. (Daily Mail)