Researchers identify new compounds to treat RSV, Zika virus

(University of Alberta) A new and promising class of chemical compounds has major potential for treating Zika virus and respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, according to a new study by University of Alberta scientists. The next step is to develop a drug.
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A humanitarian crisis in Venezuela is accelerating the re-emergence of malaria, Chagas disease, dengue, Zika and other dangerous infectious diseases and threatens to jeopardize 20 years of public health gains, experts warned on Thursday.
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(Natural News) Nutritional therapies are simple low-cost methods of interrupting the transmission of various viral infections, as well as reducing one’s susceptibility to these diseases. Of particular note is the incredible healing power of vitamin C in reducing symptoms related to dengue fever, Zika virus, and similar infections. Dengue fever can be effectively reduced with...
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Publication date: Available online 20 February 2019Source: Biosensors and BioelectronicsAuthor(s): Sanghyun Lee, Wonhyung Lee, Hojin Kim, Pan Kee Bae, Jaechan Park, Joonwon KimAbstractIn the study, we describe an oscillatory flow-assisted efficient target enrichment method by using a particle-based microarray device. Periodic oscillating flow effectively increased the mixing and binding performance between the target molecules in the sample solution and surface functionalized microparticles. Particles were trapped, secured, and released with an elastic microvalve structure operated via differences in the flow conditions. S...
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(The Lancet) The ongoing humanitarian crisis in Venezuela is accelerating the re-emergence of vector-borne diseases such as malaria, Chagas disease, dengue, and Zika virus, and threatens to jeopardize public health gains in the country over the past two decades, warn leading public health experts. The conclusion comes from a Review paper that provides the most comprehensive assessment of the impact of the crisis in Venezuela, published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal.
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This study describes an impedimetric electrochemical DNA biosensor for label-free detection of zika virus. Disposable electrodes were fabricated by thermal evaporation on polyethylene terephthalate substrates covered with a nanometric gold layer manufactured in three-contact configurations. The disposable, evaporated electrodes were morphologically characterized by atomic force microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. The electrode surface was characterized by electroanalytical techniques. Genetic sequences of primers and complementary capture probes were designed based on analysis of the zika and dengue virus genomes....
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The objectives of the current study were (1) to assess the prevalence of microcephaly and other brain findings in infected and affected fetuses and infants, (2) to compare these findings with other congenital ZIKV series reported to date, and (3) to provide quantitative measures of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of fetal and infant brain imaging.
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z Minguito De La Fuente De Ory In the absence of viremia, the diagnostics of Zika virus (ZIKV) infections must rely on serological techniques. In order to improve the serological diagnosis of ZIKV, ZIKV-IgA and ZIKV-IgG avidity assays were evaluated. Forty patients returning from ZIKV endemic areas, with confirmed or suspected ZIKV infections were studied. Samples were classified as early acute, acute and late acute according to the number of days post illness onset. Low avidity IgG was only detected at acute and late acute stages and IgA mostly at the early acute and acute stages. The date of sampling provide...
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Jacobs Robin Ketteler Marcus Dorner Mark Marsh Viruses are a major threat to human health and economic well-being. In recent years Ebola, Zika, influenza, and chikungunya virus epidemics have raised awareness that infections can spread rapidly before vaccines or specific antagonists can be made available. Broad-spectrum antivirals are drugs with the potential to inhibit infection by viruses from different groups or families, which may be deployed during outbreaks when specific diagnostics, vaccines or directly acting antivirals are not available. While pathogen-directed approaches are generally effective against ...
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(Natural News) A recent study that has been published in the journal The Lancet Infectious Diseases shows that the Zika virus stays in semen for up to six months after infection. Researchers at the Paris, France-based French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (Inserm), Paris-based Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), and academic practitioners from University Toulouse III- Paul Sabatier and Toulouse University Hospital have...
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