Nigeria:Healthcare Experts Canvass Blood Donation to Save Lives
[Guardian] Abuja, Damaturu, Lagos -As Nigeria joins in marking World Blood Donor Day, the Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria (IHVN) has implored people to donate voluntarily to save lives. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 14, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Ebola outbreak in the DRC that has 'killed 25 people' has the 'potential for rapid expansion'
Dr Derek Gatherer, a virologist from Lancaster University, warns the fresh outbreak - which began in Bikoro - is ‘reminiscent’ of the 2014 Ebola pandemic, which decimated West Africa. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Liver Stiffness, Steatosis in HCV Patients With SVR on DAAs Liver Stiffness, Steatosis in HCV Patients With SVR on DAAs
This study evaluated changes in liver stiffness and steatosis in patients with HCV who received direct-acting anti-viral therapy and achieved sustained virological response.Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - May 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Gastroenterology Journal Article Source Type: news

400-million-year-old evolutionary arms race helps researchers understand HIV
(University of Western Ontario) Researchers at Western University were interested in the origin of a gene that encodes for protein, HERC5, shown to potently inhibit HIV. In a new study published in the Journal of Virology, Stephen Barr, Ph.D., assistant professor at Western's Schulich School of Medicine& Dentistry, shows that the gene first emerged in fish over 400 million years ago and has been involved in an evolutionary arms race with viruses ever since. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 24, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

A call to arms against the other retrovirus
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Source: ScienceNOW - May 24, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Kupferschmidt, K. Tags: Epidemiology, Medicine, Diseases, Virology In Depth Source Type: news

Vaccine trial launched to stop Ebola
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Source: ScienceNOW - May 17, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Cohen, J. Tags: Epidemiology, Medicine, Diseases, Virology In Depth Source Type: news

Next-generation diagnostics with CRISPR
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Source: ScienceNOW - April 26, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Chertow, D. S. Tags: Virology perspective Source Type: news

Nigeria:No Lassa Fever Vaccine Anywhere in the World - Virologist
[Guardian] Enugu -A Virologist, Prof Simeon Magaji Agwale, yesterday, insisted that there is no certified vaccine for the treatment of Lassa Fever anywhere in the world, stressing that Nigeria was best suited to develop vaccines for the cure of the disease for the rest of the world. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 14, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Hepatitis C Symptoms Can Persist After Cure (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Cryoglobulins observed 2 years after sustained virologic response (Source: MedPage Today Gastroenterology)
Source: MedPage Today Gastroenterology - April 13, 2018 Category: Gastroenterology Source Type: news

Sustained virological response to oral hepatitis C virus treatment associated with reduced mortality in an Italian cohort
(European Association for the Study of the Liver) A large-scale, real-world data on the course of liver disease after clearance of HCV with direct-acting antiviral agents show reduced risk of death at all stages of disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 13, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Screening for hepatocellular carcinoma in patients with hepatitis C-related cirrhosis achieving sustained virological response is likely to be cost effective
(European Association for the Study of the Liver) A Canadian study suggests that biannual or annual ultrasound screening for HCC is likely to be cost effective after a sustained virological response in those with hepatitis C-related cirrhosis, but not in those with advanced fibrosis without cirrhosis. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - April 12, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Vaginal Delivery OK With Well Controlled HIV, Study Confirms Vaginal Delivery OK With Well Controlled HIV, Study Confirms
Most women living with HIV can achieve good virological control and deliver their children vaginally, according to a study of national data from Finland.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - April 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

A delicate balance
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Source: ScienceNOW - April 5, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Broadfoot, M. Tags: Development, Immunology, Virology Feature Source Type: news

New coronavirus emerges from bats in China, devastates young swine
(NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) A newly identified coronavirus that killed nearly 25,000 piglets in 2016-17 in China emerged from horseshoe bats near the origin of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV), which emerged in 2002 in the same bat species. The new virus, called swine acute diarrhea syndrome coronavirus (SADS-CoV), doesn't appear to infect people, unlike SARS-CoV. The NIAID-funded work was a collaboration among scientists from EcoHealth Alliance, Duke-NUS Medical School, Wuhan Institute of Virology and other organizations. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 4, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

