September 2004
Clinical Infectious Diseases;9/1/2004, Vol. 39 Issue 5, preceding p609
Academic Journal
Patients with the AIDS virus may have a higher risk of Alzheimer's disease, researchers said. Researcher Cristian Achim and colleagues of the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania examined the brains of about 160 people infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, and found that two-thirds contained deposits of β-amyloid protein similar to those seen in Alzheimer's patients. Achim told a news conference his team found "abundant deposits" of the protein in the brains they examined. It was not clear whether the disease or the drug cocktails were the cause, he told an international meeting on Alzheimer's that drew more than 4000 researchers.


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