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WHO guidelines address need for physical health management in severe mental illness

WHO has released evidence-based guidelines for managing physical health conditions in adults with severe mental disorders, according to a press release. The guidelines include recommendations on healthy lifestyle behaviors (eg, healthier diet,…

How providers can address HIV, aging and polypharmacy

By 2020, about 70% of people living with HIV will be over the age of 50, and as they age, they will inevitably be administered even more medications. Long-term survivors…

Identifying patterns of comorbidities in people living with HIV

For a physician treating patients with several comorbidities can be increasingly challenging, and for individuals living with HIV, comorbidities can have a significant impact on the overall health outcomes of…

HIV Glasgow 2018: NAM, NATAP reports

2018 International Congress on Drug Therapy in HIV Infection (HIV Glasgow 2018), 28-31 October 2018, Glasgow, UK   NAM reports: Hepatitis C increases the risk of premature delivery for pregnant…

Smoking is tied to faster lung function decline in people with HIV

This finding comes from the global START study that in 2015 proved that starting HIV treatment early is preferable to delaying. People with HIV experience faster decline in their lung…

Higher-risk donor hearts may offer better survival than waiting

Declining a donor heart because it comes with an increased risk for disease transmission may be a bad move, observational results suggest. In a retrospective study published as a research…

Vitamin D pathways may be linked to an inflammatory process in HIV

In men with HIV, 1,25(OH)2D levels are associated with inflammation, suggesting that inflammation may be related to to increased rates of comorbidity in this population, according to results published in AIDS…

Conflicting findings of EBV-biomarker use in HIV-related lymphomas

Conflicting findings regarding the association between plasma Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) load in persons living with HIV and HIV-related lymphomas highlights a need for assessment of who benefits from an optimal…

Successful hepatitis C treatment lowers risk of cardiovascular events

Treatment for hepatitis C, especially if it leads to a cure, is associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular events such as congestive heart failure, heart attacks and strokes, according…

Older HIV patients struggle with loneliness and depression — and lack of services

Older people with HIV are frequently lonely and depressed, many of them face serious housing and financial hardships, and they have high rates of physical ailments — such as chronic…