New CDC Director Named
Dr. Robert Redfield has been named the new director for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) by Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar. The position does not require Senate confirmation. The announcement came on March 21, 2018, a couple of months after former CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald resigned from the position because of her myriad conflicts of interest arising from her failure to divest from investments in tobacco and healthcare companies. Redfield, a virologist and professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, has an extensive background in HIV/AIDS research. He manages...
Source: Public Policy Reports - April 2, 2018 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Janssen Announces Positive CHMP Opinion for JULUCATM ▼ (dolutegravir/rilpivirine)
If approved, stable, virologically suppressed adults living with HIV-1 could have the option to switch to a single-pill, two-drug regimen (Source: Johnson and Johnson)
Source: Johnson and Johnson - March 23, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

AIDS Researcher Robert Redfield Is the New CDC Director. Here ’s Why the Pick Is Controversial
The Trump administration has tapped HIV researcher Dr. Robert Redfield to be the new leader of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Redfield will be replacing Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, who stepped down from CDC director after Politico reported that she had bought shares in a tobacco company after accepting the position. Redfield will not require Senate confirmation. However, reactions to his selection have been mixed. Before joining the CDC, Redfield was a professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the co-founder of the university’s Institute of Human Virology. Over his career, ...
Source: TIME: Health - March 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alexandra Sifferlin Tags: Uncategorized CDC CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield healthytime public health Scientific misconduct Source Type: news

Longtime AIDS researcher Robert Redfield picked to lead CDC
A leading AIDS researcher, who is well respected for his clinical work but has no experience running a governmental public-health agency, was named Wednesday to head the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said in a statement that the 66-year-old virologist and physicians has “dedicated his entire life […]Related:Former FDA commissioners say right-to-try bills could endanger ‘vulnerable patients’Top candidate to lead CDC is an HIV/AIDS researcher5 interesting findings about U.S. abortions from a new report on the current science (Source: Washing...
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - March 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

AIDS Researcher Top Candidate to Lead the C.D.C.
The administration is vetting Dr. Robert Redfield, a founder of the University of Maryland ’ s Institute of Human Virology, for C.D.C. chief. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - March 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: SHEILA KAPLAN Tags: Dr. Robert Redfield Appointments and Executive Changes Centers for Disease Control and Prevention University of Maryland Source Type: news

Nigeria hit by unprecedented Lassa fever outbreak
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Source: ScienceNOW - March 15, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Roberts, L. Tags: Epidemiology, Medicine, Diseases, Virology In Depth Source Type: news

Concern as HIV prevention strategy languishes
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Source: ScienceNOW - March 15, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Cohen, J. Tags: Epidemiology, Medicine, Diseases, Virology In Depth Source Type: news

ART: Measuring Tx Adherence by a Hair (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Antiretroviral levels in hair linked with virologic outcomes (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - March 6, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nature's strategies: Stealing genes to survive
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Source: ScienceNOW - March 1, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Leslie, M. Tags: Virology Feature Source Type: news

How bats carry viruses without getting sick
(Cell Press) Bats are known to harbor highly pathogenic viruses like Ebola or Marburg and yet they do not show clinical signs of disease. In a paper published in the journal Cell Host& Microbe on February 22, scientists at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China find that in bats, an antiviral immune pathway called the STING-interferon pathway is dampened, and bats can maintain just enough defense against illness without triggering a heightened immune reaction. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 22, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

These Are the Dirtiest Places in Your Hotel Room
You may want to pack some disinfectant wipes the next time you travel. When you stay in a hotel room, you usually expect that staff have cleaned it thoroughly after the last guest stayed there. But this is not always the case, and even regular cleaning can leave travelers open to other people’s germs, experts say. In one 2012 study presented at the general meeting of the American Society of Microbiology, 81% of surfaces sampled had some fecal bacteria. Researchers found that light switches and TV remotes were among the objects most heavily contaminated with bacteria, and toilets and bathroom sinks also had high level...
Source: TIME: Health - February 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abigail Abrams Tags: Uncategorized Germs healthytime onetimetravel Source Type: news

Use of cholera vaccines expands, raising hopes
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Source: ScienceNOW - February 8, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Kupferschmidt, K. Tags: Epidemiology, Medicine, Diseases, Virology In Depth Source Type: news

Could the Deadly 1918 Flu Pandemic Happen Again?
It's "100 percent" certain that another global flu crisis will happen, said Dr. Greg Poland, a virologist and vaccine researcher with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - February 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ketogenic diets could slow aging research suggests
Researchers from the  Gladstone Institute for Virology and Immunology in San Francisco found carbohydrate 'starvation' causes the body to release a chemical that protects cells from 'internal stress'. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

