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Viruses and viral diseases

The DRACOs Project: to end viral diseases

Biotechin.Asia - ‎May 3, 2016‎
By the process of efficiently eliminating only virus-infected cells, DRACOs may be able to permanently cure viral infections that can currently only be controlled but not cured by existing antiviral therapeutics. When tested in human and animal cells ...
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I'm Sick, But With What? Difference Between Bacterial, Parasitic, And Viral Infections

Medical Daily - ‎May 4, 2016‎
Though they may manifest with similar symptoms, these conditions are all very different in how they infiltrate your body and how they're effectively banished.
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Viral Skin Infections - ‎Apr 26, 2016‎
Only a small fraction of all the viruses that can infect humans commonly involve the skin; nevertheless, cutaneous manifestations can arise in a plethora of different viral diseases. Recent decades have brought significant advances in adequate ...
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The Zika Virus Is “Very Likely” To Spread In The US, Health Officials Warn

SELF - ‎2 hours ago‎
Because the odds are so high, it's extremely important for Congress to provide the $1.9 billion health officials have requested to combat the virus, Anthony Fauci, M.D. director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the ...
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Hepatitis C now kills more Americans than HIV and tuberculosis combined

Daily Mail - ‎13 hours ago‎
Without treatment, hep C can cause liver cancer, liver disease, inflammation of the liver, and other hep C-related diseases. Many baby boomers became infected with hep C because blood banks were not screening for the virus in the years after World War ...

Viral infection Therapeutic post-infection options for Ebola virus treatment set to broaden - ‎Apr 21, 2016‎
The recent Ebola virus (EBOV) outbreak in West Africa highlighted the paucity of effective anti-viral therapies for this highly lethal disease. Numerous potential post-infection therapeutics are currently in development, and now a small molecule and a ...
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Ebola virus genome provides clues to repeated disease 'flare-ups' in Western Africa

Science Daily - ‎May 2, 2016‎
Ebola virus causes severe hemorrhagic fever in humans and nonhuman primates with high mortality rates and continues to emerge in new geographic locations, including Western Africa, the site of the largest recorded outbreak to date.
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New Zika mouse model accumulates virus in the brain and other tissues

Medical Xpress - ‎1 hour ago‎
The ongoing Zika virus (ZIKV) epidemic with its link to birth defects and serious immune disease has created an urgent need for a small animal model that can improve our understanding of how the virus causes disease symptoms in humans and speed up the ...
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Australia's surprise weapon against invasive fish? Herpes

CBS News - ‎5 hours ago‎
Also known as Koi herpes virus (KHV), this viral infection has only ever been observed as naturally occurring in carp, according to a diagnostic manual published online by the European Union Reference Laboratory for Fish Diseases (EURLFD).
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Heartbreak and hardship for women in Brazil as Zika crisis casts deep shadow

The Guardian - ‎8 hours ago‎
“We don't know if it is linked to low-income families or there are more vectors [mosquitoes carrying the virus] in the area where they live,” says Edvaldo Souza, an immunologist in infectious diseases. “We are trying to find out if micronutrient ...
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Another region is joining in the fight to use genetically modified mosquitoes to fight Zika

Business Insider - ‎1 hour ago‎
It's been a year since the untreatable Zika virus was first identified in the Americas. Since then, it's grown into a global health emergency, with public health officials, governments, and researchers alike scrambling for solutions.
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Recurrent Respiratory Infection: Strongest Link With Diabetes

Medscape - ‎6 hours ago‎
"When we looked at viruses as a cause, we saw an even stronger effect than the other associations. In short, our study confirms an association with any respiratory infection but an even stronger association with viral respiratory infection," Dr ...

Purdue University researchers determine structure of Zika virus

Financial Express - ‎7 hours ago‎
Any regions within the virus structure unique to Zika have the potential to explain differences in how a virus is transmitted and how it manifests as a disease, said Richard Kuhn, Director of the Purdue Institute for Inflammation, Immunology and ...

India to set up 160 virus testing labs

Livemint - ‎May 1, 2016‎
With mobility of people across the world increasing, the possibility of spread of viral diseases has increased proportionally.

First multi-year study of honey bee parasites and disease reveals troubling trends

Science Daily - ‎Apr 26, 2016‎
Researchers from the University of Maryland and the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently completed the first comprehensive, multi-year study of honey bee parasites and disease as part of the National Honey Bee Disease Survey. The findings reveal ...
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First Zika virus-related death reported in US in Puerto Rico

Washington Post - ‎Apr 29, 2016‎
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported the first Zika-virus-related death in the United States, a Puerto Rican man in his 70s who died in late February.

Do your job: Pick up your dog's poop

Sarasota Herald-Tribune (blog) - ‎6 hours ago‎
They're caused by viruses, bacteria, parasites, and fungi, and they are very common. Scientists estimate that more than six out of every 10 infectious diseases in humans are spread from animals, and there are more than 70 million domestic dogs in the ...
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News Scan for May 04, 2016

CIDRAP - ‎21 hours ago‎
In a study conducted in Sierra Leone, nearly half of household contacts of Ebola virus disease (EVD) survivors contracted the illness, with the risk strongly associated with the level of exposure, according to a report published yesterday in Emerging ...
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Early respiratory tract infections may raise children's type 1 diabetes risk

Medical News Today - ‎May 4, 2016‎
Children are particularly susceptible to respiratory tract infections because, unlike adults, their immune system has not acquired the immunity to stave off some of the viruses that cause them. Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is one of the most ...
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Dengue costs the world whopping $8.9 billion annually, finds study

Firstpost - ‎10 hours ago‎
"Our global estimates suggest that in 2013 there were a total of 58·40 million symptomatic dengue virus infections, including 13,586 fatal cases and that the total annual global cost of dengue illness was $8·9 billion," said the study published in the ...