2013 FEB 4 (NewsRx) -- By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at AIDS Weekly -- Investigators publish new report on Opportunistic Infections. According to news reporting originating in Beijing, People's Republic of China, by NewsRx journalists, research stated, "To assess the effects of TCHM on patients with HIV infection and AIDS, we reviewed eleven randomized placebo-controlled trials involving 998 patients. Due to the limited number of RCTs for included trials and the small sample size of each study, we are not able to draw firm conclusions concerning TCHM therapy in treating patients with HIV infection and AIDS."
The news reporters obtained a quote from the research from the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, "However, some high-quality clinical studies do exist. Studies of diarrhea and oral candidiasis, which are challenging symptoms of AIDS, were demonstrated to have positive effects. Study of peripheral leukocytes, which are a side effect of antiretroviral drugs, suggested that an integrated treatment approach may be of benefit."
According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "The overall methodological quality of the trials was adequate; however, randomization methods should be clearly described and fully reported in these trials according to the Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials (CONSORT)."
For more information on this research see: Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicines for Treating HIV Infections and AIDS. Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2012;2012():950757. Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine can be contacted at: Oxford Univ Press, Great Clarendon St, Oxford OX2 6DP, England. (Hindawi Publishing - www.hindawi.com; Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine - www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/)
Our news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained by contacting W. Zou, Center of AIDS Treatment with Traditional Chinese Medicine, China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, 16 Dongzhimennei South Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100700, People's Taiwan (see also Opportunistic Infections).
The publisher of the journal Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine can be contacted at: Oxford Univ Press, Great Clarendon St, Oxford OX2 6DP, England.
Keywords for this news article include: Asia, Beijing, HIV/AIDS, Candidiasis, RNA Viruses, Retroviridae, HIV Infections, Vertebrate Viruses, Primate Lentiviruses, Opportunistic Infections, People's Republic of China, Viral Sexually Transmitted Diseases.
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