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HIV/AIDS drugs could be repurposed to treat AMD, researchers suggest

Drugs that have been used for the past 30 years to treat HIV/AIDS, could be repurposed to treat the dry form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a new study suggests. AMD is a progressive condition that is untreatable in up to 90 percent of patients and is a leading cause of blindness in the elderly worldwide. The two forms of AMD, wet and dry, are classified based on the presence or absence of blood vessels that have invaded the retina.

Published
21 November 2014
From
Science Daily
Health Deficits Accumulate Faster With HIV Than Without in Older Adults

Health deficits from a list of 31 variables accumulated significantly faster over 4 years in older HIV-positive adults in Italy than in a comparison group from the general population [1]. Among people with 3 deficits at a baseline visit, 92% in the HIV cohort had a worse health deficit score 4 years later, compared with 55% in the general population.

Published
27 October 2014
From
NATAP
Approximately 4.2 million over 50s are now living with HIV

Persuasive new data showing the ageing of the global HIV epidemic have been published in the online edition of AIDS. Using UNAIDS prevalence figures, investigators estimated that 4.2

Published
30 September 2014
By
Michael Carter
Polypharmacy Hinders HIV Drug Adherence

Among HIV-positive patients, concurrent use of medications is associated with nonadherence to antiretroviral therapy (ART), according to research published in the Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy.

Published
29 September 2014
From
Pharmacy Times
HIV infection associated with an increased risk of the diseases of ageing

HIV infection is associated with an increased risk of several diseases of old age, according to Dutch research published in the online edition of Clinical Infectious Diseases. Researchers

Published
24 September 2014
By
Michael Carter
The First HIV/AIDS Generation Reaches Retirement Age

People with HIV and AIDS are living longer than was ever expected before the development of highly active antiretroviral therapies in the 1990s. Palm Springs, a Coachella Valley desert city 100 miles east of Los Angeles, has become a hub for older infected residents well into their 60s and 70s. Yet even as many live longer, there is a broad segment of HIV patients who are aging physically and cognitively faster than the rest of the population.

Published
22 September 2014
From
Newsweek
Unique Health Care Challenges for Older Adults with HIV

Dr. Meredith Greene, fellow in the Division of Geriatrics at University of California, San Francisco, has spent her career working out how to integrate HIV services and geriatric care. “Traditionally, those areas haven’t overlapped a lot,” she explains—yet as individuals with HIV live longer with increasingly more effective and tolerable HIV therapies, she recognizes the importance of tailoring medical care services for older HIV-positive adults to their unique medical needs.

Published
17 September 2014
From
BETA blog
People with HIV face even greater obstacles and challenges in later life

Report hails extraordinary success of HIV services but highlights need to adapt to an ageing population.

Published
03 September 2014
From
2020health (press release)
With advances in HIV care, survivors face other disease risks

As effective treatments for HIV become more widely available in low-income and middle-income countries, there's an urgent need to assess and manage health risks in the growing number of people living with HIV. An update on non-communicable diseases among HIV-positive populations in low-income and middle-income countries appears as a supplement to in JAIDS: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health.

Published
14 August 2014
From
Eurekalert Medicine & Health
AIDS 2014: Untangling HIV and Aging

As people with HIV live longer, issues of aging are gaining more attention from HIV/AIDS researchers, clinicians, and advocates. Although by no means a focus of AIDS 2014, HIV and aging-related illnesses did take center stage in a mid-week “bridging session” that featured an in-depth presentation on the intersection of HIV, HIV treatment, and aging.

Published
04 August 2014
From
BETA blog
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