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UT School of Public Health researchers develop game for HIV-positive youth
Researchers at the University of Texas School of Public Health have developed a game for HIV-positive youth, +CLICK, designed to reduce secondary transmission of the virus. (2009-06-23)

On HIV Testing Day, HIVMA calls for health care reform to make testing routine every day
This Saturday, June 27, HIV Testing Day, the HIV Medicine Association urges everyone to get tested for HIV, a vital step in linking people to lifesaving care and reducing the spread of new infections. (2009-06-22)

A new weapon in the war against HIV-AIDS: Combined antiviral and targeted chemotherapy
A discovery by a team of Canadian and American researchers could provide new ways to fight HIV-AIDS. According to a new study published in Nature Medicine, HIV-AIDS could be treated through a combination of targeted chemotherapy and current Highly Active Retroviral treatments. This radical new therapy would make it possible to destroy both the viruses circulating in the body as well as those playing hide-and-seek in immune system cells. (2009-06-21)

Research uncovers clues to virus-cancer link
In a series of recently published articles, a research team from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center has uncovered clues to the development of cancers in AIDS patients. (2009-06-17)

LSUHSC research finds single gene controls growth of some cancers
Research led by Ashok Aiyar, Ph.D., associate professor of microbiology at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans, showing that a single gene can control growth in cancers related to the Epstein-Barr virus and that existing therapeutics can inactivate it, will be published in the June 12, 2009, online issue of PLoS Pathogens. (2009-06-11)

NIH funds Einstein center to target HIV-related brain disease
The National Institute on Drug Abuse of the National Institutes of Health has awarded a three-year, $3-million grant to Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University to establish a research center to study the neurological complications that afflict people infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. (2009-06-11)

NIAID leaders outline research agenda for universal, voluntary HIV testing and treatment
Could a global program of universal, voluntary, annual HIV testing and immediate treatment for those who test positive effectively extinguish the HIV pandemic? Is such a program feasible? In the June 10 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, top HIV/AIDS research leaders at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health, set forth a research agenda to answer these and other provocative questions that may help shape the future of HIV prevention. (2009-06-09)

Starting antiretroviral therapy earlier yields better clinical outcomes
A clinical trial has demonstrated that HIV-infected adults in a resource-limited setting are more likely to survive if they start antiretroviral therapy before their immune systems are severely compromised. (2009-06-08)

Ratification of human rights treaties makes no difference to health status
A paper in this week's edition of the Lancet concludes that whether or not a country has ratified UN human rights treaties has no effect on the health status of its population. This health policy paper is written by Dr. Edward J. Mills from the British Columbia Center for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, Vancouver, Canada, and colleagues. (2009-06-04)

Marijuana rivals mainstream drugs for HIV/AIDS symptoms
Those in the United States living with HIV/AIDS are more likely to use marijuana than those in Kenya, South Africa or Puerto Rica to alleviate their symptoms, according to a new study published in Clinical Nursing Research, published by SAGE. (2009-05-29)

Research suggests new cellular targets for HIV drug development
Focusing HIV drug development on immune cells called macrophages could help combat the disease, according to University of Florida researchers. (2009-05-27)

HIV prevention program gets a boost from NIMH recovery act funds
NIMH awarded a two-year grant to David Perez-Jimenez, Ph.D., at the University of Puerto Rico, to support the adaptation and assessment of an HIV and other sexually transmitted infection intervention designed for young, heterosexual Latino couples. This grant will use funds allocated to NIMH through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to promote economic recovery and spur advances in science and health. (2009-05-26)

Novel vaccine approach offers hope in fight against HIV
A research team may have broken the stubborn impasse that has frustrated the invention of an effective HIV vaccine, by using an approach that bypasses the usual path followed by vaccine developers. By using gene transfer technology that produces molecules that block infection, the scientists protected monkeys from infection by a virus closely related to HIV -- the simian immunodeficiency virus, or SIV -- that causes AIDS in rhesus monkeys. (2009-05-17)

