Virus Health News

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1/10/2014
U.S. Flu Cases Continue to Climb

Southwestern states hardest hit, but infections still not at epidemic levels, CDC says

1/3/2014
Younger Adults Who've Had Shingles May Face Higher Stroke Risk

Study also found increased odds of heart attack, mini-stroke in older adults years after infection

12/17/2013
Deadly MERS Virus Detected in Camels

But it's not clear what role animals play in its transmission to humans

12/5/2013
Measles Still a Threat, U.S. Health Officials Warn

Sporadic outbreaks caused by travelers to countries without vaccination programs, doctors say

12/3/2013
New HIV Strain May Move to AIDS More Quickly: Study

Researchers say period from infection to disease takes about 5 years

11/26/2013
Swine Flu's Death Toll May Be Much Higher Than Thought

Study updates estimate from 2009 pandemic to nearly 203,000 deaths worldwide

11/26/2013
New Clues to How Long-Term Drug Therapy Keeps HIV at Bay

Small study finds little or no replication of the virus in its hiding places; early treatment may be best

11/25/2013
FDA Approves New Treatment for Hepatitis C Infection

Olysio may cut down on side effects while achieving good responses in patients, experts say

11/14/2013
Taiwan Woman 1st Human Infected With New Strain of Bird Flu

Scientists aren't sure about the potential threat posed by the H6N1 virus

11/6/2013
Study Finds Too Few With Hepatitis C Start or Stick With Treatment

Interferon injections don't always work, but new therapies on the way, experts say

10/31/2013
HIV Resistance Mapped by Gene Researchers

Some people have natural defenses that weaken power of virus, study authors say

10/21/2013
Breast Milk Bought Online May Contain Harmful Germs: Study

Nearly three-quarters of samples from an Internet milk-sharing site contained microbes that could make a baby sick

10/21/2013
Researchers Discover How Flu Gains Foothold in the Body

Mouse study illustrates the virus' bold attack on the immune system

10/17/2013
Scientists Rewrite Germ's Genetic Code

Aim is to redesign natural biological systems for useful purposes

10/16/2013
Immune Protein Found to Block HIV Spread in Some People

Cells' second-line defense, found in a rare few, could cut need for long-term drug therapy, researchers say

10/11/2013
Deadly Respiratory Infection Took Hold in Bats, Study Says

Genetic analysis indicates they were probably first species to battle MERS virus

10/8/2013
Second Dose of Vaccine Cuts Chickenpox Cases Even More, Study Finds

Kids and adults benefit from children receiving both recommended immunizations, researcher says

10/4/2013
Scientists Say Pressure Allows Herpes Viruses to Infect Cells

New ability to measure that pressure may help lead to treatments, study authors suggest

10/3/2013
AIDS Virus in Cats Might Help Human Vaccine Effort, Study Hints

Protein in feline virus triggered immune reaction in blood from people with HIV

10/2/2013
Study Questions Discovery of 'New' Hepatitis Virus

Contaminated lab glassware caused confusion, researchers say

9/23/2013
Nail Fungus Drug Might Help Against HIV, Study Suggests

Lab research shows the anti-fungal aided cells in elimination of AIDS-causing virus

9/20/2013
Deadly Respiratory Virus Has Passed Between Animals, Humans Before

Study still doesn't pinpoint from which animal the virus is coming

9/18/2013
Gene Testing Helps Sort Out Bacterial, Viral Infections

Results could speed up diagnosis, improve treatment decisions, study authors say

9/10/2013
For Uninfected Partner, Antiretroviral Drugs May Shield Against HIV

Study of heterosexual couples in Uganda suggests strict adherence to meds is key

9/3/2013
Scientists Tally Viruses Living in Mammals

They suspect at least 320,000 viruses exist, and say finding them might reduce toll of human epidemics

8/27/2013
Stomach Bug Vaccine for Infants Protects Entire Community: CDC

Lower hospitalization rates for rotavirus infection seen in all age groups, researchers report

8/21/2013
Experimental Treatment May Help Fight Deadly Ebola Virus

Therapy led to recovery in nearly half of study animals up to 5 days after infection

8/8/2013
Many Docs Wrongly Prescribe Powerful Antibiotics: Study

Using these drugs incorrectly, such as for viruses, adds to problem of drug-resistant bacteria

8/7/2013
China Bird Flu Appears to Have Spread From Person to Person

Single reported case does not mean pandemic is likely, although vigilance is needed, experts say

7/26/2013
Lethal New Virus in Monkeys Shows Potential to Infect Humans

Study of germ that killed primates in a California colony should spur more vigilance, researchers say

7/26/2013
Recently Emerged MERS Virus Less Infectious Than SARS: Study

But Middle East respiratory virus has high death rates among people with chronic illnesses

7/22/2013
Midwest Ticks Show Signs of 'Heartland Virus'

Recently discovered disease struck two Missouri farmers

7/18/2013
China's Bird Flu Might Someday Spread More Easily: Report

For now, however, the virus doesn't transfer well from human to human, experts say

7/12/2013
West Nile Spraying Safe in Short Term: Study

California researchers found Sacramento County residents had no immediate health problems after pesticide was applied

7/11/2013
Country Singer Randy Travis Suffers a Stroke

Doctors had implanted a device to help his weakened heart pump blood

7/10/2013
Scientists Examine New Bird Flu's Potential to Spread

They looked at transmission between humans and mammals in lab

7/9/2013
Country Singer Randy Travis in Critical Condition With Heart Infection

Singer first admitted to Dallas hospital on Sunday after developing what he thought was a cold

6/26/2013
Flu Spreads Quickest Among Kids, Teachers, Health-Care Workers

Study finds they're most likely to have frequent contact with others already infected

6/19/2013
Study Reveals How New Respiratory Virus Spreads

Infectious-disease experts went to Middle East to gather information on often deadly MERS virus

6/14/2013
Saliva May Improve With Age for Flu Protection

Germ-fighting proteins contained within saliva work better in seniors, study found

6/6/2013
MERS Virus May Never Become Big Threat in U.S., Experts Say

New strain will most likely weaken over time, infection specialists explain

5/31/2013
Doubling Tamiflu Dose for Severe Flu Doesn't Help: Study

Researchers found no extra health benefit compared to standard dose

5/29/2013
Gene Therapy May Protect Against Flu Pandemics

Study found coaxing cells in the nose to make super antibodies protected mice and ferrets from pandemic strains

5/23/2013
Modified Polio Virus May Help Fight Brain Tumors, Study Suggests

Treatment is harmless to normal cells but attacks cancer cells; finding is preliminary, researchers say

5/13/2013
Unusual Heat May Have Boosted West Nile Virus Last Year: CDC

More illnesses, deaths from mosquito-borne disease reported in 2012 than in recent years, agency says

5/8/2013
Immune Cell Discovery May One Day Lead to Herpes Vaccine: Study

Understanding specialized cells could be key to preventing genital herpes, researchers say

4/18/2013
Treatment for New, Deadly Coronavirus Shows Promise

Researchers report two drugs currently used to treat hepatitis C stopped virus from replicating in lab tests

4/10/2013
Study Hints of Links Between HPV and Lung Cancer

Certain strains of the cervical cancer virus found in tumors from nonsmokers

3/27/2013
Genes and Early Wheezing Tied to Childhood Asthma Risk

Common cold symptom increased odds for asthma in study

3/25/2013
Could Herpes Virus Affect Memory in Older Adults?

Chronic infection with cold sores may affect thinking, especially in sedentary folks, study suggests