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December 1, 2015

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December 1, 2015

Postoperative Clostridium Difficile Infection in the Veterans Health Administration

Nov. 25, 2015 — The overall postoperative rate of Clostridium difficile infection, a bacterium that can cause severe diarrhea and life-threatening intestinal conditions, was 0.4 percent per year among more than ... read more

Nixing Latex: Building the Perfect Condom With Hydrogel, Plant-Based Antioxidants

Nov. 23, 2015 — In 2014, there were about 36.9 million people living with HIV and about 2 million were infected. The virus, which causes AIDS, is commonly spread through sexual activity, and although antiretroviral ... read more

Evolution of Severely Immunosuppressed HIV Patients Depends on the Immunologic and Virologic Response

Nov. 23, 2015 — Health authorities recommend HIV-infected patients starting treatment as soon as possible after diagnosis, regardless of the level of immunosuppression and viral load. Even in the worst scenario, if ... read more

European Hospitals Overlook Every Other Person With HIV

Nov. 20, 2015 — Many European hospitals fail to routinely test people who may be at risk of an HIV-infection, a new study reveals. If tests were more widely used in healthcare, fewer HIV-patients would go unnoticed, ... read more

Breastfeeding Babies Protected Against HIV Infection from Their HIV-Positive Mothers With 12 Months of Liquid Antiretroviral Drug Treatment

Nov. 19, 2015 — Providing babies with up to 12 months of liquid formula HIV drugs, while breastfeeding with their HIV-positive mothers, is highly effective at protecting them from infection, including in the 6- to ... read more

Evidence of Probable Transmission of Bird Flu Virus Between Two Unrelated Individuals

Nov. 19, 2015 — The first evidence of probable person to person transmission of avian influenza A (H7N9) virus has been documented between two unrelated individuals in a hospital in ... read more

Hepatitis C Treatment Made Easy

Nov. 18, 2015 — A new drug combination may simplify hepatitis C treatment for both patients and physicians, suggests a new study. The once-daily sofosbuvir-velpatasvir pill aims to simplify treatment for the ... read more

New Technology Vastly Improves CRISPR/Cas9 Accuracy

Nov. 18, 2015 — By pairing the CRISPR/Cas9 system with a programmable DNA-binding domain (CRISPR/Cas9-pDBD), a researcher has developed a new technology platform that is precise enough to surgically edit DNA at ... read more

Nov. 18, 2015 — Although a group of HIV+ older individuals scored 'cognitively normal' in standard neuropsychology testing, a scan of their brains tells a different story, report neuroscientists following ... read more

New Guidelines on the Prevention/control of Multi-Drug-Resistant Gram-Negative Bacteria

Nov. 18, 2015 — Gram-negative bacteria include common types such as E. coli that all of us carry in our bowels. When these bacteria get into other parts of the body they can cause infections, including common ... read more

Nov. 17, 2015 — A new virus has been discovered that is carried by one of the Australia's most common pest mosquitoes. The new virus -- known as Parramatta River virus -- infects only mosquitoes and ... read more

Nov. 17, 2015 — Low levels of vitamin D may limit the effectiveness of HIV treatment in adults, a researcher has found. An 18-month longitudinal study was conducted in which the immune status of 398 HIV-positive ... read more

Scientists Find Surprising Trait in Anti-HIV Antibodies

Nov. 17, 2015 — Scientists have new weapons in the fight against HIV. Their new study describes four prototype antibodies that target a specific weak spot on the ... read more

Nov. 17, 2015 — In children whose colds tend to progress and lead to severe wheezing and difficulty breathing — such that they are given oral corticosteroids as rescue therapy — researchers have shown that ... read more

Millions of Those Infected With Hiv Have Never Been Diagnosed Due to the Fear of Being Tested, New Research Reveals

Nov. 17, 2015 — British academics have carried out the largest global review of psychological barriers behind HIV testing and the factors that may influence people’s decision to be ... read more

Safe Spaces Play Important Role in Community-Based HIV Prevention, Research Finds

Nov. 16, 2015 — The creation and sustainment of 'safe spaces' may play a critical role in community-based HIV prevention efforts by providing social support and reducing environmental barriers for ... read more

Effect of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis for HIV Infection Integrated With Community Health Services

Nov. 16, 2015 — The rate of acquiring human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) was extremely low despite a high incidence of sexually transmitted infections in a study where pre-exposure antiretroviral medication to ... read more

Responding to C. Diff: Concerted Action Needed to Control Health Care-Related Infection

Nov. 16, 2015 — Appropriate use of antibiotics is a critical step toward controlling the ongoing epidemic of health care-related Clostridium difficile infection, according to a special article from ... read more

One-Step Test for Hepatitis C Virus Infection Developed

Nov. 14, 2015 — A cost-effective one-step test that screens, detects and confirms hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections has been developed by researchers. Current blood-based HCV testing requires two steps and can be ... read more

Breakthrough in the Treatment of HIV by Successfully Developing a Prototype Vaccine Vector

Nov. 13, 2015 — Scientists have developed a prototype HIV vaccine vector using a similar approach to that used for a vaccination for Ebola and ... read more

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