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Dementia in HIV -- HAND or Alzheimer's?

Turner and colleagues at Georgetown's Memory Disorders Program argue that the usual diagnosis of dementia in HIV patients -- HIV-associated neurocognitive disorder, or HAND -- might not be the whole picture. And if some patients present with HAND, Alzheimer's or a mixture, Turner told MedPage Today, clinicians will need to broaden their differential diagnosis to get the right therapy.

Published
28 April 2016
From
MedPage Today HIV/AIDS
First diagnosed case of Alzheimer's disease in HIV-positive individual reported

Georgetown University researchers are reporting the first case of Alzheimer's disease diagnosed in an HIV-positive individual. The finding in a 71-year-old man triggers a realization about HIV survivors now reaching the age when Alzheimer's risk begins to escalate.

Published
15 April 2016
From
Eurekalert Inf Dis
Antidepressant modestly improves HIV-related cognitive impairment

The SSRI antidepressant paroxetine (Paxil) was associated with modest improvement in cognitive function and reduced central nervous system inflammation in people with HIV-related neurocognitive disorder, but the antifungal drug

Published
31 March 2016
By
Liz Highleyman
Last Men Standing: The Forgotten Survivors Of AIDS

These men, then in their 20s and 30s, weren’t supposed to make it to 40. Now some are 60 years old, even 70, still alive but wounded physically, psychologically and economically. They also are suffering debilitating health problems, chronic illnesses brought on by a lifetime of living with AIDS and the toxic effects of its treatment. Many live in stark isolation, feeling abandoned and forgotten, even by the gay community they helped build here.

Published
11 March 2016
From
San Francisco Chronicle
Antidepressant May Improve Cognitive Symptoms in People with HIV

In a small, placebo-controlled clinical trial, Johns Hopkins physicians report that the antidepressant paroxetine modestly improves decision-making and reaction time, and suppresses inflammation in people with HIV-associated cognitive impairment.

Published
26 February 2016
From
Hopkins Medicine
HIV in the brain: new tools and treatment to keep your mind beautiful

In the future, HIV-associated neurocognitive disorder (HAND) may become less common because of the earlier use of antiretroviral therapy (ART), but neurological disease – caused by a

Published
25 February 2016
By
Theo Smart
Women and African Americans with HIV have a higher risk of stroke

The risk of stroke among people living with HIV is highest among people with unsuppressed viral load, and among women and African Americans, according to findings presented on

Published
23 February 2016
By
Keith Alcorn
Neurosyphilis present in 90% of HIV-positive patients with early syphilis in Warsaw

The overwhelming majority of early syphilis cases in patients with HIV in Warsaw had neurological involvement, Polish investigators report in HIV Medicine. There was a significant relationship between

Published
09 February 2016
By
Michael Carter
Broad range of risk factors associated with mild cognitive impairment in HIV-positive men on ART

A broad range of factors are associated with cognitive impairment in middle-aged HIV-positive men, according to Dutch research published in the online edition of AIDS. The observational, cross-sectional,

Published
03 February 2016
By
Michael Carter
Hepatitis C virus linked to increased risk of Parkinson's disease, studies show

People with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection may be more likely to develop Parkinson's disease, especially when combined with other risk factors, though the reason for the

Published
11 January 2016
By
Liz Highleyman
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