Monday, June 17 2013 9:41 AM EDT2013-06-17 13:41:31 GMT
(CNN) - A science-fiction-style project -- which could bring internet access to five billion people across the planet -- is being tested out in New Zealand. Software giant Google is launching balloonsMore >>
A science-fiction-style project -- which could bring internet access to five billion people across the planet -- is being tested out in New Zealand. Software giant Google is launching balloons into the stratosphere -- equipped with wireless technology that could create a truly global network.More >>
Friday, June 14 2013 10:13 AM EDT2013-06-14 14:13:03 GMT
(CNN) - An elephant stuck in a well, a really big hornet's nest and flying food trays are all video that will have you talking today. It's not a place you would expect to find an elephant, even a babyMore >>
An elephant stuck in a well, a really big hornet's nest and flying food trays are all video that will have you talking today.More >>
Thursday, June 13 2013 10:32 AM EDT2013-06-13 14:32:18 GMT
(CNN/CBS) - Hashtags are coming to Facebook. This is to help users better surface conversations. The social network wants to make it easier for users to find content already on Facebook and functionalMore >>
In today's What's Trending report, #Hashtags are coming to Facebook. This is to help users better surface conversations. More >>
Wednesday, June 12 2013 10:09 AM EDT2013-06-12 14:09:28 GMT
(CNN) - Buying your clothes from thrift stores, also called, "thrifting," is becoming more popular and trendy. An example of how it's grown: Goodwill Industries reported an 83% increase in revenue fromMore >>
Buying your clothes from thrift stores, also called, "thrifting," is becoming more popular and trendy. An example of how it's grown: Goodwill Industries reported an 83% increase in revenue from 2007 to 2012.More >>
Tuesday, June 11 2013 9:50 AM EDT2013-06-11 13:50:52 GMT
(CBS) - Law enforcement from San Francisco and New York are holding a smartphone summit this week. They'll meet with representatives from Apple, Google, Samsung and Microsoft and urge them to create newMore >>
A smartphone summit gets underway this week to tackle the rise in gadget thefts and more than 300,000 Honda Odysseys are being added to a federal probe of faulty air bags.More >>
Monday, June 10 2013 9:53 AM EDT2013-06-10 13:53:42 GMT
(CNN/KSDK) - A woman's chance of living at least five years after being diagnosed with breast cancer has gone up from 50% in the 1970's to 85%. But modern science doesn't get all the credit for the healing,More >>
A chair dubbed-- The Healing Chair-- helps seven women recover from cancer. The big brown recliner has been passed down by several ladies who were going through chemo and surgery.More >>
Saturday, June 8 2013 11:48 PM EDT2013-06-09 03:48:40 GMT
(CNN) - An Idaho grandmother who believes in living on the edge, jumps off a bridge wearing a chute and a smile. Get this, it was all for her 102nd birthday. Maybe you'll recognize her from appearances.More >>
An Idaho grandmother who believes in living on the edge, jumps off a bridge wearing a chute and a smile. Get this, it was all for her 102nd birthday.
Thursday, June 6 2013 2:16 PM EDT2013-06-06 18:16:46 GMT
(CNN) - In Entertainment News, Michael Jackson's 15 year old daughter Paris is hospitalized this morning. She's recovering after cutting one of her wrists. A family lawyer said Paris is physically fine. OneMore >>
Michael Jackson's 15 year old daughter Paris is hospitalized. More good news for Jennifer Love Hewitt, the actress is engaged.More >>
Wednesday, June 5 2013 10:33 AM EDT2013-06-05 14:33:44 GMT
(CNN) - The apparent kidnapping of a U.S. Marine and the recent arrest of a mother on drug charges. These cases are raising questions about the safety of Americans in Mexico. Americans flock to MexicoMore >>
The apparent kidnapping of a U.S. Marine and the recent arrest of a mother on drug charges. These cases are raising questions about the safety of Americans in Mexico.More >>
Tuesday, June 4 2013 9:37 AM EDT2013-06-04 13:37:47 GMT
(CNN/CBS) - Dunkin' donuts is rolling out a new item. It sandwiches fried eggs and bacon between another breakfast staple, a glazed donut. The company is rolling out a its new breakfast sandwich nationwideMore >>
Dunkin' donuts is rolling out a new item. It sandwiches fried eggs and bacon between another breakfast staple, a glazed donut. The company is rolling out a its new breakfast sandwich nationwide on FridayMore >>
(CNN) - Adults who do not have HIV but are at risk of getting the disease will now be able to take a drug to reduce their chance of getting infected. For the first time, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a drug for this use on Monday.
The drug is Truvada, an antiretroviral medication made by Gilead Sciences, Inc., which was already approved by the FDA in 2004 to help control HIV infection.
Truvada is a combination of two HIV medications - emtricitabine (Emtriva) and tenofovir (Viread) - into one pill that is taken once a day. As a treatment for HIV, it is always used in combination with other HIV drugs.
Recent studies showed pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP can reduce transmission of the virus significantly–up to 96% - when uninfected partners of people infected with HIV took Truvada.
