The Week in Review: April 20 – April 27, 2018

Friday, April 27, 2018 News Recap: Warnings: Synthetic cannabinoids and Hepatitis A could be a fatal combination. On April 9, 2018, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) issued a news release – “Use of Synthetic Cannabinoids Linked to Severe Bleeding in the US,” informing the public about the national outbreak of bleeding illnesses among those consuming synthetic cannabinoids which appear to have been contaminated with a long-...

The Sum is More Than the Parts: Effects of HIV and Alcoholism or Hepatitis C on the Brain

As the medications for HIV have gotten more effective, people are living longer with HIV. However, as people living with HIV get older, they are more likely to also develop different problems or diseases, two of which include the viral infection Hepatitis C and Alcohol Use Disorder (alcoholism). In terms of medical and psychiatric effects, age-related medical conditions (like diabetes, high blood pressure, Alzheimer’s Disease) can occur earlier in life in

Cognitive function associated with increased microglia activation in patients with HCV

Preserved cognitive function was associated with increased microglia activation with predominance in the basal ganglia in patients with HCV, according to recent findings published in Journal of Viral Hepatitis. “This study evaluates microglia activation in HCV-infected patients with only mild liver disease in context of absence or presence of chronic fatigue, mood disturbances, history of interferon therapy and cognitive dysfunction, using the binding of