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May 25, 2015

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May 25, 2015

Ledipasvir Plus Sofosbuvir: Hint of Added Benefit in Further Patient Group

May 22, 2015 — Documents subsequently submitted by the manufacturer show an advantage in sustained virologic response also for hepatitis C infection of genotype 1 with HIV coinfection without cirrhosis of the ... read more

Inhaled Corticosteroids for COPD Decrease Mortality Risk from Pneumonia and Other Causes

May 20, 2015 — Treatment of COPD with inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) may decrease the risk of dying from pneumonia and from other causes despite being associated with an increase in the occurrence of pneumonia, ... read more

Twitter 'Big Data' Could Provide Valuable Details About Transgender Individuals' Health and Social Needs

May 20, 2015 — Researchers and public health officials have looked for ways to better understand the health concerns of transgender populations, so social "big data" technologies like Twitter offer an ... read more

Re-Engineered Antibiotic Show Potential for Treatment of Drug-Resistant Bacteria

May 20, 2015 — Scientists have developed a second-generation antibiotic that shows early effectiveness against common bacterial infections that pose a serious health threat to children and ... read more

Dasabuvir in Hepatitis C: Indication of Added Benefit in Certain Patients

May 20, 2015 — A new drug combination showed an advantage in three of a total of 10 patient groups with hepatitis C, particularly regarding virologic response, reviewers have found. The extent of added benefit ... read more

Health, Social Inequities Drives HIV in Young Men Who Have Sex With Other Men

May 19, 2015 — Researchers sought to identify the factors associated with incident HIV infection among a cohort of racially/ethnically and socioeconomically diverse young, gay, bisexual and other men who have sex ... read more

HIV Reservoirs Remain Obstacles to Cure

May 19, 2015 — Antiretroviral therapy has proven lifesaving for people infected with HIV; however, the medications are a lifelong necessity for most HIV-infected individuals and present practical, logistical, ... read more

Australian Researcher Helps With Ebola Vaccine Trials

May 19, 2015 — An Australian researcher has helped identify the kind of human trial that is most effective for testing Ebola vaccines. Safe and effective vaccines could help end the ongoing Ebola virus disease ... read more

Microclinics Help Keep Kenyan HIV Patients in Care

May 18, 2015 — The results of a new study have shown that microclinics cut in half the normal rate of disengagement from care, which was defined as missing a clinic appointment by 90 days or more, when compared to ... read more

The True Burden of Tuberculosis in Malaysian Prison

May 18, 2015 — Prisons are common settings for tuberculosis (TB) outbreaks, yet screening and prevention services can be extremely limited. As the spread of drug-resistant TB increases, understanding and monitoring ... read more

Diagnostic Errors Linked to High Incidence of Incorrect Antibiotic Use

May 18, 2015 — Misdiagnoses lead to increased risk of incorrect antibiotic use, threatening patient outcomes and antimicrobial efficacy, while increasing healthcare costs, a new study concludes. The researchers ... read more

Lives Could Be Saved With Hepatitis C Treatment

May 18, 2015 — A research team is asking for hepatitis C virus patients to gain improved access to drugs to prevent liver related deaths. Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is a major public health burden in ... read more

Bacterial Cause Behind Fatal Heart Complications Discovered

May 18, 2015 — A key cause of life threatening heart complications has been identified by researchers. The heart infections studied frequently follow severe infections with the bacteria responsible for pneumonia ... read more

Antiviral Compound May Protect Brain from Pathogens, West Nile Virus, Study Shows

May 15, 2015 — An antiviral compound may protect the brain from invading pathogens, researchers have found. Studying West Nile virus infection in mice, scientists showed that interferon-lambda tightens the ... read more

Phage Spread Antibiotic Resistance

May 15, 2015 — Nearly half of the 50 chicken meat samples purchased from supermarkets, street markets, and butchers in Austria contained viruses that are capable of transferring antibiotic resistance genes from one ... read more

Diabetes Drug May Reduce Heart Attack Risk in HIV Patients

May 15, 2015 — A diabetes drug may have benefits beyond lower blood sugar in patients with HIV. New research suggests the drug may prevent cardiovascular problems because it works to reduce inflammation that is ... read more

Giving Hope: U.S. Has Nearly 400 HIV-Positive Potential Organ Donors, Study Finds

May 14, 2015 — There are nearly 400 HIV-positive potential organ donors who could be sources of donated organs annually for HIV-positive patients waiting for organ donations, a new study has found. Increasing the ... read more

May 14, 2015 — Researchers have discovered the structure of a key protein on the surface of an unusually large virus called the mimivirus, aiding efforts to determine its hosts and unknown functions. The mimivirus ... read more

May 14, 2015 — Tokay geckos harbor bacteria that are resistant to a number of antibiotics, making them a health concern for pet owners, according to a study on geckos imported from Indonesia. The research focused ... read more

Genomics Laboratory Capability in Liberia Supports Ebola Virus Outbreak Response

May 14, 2015 — Army scientists working to support the Ebola virus outbreak response in West Africa have established the first genomic surveillance capability in Liberia, enabling them to monitor genetic changes in ... read more

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