New test can diagnose emerging strains of canine parvovirus
(Kansas State University) The Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory has developed a diagnostic test that can detect emerging strains of canine parvovirus, a severe -- and potentially fatal -- virus that affects dogs. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - November 7, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Anti-cancer virus activated by drug
Parvoviruses cause no harm in humans, but they can attack and kill cancer cells. Since 1992, scientists at the German Cancer Research Center (Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, DKFZ) have been studying these viruses with the aim of developing a viral therapy to treat glioblastomas, a type of aggressively growing brain cancer. A clinical trial has been conducted since 2011 at the Heidelberg University Neurosurgery Hospital to test the safety of treating cancer patients with the parvovirus H-1. "We obtained impressive results in preclinical trials with parvovirus H-1 in brain tumors," says Dr... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - October 17, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cervical Cancer / HPV Vaccine Source Type: news

Drug activates virus against cancer
(German Cancer Research Center (Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, DKFZ)) Scientists from the German Cancer Research Center have discovered that a drug called valproic acid increases the effectiveness of parvoviruses that are used against cancer. In some cases, pancreatic and cervical tumors that had been transplanted to rats completely regressed after treatment with a combination of the virus and an agent. The drug makes the viruses replicate more rapidly and improves their capacity to kill cancer cells. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 15, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

CSU center for companion animal studies partners with Belgium company to help dogs and cats
The Colorado State University Center for Companion Animal Studies is collaborating with Belgium-based company Viyo International on a study meant to save dogs with parvovirus infection whose low-income families cannot afford the animals' medical care. The study is supported with a $100,000 donation from Viyo International as part of a research and training collaboration called "Partners in Clinical Excellence." The project will provide sick dogs with complete treatment from clinicians and veterinary students at CSU's James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital, said Dr... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - October 1, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Veterinary Source Type: news

Diagnosis Of Parvovirus B19 In Pregnancy Enhanced With Launch Of A Unique Highly Sensitive Molecular Assay
The molecular division of DiaSorin has launched the unique, highly sensitive Iam Parvo assay, a rapid quantitative molecular assay for use on the LiaisonĀ® Iam instrument. DiaSorin are the global leader in Parvovirus B19 serology testing, and the addition of this molecular assay expands its diagnostic portfolio for this potentially life-threatening virus. Parvovirus B19 (B19V) is a common childhood infection. It causes particular concern where a pregnant woman has had contact with a B19V infected individual, or where maternal B19V infection is suspected... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - July 8, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pregnancy / Obstetrics Source Type: news

Human Parvovirus - Fifth Disease
Human parvovirus or, 'Fifth Disease,' is a mild rash illness caused by parvovirus B19. The disease is also referred to as, 'erythema infectiosum.' Children experience this disease more often than adults do. A person often gets sick within 4-14 days after becoming infected with parvovirus B19. Approximately 20% of children and adults who become infected with this virus will not experience any symptoms at all. (Source: Disabled World)
Source: Disabled World - June 21, 2013 Category: Disability Tags: Health and Disability Source Type: news

Canine Parvovirus and Assistant Dogs
The canine version of parvovirus is a very serious viral infection that is so powerful it may affect all of your dogs at the same time, not only an assistant dog. To make matters worse, dogs carrying this virus may not recover. There is a small chance that your assistant dog, therapy dog, or other pet might be fully cured of the condition and it is only right that you take the necessary precautions to prevent your dog from acquiring this disease in the first place. (Source: Disabled World)
Source: Disabled World - June 19, 2013 Category: Disability Tags: Service Animals Source Type: news