Antiviral May Boost Survival in Brain Cancer (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Antiviral therapy against cytomegalovirus -- typically only thought a threat in immunosuppressed patients -- was linked to dramatically improved survival in patients with glioblastoma, based on one center's experience. (Source: MedPage Today Hematology/Oncology)
Source: MedPage Today Hematology/Oncology - September 4, 2013 Category: Hematology Source Type: news

Africa: Limited HIV Therapy Beneficial for Infants Immediately After Diagnosis
[VOA]Researchers have found that giving antiviral therapy for a limited time to HIV-infected babies soon after diagnosis prevents damage to their immune systems and delays the need for long-term drug therapy. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 25, 2013 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Antiviral Therapy for Chronic Hepatitis B in PregnancyAntiviral Therapy for Chronic Hepatitis B in Pregnancy
How should pregnant women with hepatitis B be managed? Read this new study to learn about the options clinicians have for treating this specific subset of patients. Seminars in Liver Disease (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - August 19, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Gastroenterology Journal Article Source Type: news

High discontinuation rate noted for direct-acting antiviral therapy
Read the full story on MD Consult: High discontinuation rate noted for direct-acting antiviral therapy (Source: MD Consult: News: Top Stories)
Source: MD Consult: News: Top Stories - August 2, 2013 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Black-legged ticks linked to encephalitis in New York state
(Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies) Ostfeld concludes: "When patients present with encephalitis symptoms in areas with high levels of Lyme disease, especially during the summer, physicians need to consider Powassan encephalitis. While rare, it's associated with significant complications. There is no vaccine or specific antiviral therapy, the best strategy remains prevention." (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 15, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Concerns Raised About Antiviral Therapy In Some Cases Of Cervical Cancer
A new understanding of the genetic process that can lead to cervical cancer may help improve diagnosis of potentially dangerous lesions for some women, and also raises a warning flag about the use of anti-viral therapies in certain cases - suggesting they could actually trigger the cancer they are trying to cure. The analysis provides a clearer picture of the chromosomal and genetic changes that take place as the human papillomavirus sometimes leads to chronic infection and, in less than 1 percent of cases, to cervical cancer... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - June 22, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cervical Cancer / HPV Vaccine Source Type: news

Genetics of cervical cancer raise concern about antiviral therapy in some cases
(Oregon State University) A new understanding of the genetic process that can lead to cervical cancer may help improve diagnosis of potentially dangerous lesions for some women, and also raises a warning flag about the use of anti-viral therapies in certain cases -- suggesting they could actually trigger the cancer they are trying to cure. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 19, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

New CPIP Case 6 Released
Hepatopathology: Update on HCV in the Era of Genomic Medicine and Direct Antiviral Therapy. (Source: CAP Important Announcements and News)
Source: CAP Important Announcements and News - June 18, 2013 Category: Pathology Source Type: news

Researchers Have Deciphered The Underlying Mechanism Of An Antiviral Drug
A long-forgotten candidate for antiviral therapy is undergoing a renaissance: Since the 1970s, the small molecule CMA has been considered a potent agent against viral infections, yet it was never approved for clinical use. Scientists at the Bonn University Hospital have now deciphered how the molecule can actually stimulate the immune system to combat viruses. The results are now being presented in the journal of the European Molecular Biology Organization EMBO... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - April 23, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases / Bacteria / Viruses Source Type: news

Influenza Testing And Management Streamlined By Improved Molecular Tools
Over 40,000 people die each year in the United States from influenza-related diseases. In patients whose immune systems are compromised, antiviral therapy may be life-saving, but it needs to be initiated quickly. It is therefore crucial to diagnose and type the influenza rapidly. Scientists in the Netherlands have designed and evaluated a set of molecular assays that they say are a sensitive and good alternative for conventional diagnostic methods and can produce results in one day without the need for additional equipment. The results are published in The Journal of Molecular Diagnostics... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - April 19, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Flu / Cold / SARS Source Type: news

From blank round to a potently active substance?
(University of Bonn) A long-forgotten candidate for antiviral therapy is undergoing a renaissance: Since the 1970s, the small molecule CMA has been considered a potent agent against viral infections, yet it was never approved for clinical use. Scientists at the Bonn University Hospital have now deciphered how the molecule can actually stimulate the immune system to combat viruses. The results are now being presented in the journal "EMBO" of the European Molecular Biology Organization. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 19, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Improved molecular tools streamline influenza testing and management
(Elsevier Health Sciences) Over 40,000 people die each year in the United States from influenza-related diseases. In patients whose immune systems are compromised, antiviral therapy may be life-saving, but it needs to be initiated quickly. It is therefore crucial to diagnose and type the influenza rapidly. Scientists in the Netherlands have designed and evaluated a set of molecular assays that they say are a sensitive and good alternative for conventional diagnostic methods and can produce results in one day without the need for additional equipment. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 17, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Hepatitis C Viral Load Fluctuates Without TreatmentHepatitis C Viral Load Fluctuates Without Treatment
Changes in circulating hepatitis C RNA that occur in patients with untreated virus could influence the best time to prescribe antiviral therapy, researchers say. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - April 4, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

HCV Clearance Key to Liver Fibrosis RegressionHCV Clearance Key to Liver Fibrosis Regression
In patients coinfected with HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV), sustained clearance of HCV-RNA after antiviral therapy is the major determinant of liver fibrosis regression, researchers say. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - March 28, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Gastroenterology News Source Type: news

Bee Venom Destroys HIV And Spares Surrounding Cells
Nanoparticles containing bee venom toxin melittin can destroy human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) while at the same time leaving surrounding cells unharmed, scientists from Washington University School of Medicine reported in the March 2013 issue of Antiviral Therapy. The researchers said that their finding is a major step toward creating a vaginal gel that can prevent HIV spread. HIV is the virus that causes AIDS. Joshua L... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - March 10, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: HIV / AIDS Source Type: news