Dr. Debra Birnkrant, M.D., director of the Division of Antiviral Products, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research at the FDA stressed Truvada alone should not be used to prevent HIV infection. It should be used in combination with other safe sex practices.
"Practicing safer sex and good health practices must be part of the treatment," Birnkrant said. "We will be putting a box warning to let those using Truvada know that it is part of the therapy with combination of safer sex practices, and that doing this, will reduce the risk of the development of AIDS/HIV."
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Insitutes of Health, agrees.
"The approval of Truvada to prevent HIV infection in uninfected individuals who are at high risk of sexually acquired HIV infection is a signficant development, providing an important addition to our toolkit of HIV prevention interventions," Fauci says. "However, it is critical to stress that Truvada as ‘pre-exposure prophylaxis' should not be considered a stand-alone method, but should be used in conjunction with other proven HIV prevention strategies such as condom use, risk-reduction counseling, and frequent HIV testing."
Birnkrant says she hopes the right messages will get out, and that Truvada is used properly. "We have the box warning that a negative HIV test must be reported before Truvada is prescribed," she said.
According to Gilead, Truvada the most-prescribed antiretroviral in the United States. "Today's decision is the culmination of almost 20 years of research involving investigators, academic and medical institutions, funding agencies and nearly 20,000 trial participants around the world, and Gilead is proud to have been a partner in this effort," said Norbert Bischofberger, Executive Vice President, Research and Development and Chief Scientific Officer, Gilead Sciences.
Dr. Robert Grant, the lead investigator of the iPrEx trial at the University of California San Francisco who looked at Truvada as a prevention treatment among high-risk men who have sex with men (MSM), says the approval is a major milestone in the 30-year fight against AIDS. "The use of PrEP alongside routine HIV testing gives us a tremendous opportunity to reduce the rate of new HIV infections in this country and around the world."
At the University of Washington another PrEP study proved very successful in reducing infection rates in couples where one partner is infected and the other is not (called serodiscordant).
"The data clearly demonstrate that Truvada as pre-exposure prophylaxis is effective at reducing the risk of HIV infection acquired through sexual exposure," said Dr. Connie Celum, Professor of Global Health and Medicine at the University of Washington and lead investigator of the Partners PrEP trial. "It is exciting to consider the potential impact of this new HIV prevention tool, which could contribute to significantly reducing new HIV infections as part of a combination HIV prevention strategy. Although the implementation of PrEP will bring challenges, they can be anticipated and systems developed to address these challenges."
But the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the nation's largest HIV/AIDS group, blasted the FDA's decision. "The FDA's approval of Gilead's Truvada as a form of HIV prevention today, without any requirement for HIV testing is completely reckless and a move that will ultimately set back years of HIV prevention efforts," said Michael Weinstein, AHF's President.
"From the beginning, we believe there was a rush to judgment by government officials and others in favor of such approval despite decidedly mixed studies offered in support. And while the FDA recommends a negative HIV test prior to use of Truvada as PrEP and states that use by people with an ‘…unknown or HIV positive status…' is ‘contraindicated,' it in no way actually requires HIV-testing in any manner - just strengthening of the ‘Boxed Warning' on Gilead's packaging. The FDA's move today is negligence bordering the equivalence of malpractice which will sadly result in new infections, drug resistance and serious side effects among many, many people."
Monday, June 17 2013 12:16 PM EDT2013-06-17 16:16:55 GMT
TEXARKANA (KTBS) - The funeral arrangements for Officer William Jason Sprague have been finalized. Visitation for Officer Sprague will be tomorrow from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., in the atrium at First BaptistMore >>
The funeral arrangements for Officer William Jason Sprague have been finalized.More >>
Monday, June 17 2013 11:16 AM EDT2013-06-17 15:16:15 GMT
LONGVIEW/GREGG COUNTY (KYTX) - A 31-year-old Avinger woman was arrested this weekend for failing to register annually as a sex offender.Upshur County Sheriff's Office filed a warrant for Lacey Jean Kersey,More >>
A 31-year-old Avinger woman was arrested this weekend for failing to register annually as a sex offender.More >>
Monday, June 17 2013 11:09 AM EDT2013-06-17 15:09:28 GMT
LONGVIEW/GREGG COUNTY (KYTX) - Police arrested a Longview babysitter Sunday on indecency with a child charges.Darrell Gene Pointer, 57, is in the Gregg County Jail on $100,000 bond this morning. He's accusedMore >>
Police arrested a Longview babysitter Sunday on indecency with a child charges.More >>
Monday, June 17 2013 11:40 PM EDT2013-06-18 03:40:55 GMT
JACKSONVILLE (KYTX) - A new course designed to help military vets and their families cope with life after war kicked offIn Jacksonville Monday night. When you gotten used to living in a war zone, theMore >>
A new course designed to help military vets and their families cope with life after war kicked offIn Jacksonville Monday night.More >>
Monday, June 17 2013 11:35 PM EDT2013-06-18 03:35:34 GMT
KILGORE (KYTX) - "The Kilgore man who owns the birds doesn't run a rescue or business, he just has a passion for animals. The family members I spoke with say that their birds became a like part of theMore >>