Thursday, March 6 2014 11:49 PM EST2014-03-07 04:49:59 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Police are responding to a shooting call at the Oak Court Mall in East Memphis. Action News 5 is working to learn more. Stay with WMCTV.COM for the latest. Get the latest from Action NewsMore >>
A shooting sent security guards running through the Oak Court Mall during the dinner hour Thursday evening. Witnesses say the guards told everyone to get inside a store and take cover.More >>
Thursday, March 6 2014 11:48 PM EST2014-03-07 04:48:03 GMT
It's been a season of learning for the youthful University of Memphis Women's basketball team. But their effort has Not gone unnoticed. Sophomore guard Ariel Hearn is named to the AAC's first team All-Conference,More >>
It's been a season of learning for the youthful University of Memphis Women's basketball team.More >>
Thursday, March 6 2014 11:27 PM EST2014-03-07 04:27:57 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Parents living in unincorporated Shelby County learned Thursday night what schools their children could attend after six new municipal school districts form next year. "We purchased our homeMore >>
Parents living in unincorporated Shelby County learned Thursday night what schools their children could attend after six new municipal school districts form next year.More >>
Thursday, March 6 2014 9:21 PM EST2014-03-07 02:21:29 GMT
(WMC-TV) – Shelby County Schools announced during a media briefing Wednesday that its budget is about $227 million less than last year as a result of the formation of the municipal districts. SuperintendentMore >>
Shelby County Schools announced during a media briefing Wednesday that its budget is about $227 million less than last year as a result of the formation of the municipal districts.More >>
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -
A Mississippi toddler has been essentially cured of an HIV infection at Batson Children's Hospital in Jackson, MS.
It's the first case of its kind in the world, and HIV specialists are extremely encouraged by the potential it holds in curing newborns who are infected with the virus by HIV infected mothers. Specialists call it a functional cure, or in layman's terms, long-term remission, even though trace amounts of the virus remain in the toddler, who is now two and a half years old.
The infant, high risk for HIV, arrived at Batson Children's Hospital in the fall of 2010. Dr. Hannah Gay is the pediatric HIV specialist at the University of Mississippi Medical Center who implemented a somewhat modified protocol of treatment for the unidentified infant, when the baby arrived at the hospital at 30 hours old.
Therapy would have normally been implemented in an infant under these circumstances almost immediately after birth.
"This baby was considered high risk for several reasons. First of all we were unable to treat the mom during pregnancy. Secondly, the baby was born somewhat prematurely. The baby was born by vaginal delivery as opposed to C-section," Dr. Gay explained.
Typically in a high risk infant, Dr. Gay says the standard HIV drug AZT is given as a precaution even before doctors can make an HIV diagnosis. But having missed that very early window of intervention, Dr. Gay made the decision, a fairly routine one, to move forward with a more aggressive treatment.
"I started more than one drug. I drew tests just as they started those drugs and two different types of tests showed me within the next couple of days that the baby was already infected," Dr. Gay said.
In addition to AZT, two other drugs, Neviripine and Lamivudine, were added to the child's treatment. Dr. Gay said the baby should have been on an HIV cocktail of medications for the rest of her life, but contact was lost with the mother and the baby.
Dr. Gay called the Mississippi State Department of Health to assist in locating them and returning the child to the Specialty Clinic at Batson Children's Hospital.
"At that point, the mom admitted that she had not been giving the medicine for the past several months and I fully expected the baby's viral load to have gone back up. But when we drew the test, we got back still an undetectable viral level," Dr. Gay said.
"This is the first case where actual infection has been documented and then lost later," Dr. Gay added.
The aggressive therapy appears to have stopped a process called replication. HIV replication is the vital life cycle of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus.
With replication, HIV thrives aggressively. Without it, it is considered functionally cured.
"The child has not redeveloped what we call replication competent virus so her virus has not come back into the blood and started replicating again. Therefore, she doesn't need the therapy," Dr. Gay continued.
Dr. Gay said while this development is more than encouraging, prevention is still the best method for infants born to infected mothers. She said the key is treating the pregnant mother and having complete control of the viral load in her body at the end of pregnancy and at delivery.
"The risk to the baby drops from 25% to 30% to less than two percent," Dr. Gay said.
On average in the past decade, Dr. Gay says approximately 60 to 75 infants a year are born in Mississippi to HIV infected mothers. She says because of current protocols in place for treating the mother, most years Mississippi does not have any HIV transmission to the baby.
