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  • Bell, Elizabeth
    Tree Bark Yields Two Possible AIDS Treatments Reuters (02/19/00) Scientists have found two new possible AIDS treatments in the bark of trees from Argentina
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 22, 2000
      "Tree Bark Yields Two Possible AIDS Treatments"
      Reuters (02/19/00)
      Scientists have found two new possible AIDS treatments in the
      bark of trees from Argentina and Africa. According to Swiss
      researchers at a meeting of the American Association for the
      Advancement of Science, an African tree has yielded an antifungal
      compound that could prevent mouth infections in AIDS patients.
      The compound, found in the bark and roots of the Bobgunnia
      madagascariensis tree, kills Candida albicans and Aspergillis
      infections. Separately, researchers from the University of
      Panama reported that an extract from a tree in Argentina
      demonstrated marked anti-HIV activity and is now being developed
      in conjunction with scientists in Spain.

      Elizabeth Bell MPH
      Behavioral Interventions and Research Branch
      Division of STD Prevention
      National Center for HIV, STD and TB Prevention
      Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

      "This last phase of the program is like the last mile of the marathon. ...
      If any one country fails, the world fails."
      -- Dr. Uton Muchtar Rafei of the World Health Organization, on what is
      planned to be the final push to eradicate polio in India by the end of 2000.
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