Medical News Today: What to know about Epstein-Barr virus testing

The Epstein-Barr virus is a type of herpes virus. It is very common, and because the symptoms are quite general, a doctor may order an Epstein-Barr virus blood test to confirm whether or not a person currently has or has had this virus in the past. Read on to learn about the procedure and how to interpret the results.
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Publication date: Available online 16 October 2018Source: Antiviral ResearchAuthor(s): Donald F. Smee, Kie-Hoon Jung, Jonna Westover, Brian B. GowenAbstract2′-Fluoro-2′-deoxycytidine (2′-FdC) was reported to inhibit various viruses in vitro, including Borna disease, hepatitis C, Lassa fever, influenza and certain herpes viruses, and is inhibitory to influenza viruses in mice. We investigated the antiviral activity of 2′-FdC against several unrelated bunyaviruses in 50% cytopathic effect inhibition (CPE) and, with viruses that cause limited CPE, 90% virus yield reduction (VYR) assays. La Crosse (LACV...
Source: Antiviral Therapy - Category: Virology Source Type: research
AbstractPurpose of ReviewIdiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is an invariably progressive disease. Current treatment options simply slow disease progression, and better therapeutic options are needed. We aimed to review an emerging literature on risk factors associated with the development of IPF.Recent FindingsThere is increasing data to support the role of intrinsic risk factors (e.g., genetics, aging, sex, lung microbiome), comorbidities (e.g., gastroesophageal reflux, obstructive sleep apnea, diabetes mellitus, herpes virus infection), and extrinsic risk factors (e.g., cigarette smoking, environmental exposures, air po...
Source: Current Respiratory Care Reports - Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: research
ConclusionThis cohort study based on the largest size of cases demonstrated that improved fecal microbiota preparation reduced the rates of AEs, but did not affect the clinical efficacy in patients with CD.
Source: Advances in Therapy - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research
Conclusion In this setting, patients with CNS infections present late with severe disease and often associated with advanced HIV infection. Tuberculosis, toxoplasmosis, and cryptococcosis are common. High mortality and long-term morbidity underline the need for service improvements and further study.
Source: Neurology Clinical Practice - Category: Neurology Authors: Tags: Encephalitis, Meningitis, HIV, Prognosis Research Source Type: research
We report an effective decrease in pain with the application of the high-thoracic erector spinae plane block in the emergency department in a patient with herpes zoster pain in the cervicothoracic and shoulder region.
Source: The American Journal of Emergency Medicine - Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: This retrospective study described the clinical findings of HSK in a tertiary referral center in South Korea. Prophylactic oral antiviral agent treatment and oral ascorbic acid administration may lower the risk of recurrence. PMID: 30311457 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Korean Journal of Ophthalmology : KJO - Category: Opthalmology Tags: Korean J Ophthalmol Source Type: research
Authors: Shrestha M, Chen A Abstract Postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) is the most troublesome side effect of Herpes Zoster (HZ), which mainly affects the elderly and immunocompromised populations. Despite the current advancement of treatments, PHN persists in many individuals influencing their daily activities and reducing their quality of life. Anticonvulsants, antidepressants, topical therapies including lidocaine and capsaicin, and opioids, are the most widely used therapies for the treatment of PHN. These medications come with their adverse effects, so they should be used carefully with the elderly or with patients...
Source: Korean Journal of Pain - Category: Anesthesiology Tags: Korean J Pain Source Type: research
Authors: Beaman MH Abstract Meningitis and encephalitis are medical emergencies. Patients need prompt evaluation and immediate empiric therapy to reduce the likelihood of fatal outcomes and chronic neurological sequelae. Conjugate bacterial vaccines have significantly reduced the incidence of bacterial meningitis, especially in children. As the results of changes in patterns of bacterial drug sensitivity, ceftriaxone is now part of the recommended empiric treatment for bacterial meningitis and should be administered as early as possible. Neuroimaging delays the treatment of meningitis and is not needed in most case...
Source: Medical Journal of Australia - Category: General Medicine Tags: Med J Aust Source Type: research
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Source: The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal - Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Letters to the Editor Source Type: research
The risk of herpes zoster virus infection is increased among patients with inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). The herpes zoster vaccine (HZV) is therefore recommended for these patients, but little is known about its effectiveness, resulting in low use.
Source: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology - Category: Gastroenterology Authors: Source Type: research
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