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February 11, 2016

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February 11, 2016

Scientists Write Document Explaining Zika Virus, Urge Vigilance

Feb. 10, 2016 — Public concerns about Zika have triggered scientists to write a new Extension document to explain the virus. Meanwhile, state mosquito control agencies and the Florida Department of Health monitor ... read more

Cutting Prison Sentences Could Reduce Spread of HIV

Feb. 9, 2016 — Reducing the number of men who go to prison could help curb the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections in a community. A new computer model suggests that reducing incarceration in a ... read more

New Method for Rapid Detection of Infection in Wounds

Feb. 5, 2016 — A new method for detection of infection in wounds could take physicians less than a minute to complete, rather than the current 24 hours it takes for ... read more

C. Diff Study Provides Insight Into Antibiotic Resistance and Risks for Infection

Feb. 4, 2016 — Exposure to specific antibiotics is linked to the development of certain strains of antibiotic-resistant C. difficile, one of the fastest growing bacteria superbugs, according to a new ... read more

For Pregnant Women With Flu, the Earlier the Better for Antiviral Treatment

Feb. 4, 2016 — Pregnant women are at higher risk for serious illness and complications, including death, from influenza. For expectant mothers hospitalized with flu, early treatment with the influenza antiviral ... read more

Feb. 3, 2016 — A new way to use the empty shell of a hepatitis E virus has been developed to carry vaccines or drugs into the body. The technique has been tested in rodents as a way to target breast cancer, and is ... read more

Model Helps Decide Drug Dose for Clinical Testing

Feb. 3, 2016 — A mathematical model may offer a valuable tool for selecting the proper dose of antiviral drugs for further testing in clinical ... read more

Study Shows Direct Link Between State Spending Habits, AIDS Deaths

Feb. 3, 2016 — Despite considerable advances in the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS over the past 30 years, HIV infection rates have remained stagnant in the United States for the past decade. A study examines ... read more

New Piece of the HIV Puzzle Uncovered

Feb. 3, 2016 — New research has revealed that a key immune system component -- innate lymphoid cells (ILC) -- is destroyed during acute HIV infection. This may play a key role in understanding the progression of ... read more

Natural Clay Deposit May Hold Keys to Defeating Hospital Infections

Feb. 2, 2016 — Researchers have uncovered potent antimicrobial activity in a natural clay deposit found on the central coast of British Columbia, Canada. The research shows that the clay can kill members of the ... read more

Sstudy Identifies Mechanism for Drug Target to Help Block HIV's Ability to Spread

Feb. 2, 2016 — A new study identifies how RNA-based drug 5-aza-C blocks HIV's ability to spread by converting to DNA before infiltrating the virus. Because RNA drugs are more cost-effective, the findings could ... read more

Adenosine Deaminase May Help the Immune System Fight HIV on Its Own

Feb. 2, 2016 — A new therapeutic strategy for HIV may already be available by repurposing an existing prescription drug, new research shows. The drug, an enzyme called adenosine deaminase, or ADA, ultimately may be ... read more

Effects on HIV and Ebola

Feb. 2, 2016 — Extracts of the medicinal plant Cistus incanus (Ci) prevent human immunodeficiency viruses from infecting cells, new research shows. Active antiviral ingredients in the extracts inhibit docking of ... read more

Feb. 2, 2016 — A large-scale study based on almost 7,000 strains of Listeria monocytogenes -- the bacterium responsible for human listeriosis, a severe foodborne infection -- has concluded. Through the integrative ... read more

Increased Risk of Bacterial Infection If Food Is Exposed to Light

Feb. 2, 2016 — Listeria bacterium found in food, which can infect people and cause temporary gastro-intestinal distress, is a serious health risk for pregnant women and for people with compromised immune systems. ... read more

Cell Culture Experiments Reveal Potent Antiviral Activity of Cistus Incanus Extracts Against HIV and Ebola

Feb. 2, 2016 — Scientists have discovered that extracts of the medicinal plant Cistus incanus (Ci) prevent human immunodeficiency viruses from infecting cells. Active antiviral ingredients in the extracts inhibit ... read more

Super Bowl Celebrations Spread Flu, According to Researchers

Feb. 1, 2016 — Cities with teams in the Super Bowl see a rise in flu deaths, new research shows. The effects are greater when the Super Bowl occurs close to the peak of flu season or when the dominant influenza ... read more

Experts Cite Multiple Contacts for Hepatitis C Virus Exposure in Ghana

Feb. 1, 2016 — West African residents have frequent opportunities for exposure to the hepatitis C virus, according to a new comprehensive ... read more

Researcher Warns US Could See Substantial Impact of Zika Virus

Feb. 1, 2016 — Zika virus could spread quickly to and potentially within the US, an expert warns. The mosquito-borne virus, which is believed to cause microcephaly in infants who are exposed in utero, causes rash ... read more

Infectious Diseases Cause Significant Emergency Visits, Hospitalizations for Older Adults

Feb. 1, 2016 — In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers calculated that infectious diseases account for 13.5 percent of emergency room (ER) visits involving older adults -- a higher percentage than ER visits for ... read more

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