AIDS patients with serious complications benefit from early retroviral use, Stanford study shows
HIV-positive patients who don't seek medical attention until they have a serious AIDS-related condition can reduce their risk of death or other complications by half if they get antiretroviral treatment early on, according to a new multicenter trial. (2009-05-15)

Age-related difficulty recognizing words predicted by brain differences
Older adults may have difficulty understanding speech because of age-related changes in brain tissue, according to new research in the May 13 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience. The study shows that older adults with the most difficulty understanding spoken words had less brain tissue in a region important for speech recognition. The findings may help explain why hearing aids do not benefit all people with age-related hearing difficulties. (2009-05-12)

Case Western Reserve to receive more than $3M from NIDA
The Center for Proteomics and Bioinformatics and the Case Center for AIDS Research at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine have a received a $989,108 grant from the National Institute of Drug Abuse at the National Institute of Health, with the ability to receive a total of $3,007,946 by 2011. (2009-05-08)

UCLA scientists identify how key protein keeps chronic infection in check
A new UCLA AIDS Institute study explains how a protein released by immune cells during chronic infection could restrict viruses like HIV and hepatitis C from spreading through the body. (2009-05-07)

NIH multicenter AIDS cohort study commemorates 25 years of discovery
The longest US study of people with HIV/AIDS will be honored at a 25th anniversary commemoration on May 12, 2009, at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, D.C. The Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study has significantly contributed to the scientific understanding of HIV, AIDS and the effects of antiretroviral therapy through more than 1,000 publications, many of which have guided public health policy and the clinical care of people with HIV. (2009-05-06)

Cancer-causing virus associated with higher risk of new HIV infection
Infection with anal human papillomavirus, a virus that can cause anal and cervical cancers, is associated with a higher risk of new HIV infection in previously HIV-negative men who have sex with men, according to new UCSF research. (2009-04-30)

Gains in access to antiretroviral treatment come with some costs
In this week's PLoS Medicine magazine, Yibeltal Assefa, from the National HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Office in Addis Ababa, and colleagues describe the successes and challenges of the scale-up of antiretroviral treatment across Ethiopia. (2009-04-27)

UCSF HIV/AIDS training program successfully promotes diversity
During and after their participation in the program, current and past visiting professors have amassed over $50 million in research funding and have generated over 425 scientific publications and technical reports aimed at halting the spread of HIV in communities of color. (2009-04-23)

Exploring the frontiers of retrovirology
BioMed Central recently announced the launch of (2009-04-21)

Pitt receives $2.8 million to train HIV/AIDS researchers in Mozambique, Brazil and India
The University of Pittsburgh has received a $2.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health's Fogarty International Center to train researchers in regions of the world most hard-hit by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The grant, part of the center's AIDS International Training and Research Program, will allow Pitt to develop a training site in Mozambique, where there are an estimated 750 new HIV infections every day, and to expand programs underway in Brazil and India. (2009-04-17)

Early administration of antiretroviral therapy can improve survival
This study analyzed information from more than 45,000 patients in Europe and North America and combined data from 15 international cohorts. One of these is the PISCIS cohort, coordinated by the CEEISCAT-Catalan Institute of Oncology and IDIBAPS-Hospital Clinic, Barcelona. (2009-04-09)

Has HIV become more virulent?
Damage to patients' immune systems is happening sooner now than it did at the beginning of the HIV epidemic, suggesting the virus has become more virulent, according to a new study in the May 1, 2009, issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases, now available online. (2009-04-07)

Stanford study first ever to show US AIDS Relief program saved a million lives
The President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, the ambitious US government program begun in 2003, has cut the death toll from HIV/AIDS through 2007 by more than 10 percent in targeted countries in Africa, though it has had no appreciable effect on prevalence of the disease in those nations, according to a study from the Stanford University School of Medicine that is the first to evaluate these outcomes. (2009-04-06)

