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Burn Victim Saved By Skin Grafts From Identical Twin

A laboratory technician from the northern city of Amiens was given less than a one-percent chance of survival after a workplace accident in September 2016, when a can of chemicals he was holding exploded, setting him ablaze. The burns covered 95% of his body, sparing only his pubis, feet and face plus the prophetic tattoo, now framed by thick pink scars. Eighteen months later, thanks to skin grafts from his twin brother Eric.

High And Low Levels Of Glycemic Control Lead Increased Mortality in Older Adults

Researchers determine that high and low levels of glycemic control and high HbA1c variability are associated with increased mortality in older people with diabetes. "In older populations, it is important to consider HbA1c values and trends as a health marker and not as a target," said Dr Angus Forbes. "The current system of care is biased toward lowering glycemic control, and this may lead to a lack of vigilance in relation to high-risk patients with lower or varying HbA1c levels." The study was published in The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology.

Lessons of Public Health From Bangladesh

Bangladesh emerged from its struggle for independence in 1971 as a war-ravaged and impoverished nation. With a broken bureaucracy, fragile education system, and dismal health conditions, many termed it a “basket case”. Today, Bangladesh’s rapid strides in improving its health outcomes over the last few decades are referred to as “one of the great mysteries of global health” by The Lancet.

New Approach To Eliminate HIV

Researchers have provided new insight into the cellular processes behind the 'shock and kill' approach to curing HIV, which they say challenges the effectiveness of the treatment. Their study, published in the journal eLife, suggests the need to explore alternative treatment strategies against HIV — a virus which 36.7 million people globally were living with in 2016, with 1.8 million people becoming newly infected in the same year, according to figures from UNAIDS.