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HIV Treatment Via Geranium Extracts: Natural Way To Fight Infection, Inhibit Replication

Posted January 31, 2014

German researchers have found that geranium extracts can inhibit HIV type 1 by preventing the virus from invading human cells, raising the possibility that the next big thing in AIDS prevention may be found in your own backyard.

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A healthy diet plays a vital role in the lives of people living with HIV and AIDS

Posted November 27, 2013

The British Dietetic Association (BDA) is fully supporting World AIDS Day (01 December 2013), by highlighting the vital importance of good nutrition for those living with HIV and AIDS. The BDA also has a specialist group working in this field called Dietitians in HIV and AIDS (DHIVA).

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HIV progression ‘delayed’ with micronutrients and multivitamins

Posted November 27, 2013

New research suggests that multivitamin supplements taken long-term, alongside a micronutrient called selenium, delay HIV progression in patients with early stages of the disease and reduce the risk of immune decline and illness. This is according to a study published in JAMA.

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Impact of nutritional supplementation on immune response, body mass index and bioelectrical impedance in HIV-positive patients starting antiretroviral therapy

Posted August 6, 2013

Challenges to HIV care in resource limited settings (RLS) include malnutrition. Limited evidence supports the benefit of nutritional supplementation when starting antiretroviral therapy (ART) in RLS.

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Soybean Compound Shows Promise In Inhibiting HIV Infection

Posted July 30, 2013

Soybean compound can be effective in treating HIV, shows study. It’s in the early stages, but genistein, derived from soybeans and other plants, shows promise in inhibiting the HIV infection, Yuntao Wu, a professor with the George Mason-based National Center for Biodefense and Infectious Diseases and the Department of Molecular and Microbiology, said.

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Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicines and Supplements by Mexican-Origin Patients in a U.S.–Mexico Border HIV Clinic

Posted January 23, 2013

New York University College of Nursing (NYUCN) researchers Michele G. Shedlin, PhD, and Joyce K. Anastasi, PhD, DrNP, FAAN, LAc, published a paper, “Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicines and Supplements by Mexican-Origin Patients in a U.S.–Mexico Border HIV Clinic,” in the on-line version of the Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care.

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Low Vitamin D Hinders CD4 Gains in Women Starting HIV Treatment Late

Posted December 6, 2012

Women who start HIV treatment late in the course of their infection gain fewer CD4 cells if they have insufficient vitamin D levels, government scientists have reported in the online edition of AIDS, according to aidsmap.

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Synbiotic therapy decreases microbial translocation and inflammation and improves immunological status in HIV-infected patients: a double-blind randomized controlled pilot trial

Posted October 29, 2012

A synbiotic is the combination of probiotics and prebiotics that could improve gut barrier function. Our study goal was to determine whether the use of a synbiotic, probiotics or a prebiotic can recover immunological parameters in HIV-infected subjects through of a reduction of microbial translocation and pro-inflammatory cytokine production.

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Ready to Use Therapeutic Foods (RUTF) improves undernutrition among ART-treated, HIV-positive children in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Posted August 29, 2012

HIV/AIDS is associated with an increased burden of undernutrition among children even under antiretroviral therapy (ART). To treat undernutrition, WHO endorsed the use of Ready to Use Therapeutic Foods (RUTF) that can reduce case fatality and undernutrition among ART-naive HIV-positive children.

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Compounds In Green Tea And Chocolate May Help Reduce Neurological Complications Linked To HIV

Posted August 16, 2012

Current drug therapy for patients with HIV is unable to control the complete replication of the virus in the brain. The drugs therefore do not have any effect against the complications associated with neurocognitive impairment in patients with HIV. New research by Joseph Steiner and colleagues from Johns Hopkins University has discovered that a group of plant polyphenols known as catechins, which naturally occur in green tea and the seed of the cacao tree, may help in the prevention of these neurological complications. Their work is published online in Springer’s Journal of NeuroVirology.

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