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February 23, 2017

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February 23, 2017

Contact Tracing and Targeted Insecticide Spraying Can Curb Dengue Outbreaks

Feb. 23, 2017 — Contact tracing -- a process of identifying everyone who has come into contact with those infected by a particular disease -- combined with targeted, indoor spraying of insecticide can greatly reduce ... read more

Feb. 23, 2017 — Viruses propagate by infecting a host cell and reproducing inside. This not only affects humans and animals, but bacteria as well. This type of virus is called bacteriophage. They carry so called ... read more

Feb. 22, 2017 — Australia’s Ross River Virus (RRV) could be the next mosquito-borne global epidemic, according to a new research ... read more

Using a Rabbit Virus to Treat Multiple Myeloma

Feb. 21, 2017 — Treating multiple myeloma (MM) with myxoma virus (MYXV) eliminated a majority of malignant cells in preclinical studies, report investigators. Furthermore, introduction of MYXV had no impact on the ... read more

Feb. 21, 2017 — Scientists present the smallest member of the CRISPR-Cas9 family developed to date and show that it can fit inside adeno-associated viruses and mutate blindness-causing ... read more

Research Teams Hone in on Zika Vaccines, but Challenges Remain

Feb. 21, 2017 — As public health officials warn that spring’s warmer temperatures may herald another increase of Zika virus infections in the Caribbean and North and South America, researchers around the world are ... read more

Zika May Cause Miscarriages, Thin Brain Tissue in Babies Carried to Term

Feb. 21, 2017 — In early pregnancy in mice with complete immune systems, Zika virus can cross the placenta -- intended to protect the developing fetus -- and appears to lead to a high percentage of miscarriages and ... read more

Feb. 21, 2017 — Listeria, a common food-borne bacterium, may pose a greater risk of miscarriage in the early stages of pregnancy than appreciated, according to researchers studying how pathogens affect fetal ... read more

Workshop Identifies Complex Health Problems Among Zika-Affected Infants

Feb. 20, 2017 — Children exposed to Zika virus in the womb may face complex health and developmental problems as they grow older, according to discussions at a National Institutes of Health ... read more

Adaptable Model Recommends Response Strategies for Zika, Other Pandemics

Feb. 19, 2017 — A new biological-behavioral-operational computer model could help policy makers choose the best intervention strategies to rapidly contain an infectious disease outbreak. The model is based on the ... read more

Feb. 18, 2017 — Some people can pass a hearing test but have trouble understanding speech in a noisy environment. New research identifies a new mechanism for this condition just years after its ... read more

Scientists Uncover How Zika Virus Causes Microcephaly

Feb. 17, 2017 — A multidisciplinary team has uncovered the mechanisms that the Zika virus uses to alter brain development, outlines a new ... read more

Feb. 17, 2017 — A team has found a way to identify the small population of circulating helper T cells present in the blood after an annual flu vaccine to monitor their contribution to antibody strength. A technique ... read more

Feb. 16, 2017 — An immune system proteinase called granzyme A appears to promote arthritic inflammation in mice infected with chikungunya virus, scientists report. The study also suggested that granzyme A could ... read more

Feb. 16, 2017 — Scientists have discovered that a common type of cell within the human reproductive and intestinal tracts assists HIV in infecting immune cells. Understanding how these cells aid HIV could lead to ... read more

Feb. 16, 2017 — A mutation that impacts changes in the shape of an essential viral protein may influence the infectivity of West Nile and other viruses in the flavivirus family, according to a new ... read more

Adenoviruses and the Immune System Join Forces Against Cancer

Feb. 16, 2017 — Researchers have developed an oncolytic virus capable of redirecting the patient's immune system against their tumor cells. Their work may lead to the development of new therapeutic strategies ... read more

How Antibody Treatment Led to Lasting HIV-Like Virus Remission

Feb. 16, 2017 — Scientists have found that the presence of the protein alpha-4 beta-7 integrin on the surface of HIV and its monkey equivalent -- simian immunodeficiency virus, or SIV -- may help explain why an ... read more

Feb. 15, 2017 — In an effort to one day eliminate the need for an annual flu shot, a group of researchers is exploring the surface of influenza viruses, which are covered by a protein called “hemagglutinin” ... read more

Plant-Made Virus Shells Could Deliver Drugs Directly to Cancer Cells

Feb. 15, 2017 — Viruses are extremely efficient at targeting and delivering cargo to cells. Researchers report they have harnessed this well-honed ability -- minus the part that makes us sick -- to develop ... read more

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