Brains of HIV-positive elders have less Alzheimer's-linked damage Medical News Today

Elderly people with HIV/AIDS have fewer lesions of Alzheimer's disease in their brains than their HIV-negative peers, new findings presented at Touro College Research Day show.

"The frequency of Alzheimer-type changes in the brains of aging patients with chronic HIV infection and/or AIDS
is lower than in the brains of normal, non-HIV infected patients," said
Dr. Piotr Kozlowski, MD, the study's lead author and Dean of Research
at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Kozlowski and his colleagues studied brain tissue from 56 people
with AIDS and from 15 HIV-negative individuals. They obtained the brain
tissue samples from the National NeuroAIDS Tissue Consortium, a network
of four clinical sites across the United States that bank tissue from
people with HIV as well as healthy individuals.

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