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Glutamania! -- Is There Anything Glutamine Doesn't Do?

It slices, it dices, it's a floor wax, it's a whipped topping -- the literature on glutamine, the body's most abundant amino acid, can put one in mind of those late night infomercials touting miracle products. Glutamine has been reported to stop diar...

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Vitamins, Minerals and Trace Elements

This excerpt is reprinted by permission of Jossey-Bass Inc. Publishers from Dr. Mary Romeyn's new book Nutrition and HIV: A New Model for Treatment. Dr. Romeyn is an internist on staff at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital in San Francisco, with a priva...

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Native American Traditional Healing: Sacred Indian Healing Herbs

"Well and Good" is a series of articles that will provide information about a variety of approaches that many people with HIV/AIDS use to stay healthier longer. In a regular column, Women Alive will explore the realm of complimentary therapies for HI...

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Nutrition Watch: Using L-Carnitine

Individuals taking adefovir dipivoxil (brand name Preveon) also need to take a nutritional supplement known as L-carnitine.

The reason is that dipivoxil, the molecule attached to the active part of adefovir dipivoxil and needed for absorption of the...

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Vitamin B-12 and Cognitive Impairment

A study by the Johns Hopkins University component of the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study (MACS) followed B vitamin blood levels in 310 HIV-positive men for nine years. In a report last winter,1 the MACS investigators noted that those with abnormally lo...

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NAC Info Sheet

What Is It Really?

NAC (N- acetylcysteine) is a derivative of the naturally occurring amino acid cysteine. In the United States, NAC is available by prescription as an aerosol drug (similar to aerosolized pentamidine) to treat bronchitis. NAC is als...

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Ribavirin Info Sheet

What Is It, Really?

Ribavirin was one of the first antiviral drugs ever discovered. It is approved in the United States in an aerosol form for the treatment of a severe lung infection (RSV) in infants. It is being studied in combination with ddI as ...

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Homeopathy: Real Medicine or Empty Promises?

Some of the medicines of homeopathy evoke positive images -- chamomile, marigold, daisy, onion. But even some of Mother Nature's cruelest creations -- poison ivy, mercury, arsenic, pit viper venom, hemlock -- are part of homeopathic care.

Homeopathy...

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SSKT (Xiao Chai Hu Tang) Info Sheet

What Is It, Really?

Sho-saiko-to (SSKT) otherwise known as Minor Bupleurum Combination or Xiao Chai Hu Tang is an ancient herbal preparation used in Asia to treat what the chinese call lesser yang disorders, which includes fevers, the flu, bronchiti...

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Thymosin Alpha-1 Info Sheet

NOTE: Thymosin is taken as an injectable drug. (You need to use a needle.)

BEFORE taking thymosin, it is critical to have your doctor show you how to take this drug. If you are not comfortable giving yourself an injection, have your doctor help you ...