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  • Nef Gene Function and HIV Subtype Influence Viral Reservoir Size In patients with HIV, the size of the viral reservoir depends, at least in part, on their HIV subtype and the level of Nef gene activity, researchers say.
  • Poverty, Depression, Substance Abuse Common in Native Americans With HIV More than half of American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) adults in HIV care are at or below the poverty line, and many report symptoms of depression, internalized HIV-related stigma and substance abuse, according to results from the Medical Monitoring Project (MMP).
  • Fund Battling AIDS, TB and Malaria Seeks $14 Bln to Invigorate Fight At least $14 billion is needed to accelerate the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria and quell stubborn epidemics that still kill millions, the head of a global health fund said on Friday.
  • EMA Handed Down Fewer Positive Drug Opinions in 2018 The Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use granted 84 positive opinions for new medicines in 2018, including 42 agents with a new active substance never before authorized in the European Union.
  • Chinese Scientist Criticized for Risking 'Gene-Edited' Babies' Lives A leading geneticist who ran the conference where a Chinese scientist said he had made the world's first "gene-edited" babies condemned him on Monday for potentially jeopardizing lives and having no biology training.
  • FDA Approved Record Number of Drugs in 2018 The FDA approved 59 novel drugs last year, including 19 first-in-class agents, 34 novel drugs for rare diseases, and a record seven biosimilars.
  • Universal Screening of Donated Blood for Zika Not Cost-Effective A simulation study showed that universal screening of donated blood for Zika is not cost-effective; authors of a new study and editorialists suggest adjusting screening requirements may be in order.
  • Woman First to Claim Infection After Surgery at New Jersey Facility A former patient at a New Jersey surgical facility that state health officials said may have exposed thousands of patients to HIV and other blood-borne pathogens has tested positive for hepatitis B, one of her lawyers said on Thursday.
  • Study Finds Drops in Contraindicated-Statin Use in HIV-Infected Adults on ART Contraindicated statin use declined between 2007 and 2015 in HIV-infected adults treated with antiretroviral therapy (ART), while overall use remains suboptimal, researchers report.
  • Hep C Infection May Be on the Rise Among Men Using PrEP The incidence of sexually acquired hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections appears to be rising among men who have sex with men (MSM) and use pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) against HIV, U.S. researchers report.
  • Efavirenz Likely Safe for Pregnant HIV-Positive Women The prevalence of birth defects following use of efavirenz (EVF)-based antiretroviral therapy (ART) is not statistically different from non-EFV-based ART during conception or in the first trimester, researchers say.
  • Doctors' Kids Absorb a Lot An internist's cancer diagnosis triggers pointed questions from her two young children, who evidently have been overhearing a lot about medicine for years.
  • Four-drug Combo Pill for HIV an Option in Chronic Dialysis Patients A daily single-tablet regimen of coformulated elvitegravir, cobicistat, emtricitabine and tenofovir alafenamide, approved in the U.S. and elsewhere for HIV-1-infected patients with mild-to-moderate chronic kidney disease, may also work well in those with end-stage renal disease on chronic hemodialysis, a new study suggests.
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