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1. ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
20th March 1987: The Licensing of AZT
Zidovudine (ZDV), also known as azidothymidine (AZT), is an antiretroviral medication and was the first drug used to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS. It reduces the replication of the virus, leading to clinical and immunologic improvements. It can also be used to prevent HIV transmission, such as from mother to child during the period of birth or after a needle stick injury. Used by itself in HIV-infected patients, AZT slows HIV replication in patients, but does not stop it entirely. HIV may become AZT-resistant over time, and therefore AZT is now usually used in conjunction with other anti-HIV drugs in the combination therapy called highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART).
AZT inhibits the enzyme (reverse transcriptase) that HIV uses to synthesize DNA, thus preventing viral DNA from forming.
AZT was the first U.S. government-approved treatment for HIV, marketed under the brand name Retrovir. AZT is included in Combivir and Trizivir. It is included in the World Health Organization's Model List of Essential Medicines, which suggests the minimum medicinal needs for a basic health care system. As of 2015 the cost for a typical month of medication in the United States more than 200 USD
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
The Milk Run
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
The end of a smooth period at the Weekend Job has come, due to the company's (not unreasonable) policy of Section Leader rotation. With one good one already replaced by a moron, the other good one leaves soon, leaving the distinct possibility of a period of rule by two morons.
However the new manager in charge of them at least has his heart in the right place, and the runners, who are longer-lasting, are generally O.K. But it is of course just the Weekend Job, and affects only two days per week of my life, and both of those days whizz by at high speed. Also, I know full well that ALL circumstances, good and bad, inevitably pass. The focus needs to be not on what is or isn't there but attitude and response to change.
The paradox of this particular mind of mine is that it is hard to manage - it wanders off into all manner of dark places. However, it is the very need to manage it that has led to Enlightenment. Greatest weakness and greatest strength are all bound up together, inseparable.
Once you have fully accepted rather than resent what is, both internally and in your experience, you are free to be grateful and enjoy the considerable compensations. No one can keep anything, only make the best difference with what passes in front of them.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Are you grasping or releasing?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
1026 millibars and falling slightly
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
Do dolphins want to swim with rich middle-aged white people before they die? :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Louis CK on dating
Approximately 200 people have died since 1988 because of airborne collision between airplanes and birds. Bird strikes cause $300 million of damage each year to aircraft. The first recorded bird strike was in 1905, when Orville Wright’s plane hit a bird and killed it.
9. ZEN WISDOM
Ultimately, the only way to make good friends is to become a good friend yourself. Good people gather around other good people.