Drug hope to tackle AIDS
A CANCER drug may be able to eradicate HIV-infected cells in people with the AIDS virus, French doctors have found.
Scientists have described the finding as exciting, but have also advised caution as the positive result only occurred in one patient.
A 51-year-old man was given cancer drug Opdivo and experienced a “drastic and persistent decrease” in the reservoir of cells where HIV hides. MISERABLE weather conditions have failed to deter a swarm of dedicated motorbike riders at the 38th annual MRA Toy Run in Hobart.
Organised by the South Motorcycle Riders Association, the Toy Run saw thousands of riders make the journey from the Derwent Entertainment Centre to Par- liament House lawns yesterday.
Salvation Army staff and volunteers were waiting at Salamanca to collect the toys and other Christmas gifts donated by the riders.
South MRA president Peter Dixon said the weather had an impact on numbers, but he was still happy.
“We normally expect around 6000-7000 bikes, so if I had to guess I’d say we were down around 5000-5500. It’s great numbers and it doesn’t deter lots of people, it’s only a bit of water in the end,” Mr Dixon said.
“A lot of time and planning goes into running this, and everything’s fallen into place quite nicely.”
Salvation Army public relations officer Brad Watson praised the dedication of the riders who braved the rain.
“It looked like at the DEC we might even have to consider not running, but we thank those that did come out and their generosity will certainly help a lot of people,” Mr Watson said.
First-time participant Connor Lucas, of Hobart, said the ride combined two of his passions.
“I’m on the bike almost every day, no matter what the weather, and I donate to most charities and I’ve been a part of a lot of fundraisers,” Mr Lucas said. “I can’t wait to do it again next year.”
Shane Barrett came from Launceston to take part in the ride with his cousin, Robert.
He has been riding in the Toy Run for nearly three decades, and always has a good time.