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The Low-Down on Inflammation from an HIV Doctor

Inflammation is the generic term for the body’s response to injury. During injury, the immune system—our body’s defense system—activates a complicated network of cells and chemical signals. Acute inflammation, immune activation that’s rapid and self-limited, is essential for healing. But chronic inflammation, immune activation that continues even after the initial injury is gone, is problematic. Chronic inflammation is like a volume control knob on a stereo being stuck—with the volume turned all the way up.

Published
24 August 2015
From
BETA blog
Top five concerns people with HIV have about ageing: Scotland

Through the Positive Persons' Forum and other initiatives, many people with HIV in Scotland have made it clear that they are very concerned about growing older with HIV. We have set out some of these concerns in the infographic below (or view it as a plain online image). The top 5 concerns were confidentiality, the effects of HIV medication, drug interactions, Financial stability and ignorance and stigma.

Published
12 August 2015
From
HIV Scotland-
Prompt ART especially important for people with HIV aged 45 and over

Delaying antiretroviral therapy (ART) may have especially serious consequences for middle-aged and elderly HIV-positive people, according to research published in Clinical Infectious Diseases. US investigators found that patients aged

Published
08 July 2015
By
Michael Carter
Geriatric conditions common in middle-aged and older HIV-positive men

Geriatric conditions were common in middle-aged and older HIV-positive adults in a San Francisco clinic, investigators report in the June 1st edition of the Journal of Acquired

Published
17 June 2015
By
Michael Carter
Geriatric HIV: living with multiple medical conditions will become the norm as population ages

In fifteen years' time, the clinical needs of Dutch people living with HIV will have changed substantially due to three quarters of them being over the

Published
16 June 2015
By
Roger Pebody
Consider cannabis use when assessing middle-aged and older patients with HIV, say US investigators

Recent cannabis (marijuana) use by middle-aged HIV-positive adults is associated with poor mental health quality of life, lack of social engagement and under- and unemployment, investigators from the

Published
15 June 2015
By
Michael Carter
Patients with AIDS at increased risk of developing age-related macular degeneration

Patients with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome have a four-fold increase in their risk of developing intermediate-stage age-related macular degeneration compared to people of the same age who are not infected with HIV, according to results from the Longitudinal Study of the Ocular Complications of AIDS presented today at the 2015 ARVO Annual Meeting in Denver, Colo.

Published
05 May 2015
From
Eurekalert Medicine & Health
UCLA research links HIV to age-accelerating cellular changes

Study suggests adults infected with the virus can develop age-related diseases a decade earlier than their uninfected peers.

Published
23 April 2015
From
UCLA press release
Age-related macular degeneration in HIV

Researchers at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City and elsewhere in the U.S. have been monitoring the eyes of people who have survived AIDS. They found that out of 1,825 participants, 10% had intermediate-stage age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Compared to HIV-negative people, the rate of AMD among these long-term survivors of AIDS was four-fold greater. The findings and implications of this study are discussed below.

Published
01 April 2015
From
CATIE
Predictors of HIV-related peripheral neuropathy in the modern era

Researchers at major clinical centres in the U.S. have collaborated to study potential causes of peripheral neuropathy (PN) among HIV-positive people in the modern era. They recruited about 500 people who were free from PN and monitored them for an average of two years, performing extensive assessments. Taking into account many issues, statistical analysis found that there were several factors associated with an increased risk for PN.

Published
01 April 2015
From
CATIE
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