Can periodontal disease act as a risk factor for HIV-1?
Today, during the 87th General Session of the International Association for Dental Research, convening at the Miami Beach Convention Center, a group of scientists from Nihon University (Tokyo, Japan) will present findings suggesting that periodontal disease could act as a risk factor for reactivating latent HIV-1 in affected individuals. (2009-04-03)

IADR awards Anthony Fauci honorary membership
The International Association for Dental Research announces Dr. Anthony Fauci, director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., as 2009 IADR Honorary Membership recipient. (2009-03-31)

Study details strategy for boosting ranks of black HIV/AIDS researchers
African Americans comprise 13 percent of the US population, but 49 percent of the newly diagnosed HIV/AIDS cases. Yet there are very few black AIDS researchers. A new UCLA study outlines a strategy to bring more African-Americans into the field. (2009-03-31)

Brazil plays key role in improving access to medicines for all
The role Brazil has played in changing global AIDS policy and promoting widespread access to AIDS treatment is explored in a new paper by academics from Scotland and the United States. (2009-03-30)

US migrant health, compensation for night-shift work, and the Pope
The three editorials in this week's Lancet focus on US migrant health, compensation for breast cancer sufferers who have done night-shift work, and the Pope's recent announcement on AIDS and condom use. (2009-03-26)

Alarming new data shows TB-HIV co-infection a bigger threat
The World Health Organization released staggering new data about the threat of tuberculosis and the toll it takes on people with HIV/AIDS today, in recognition of World TB Day. (2009-03-24)

Education slowing AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa
Increased schooling across sub-Saharan Africa may be lowering new HIV infections among younger adults, according to sociologists, suggesting a shift in a decades-long trend where formal education is considered an AIDS risk factor. (2009-03-22)

The human tragedy of denying AIDS
Since the discovery of HIV and the ensuing AIDS epidemic, a frightening group of people has spread destructive misinformation -- and outright denials -- about the virus. Seth Kalichman, editor of the journal AIDS and Behavior, debunks these dangerous myths in the new book Denying AIDS, published by Springer. (2009-03-17)

Barriers to adoption of electronic personal health records outlined
Interest in personal health records as an electronic tool to manage health information is increasing dramatically. A group led by a UCSF researcher has identified cost, privacy concerns, design shortcomings and difficulties sharing information across different organizations as critical barriers hindering broad implementation of electronic personal health records. (2009-03-10)

Tools for more accurate dosage of drugs against HIV/AIDS and malaria
A doctoral thesis presented at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, shows that it is possible to describe and quantify the relationships between dose, concentration and effectiveness of several drugs against HIV/AIDS and malaria. The method may allow improved treatment and fewer undesired effects for patients with these diseases. (2009-03-06)

NYU College of Dentistry awarded $1.9 million NIH grant for HIV research
Seeking to shed new light on HIV's ability to survive in the body and cause disease, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the NIH has awarded a five-year, $1.9 million grant to an AIDS research team at the New York University College of Dentistry to continue its study of a new mode of HIV replication that involves cooperation between viruses. (2009-03-05)

Researchers' new goal: Drug-free remission for HIV infection
A group including leading academic and industry scientists has issued a challenge to researchers in the field of HIV/AIDS: find a way to effectively purge latent HIV infection and eliminate the need for chronic, suppressive therapy to control this disease. (2009-03-05)

Researchers unveil new monkey model for HIV
By altering just one gene in HIV-1, scientists have succeeded in infecting pig-tailed macaque monkeys with a human version of the virus that has until now been impossible to study directly in animals. (2009-03-02)

AIDS care physicians make recommendations to Obama
HIV-related organizations across the country were recently asked to participate in a conference call with several members of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team. As a result, they were asked to submit top-line recommendations for US response to domestic and international HIV/AIDS issues. Those recommendations have now been published as an open letter to the president in the current issue of the Journal of the International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care. (2009-03-02)

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