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June 30, 2015

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June 30, 2015

New Detection Method for a Key Drug Resistant Hepatitis C Virus Mutation

June 29, 2015 — A rapid, sensitive, and accurate method to detect drug resistant hepatitis C virus (HCV) mutants has been developed. Researchers have established a system to rapidly and accurately measure the ... read more

Fatalistic Beliefs May Prevent Appalachian Women from Completing HPV Vaccination Series

June 27, 2015 — Could a fatalistic attitude toward cervical cancer serve as a barrier to prevention of the disease? A recent study suggests a link between fatalistic beliefs and completion of the human ... read more

European Rule Changes on Cross Border Pet Transport May Heighten Rabies Risk

June 26, 2015 — Recent changes to regulations on the transport of pets across Europe may have increased the threat of introducing rabies from rescue dogs into countries considered free of the disease, suggests ... read more

Updated Guidance on Use of Hepatitis C Drugs

June 25, 2015 — The online Recommendations for Testing, Managing, and Treating Hepatitis C has been updated to aid practitioners treating patients infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV). HCV is a blood-borne virus ... read more

Generic Heart Disease Medications Offer Promise for Ebola Treatment

June 23, 2015 — Generic medications used frequently in the management of heart disease patients also have the potential to bolster the immune systems of patients with Ebola virus and some other life-threatening ... read more

PrEP Data Links Anti-HIV Immune Response to Reduce Chance of Infection

June 22, 2015 — Some individuals exposed to HIV-1, but who remain uninfected, have a certain pattern of virus-specific immune responses that differentiated them from individuals who became ... read more

Researchers Successfully Target 'Achilles' Heel' of MERS Virus

June 22, 2015 — Researchers studying the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, have found molecules that shut down the activity of an essential enzyme in the virus and could lead the way to better treatments ... read more

MERS Coronavirus: Candidate Vaccine Gears Up for Clinical Trials

June 22, 2015 — Researchers have demonstrated, in a preclinical setting, the protective effect of a candidate vaccine directed against the coronavirus that causes Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. Planning for the ... read more

How to Wipe out Polio and Prevent Its Re-Emergence

June 19, 2015 — Public health officials stand poised to eliminate polio from the planet. But a new study shows that the job won't be over when the last case of the horrible paralytic disease is recorded. Using ... read more

More Evidence for Possible Link Between Cocaine Use and HIV Infection

June 19, 2015 — New research offers further evidence that cocaine use disrupts the immune system, making people who use it more likely to become infected with ... read more

Climate Change Won’t Reduce Winter Deaths

June 19, 2015 — In a study that contradicts the received wisdom on health impacts of climate change, scientists say that we shouldn’t expect substantial reduction in winter deaths as a result of global ... read more

June 18, 2015 — In increasingly mobile modern societies, long-distance transmission can rapidly spread pathogens. A new study suggests that both airline and commuter road travel influence flu virus distribution in ... read more

Sequencing Ebola's Secrets

June 18, 2015 — More than 200 additional genomes from Ebola virus samples have been sequenced by an international team of researchers, in order to capture the fullest picture yet of how the virus is transmitted and ... read more

New Model to Study HIV Latency in Brain Cells

June 18, 2015 — Over 35 million people worldwide are currently infected by HIV. Antiviral therapies can keep the virus from multiplying. However, no drug can cure infection so far, because various cell types ... read more

Adult Craze for Human Breast Milk Purchased Online Poses Serious Health Risks

June 18, 2015 — The recent craze for human breast milk amongst certain fitness communities, fetishists and chronic disease sufferers is ill advised say the authors of a new study. Failure of women to sanitize ... read more

New Genetic Immune Disorder Identified

June 17, 2015 — A new immune disorder has been identified -- DOCK2 deficiency -- named after the mutated gene responsible for the disease. An international team of collaborators studied five children, four boys and ... read more

Changes in HIV Genetic Code Determine Severity of Disease

June 17, 2015 — In a finding that furthers the understanding of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), researchers have discovered two locations where a single difference in HIV’s genetic code altered the way the ... read more

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome: A Global Health Challenge

June 17, 2015 — Two public health experts outline strategies for managing MERS-CoV, focusing on transparency, trust and infection control in health care settings. The duo also outlines weaknesses in a World Health ... read more

Risk of Hepatitis E Outbreak 'Very High' in Earthquake-Ravaged Nepal

June 16, 2015 — During the coming monsoon season, survivors of the recent earthquake that destroyed parts of Nepal face a 'very high' risk of a hepatitis E outbreak that could be especially deadly to ... read more

June 16, 2015 — The urban mosquito that carries the dengue fever virus is expanding its range by hitching rides on river boats connecting the Amazonian town of Iquitos, Peru, with rural ... read more

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