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Archive for the 'HIV/AIDS' Category

Traditional Indian medicine for HIV/AIDS

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

Reviewers from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland assessed the quality of scientific articles on traditional Indian medicine for HIV/AIDS treatment and care. (more…)

Ginkgo biloba interacts with midazolam

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

In addition to interacting with midazolam (Versed for sedation and anxiety), researchers from the FDA and the NIH studied ginkgo’s effect on the combination of lopinavir/ritonavir (Kaletra, Aluvia for HIV/AIDS).

But only the midazolam interaction with ginkgo biloba appeared to be significant for patients. (more…)

Use of Chinese medicine in HIV patients

Friday, July 24th, 2009

This survey of male Chinese HIV patients provides an opportunity to review the risk for interactions between Chinese herbal medicine and drugs used to treat human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). (more…)

Creatine’s effect on resistance training in patients with HIV

Monday, May 18th, 2009

├é┬áResearchers from the University of California San Francisco studied whether creatine supplementation augments the effects of progressive resistance exercise training on muscle strength, energetics, and body composition. (more…)

Quality of life and well-being in HIV patients

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

Researchers from University of Zurich in Switzerland report that cognitive behavioral stress management (CBSM) improved both. (more…)

Smoked medicinal cannabis for neuropathic pain in HIV

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

It was reportedly effective when used in addition to pain treatment in patients with medically refractory pain due to HIV.

But as Paul Harvey said, “Now, the rest of the story.” (more…)

Should everyone get zinc?

Saturday, November 29th, 2008

The immune system depends on this essential trace element.

Many (but not all) diseases respond positively when zinc is used to support immunity or correct a zinc deficiency. (more…)

Positive effects of selenium in patients with HIV

Saturday, July 5th, 2008

Selenium is a simple, inexpensive, and safe adjunct therapy in HIV spectrum disease.

That’s the conclusion from a study from the University of Miami.

Here’s the study.


Interactions between supplements and drugs used to treat AIDS

Friday, June 27th, 2008

Researchers from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore have reviewed natural health products (NHPs) and antiretroviral drugs (ARVs). Here are the results


The risk of infection following acupuncture

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

A few years ago I reviewed the safety of acupuncture and concluded that side effects due to acupuncture are uncommon events. This is still the general consensus. However, poor technique and negligence can place patients at risk of side effects that they had not counted on. (more…)

Flaxseed for menopausal symptoms and more

Sunday, March 9th, 2008

One study reports on flax and flaxseed oil in menopausal women, the second conducts a general review of the literature.

One study is positive; the other is not. (more…)

A possible role for yoga as a complementary therapy for HIV

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

One of the complications of HIV infection is the loss of complex motor coordination. This can be evaluated using the mirror star-tracing task. There are variations on this test, but essentially the patient traces a star using the outline in a mirror.

Now, a study in 26 healthy people shows that one month of yoga was associated in fewer errors in a modification of the star-tracing task where the star was six pointed with the outline made up of 60 circles (4 mm in diameter).


CAM: Complementary or alternative treatment for HIV/AIDS?

Monday, February 4th, 2008

Research from Emory University in Atlanta indicates that patients with HIV/AIDS might be using CAM as an alternative to highly active anti-retroviral (HAART) HIV/AIDS treatment regimens.

At least among Black women in Alabama and Georgia. (more…)

Music therapy in gastrointestinal endoscopic procedures

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

Dr. Dan Rudin from Statin Island University Hospital in New York looked at past studies and concluded it’s a “safe and cost-effective measure not to be overlooked.” (more…)

Effects of acupuncture plus relaxation response on quality of life in HIV

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

Treatment advances have transformed HIV/AIDS into a chronic manageable disease in which quality of life has become an important health outcome.

This study by researchers from Boston University reports on the benefits of combined relaxation response achieved using soft music plus acupuncture in patients with HIV/AIDS. (more…)

Exploring the value of antibacterial honey to treat resistant bacterial infections

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

? The media regularly reminds us of the dangers and difficulties in treating infections caused by microorganisms that are resistant to antibiotics.

For example, the Washington Post reports that in 2005, MRSA (methacillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) infections killed nearly 19,000 people in the US, compared to 17,000 HIV/AIDS deaths. (more…)

Marijuana used to treat neuropathic pain in AIDs patients

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

Neuropathic pain occurs when damaged or dysfunctional nerve fibers send incorrect signals to pain centers leading to feelings of tingling, numbness, and shooting and burning pain. It’s very discomforting to the patient and difficult to treat.

Here’s a study where cannabis showed benefit. (more…)

Critiquing the rationale for using lime juice douche vaginally

Monday, October 1st, 2007

Lime has been used as a contraceptive and vaginal hygiene douche, particularly in Africa.

This study reports the safety of diluted lime juice. But let’s start with some background. (more…)

Omega-3 lowers triglycerides in men with HIV

Monday, June 11th, 2007

Elevated triglyceride blood levels are a common finding in people with HIV. And the levels tend to get higher during treatment with highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART).

A new study shows the effectiveness of taking omega-3 fatty acid supplements in these patients.


Self-care for peripheral neuropathy in HIV/AIDS

Monday, March 12th, 2007

Peripheral neuropathy is the most common neurological complication in HIV, and it’s often associated with antiretroviral therapy. Patients experience muscle weakness and atrophy, pain, and numbness.

Here’s what people use to manage the discomfort. (more…)