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In Brief: Selenium deficiency and AIDS

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Selenium deficiency and AIDS: Associated with an increased mortality rate, reports Marinna Baum, PhD, et al., University of Miami School of Medicine, in a study to be published in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. The three-and-a-half year study, which included 125 subjects, tested CD4 cell count, antiretroviral treatment, plasma levels of vitamins A, E, B6 and B12 and the minerals selenium and zinc. When the variables were considered jointly, only CD4 counts and selenium deficiency were significantly associated with mortality. During the study 21 patients died...
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