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May 28, 2015

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May 28, 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

'Imperfect Drug Penetration' Speeds Pathogens' Resistance, Study Finds

May 18, 2015 — Prescribing patients two or more drugs that do not reach the same parts of the body could accelerate a pathogen's resistance to all of the drugs being used in treatment, according to new ... read more

May 21, 2015 — Antimicrobial resistance in bacteria poses a global threat to public health. Common antibiotics are often ineffective in treating infectious diseases because pathogens acquire resistance genes. These ... 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

May 20, 2015 — The number of new Ebola cases is tapering off, but the search for new treatments continues. Now, one research team has found potential drug candidates that successfully treated up to 90 percent of ... 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

Horizontal Gene Transfer in E. Coli

May 19, 2015 — Escherichia coli O104 is an emergent disease-causing bacterium various strains of which are becoming increasingly well known and troublesome. The pathogen causes bloody diarrhea as well as and ... read more

'Redesigned' Antibodies May Control HIV

May 19, 2015 — With the help of a computer program called “Rosetta,” researchers have “redesigned” an antibody that has increased potency and can neutralize more strains of the AIDS-causing human ... 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

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