Conference on Infectious Diseases and Opportunistic Infections (CROI), which took place in Boston. But perhaps the biggest story was that, for the second time in history, a baby born with HIV has been declared free of the virus after early, aggressive treatment.
While “baby cured of HIV” is, for sure, a thrilling headline, scientists are more cautiously hopeful than some media outlets would suggest. “That case is definitely intriguing,” Reilly O’Neal, editor of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation’s blog BETA, who attended the conference, tells Yahoo Shine. “The baby was tested with incredibly sensitive tests. The case supports the idea that very early treatment has the potential to dramatically reduce HIV reservoirs [the genetic code of the virus that “hides” in the body], which are a major obstacle in curing HIV.”
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Conference on Infectious Diseases and Opportunistic Infections (CROI), which took place in Boston. But perhaps the biggest story was that, for the second time in history, a baby born with HIV has been declared free of the virus after early, aggressive treatment.There was exciting news this week in the battle against HIV/AIDS, much of it coming out of the annual Read More »from What the New HIV Breakthroughs Mean for the Future of the Disease
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Pets – Wed, Mar 5, 2014 2:49 PM EST
The reputation of a well-respected Southern California animal shelter is on the line after it was accused of selling a stolen puppy.
On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Times posted a column about the dog, which has ignited intense debate on social media. It tells the story of Rosa Torres; her 4-year-old son, Daniel; and their 8-month-old Rhodesian Ridgeback named Raffiki, who went missing from their backyard on February 13. Torres says she has no idea how the dog escaped her fenced enclosure. The puppy was not wearing tags, nor was she micro-chipped or spayed.
Torres, who Yahoo Shine was unable to reach for comment, put up fliers, contacted the East Valley Shelter, the nearest public shelter to her home in Panarama City, and posted on Craigslist and Facebook. A week later, she learned the dog was listed online for adoption at Karma Rescue, a non-profit, no-kill shelter. Turns out the dog had been picked up by a stranger and driven to a public shelter about 10 miles away where Karma found herRead More »from Whose Puppy is This? Dog Caught in Ugly Adoption Battle
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Healthy Living – Tue, Mar 4, 2014 3:18 PM EST
Biography is not destiny. Misty Copeland's inspiring new memoir, "Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina," chronicles her improbable path to becoming one of the world's elite dancers and the first African American in 20 years to be a soloist with the world renowned American Ballet Theater, and only the second in its history. Now 31, she describes in the book everything she overcame to get here: how when she was 2, her mother, Sylvia DelaCerna, left her father, hustling her and her two older brothers and sister onto a Greyhound bus. She writes, "Our family began a pattern that would define my siblings' and my childhood: packing, scrambling, leaving — often barely surviving." Her mother had a series of boyfriends and husbands — some drank or were abusive — and two more babies soon arrived, adding to the financial struggles.
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The family eventually settled in San Pedro, California, and Copeland became a driven, anxious Read More »from Why Ballerina Misty Copeland Is Our Hero (and Should Be Yours)
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Parenting – Mon, Mar 3, 2014 11:52 AM EST
Robert Lopez hit the ball out of the park with his Oscar win for "Let it Go" from the movie "Frozen" when he became the youngest member of the very exclusive club. EGOT stands for Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony—the biggest awards in the entertainment industry. "Frozen" also happened to nab a golden statuette for Best Animated Feature.The elusive EGOT — it's the grand slam of showbiz, and composer
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The stupendously talented Lopez, who just turned 39 a week ago, co-wrote the song with his wife, lyricist Kristen Anderson-Lopez. In their charming and well-rehearsed tag-team acceptance speech (guess they weren't all that surprised, given the phenomenal success of "Let It Go"), the couple ended by saying thanks to, "our girls, Katie and Annie" and added: This song is inspired by our love for you and the hope that you never let fear or shame keep you for celebrating the unique people that you are." Pass the tissues, please.
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- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Parenting – Fri, Feb 28, 2014 12:29 PM EST
individual rights against kids' safety, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Thursday that it was appropriate for school officials to ban students at a San Jose, California, area high school from wearing American flag T-shirts on Cinco de Mayo. The May 5th holiday, popular in the United States but largely unrecognized in Mexico, commemorates the 1862 Battle of Puebla and celebrates Mexican culture, heritage, and pride.In a case that pits
The ruling stems from a controversial incident in 2010 when five students were told by administrators at Live Oak High School (which has a history of racial tension and gang violence) to either turn their American flag T-shirts inside out or go home. In a unanimous decision, the court cited two instances where students had been threatened with violence for wearing the flag. In 2009, some students of Mexican descent told an assistant principal theyRead More »from Court OK's High School Ban on American Flag T-Shirts
Click for larger version photo:clemetrobar.org/ImgurIt's the golden rule and the core of all communications etiquette: If you can't say something nice, don't say anything. On Tuesday, Kelly Blazek, who runs the Cleveland Job Bank, learned that lesson the hard way when her email smackdown of a young job seeker named Diana Mekota, who contacted her through LinkedIn, went viral. "Love the sense of entitlement in your generation. And therefore I enjoy denying your invite," read Blazek's poison pen letter, in part. "You're welcome for your humility lesson of the year. Don't ever reach out to senior practitioners again and assume their carefully curated list of connections is available to you, just because you want to build your network."
