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IBM Designs Macromolecule 'Like Honey' To Prevent Viral Infections, Like Zika And Ebola, From Spreading

Medical Daily - ‎May 15, 2016‎
The Zika virus, Ebola, and dengue fever often elude vaccines with their shape-shifting abilities. Strains of these viral infections rapidly mutate, so they're not only resistant to treatment but also difficult to prevent from spreading in the first ...

NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

EurekAlert (press release) - ‎May 19, 2016‎
Each virus appears to have evolved differently, they say, and uses a different NS5 mechanism to alter the host immune response.

Origins of the Zika virus revealed by discovery in vaults of Glasgow university - ‎1 hour ago‎
The handwritten original research papers, which include hand-drawn graphs, annotated mosquito catch tables and slides depicting the forests in Uganda, where the virus was originally found, belonged to Professor Alexander Haddow - a key member of the ...
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Are We Prepared for Emerging Infectious Diseases?

Huffington Post - ‎18 hours ago‎
In the past several years, we have heard a lot about infectious microbes threatening the public health of all Americans. Some of the names of these agents seemed foreign at first but are familiar now - Ebola, MERS and Zika.
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Zika Virus 2016: News & Updated Projections - ‎14 hours ago‎
As temperatures rise, Zika virus disease (Zika) is predicted to hit a wide range of previously unaffected areas, including the United States.
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Luminous proteins offer new method to discover viral infections

Science Daily - ‎May 18, 2016‎
But the virus is closely related to picornaviruses, which in humans cause diseases such as polio, intestinal infections, jaundice, eye infections and regular colds. In cattle, some picornaviruses cause foot-and-mouth disease. Knowledge of ...
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Zika Virus Likely to Spread in US 'in the Next Month or So,' Official Says

TIME - ‎May 23, 2016‎
The Zika virus will likely begin spreading in the U.S. “in the next month or so,” a top health official said Sunday, highlighting the need for “forceful preparation.
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Zika virus may be linked to more eye problems in Brazilian babies with microcephaly

EurekAlert (press release) - ‎3 hours ago‎
Zika virus is now known to cause microcephaly, a birth defect marked by smaller head and brain size. In Brazil, the site of the most serious outbreak, nearly 1.5 million people reportedly have the virus. Some 4,000 infants were recently born with ...
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Mormon Missionary Dress Code Changed to Fight Zika Virus Threat

World Religion News - ‎15 hours ago‎
The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announces revised dress guidelines for sister missionaries in areas of the world affected by mosquito-borne diseases. - Mormon Newsroom ...

Man-made molecule designed to destroy viruses

Cosmos - ‎May 23, 2016‎
“We have created an anti-viral macromolecule that can tackle wily viruses by blocking the virus from infecting the cells, regardless of mutations,” says co-author Yi Yan Yang from the Singapore Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology.

Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis): Symptoms, Causes & Treatment

Live Science - ‎8 hours ago‎
Viral conjunctivitis is the most common form of pink eye; it is caused by a cold virus, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
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Tiny Wire Can Detect A Single Virus In Your Pee

Popular Science - ‎16 hours ago‎
But if it's a viral infection, identifying the exact type of virus is often a laborious and time-consuming process.
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G7 Summit in Japan: Another Milestone for Global Health

The Diplomat - ‎1 hour ago‎
Infectious diseases, such as the Ebola virus, cause significant human and economic losses and pose major threats to states and society.

Study of Immune System Response to Viral Infection Revives Possibility of Link Between MS and Viruses

Multiple Sclerosis News Today - ‎May 17, 2016‎
Researchers investigating immune B-cell response to the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) and cytomegalovirus (CMV) found that it may correlate with the amount of brain-specific B-cells in the blood - a marker of multiple sclerosis (MS) - and with higher ...

Pharma firm ReViral to create jobs at Sedgefield's NetPark as it targets pneumonia and Zika treatment

The Northern Echo (registration) - ‎1 hour ago‎
A PHARMA firm led by a Durham University lecturer will create North-East jobs as it bids to spearhead multi-million dollar pneumonia and Zika treatments.
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HIV cure a step closer after scientists remove virus's DNA from living tissue

The Independent - ‎May 19, 2016‎
Scientists have managed to remove DNA of the HIV virus from living tissue for the first time in a breakthrough that could lead to an outright cure.

Everything You Need To Know About Cold Sores

Huffington Post Australia - ‎7 hours ago‎
"Cold sores are caused by a virus called herpes simplex virus and are passed on usually by direct contact from someone who is shedding the virus," Cheryl Jones, Professor of Paediatrics at The University of Sydney and Marie Bashir Institute for ...

Hepatitis outbreak spreads to schools as health bosses warn of 'more cases' - ‎5 hours ago‎
Ms Lewis said: “There is no suggestion that transmission of the virus has occurred within the school.” She confirmed that ... She added: “Hepatitis A is a viral infection, usually short-lived, that has unpleasant symptoms but is rarely serious ...
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Threat of Zika Virus Forces Many to Shift Summer Travel Plans

ABC News - ‎18 hours ago‎
Dr. Mia Taormina, an osteopathic infectious disease and travel medicine specialist, and the Chair of the Department of Infectious Diseases at DuPage Medical Group, told ABC News that pregnant women and their partners should consider destinations that ...

JC Virus Carries a Mutation in MS Patients That Amplifies Brain Disease Known as PML

Multiple Sclerosis News Today - ‎May 24, 2016‎
A mutation in a mouse model of the John Cunningham (JC) virus, which causes progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML), allows the virus to evade the host immune responses in people with multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a study into the ...