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July 29, 2016

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July 29, 2016

Why Baby Boomers Need a Hepatitis C Screening

July 26, 2016 — Hepatitis C affects a disproportionate amount of older Americans, born between 1945-1965. A new strategy is helping them get ... read more

Researchers 'Solve' Key Zika Virus Protein Structure

July 25, 2016 — Researchers have revealed the molecular structure of a protein produced by the Zika virus that is thought to be involved in the virus's reproduction and its interaction with a host's immune ... read more

Scientists Exploit Malaria's Achilles' Heel

July 25, 2016 — Malaria researchers have found one of the malaria parasite's best weapons against drug treatments turns out to be an Achilles' heel, which could be exploited to cure the deadly ... read more

July 22, 2016 — Scientists have identified three types of vaccine-induced antibodies that can neutralize diverse strains of influenza virus that infect humans. The discovery will help guide development of a ... read more

July 21, 2016 — A better understanding of HIV latency is the key to eradicating the virus, researchers write in a new article. Worldwide, 37 million people are living with HIV. A cure has proved elusive due to viral ... read more

Researchers Find First Direct Evidence That A. Aegypti Mosquito Transmits Zika Virus

July 21, 2016 — Researchers have now directly connected the Aedes aegypti mosquito with Zika transmission in the Americas, during an outbreak in southern Mexico. The findings will help scientists to better target ... read more

Immune-Enhancing Treatment May Destabilize HIV Reservoirs

July 21, 2016 — Although antiretroviral therapy (ART) can reduce the amount of HIV in the blood to an undetectable level in most chronically infected people, it cannot eliminate reservoirs of HIV that persist in ... read more

Plant-Based Polio Booster Vaccine

July 20, 2016 — Scientists have developed an oral vaccine booster for polio by manipulating plants to express a protein found in the polio virus. Tests with sera from immunized mice show that the booster confers ... read more

July 20, 2016 — Findings of a research team may pave the way for the design of new and more effective antimicrobial surfaces. These insights constitute the basis for guiding the design and development of new ... read more

Chasing Fire: Fever and Human Mobility in an Epidemic

July 19, 2016 — Disease ecologists working in the Amazonian city of Iquitos, Peru, have quantified for the first time how a fever affects human mobility during the outbreak of a mosquito-borne ... read more

July 19, 2016 — The ability to switch disease-causing genes on and off remains a dream for many physicians, research scientists and patients. Researchers have now programmed a virus to transport the necessary ... read more

Is Schizophrenia a Disorder of the Immune System?

July 19, 2016 — Using data from the largest ever genetic study of schizophrenia, researchers have shed light on the role of the immune ... read more

Short Cycle Antiretrovirals: On the Road to Treatment 4 Days a Week

July 19, 2016 — Triple antiretroviral therapy taken just 4 days a week, instead of daily, kept plasma viral load below 50 copies/mL in 96 of 100 patients in the study ANRS ... read more

Intranasal Flu Vaccine Produces Long-Lasting Immune Response in Mice

July 18, 2016 — Intranasal flu vaccines may be able to provide long-lasting protection against pandemic flu strains, according to a new study from ... read more

Defective HIV DNA Can Encode HIV-Related Proteins

July 18, 2016 — Investigators have discovered that cells from HIV-infected people whose virus is suppressed with treatment harbor defective HIV DNA that can nevertheless be transcribed into a template for producing ... read more

July 18, 2016 — Zika virus can infect numerous cell types in the human placenta and amniotic sac, according to researchers who show in a new paper how the virus travels from a pregnant woman to her fetus. They also ... read more

HIV Treatment Keeps Uninfected Partner from Contracting the Virus

July 18, 2016 — Anti-HIV medications suppress the viral load of people living with HIV and provide durable protection against heterosexual transmission found. Researchers found a 93 percent reduction of HIV ... read more

Cancer-Fighting Gene Immunotherapy Shows Promise as Treatment for HIV

July 15, 2016 — Recently discovered potent antibodies can be used to generate a specific type of cell called chimeric antigen receptors, or CARs, that can be used to kill cells infected with HIV-1, new research ... read more

July 15, 2016 — It has a funny name -- coxsackievirus -- but there's nothing funny about how this tiny germ and its close relatives sicken their hosts. Researchers have designed a genetic modification to one ... read more

July 15, 2016 — A new type of HIV drug currently being tested works in an unusual way, scientists have found. They also discovered that when the virus became resistant to early versions of these drugs, it did not do ... read more

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