The way I welcome back Spring and the return of the local farm produce is a New Orleans Lenten dish, green gumbo, or gumbo z’herbes (here’s my base recipe). The markets launch in the first of May, and suddenly, I’m able to cook from local produce.
Just as Louisiana strawberries come in in late [...]
When the representatives from Sotheby’s and the Faulkner family came to get the Nobel Prize plaque from the archives at the University of Mississippi so it can be auctioned, it left a void. What would be an appropriate replacement?
A Robert Johnson 78 record, “Last Fair Deal Gone Down,” of course. A reliable source [...]
One of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen in a concert was sheet lightening, perfectly framed by the stage and surrounding buildings, twice during the last two songs of the Drive By Truckers set at Double Decker. A “how much longer am I going to be able to stand out here?” moment (my [...]
There has been one prior instance of someone cured of AiDS in history, a patient who had a bone marrow transplant.
NPR reports a child who contracted AIDS at or near birth, cured by early and higher doses of antiviral drugs, administered by a University of Mississippi pediatric infectious disease specialist named Hannah Gay (pictured above, from the medical center’s web page). The development has been described as “exciting” and “definitely a game-changer.”
Scientists believe a little girl born with HIV has been cured of the infection.
She’s the first child and only the second person in the world known to have been cured since the virus touched off a global pandemic nearly 32 years ago.
Doctors aren’t releasing the child’s name, but we know she was born in Mississippi and is now 2 ½ years old – and healthy. Scientists presented details of the case on Sunday at ascientific conference in Atlanta.
The case has big implications. While fewer than 130 such children are born each year in the U.S., an estimated 330,000 children around the world get infected with HIV at or around birth every year, most of them in sub-Saharan Africa.
And while many countries are striving to prevent these mother-to-child infections, many thousands of children will certainly get infected in coming years.
Until now, such children have been considered permanently infected. Specialists thought they needed lifelong antiviral drugs to prevent HIV from destroying their immune system and killing them of AIDS.
The Mississippi child’s surprising cure came about from happenstance – and the quick thinking “The child came to our attention as a high-risk exposure to maternal HIV,” Gay tells Shots. Her mother hadn’t had any prenatal care, she says, so didn’t get antiviral drugs during pregnancy.
The fact that the newborn tested positive for HIV within 30 hours of birth is a sign she was probably infected in utero, HIV specialists say.
Gay decided to begin treating the child immediately, with the first dose of antivirals given within 31 hours of birth. That’s faster than most infants born with HIV get treated, and specialists think it’s one important factor in the child’s cure.
In addition, Gay gave higher-than-usual, “therapeutic” doses of three powerful HIV drugs rather than the “prophylactic” doses usually given in these circumstances.
Continue reading An AIDS cure reported at U. of Miss. Medical Center
Petra Cafe, which has been in a tiny space down on Jackson Avenue, is opening its new space, at 1011 Jackson Avenue (where Wiley’s Shoe Shop / Parish’s / Taylor’s Pub were located, between my office and Two Stick) is opening tonight.
Their menu– Middle Eastern cooking (hummus, dolmas, falafel, kibbeh, chicken shawerma, gyro, [...]
Kelly English is the chef at Restaurant Iris in Memphis. I’ve had his food there and at events here in Oxford, and it is excellent. He is from Baton Rouge, went to Ole Miss and then culinary school, and worked in New Orleans for John Besh before heading to Memphis to open Iris.
So, a week and a half ago, the lights in Tad Smith went out right in the middle of the Vanderbilt game. Sometime in the last two years ago, the roof started leaking during a Ole Miss women’s basketball game. And now, there’s this from Lafayette County Emergency Management, suggesting that folks going [...]
The GIF is a clip from right after he sank a couple of free throws to win at Auburn as the clock ran out. The basketball blogger at CBS sports has some entertaining analysis.
Chefs Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman of the restaurants Hog and Hominy and Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen, both in the Clark Towers area of Memphis, are doing the next popup. I’ve heard wonderful things about Andrew Michael, and read wonderful things about it and Hog and Hominy.
Their menu works off their restaurants [...]
The City Grocery is doing a series of pop-up restaurants at its Main Event catering kitchen (on 1005 North Lamar, just south of and across the street from the Beacon) this month while the starbase itself is closed for renovations. This week (Jan 9-12) features Israeli Street Food with Top Chef constestant Eli Kirchstein. [...]