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Foot Cream Kills HIV

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Posted on Sep 28, 2013

Ciclopirox, an antifungal lotion, has been found to defeat the virus in cell cultures, but it has yet to be tested on humans; Wall Street is stealing money from public workers’ pensions; meanwhile, the IOC has said it is “fully satisfied” that Russia’s anti-gay laws aren’t in violation of the Olympic charter. These discoveries and more below.

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Can a foot cream really do battle with HIV?
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People Want Full Medicare for All
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IOC ‘Fully Satisfied’ Anti-Gay Russia Law Does Not Violate Olympic Charter
A member of the International Olympic Committee who is charged with overseeing preparations for the upcoming 2014 Winter Games on Thursday said the IOC is “fully satisfied” that Russia’s gay propaganda to minors ban does not violate the Olympic charter.

‘America’ Apologizes for Omission in Francis Interview
In its historic 12,000-word interview with Pope Francis released last week, America magazine “inadvertently” omitted a sentence from the pope’s comments about the role of women in the church, the magazine’s editor-in-chief said.

Status of the Resistance Movement: Growing, Deepening, Succeeding
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In Search of the Next Boom, Developers Cram Their Apps into Smart Watches
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