Because this is a very rare and unique case, Dr. Gay says they don't really know what to expect in the future for this child.
Researchers at Johns Hopkins and the University of Massachusetts Medical School have now taken information from the case in hopes of repeating the outcome, which could one day lead to a standard therapy to cure HIV in infants who are born with the disease.
The findings of the research have been presented at the 20th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Atlanta, GA.
Thursday, March 6 2014 7:50 AM EST2014-03-06 12:50:29 GMT
(WMC-TV) - The man accused of kidnapping and murdering missing nursing student Holly Bobo has a criminal history of violence. Along with various drug-related crimes, Adams has served in jail for a varietyMore >>
The man accused of kidnapping and murdering missing nursing student Holly Bobo has a criminal history of violence.More >>
Wednesday, March 5 2014 10:39 PM EST2014-03-06 03:39:53 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Traffic along Interstates 40 and 55 in Arkansas was still slow and go as of Wednesday evening. Some drivers are using alternative methods to ease their mind from standstill stress, like aMore >>
Traffic along Interstates 40 and 55 in Arkansas was still slow and go as of Wednesday evening.More >>
Thursday, March 6 2014 4:45 AM EST2014-03-06 09:45:02 GMT
(WMC-TV) - An indictment was handed down Wednesday of especially aggravated kidnapping and first degree felony murder on Zachary Adams in connection to the disappearance of Holly Bobo.Watch the news conferenceMore >>
A grand jury handed down an indictment Wednesday charging Zachary Adams with especially aggravated kidnapping and first-degree felony murder in connection with the three-year disappearance of Holly Bobo.
Thursday, March 6 2014 4:46 AM EST2014-03-06 09:46:25 GMT
(WMC-TV) - SCS announced all but 10 schools will be in session Thursday, March 6. Bus lots can now be accessed and power is restored to all schools. Ten schools, however, will remain closed because theMore >>
SCS announced all but 11 schools will be in session Thursday, March 6. Bus lots can now be accessed and power is restored to all schools.More >>
Friday, May 18 2012 7:17 PM EDT2012-05-18 23:17:11 GMT
(WMC-TV) - More than 1,000 Action News 5 Facebook fans are rallying around a mother who feels Facebook is discriminating against photos she posted on the social media network of her son. Grayson JamesMore >>
UPDATE: A Mid-South mother has been banned from Facebook for the photos she posted of her newborn son.
Monday, February 17 2014 3:39 PM EST2014-02-17 20:39:57 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Millington police are investigating a homicide at Jones Orchard Sunday. According to investigators, the victim is a baby. Police are working at the orchard on Singleton Parkway. Action NewsMore >>
Millington investigators contacted Memphis Police Department crime scene investigators knowing they had been working a missing baby case since early January. More >>
Thursday, March 6 2014 5:37 AM EST2014-03-06 10:37:53 GMT
(WMC-TV) – Police are searching for a person who killed a man in the 1700 block of Borden Drive, near Millbranch Road in Memphis. Neighbors tell Action News 5 they heard three loud gunshots around midnight.More >>
Police are searching for a person who killed a man in the 1700 block of Borden Drive, near Millbranch Road in Memphis.More >>
Wednesday, March 5 2014 6:36 AM EST2014-03-05 11:36:58 GMT
(WMC-TV) – A family is pleading for help to bury a life gone too soon. Cartrail Robertson, 13, was shot and killed just days after his family says he surrendered his life to Christ. Cartrail was killedMore >>
A family is pleading for help to bury a life gone too soon. Cartrail Robertson, 13, was shot and killed just days after his family says he surrendered his life to Christ.More >>
Thursday, March 6 2014 5:41 PM EST2014-03-06 22:41:57 GMT
(WMC-TV) - It's the photo seen around the world: Ellen Degeneres' Oscar selfie. More than two million people retweeted the photo of famous celebrities posed for a selfie Sunday night, and that sparkedMore >>
It's the photo seen around the world: Ellen DeGeneres' Oscar selfie.More >>
Wednesday, March 5 2014 6:56 PM EST2014-03-05 23:56:13 GMT
(WMC-TV) – A suspect was shot by police in the 700 block of Ledbetter Avenue in Memphis. We understand this happened while the Bartlett Police Department was serving a warrant. Officers from Memphis andMore >>
A man was shot by Bartlett police officers, who were serving a warrant on Ledbetter Avenue in Memphis, Wednesday morning.More >>