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May 5, 2015

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May 5, 2015

Human Clinical Trials Begin for Deadly Hendra Virus Therapy

May 4, 2015 — The world’s first human clinical trials for a treatment against Hendra virus, a rare but deadly viral disease, have just begun in Australia, using a human monoclonal ... read more

Apr. 30, 2015 — HIV-1 continues to spread globally. While neither a cure, nor an effective vaccine are available, recent focus has been put on 'treatment-for-prevention', which is a method by which ... read more

Novel Rapid Method for Typing of Clostridium Difficile Could Limit Outbreaks

Apr. 29, 2015 — A method of typing has been been developed that can allow laboratories to faster establish the presence of hospital outbreaks of the intestinal bacterium Clostridium difficile, scientists ... read more

As Circumcision Wounds Heal, HIV-Positive Men May Spread Virus to Female Partners: Uganda Study

Apr. 28, 2015 — Scientists report that a new study of HIV-infected men in Uganda has identified a temporary, but potentially troublesome unintended consequence of the procedure: a possible increased risk of ... read more

Apr. 28, 2015 — A new microneedle patch being developed could make it easier to vaccinate people against measles and other vaccine-preventable diseases, scientists say. The microneedle patch is designed to be ... read more

Augmenting a Gas Naturally in Our Bodies Fights RSV Infection

Apr. 27, 2015 — Hydrogen sulfide, a gas produced naturally within our bodies, reduces the severity of respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, a new study shows for the first time. When someone has a RSV infection, his ... read more

HIV Prevention and Risk Behaviors Follow Weekly Patterns

Apr. 27, 2015 — The peak time for seeking information on topics related to HIV, such as prevention and testing, is at the beginning of the week, while risky sexual behaviors tend to increase on the weekends, ... read more

Alcohol Use Disorders Stronger Predictor of Mortality Than Chronic Hepatitis C Virus Infection

Apr. 25, 2015 — Scientists show that alcohol use disorders (AUD) have a serious, negative prognostic outcome with higher mortality risks in the general population and patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection ... read more

Transgender Patients Are Dodging Doctors

Apr. 24, 2015 — Discussing your sexual history with a doctor, or anyone for that matter, can be an uncomfortable experience. But for many transgender people, the conversation never takes place because they aren’t ... read more

Grazoprevir/elbasvir Combo Shows High Cure Rate for Patients With Chronic HCV

Apr. 24, 2015 — Once-daily oral grazoprevir/elbasvir combination therapy, taken without interferon or ribavirin for 12 weeks, demonstrated high sustained virologic response rates for treatment-naive patients with ... read more

Apr. 24, 2015 — Nearly half of American hospitals aren’t taking key steps to prevent C. difficile, a kind of gut infection that kills nearly 30,000 people annually and sickens hundreds of thousands more – ... read more

Is a Small Artificially Composed Virus Fragment the Key to a Chikungunya Vaccine?

Apr. 23, 2015 — The mosquito transmitted Chikungunya virus, which causes Chikungunya fever, is spreading continuously. No vaccine is so far available. Researchers have experimentally recombined segments of the virus ... read more

Finding New Life for First-Line Antibiotics

Apr. 23, 2015 — Researchers have identified a single, simple measure -- recovery time -- to guide antibiotic dosing that could bring an entire arsenal of first-line antibiotics back into the fight against ... read more

Daclatasvir-Sofosbuvir Combination Highly Effective and Well Tolerated in Patients With Hepatitis C

Apr. 23, 2015 — Phase III results show that once-daily treatment with daclatasvir plus sofosbuvir resulted in an overall 97 percent sustained virologic response at 12 weeks post-treatment in patients with hepatitis ... read more

Rising Antibiotic Shortages Raise Concerns About Patient Care

Apr. 23, 2015 — Shortages of key antibiotics, including gold-standard therapies and drugs used to treat highly resistant infections, are on the rise, according to a new study of shortages from 2001 to 2013. The ... read more

Apr. 22, 2015 — Just in time for spring and the explosion of ticks in forests, lawns and trails, a new study has uncovered a never-before-seen illness transmitted by ticks. The disease could be a 'substantial ... read more

Apr. 22, 2015 — A drug for treating hepatitis B virus could be mass-produced for only $36 per person per year, versus the current UK National Health Services price of over $15,000. Hepatitis B causes liver cancer ... read more

First Case of Rabies in Over a Decade in France: Lessons for Healthcare Personnel

Apr. 21, 2015 — A team of French clinicians has diagnosed the first case of rabies in that country since 2003. Only 20 cases of human rabies had been diagnosed in France between 1970 and 2003. The patient, a 57 year ... read more

Have We Achieved the Millennium Development Goals?

Apr. 21, 2015 — As the deadline for the millennium development goals approaches, experts take stock of the successes, failures, and oversights, and look ahead to the next phase -- the sustainable development ... read more

HIV Prevention Messages for High-Risk Groups Should Target Bars, Street Corners

Apr. 21, 2015 — Bars and street corners are ideal venues for broad dissemination of HIV prevention information among drug-using male sex workers and other at-risk populations, according to ... read more

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