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Scientists Map DNA of Deadly Fungus

April 17, 2014

THURSDAY, April 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Researchers who sequenced the genome of a deadly fungus say their achievement offers a genetic map for finding weaknesses in the fungus in order to fight it.
Cryptococcus neoformans causes millions of cases of pneumonia and meningitis every year, says a team of scientists that spent 10 years [...]

Driving Ability May Falter With Age in HIV-Positive Adults

April 4, 2014

FRIDAY, April 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Middle-aged and elderly people with HIV may have deficits in their mental skills that affect their ability to drive, according to a small new study.
The study included 26 adults with HIV (the virus that causes AIDS), aged 40 and older, who were given mental performance and driving [...]

Study Adds to Signs Linking HIV to Heart Trouble

March 31, 2014

MONDAY, March 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Long-term HIV infection is linked to an increased risk of heart disease in men, a new study finds.
For the study, Johns Hopkins researchers looked at 618 HIV-infected men and 383 uninfected men, aged 40 to 70, in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C., Chicago, Pittsburgh and Los Angeles areas.
Study participants who [...]

HIV-Positive Inmates Benefit From Drug Treatment, Study Says

March 31, 2014

MONDAY, March 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Providing drug therapy to HIV-positive prison inmates helped a significant number of them achieve suppression of the virus before they were released, a new study finds.
HIV patients with so-called “viral suppression” are less likely to transmit the AIDS-causing virus to others, experts noted.
The study, published online March 31 [...]

Hepatitis C Patients With HIV May Face Higher Risk of Liver Disease

March 19, 2014

WEDNESDAY, March 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Among people with hepatitis C, the risk of serious liver disease is much higher in those who also have HIV than in those without the AIDS-causing virus, a new study finds.
This is true even among patients with HIV who are otherwise benefiting from antiretroviral therapy to treat the [...]

Rare Case of Female-to-Female HIV Transmission Reported

March 14, 2014

A case report of a woman who was infected with HIV during sex with another woman shows that such transmission of the virus is possible, health officials say.

Gel Might Protect Women From HIV Exposure After Sex

March 13, 2014

A new vaginal gel has the potential to protect women from HIV, even if it is applied several hours after sex, animal research suggests.

Second Baby Appears to Be ‘Cured’ of HIV

March 6, 2014

The hope that newborns can be “cured” of HIV — the virus that causes AIDS — with early, aggressive drug treatment was bolstered this week with the announcement that a second baby appears to be free of the virus following therapy that began just four hours after her birth.

Gene Therapy for Controlling HIV Shows Early Promise

March 5, 2014

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, March 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) — In an early step toward drug-free HIV therapy, researchers are reporting the first success in genetically “editing” T-cells in patients’ immune systems to become resistant to the virus.
The findings, published in the March 6 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, are based on [...]

Long-Acting HIV Drug May Offer Better Protection Against Infection

March 4, 2014

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, March 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A long-acting, injectable HIV drug could potentially protect people from infection with the AIDS virus for up to three months, new animal studies suggest.
The experimental drug, called GSK744, protected macaque monkeys from repeated attempts to infect the animals with a hybrid simian/human AIDS virus called [...]


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