Monday, December 1, 2008

World AIDS Day 2008

In 2007, an estimated 33.2 million people lived with the disease worldwide, and it killed an estimated 2.1 million people, including 330,000 children. Over three-quarters of these deaths occurred in sub-Saharan Africa, retarding economic growth and destroying human capital.

Science Fair Project Information
Title: Are Beta Glucan and Echinacea (purple coneflower) safe to administer to AIDS sufferers in third world countries?
Subject: Medicine
Grade level: High School - Grades 10-12
Academic Level: Ordinary
Project Type: Experimental
Cost: Medium
Awards: None
Affiliation: Canada Wide Virtual Science Fair (VSF)
Year: 2004
Description: The goal of this project is to prove that echinacea (purple coneflower), along with beta glucan (cultured extract of Baker's Yeast cell wall. It is used as an immunostimulant) are a safe, effective and affordable treatment for stimunlating macrophages (immune system cells) in AIDS patients.


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