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Gene discovery could lead to new types of HIV treatments

Scientists have identified a gene which they say may have the ability to prevent HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, from spreading after it enters the body. In an early-stage study in the journal Nature, researchers said the gene, called MX2, appears to play a key role in how HIV is controlled in human cells.

Published
19 September 2013
From
Reuters
These Renderings of HIV Show That a Deadly Virus Can Be Beautiful

For those of us who are normal, non-scientist people, an image of a virus doesn't necessarily hold any meaning. Artists were invited to create renderings of HIV – and the winning images are as educational as they are beautiful.

Published
31 July 2013
From
Gizmodo
Changes in Gut Bacteria May Promote Inflammation and HIV Disease Progression

Changes in intestinal bacteria may contribute to disease progression and development of non-AIDS conditions in people with HIV, even those on effective antiretroviral therapy (ART), according to a report in the July 10, 2013, issue of Science Translational Medicine.

Published
25 July 2013
From
HIVandHepatitis.com
Understanding a global epidemic: Why Africans with HIV are more susceptible to TB

Yale researchers have identified a common genetic variant that makes people infected with HIV much more susceptible to tuberculosis (TB). The study is published in the online Early Edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Published
24 July 2013
From
Yale University press release
GHANA: Mold Toxins Tied to AIDS Epidemic

A new study has examined the impact of aflatoxins on the AIDS epidemic in Africa. Aflatoxins are poisons produced by aspergillus fungi that can be found on damp grains, nuts, and beans, usually in hot humid climates. They have also been found to be immunosuppressive, possibly causing increased immunosuppression in HIV-positive individuals.

Published
24 July 2013
From
CDC National Prevention Information Network
The immune system, HIV, and aging

The purpose of this brief report is to outline current scientific knowledge regarding the immunologic connections between HIV and aging, and provide an introduction to some of the unresolved questions that are being addressed—or need to be addressed—by research.

Published
07 June 2013
From
TAG
NIH scientists discover how HIV kills immune cells

Untreated HIV infection destroys a person's immune system by killing infection-fighting cells, but precisely when and how HIV wreaks this destruction has been a mystery until now. New research by scientists at NIAID reveals how HIV triggers a signal telling an infected immune cell to die. This finding has implications for preserving the immune systems of HIV-infected individuals.

Published
07 June 2013
From
Eurekalert Inf Dis
Women with HIV shown to have elevated resting energy expenditure

Studies have shown that about 10 per cent of men infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) have an elevated resting energy expenditure (REE). Now a study has shown that REE is also higher in women with HIV, even when they are on HIV treatment.

Published
17 April 2013
From
Science Daily
Innate immune system can kill HIV when a viral gene is deactivated

Human cells have an intrinsic capacity to destroy HIV. However, the virus has evolved to contain a gene that blocks this ability. When this gene is removed from the virus, the innate human immune system destroys HIV by mutating it to the point where it can no longer survive.

Published
29 March 2013
From
Medical Xpress
French researchers report 14 patients in 'remission' after controlling HIV for over 4 years off treatment

Two weeks ago, the announcement that a baby had been ‘functionally cured’ of HIV disease with the use of very early antiretroviral therapy (ART) caused great excitement at the

Published
16 March 2013
By
Gus Cairns

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