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Age-Related Fractures Due to Reduced Bone Quality as well as Quantity

Bone loss is a growing concern as the HIV positive population ages. Age-associated bone problems including fractures have largely been attributed to loss of bone mineral density (osteopenia and osteoporosis), but changes in the quality of bone structure play a role as well, according to recent research described in the August 22, 2011, advance edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. alt

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TAG Seeks Activists for AIDS Cure/HIV and Aging Advocacy

The Treatment Action Group (TAG) has issued a call for community activists interested in joining a new network advocating for increased support for research on HIV and aging and finding a cure. The initiative will kick off with congressional lobbying October 11-13. Travel scholarships are available, and the deadline to apply is September 2.alt

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Older HIV Drugs Contribute to Accelerated Aging

HIV patients treated with early NRTI drugs show evidence of mitochondrial DNA damage similar to that usually seen in much older people.

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IAS 2011: Coronary Artery Calcification Linked to Bone Loss

Coronary artery calcification is associated with and low femoral bone mineral density (BMD), but no such link found with lumbar spine BMD, researchers reported at IAS 2011 in Rome.


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Older HIV+ People May Benefit from Earlier ART

Starting antiretroviral treatment at higher CD4 T-cell counts predicted better long-term immune recovery in a large U.S. cohort, while age over 50 years and hepatitis B or C coinfection were linked to smaller CD4 cell gains.

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