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Mekota posted the complete email on Reddit, Imgur, and Facebook, along with these comments: "Guess us twenty somethings should bow down to senior professional because clearly we have nothing to offer," and "Let's call this lady out." FromRead More »from Lessons Learned from CEO's Painful Email Meltdown
snowing in parts of the country and the bitter weather isn't showing any signs of letting up, but beach season is fast approaching—at least measured in "how many days to I have to get in shape?" time. It's hard to believe, but soon we'll be trading mom jeans and bulky sweaters for bikinis and bathing trunks, and now is the perfect time to embrace healthy eating and exercise and drop a few pounds a long the way.Yes, it's still
Best-selling author Ian K. Smith, M.D, is an expert at helping people shape up quickly, without compromising their health. "It's been a long, tough winter," Smith tells Yahoo Shine, "but don't worry, there are more efficient fat-burning ways to exercise and new nutritional research that can help you shape up faster than ever.” His most recent book, Super Shred: The Big Results Diet, which is currently on the New York Times bestseller list, outlines what he calls, "aRead More »from 8 Ways to Jumpstart Your Diet Before Beach Season
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Beauty – Tue, Feb 25, 2014 2:11 PM EST
The rallying cry of "Girl Power!" has been around since the early 1990s, when it was first roared by the punk band Bikini Kill and taken up by everyone from the Spice Girls to 'tween clothing manufacturers to Beyoncé. Cosmetics giant CoverGirl is shouting it out again with its new #GirlsCan social media blitz. The campaign, which launched with a spot during the Sochi Olympics closing ceremonies, leads with Ellen DeGeneres wistfully intoning, "Girls can't," and then flips that notion on its head with a cascade of positive messages from Pink, Katy Perry, Sofia Vergara, and Queen Latifah (and Ellen, of course) describing how they beat the haters and lived their dreams.
"I heard that girls couldn't rap. I rap," says a steely-eyed Queen Latifah in the spot, looking like the boss she is. "Girls couldn't own their own businesses? I own my own business." A nice touch is scene-stealer Sofia Vergara adding in SpanishRead More »from CoverGirl's New 'Girls Can' Campaign Is Surprisingly Inspiring
One of the most talked about models of the year isn't Kate Moss, Gisele Bundchen or the gaggle of early twenty-somethings who partied their way through recent Fashion Weeks around the globe, it's Jacky O'Shaughnessy, the 62 year-old face of American Apparel. O'Shaughnessy, who only began modeling in 2011, is one of a number of mature models who are challenging assumptions about age and beauty and at the same time grabbing headlines for the brands they represent. "I love when these women are paid attention to," Kristi McCormick, the founder Matchbook Company, which does casting for magazines and advertising tells Yahoo! Shine. "Women in their forties, fifties, and beyond, are better models than they were at 18. The brands are probably getting more out of the photo shoots. The models are great ambassadors for the companies." Cindy Joseph, one of the most successful older models working today and the founder and CEO of BOOM! By Cindy Joseph tells Yahoo Shine that it's about time. "WhenRead More »from Why Fashion is Getting Better with Age
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Healthy Living – Fri, Feb 21, 2014 2:24 PM EST
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Yellow is associated with smiley faces and sunshine, but consumers might want to steer clear of certain products made in this happy-looking color. Polychlorinated biphenyls, a group of chemicals commonly known as PCBs, have been banned in the United States since 1979. New research, though, shows that a form called PCB 11, which is found in yellow pigments commonly used in paint and for printing clothing and paper, is leaching into the air, water, and also our blood streams. "People thought that PCB issues were solved and they could forget about it," lead author of the study Lisa Rodenburg, an associate professor of environmental chemistry at Rutgers University, tells Yahoo Shine. "But now we are finding new sources in the environment." The work has undergone peer review, and she expects the team's findings to be published later this year.
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Although PCBs are one of the most widely studied group of chemical toxins, some forms, including PCB 11,Read More »from PCBs Banned for Decades but Still Lurking in Some Yellow Products