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April 28, 2015

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April 28, 2015

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

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

Apr. 20, 2015 — A potential cure for hepatitis B virus infections has been found with a promising new treatment proving 100 per cent successful in eliminating the infection in preclinical models. Australian patients ... read more

Detecting Cryptosporidium in China

Apr. 14, 2015 — For a healthy individual, an infection of Cryptosporidium parvum may mean nothing more than a few days of bad diarrhea. For someone with a compromised immune system, it can mean death, following an ... read more

Purging a Virus from Organ Transplants

Apr. 7, 2015 — The switch that can awake a dormant cytomegalovirus, a dreadful pathogen in immuno-compromised patients, has been identified by scientists. The switch can be controlled with common drugs, opening a ... read more

HIV Linked to Age-Accelerating Cellular Changes

Apr. 6, 2015 — HIV induces age-associated changes to the DNA, which in turn lead to earlier onset of age-related illnesses such as some cancers, renal and kidney disease, frailty, osteoporosis and neurocognitive ... read more

HIV Spreads Like Internet Malware and Should Be Treated Earlier

Apr. 2, 2015 — A new model for HIV progression finds that it spreads in a similar way to some computer worms and predicts that early treatment is key to staving off AIDS. HIV specialists and network security ... read more

Researchers Identify Timeline for HIV Replication in the Brain

Mar. 26, 2015 — HIV can begin replicating in the brain as early as four months after initial infection, researchers have discovered. One-third of people not taking antiretroviral therapy (ART) to control their HIV ... read more

For Most Children With HIV, Low Immune Cell Count, Cells Rebound After Treatment

Mar. 26, 2015 — Most children with HIV who have low levels of a key immune cell eventually recover levels of this cell after they begin ... read more

Along With Antiretroviral Medications, Doctors May Prescribe Exercise for People With HIV

Mar. 23, 2015 — In addition to antiretroviral medications, people with HIV may soon begin receiving a home exercise plan from their doctors, according to a researcher. An estimated 1.2 million people in the United ... read more

Blood Thinning Drug Helps in Understanding a Natural HIV Barrier

Mar. 23, 2015 — A blood thinning agent is helping researchers understand more about the body’s natural barriers to HIV. New research reveals how the protein langerin, which is present in genital mucous and acts as ... read more

Excellent Outcomes Among HIV+ Kidney Transplant Recipients

Mar. 19, 2015 — Compared with uninfected (HIV-/HCV-) kidney transplant recipients, mono-infected HIV+ (HIV+/HCV-) recipients had similar 5-year and 10-year kidney survival rates, while HIV+ recipients co-infected ... read more

New Molecular Tool Assesses Vaginal Microbiome Health, Diagnoses Infections -- Fast

Mar. 18, 2015 — Bacterial communities within the vagina protect it from unhealthy bacteria and otherwise help to maintain its health. Nonetheless, as in any complex ecosystem, things can go awry. A new ... read more

Mar. 17, 2015 — People who recently have been infected with HIV may not be as highly infectious as previously believed, a finding that could improve global efforts to prevent HIV transmission and save lives. In ... read more

Window of Vulnerability for STIs to Infect Human Female Reproductive Tract

Mar. 16, 2015 — A comprehensive review of the role of sex hormones in the geography of the female reproductive tract has been presented by researchers, with evidence supporting a "window of vulnerability" ... read more

Common Herpes Medication Reduces HIV-1 Levels, Independent of Herpes Infection

Mar. 13, 2015 — Valacyclovir reduces HIV-1 levels — even when patients do not have herpes -- results from a resent study indicate. The result not only means that Valacyclovir can be used effectively with a broader ... read more

Urging HPV Vaccine for Boys Could Protect More People at Same Price

Mar. 11, 2015 — Whether vaccinating U.S. boys against HPV in addition to girls is worth the cost has been hotly debated. But with HPV-related cancers in men on the rise, and coverage in girls stagnating below the ... read more

New Approach to HIV Management in Tanzania and Zambia Reduces Deaths by Almost One-Third

Mar. 10, 2015 — A new approach to care for patients with advanced HIV in Tanzania and Zambia combining community support and screening for a type of meningitis has reduced deaths by 28 percent, according to ... read more

Novel Tool Visualizes Whole Body SIV Replication

Mar. 9, 2015 — A non-invasive PET/CT method allows simian immunodeficiency virus replication to be seen in real time in non-human primates. This approach is based on immune positron-emission tomography/computed ... read more

Experimental Herpes Vaccine Upends Traditional Approach and Shows Promise

Mar. 9, 2015 — A new type of vaccine could be the first-ever for preventing genital herpes--one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases, affecting 500 million people worldwide. Using a counterintuitive ... read more

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