Scientists say Electric
Current may help fight AIDS
From The Houston Post
March 10, 1991
The Houston Post
March 20, 1991 (section A-10 Your Health/Medicine)
Reuters News Service New York - Doctors
at a prestigious New York medical center are testing a new way to fight
AIDS - using electrical energy to weaken the killer virus - and say their
first results are encouraging. Researchers William Lyman and Steven Kaali of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine said Tuesday that initial laboratory
tests have shown electrical current can weaken the virus believed to cause
acquired immune deficiency syndrome.
The two men said they plan to move
to the next phase of the experiment in April using blood samples from people
with AIDS. If their tests are successful, the researchers hope it could
lead to a new way to treat AIDS patients, possibly involving a dialysis-type
machine in which an AIDS patient's blood would be treated with electrical
current outside the body.
"What we have done is expose the AIDS virus in
laboratory circumstances to electrical current and then incubated the virus
with white blood cells susceptible to the virus. We found that the virus
became much more ineffective,"
Kaali, a specialist in the medical use of
electrical current, said. He added that the use of electrical energy has
no toxic side effects and that a similar technique has been used as a treatment
for reducing Herpes.
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