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Review & comment
There have been many false beliefs around allergen immunotherapy (AIT) for allergic rhinitis (AR) treatment; William Frankland and colleagues refute these misconceptions, and discuss the evidence that show AIT is safe and effective for the treatment of AR.
HIV-associated tuberculosis (HIV-TB) is the leading cause of death in HIV-infected individuals; Stephen Lawn and colleagues review diagnosis and treatment of HIV-TB in resource-limited settings, and discuss the challenges of managing drug-resistant TB.
Life expectancy (LE) in HIV-positive individuals has increased with the use of antiretroviral therapy; Caroline Sabin reviews the factors affecting mortality rates and emphasizes that targeting lifestyle factors could further improve LE in these patients.
Mark Wainberg and colleagues argue that as the HIV integrase inhibitor, Dolutegravir (DTG), does not select for resistance mutations when used in first-line therapy, it may potentially play a role in long-term treatment and management of HIV.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) exacerbations are a common cause of hospital admissions; Nick Hart and colleagues discuss the impact of these exacerbations on both the patient and the healthcare system, and review non-pharmacological strategies of management.
Dementia therapy is currently limited; Vladimir Hachinski and colleagues discuss the risk of lifestyle factors in dementia and suggest lifelong prevention strategies should start early in life to reduce the burden of disease.
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