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May 30, 2017

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May 30, 2017

HIV: A Therapeutic Advance for Resource-Limited Settings

May 29, 2017 — A clinical trial running in parallel in three countries in sub-Saharan Africa, shows that dual therapy with lamivudine and a boosted protease inhibitor is effective as second-line treatment in ... read more

Sorting out HIV: Research Collaboration Devises a New Method That Could Speed Up Vaccine Development for HIV

May 25, 2017 — A new technique for rapidly sorting HIV viruses has now been created, which could lead to more rapid development of a vaccine for HIV, say experts. The technique will enable scientists to identify ... read more

Safe Space for Illegal Drug Consumption in Baltimore Would Save $6 Million a Year

May 25, 2017 — $6 million in costs related to the opioid epidemic could be saved each year if a single 'safe consumption' space for illicit drug users were opened in Baltimore, a new cost-benefit analysis ... read more

Fat Can Neutralize Listeria

May 23, 2017 — Certain fatty acids are not just part of a healthy diet. They can also neutralize the harmful listeria bacterium, a new study shows. This discovery could eventually lead to improved methods to combat ... read more

Antibiotic Therapy for Nearly One in Four Adults With Pneumonia Does Not Work

May 22, 2017 — Approximately one in four (22.1 percent) adults prescribed an antibiotic in an outpatient setting (such as a doctor's office) for community-acquired pneumonia does not respond to treatment, ... read more

Directly Observed Therapy for Multidrug-Resistant TB Decreases Mortality Rate

May 22, 2017 — Directly observed therapy (DOT) for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR TB) was associated with a 77 percent decrease in mortality in the United States, compared to self-administered therapy from ... read more

Engineered Protein Enlisted to Battle the MERS Virus

May 19, 2017 — Researchers converted a staple human ubiquitin protein into an anti-viral tool. Through subtle tweaks, they created an engineered version of the ubiquitin that binds more tightly and paralyzes a key ... read more

May 19, 2017 — Aedes aegypti, the primary mosquito that carries Zika virus, might also transmit chikungunya and dengue viruses with one bite, scientists ... read more

May 18, 2017 — A biochemical self-destruct trigger found in many types of cells takes on a different role in brain cells infected with West Nile virus. In a turnabout, it guards the lives of these cells and calls ... read more

The Charlie Sheen Effect on HIV Testing

May 18, 2017 — On Nov. 17, 2015, actor Charlie Sheen publicly disclosed he was HIV-positive on NBC's Today Show. In previous research, scientists found that Sheen's disclosure corresponded with millions ... read more

Researchers Identify Changes in Lung Cells Following Infections

May 17, 2017 — When people develop a respiratory infection, recovery from their illness leaves behind an immunological memory that influences how they will respond to later infections. In a new study, researchers ... read more

Important Step Taken Toward an HIV Vaccine

May 17, 2017 — Researchers have developed a strategy that can revolutionize vaccine design. The new strategy is used to develop vaccines that can prevent HIV infection and the development of ... read more

Novel Device Significantly Reduces Blood Draw Contamination, Reduces Risks to Patients, Study Shows

May 17, 2017 — A novel device can significantly reduce contamination of blood cultures, potentially reducing risky overtreatment and unnecessary use of antibiotics for many patients, new research concludes. This ... read more

An Immunity Gene Evolved in Southeast Asia to Protect Against Leprosy

May 16, 2017 — A mutation in an immune system gene rapidly rose in frequency in Southeast Asia approximately 50,000 years ago because it likely conferred protection against leprosy. The findings show that the gene ... read more

Uncommon Superbug Strain in Greater Houston Area

May 16, 2017 — Scientists used genome sequencing to discover that an otherwise rare strain of a superbug was found in more than one-third of the Houston patients ... read more

New Zika Virus Inhibitor Identified

May 16, 2017 — A new compound could serve as basis for drugs to prevent neurological complications of Zika, report ... read more

Link Found Between Donor, Infection in Heart, Lung Transplant Recipients

May 16, 2017 — Researchers have identified a possible cause for a rare infection in heart and lung transplant recipients: the ... read more

May 16, 2017 — An international study has discovered the molecular mechanism by which the potentially deadly superbug 'Golden Staph' evades antibiotic treatment, providing the first important clues on how ... read more

More Than Half of Eligible US Travelers Not Receiving Measles Immunization

May 15, 2017 — 53 percent of individuals seeking pre-travel consultations at clinics across the country who were eligible to receive the measles, mumps, rubella vaccine were not vaccinated during the clinic visit, ... read more

May 15, 2017 — Vaccinating pregnant mothers year-round against flu in the resource-challenged region of subtropical Nepal reduced infant flu virus infection rates by an average of 30 percent, increased birth ... read more

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