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VA apps pose privacy risk to veterans’ healthcare data

The increasing use of apps provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs is meant to improve access to patient health and benefits information in convenient digital platforms. However, members of Congress are worried that this electronic data is vulnerable. “When a veteran downloads an app from the VA’s app store, how much personal information does… Read More »

Women with HIV have sixfold increase in risk of cervical cancer

Vaccination, screening and treatment could achieve elimination within a decade, says World Health Organization Women with HIV have a sixfold increase in the risk of cervical cancer compared to their HIV-negative peers, investigators report in The Lancet Global Health. They also found that globally 6% of all cases of cervical cancer are in women with… Read More »

People with HIV at higher risk of hospitalisation and death from COVID-19, New York study finds

People with HIV were more likely to be admitted to hospital with COVID-19 and more likely to die in hospital due to COVID-19 than people without HIV, and people with more advanced HIV disease or unsuppressed viral load were more likely than other people with HIV to be hospitalised, a review of surveillance data in… Read More »

HIV is an independent risk factor for smoking-related cancers, especially in women

New research provides compelling evidence that infection with HIV is an independent risk factor for developing smoking-related cancers. Published in AIDS, the study’s findings are especially important because they compared cancer-risk between closely-matched individuals with and without HIV who were enrolled in long-standing cohort studies. Women with HIV appeared to have an especially high risk… Read More »

Prenatal Valproic Acid (Depakote) Exposure Increases Risk for Neurodevelopmental Disorders

While we have considerable information regarding the teratogenic risk associated with prenatal exposure to various antiepileptic drugs (AEDs), we have considerably less information on the impact of exposure to AEDs on behavioral outcomes in children.  Several studies have shown that exposure to valproic acid (Depakote) may be associated with increased risk of autistic traits and/or… Read More »