Patients suffering from an AIDS-related infection should start therapy later than expected, according to a new study from the University of Minnesota Medical School.
In a report set to appear in the June 26, 2014, issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers found that waiting 4-6 weeks to start HIV therapy after cryptococcal meningitis diagnosis resulted in 15% better survival than starting HIV therapy 1-2 weeks after diagnosis.
“The overall result is quite surprising. As with every other AIDS-related infection, starting HIV therapy sooner is better,” said the study’s lead author David Boulware, M.D., M.P.H. “It appears that brain infections are different.”
With the Muslim observance of Ramadan beginning this Saturday, Health Talk thought it’d be a great time to address best practices for staying safe and healthy during periods of fasting.
For health tips to follow during the next month’s sunup to sundown abstinence from food, Health Talk turned to Community-University Health Care Center medical director Roli Dwivedi, M.D. Not only does Dwivedi educate fellow health care professionals in care modifications for Ramadan, she also sees Ramadan-observing patients in clinic.
Here’s what Dwivedi had to say:
Of the many spectacular inventions of the 1900s, it’s safe to say we never may have made it to where we are today without radar, plastics or the once-revolutionary vacuum tube triode (responsible, in case you’re wondering, for launching the age of electronics).
Medical advances made throughout the 20th century, too, are nothing to bat an eye at.
How we Die: Comparing causes of death in 1900 v. 2010. In 1900′s, 53% died from infectious disease, today only 3% pic.twitter.com/gKPLcnAHQo
— Avi Roy (@agingroy) June 8, 2014
The University of Minnesota’s National Center for Food Protection and Defense is working hard to safeguard your next meal. Here’s a glimpse into the Minnesota-based research defending the global food supply.
Since 1937, neurosurgery has been an integral part of the University of Minnesota. In that year, William Peyton, M.D., was appointed head of the division, launching a line of effective and accomplished leaders that would carry the division forward.
Over the span of 75 years, the Department of Neurosurgery was established within the Medical School and continued to make a name for itself as an incubator for innovation and the most advanced patient care options available.