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Researchers successfully eliminate HIV virus from cultured human cells

The HIV-1 virus has proved to be tenacious, inserting its genome permanently into its victims’ DNA, forcing patients to take a lifelong drug regimen to control the virus and prevent a fresh attack. Now, a team of Temple University School of Medicine researchers has designed a way to snip out the integrated HIV-1 genes for good.

 ”This is one important step on the path toward a permanent cure for AIDS,” said Kamel Khalili, PhD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Neuroscience at Temple. Dr. Khalili and his colleague, Wenhui Hu, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Neuroscience at Temple, led the work which marks the first successful attempt to eliminate latent HIV-1 virus from human cells. “It’s an exciting discovery, but it’s not yet ready to go into the clinic. It’s a proof of concept that we’re moving in the right direction,” added Dr. Khalili, who is also Director of the Center for Neurovirology and Director of the Comprehensive NeuroAIDS Center at Temple.

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Here in Pennsylvania, I spoke with the Corbett administration yesterday about the Governor’s comments last week about the health risks posed by Central American migrant children.

U.S. Health and Human Services officials say they are conducting health screenings and providing any needed vaccinations when children are taken into custody by border patrol agents.

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention spokeswoman points out the Central American countries in question have comprehensive vaccination programs comparable to those in the U.S. Data compiled from UNICEF and the World Health Organization show measles vaccination rates in 2012 marginally higher in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador than in the U.S.

Kathaleen Gillis, spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, said the state had questions about how to evaluate these statistics.

“One of the reasons for the children leaving Central America is because of the poor conditions. If there are poor conditions, how is this vaccination occurring? By who and where?” she wrote in an email.

She said the federal government had done an inadequate job communicating with states about its plans for the young immigrants.


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Hello New Followers



Thank you very much for the follow, both roleplaying blogs and non-roleplaying blogs. Just a word of warning for the latter, this here is a roleplaying blog for a personification of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania! A character in my webcomic, Stars and Stripes Forever!,  much roleplaying is had on this blog. But I also post news, history, and photos of our beautiful Commonwealth. The best commonwealth If you’d rather stay outta the loop with the roleplaying portion of this blog, I suggest you blacklist the following via tumblr savior:

  • IC post
  • OOC
  • Answers
  • Mika Art
  • pa personal
  • music
  • PA nsfw (this won’t happen very often)
  • fics
  • Friend’s art
  • meme

Now the other stuff you might wanna stick around for, all things pennsylvanian, I’d suggest you white list the following

  • Pennsylvania (contains photos and just everything PA)
  • Pennsylvania History
  • History
  • Announcements
  • News
  • PA facts
  • Politics
  • Famous Pennsylvanians 
  • Pennsylvania Musicians 

If you do not have Tumblr Savior,  here are instructions on how to get it, and set it up, etc

If you want, you are more than welcome to submit things Pennsylvania related to this blog.  Just follow this link [h e r e]
If you want me to see something, I do track “commonwealthofpennsylvania” or you can simply mention us in the post and we’ll see it :D
Again Thanks for the follow and I hope you enjoy your stay! And remember, 

((Wow my hex sign, post is gathering notes again. Wonder what brought that on.))


One co-worker’s cubicle documents the fall of the Flyers…. there’s only so many creative ways to describe a loss, right? #flyers #philly #cubicle #headline #headlines #hockey



I feel sorry for people that think commonwealth doesn’t mean anything in particular. There’s a decent amount of history behind us being called that. That’s why we take such pride in it. 

Exactly Alex. That’s also why we don’t view KY as one, since he didn’t earn the title. He just was lazy and kept it after he left Ginny.

also he doesnt have a state dog and we all do sorry its a requirement he has to leave now

He doesn’t have a state dog? [gasp] Yeah he can’t sit with us.


Spent all day Saturday exploring at my camp with Tori and Alli. I took some shitty iphone pictures, but I really wish someone who takes better pictures could have gone.

Want to buy a bridge? Pennsylvania still has 11 for sale

HARRISBURG Pa. (Reuters) - Buying a bridge is not on most to-do lists, but anyone seeking a historic span need look no further than the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, which has 11 of them for sale.

PennDOT is trying to save bridges on the National Register of Historic Places that are not up to the demands of modern traffic. Prices range from $1 to $500, and moving costs can often be paid by the Federal Highway Administration.

I feel sorry for people that think commonwealth doesn’t mean anything in particular. There’s a decent amount of history behind us being called that. That’s why we take such pride in it. 

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I would like to go out on a run with you some time.


Climate change may bring more kidney stones

As daily temperatures increase, so does the number of patients seeking treatment for kidney stones. In a study that may both reflect and foretell a warming planet’s impact on human health, a research team found a link between hot days and kidney stones in 60,000 patients in several U.S. cities with varying climates.

"We found that as daily temperatures rise, there is a rapid increase in the probability of patients presenting over the next 20 days with kidney stones," said study leader Gregory E. Tasian, M.D., M.Sc., M.S.C.E., a pediatric urologist and epidemiologist at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), who is on the staff of the Hospital’s Kidney Stone Center as well as the Hospital’s Center for Pediatric Clinical Effectiveness (CPCE).

Funding: Funds from the National Institutes of Health (grants HD060550 and DK70003), supported this study, along with a research fellowship from the Medical Research Council, U.K. In addition to their CHOP titles, Tasian and Keren are on the faculty of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Beehive coffee shop in Pittsburgh’s Southside.