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Modern life fuels an old infection: Could diabetes inflame the TB epidemic?

As the developing world becomes more developed, the rise in prosperity in these countries could also result in the rise of a lethal infectious disease -- tuberculosis (TB). It is not widely known that diabetes also triples the risk a person will develop TB. "Diabetes reduces peoples immunity," says Dr. Anthony Harries, senior adviser to the International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases . "The same biology underlies the interaction between TB and HIV, which attacks and destroys your immune system. Globally we have about 2 billion people with latent TB. Put diabetes into that equation and you immediately see there is a problem."

Published
20 November 2014
From
CNN
Low vitamin D concentrations associated with poor clinical and virological outcomes among people starting HIV therapy

Low vitamin D concentrations are associated with an increased risk of HIV disease progression among people starting antiretroviral therapy, investigators report in the online edition of The Journal

Published
19 May 2014
By
Michael Carter
Ethiopia: HIV patient nutrition more vital than once assumed

Researchers have shown that a dietary supplement given during the first months of HIV treatment significantly improves the general condition of patients. Their results are published in the journal BMJ.

Published
15 May 2014
From
University of Copenhagen (press release)
The Impact of the Welfare Reform on People Living With HIV in England

Based on a survey of 287 people diagnosed with HIV across England the report found that two-thirds of were affected by benefit changes, with nine out of ten reporting poorer health and limited access to HIV care as a result. Handling of the reforms is criticised in the report, in particular assessments and their failure in supporting some of the most vulnerable in our community.

Published
03 April 2014
From
Positively UK
Supplements That May Slow HIV Can Fuel Prostate Cancer

High-dose supplementation with selenium and vitamin E can raise the risk of high-grade prostate cancer among certain men.

Published
28 February 2014
From
AIDSMeds
Micronutrient supplements delay HIV disease progression for patients with higher CD4 cell counts

Long-term micronutrient supplementation delays HIV disease progression in people with higher CD4 cell counts, results of a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows.

Published
28 November 2013
By
Michael Carter
Food fungi in developing countries linked to worse HIV infection

Two common fungi found on food in developing countries could be worsening the effects of HIV, say researchers from the University of Alabama, Birmingham.

Published
21 August 2013
From
HIV / AIDS News From Medical News Today
Drinking coffee halves the risk of liver cancer

Coffee consumption reduces the risk of liver cancer by approximately 50%, the results of a meta-analysis published in the online journal BMC Gastroenterology show. A total of 16

Published
02 April 2013
By
Michael Carter
Texas: Food availability linked with poor outcomes for HIV-positive children

An HIV-positive child whose family does not have enough good food available is more likely to have a poor clinical outcome, researchers reported. They found that children who did not always have enough to eat had lower CD4 counts as well as higher chances of incomplete viral suppression.

Published
12 February 2013
From
Baylor College of Medicine press release
Vitamin D deficiency increases risk of TB among people starting HIV therapy

Vitamin D deficiency is associated with an increased risk of pulmonary tuberculosis (TB), oral thrush and wasting among people starting HIV therapy in Tanzania, investigators report in

Published
19 December 2012
By
Michael Carter
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