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Drug that reduces abdominal fat in HIV patients also may reduce fat in liver

The only drug to receive Food and Drug Administration approval for reduction of the abdominal fat deposits that develop in some patients receiving antiviral therapy for HIV infection may also reduce the incidence of fatty liver disease in such patients. Massachusetts General Hospital investigators report that six months of daily injections of tesamorelin significantly reduced fat in the liver without affecting glucose metabolism.

Published
19 July 2014
From
Eurekalert Medicine & Health
High CD4s Neutralize Raised Risk of Stroke in People With HIV

People with HIV have a 40 percent greater chance of stroke than those without the virus; however, having high CD4 cells erases this increased risk.

Published
26 June 2014
From
Aidsmeds
PI Therapy Raises Risk of Cerebral Small-Vessel Disease in US Group

Treatment with HIV protease inhibitors (PIs) heightened chances of cerebral small-vessel disease (CSVD) in a group of US adults. And mild CSVD raised chances of HIV-associated neurocognitive disorder (HAND).

Published
30 May 2014
From
International AIDS Society
Social cocaine use 'dangerous' according to researchers

Sydney University researchers have found that people who use cocaine ‘socially’ are at greater risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

Published
06 May 2014
From
Gay News Network
Men with HIV have a greater risk and extent of coronary artery disease

Men with HIV have a greater risk for coronary artery disease (CAD) and have more severe disease than uninfected men, according to an article being published in Annals of Internal Medicine. Patients with HIV are living longer and, as such, are experiencing more chronic noninfectious age-related diseases such as CAD.

Published
01 April 2014
From
HIV / AIDS News From Medical News Today
Heavy Popper Use in Gay MACS Cohort Linked to New Heart Disease, Cancer

Heavy long-term use of inhaled nitrites (poppers) was linked to new cardiovascular disease and cancer in HIV-positive and negative gay/bisexual men in the US Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study (MACS). More than half of men in this prospective cohort used poppers.

Published
14 March 2014
From
NATAP
Heart attack link to abacavir persists in D:A:D study

The nucleoside (NRTI) drug abacavir (Ziagen also in Kivexa/Epzicom) continues to be associated with a near-doubling of the risk of a heart attack, according to the latest

Published
14 March 2014
By
Gus Cairns
Heart attack risk in people with HIV may be falling – but not in women

A number of studies at last week’s Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) examined whether people with HIV had an elevated risk of heart attack and

Published
10 March 2014
By
Gus Cairns
HIV Independently Predicts Cardiovascular Disease in US Women

HIV infection--independently of classic risk factors--nearly tripled the risk of cardiovascular disease in a study of more than 2000 women in the US Veterans Aging Cohort Study [1]. Higher heart disease risk with versus without HIV held true regardless of CD4 count. But women with a viral load below 500 copies did not have a higher cardiovascular disease risk than women without HIV, whereas women with a viral load above 500 copies did.

Published
07 March 2014
From
NATAP
Youth born with HIV may have higher heart disease risk, NIH network study shows

Researchers advise reducing risk through diet, exercise, not smoking.

Published
25 February 2014
From
National Institutes of Health (press release)
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