• iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Deaths linked to AIDS have dropped by half in the past decade, according to a new report.
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  • TOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) -- The U.S. doctor in London to examine Charlie Gard, an 11-month-old boy suffering from a critical illness that has damaged his brain and rendered him unable to breathe on his own, could recommend an experimental treatment -- one which may or may not improve his outcome.A U.K. judge extended invitations to Dr. Michio Hirano, chief of the division of Neuromuscular disorders and a professor of neurology at Columbia University in New York City, as well as a doctor from the Bambino Gesu hospital in Rome who has not been named, after evidence on a new experimental treatment was presented in court last Thursday.The doctors were each given an "honorary contract" by the Great Ormond Street Hospital to examine the baby, use its facilities, review medical records and speak with his doctors and parents.But questions remain about whether the experimental treatment would help Charlie because it has never been tested for his specific condition.Charlie suffers from a form of mitochondrial depletion syndrome, a rare genetic disease that causes progressively increasing muscle weakness that leads to organ failure and becomes life-threatening within a few years. Though he is less than a year old, the baby has been on life support for several months.He has a rare mutated gene, the RRM2B gene. The mutation impairs his production of nucleosides, a sub-part within the DNA of his mitochondria. Mitochondria, which are called the "powerhouses" of the cells, are responsible for creating the energy to sustain cells and therefore life.Nucleosides are required to help produce healthy mitochondrial DNA, which are necessary for mitochondria to produce energy for cells, including the energy-hungry muscles. Healthy muscle tissue is, in turn, required for organs to function normally.That's why a lack of healthy nucleosides will lead to failure of many organs, according to the National Institutes of Health, including those required for breathing.The experimental therapy that has been suggested for Charlie would be an oral medicine that aims to deliver the correct type of nucleoside to improve the function of his mitochondrial DNA.The medication has been tested on mice and a small number of people with a different mitochondrial condition, some of whom have shown measurable improvement.But the drug has never been tested on people with Charlie's specific condition. As a result, the baby's response to the experimental treatment is difficult to predict.ABC News' Nightline reported on an American family from Baltimore who understands the trying circumstances for Charlie’s parents and recommends the experimental treatment.Art and Olga Estopinan’s 6-year-old son Art Jr. was diagnosed with a similar type of mitochondrial depletion syndrome when he was just over a year old. Like Charlie, doctors had told his parents there was little chance of survival.Five years ago, Art Jr. became the first child in the U.S. to receive the treatment and Hirano was the doctor who administered it."We were told there was no hope and no cure," Olga Estopinan told Nightline. "He was terminal and the average age for these children was 3 years old."The Estopinans said little Art Jr. went from being on the brink of death to gaining back some motor functions. He can now find and play movies on an iPad and say "Mommy," "Daddy" and a few other words.The medicine has not "cured" Art Jr. He requires round-the-clock care, receives three to four treatments per day, eats through a feeding tube, uses a motorized wheelchair and needs help moving his limbs, Nightline reported.Despite those challenges, Art Jr.'s family said it has changed their son's life and recommend it."With all due respect to [Charlie’s doctors,] I encourage those doctors to educate themselves," Art Estopinan told Nightline. "See how these experimental medications will create the end signs that little Charlie needs so he can get stronger like my son." Copyright © 2017, ABC Rad
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  • Credit: James Gathany/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(NEW YORK) -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that more than 100 million American adults are living with diabetes or prediabetes, according to an updated report.The data included in the report is as of 2015, at which point the CDC says, 30.3 million Americans -- more than nine percent of the population -- have diabetes. Another 84.1 million have prediabetes, a condition that could lead to type 2 diabetes within five years if untreated.The rate of new diabetes diagnoses remain steady, the report shows. But the disease remains the seventh leading cause of death. "Although these finding sreveal some progress in diabetes management and prevention, there are still too many Americans with diabetes and prediabetes," said CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald, M.D. "Now, more than ever, we must step up our efforts to reduce the burden of this serious disease."Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • Bronkar and Cyndi Lee(ATLANTA) -- This baby boy literally can’t wait for his dad to drop the beat.Bronkar Lee and his 19-month-old son, Elijah, have an impressive beatbox session in this precious Facebook video going viral, which the baby’s parents refer to as “highchair babybeats.”“Our view is that music is just simply another language. That’s all it is,” Lee, a professional musician, told ABC News. “That moment is happening all the time at our house.”Bronkar Lee and his wife, Cyndi Lee, a professional songwriter, said they are playing music around Elijah constantly.“I remember the first time we incorporated him into a song we tied little bells around his ankles and he was in a bouncy seat clicking his legs along to the music. He was maybe three months clicking along to the rhythm,” said Cyndi Lee.“He gets it 100 percent. No question about it,” Bronkar Lee added of their son. “He sings with us on key. He understands. He’s cultivating his motor skills. He’s very aware of what’s happening.”The family from Atlanta, Georgia, said Elijah is exposed to music “every single day” and it helps the baby boy fall asleep.“When Elijah was tiny and he had a hard time relaxing and settling down, I would take him in my arms and go into our studio and I’d make live beats and music with percussion, guitars, flute, whatever, and I’d make these beats and bounce him in my arms and he’d fall asleep with full-on music,” said Bronkar Lee. “He’s always playing music, we’re always singing together. This is an everyday event in our house.”Bronkar Lee said he’s taught beatboxing professionally overseas and is thrilled his son enjoys it as much as his parents do. The proud dad is also happy that this special moment is resonating so well with others on social media.“It’s real. It’s truthful. It’s authentic,” he said. “I think there’s something really powerful about that. He was right on tempo with me.”
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  • Courtesy Courtney Gilmour(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- A magical day became even more magical for these kids thanks to some wonderful news from Mickey Mouse.
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  • Sally Hawkins/ABC News(BALTIMORE) -- Baby Charlie Gard’s parents have been locked in a bitter fight for their son’s future, not only for his survival against a debilitating disease, but against the London hospital where he has been a patient since he was just 2 months old and the British courts who say his condition is too grave to continue keeping him alive.
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