2 Novan execs out as company pushes to broaden focus
As Morrisville-based Novan (Nasdaq: NOVN) continues to execute on a broadened focus, the company is also seeing a pair of C-suite executives depart.   Novan said Thursday that it’s gotten underway with a Phase 2 clinical trial for its product candidate SB206 for the treatment of a viral skin infection known as molluscum, which falls in line with its previously announced pivot from a primary focus on acne to virology and immunology. The clin ical trial announcement closely follows two filings with… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - January 25, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Jennifer Henderson Source Type: news

Critics see only risks, no benefits in horsepox paper
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Source: ScienceNOW - January 25, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Kupferschmidt, K. Tags: Genetics, Microbiology, Pharmacology, Toxicology, Virology In Depth Source Type: news

Dolutegravir-Rilpivirine Effective for Maintaining HIV Suppression Dolutegravir-Rilpivirine Effective for Maintaining HIV Suppression
The recently approved combination of dolutegravir and rilpivirine is effective for maintaining virological suppression in adults with HIV-1, according to results from the SWORD-1 and SWORD-2 noninferiority studies.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines)
Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines - January 23, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: HIV/AIDS News Source Type: news

Switch From Ritonavir to Cobicistat in HIV With Dyslipidemia Switch From Ritonavir to Cobicistat in HIV With Dyslipidemia
A new study examines the impact of switching from ritonavir to cobicistat on lipid parameters among virologically suppressed HIV-infected patients with dyslipidemia.HIV Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: HIV/AIDS Journal Article Source Type: news

Health Highlights: Jan. 17, 2018
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: AIDS Activist Dr. Mathilde Krim Dies at 91 Dr. Mathilde Krim, an American geneticist and virologist who was a leader in the fight against... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - January 17, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

In Pakistan, surveillance for polio reveals a paradox
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Source: ScienceNOW - January 11, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Roberts, L. Tags: Asia/Pacific News, Epidemiology, Medicine, Diseases, Virology In Depth Source Type: news

Study Backs Hepatitis C Treatment in Injection Drug Users
Use of sofosbuvir-velpatasvir to treat hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in injection drug users usually leads to a sustained virologic response at 12 weeks... (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - January 8, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Nigeria:Expert Calls for Increased Funding to Tackle Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis
[This Day] Abuja -The Associate Director, Global Fund Programmes, Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN), Dr. Aderonke Agbaje, has called on the government to support the drug-resistant tuberculosis programme in the country with funds as donor funding for the disease has reduced significantly. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - December 21, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Toolkit: State Strategies to Improve Health Outcomes for People Living with HIV
This toolkit is intended provide state officials with tools and resources, including issue briefs, webinars, and presentations, they need to improve rates of sustained virologic suppression of HIV. New items will be added to the toolkit on a regular basis, providing state officials with up-to-date information and timely policy resources. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - December 19, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Dr Max Pemberton: Is the flu jab a waste of time?
There are three main types of flu virus — A, B and C — and hundreds of different subtypes, explains John Oxford, professor of virology at Queen Mary University of London. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ethnic Disparities in Progression and Survival in Chronic HCV Ethnic Disparities in Progression and Survival in Chronic HCV
This study evaluated differences in the natural history of chronic HCV infection in different ethnic groups. Does a sustained virological response impact disparities?Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - December 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Gastroenterology Journal Article Source Type: news

Press invitation to Europe's largest congress on hepatology
(European Association for the Study of the Liver) The International Liver Congress ™ (ILC) is the annual EASL meeting, and the flagship event in EASL's educational calendar. Every year in April, scientific and medical experts from a broad range of fields including hepatology, gastroenterology, internal medicine, cell biology, transplant surgery, infectious diseases, microbiology and virology, pharmacology, pathology and radiology and imaging come together from around the world to learn about the latest in liver research. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 1, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

HCC in Chronic HBV vs Chronic HCV After Virologic Response HCC in Chronic HBV vs Chronic HCV After Virologic Response
Does the achievement of virologic response modify the risk of hepatocellular carcinoma differently in patients with chronic hepatitis B as compared to those with chronic hepatitis C?Journal of Viral Hepatitis (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - November 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Gastroenterology Journal Article Source Type: news

Janssen Announces U.S. FDA Approval of First and Only Complete, Single-Pill, Two-Drug Regimen, JULUCA ® (Dolutegravir and Rilpivirine), for the Treatment of HIV-1 Infection
Provides New Treatment Option for Stable, Virologically Suppressed Adults Living with HIV-1 (Source: Johnson and Johnson)
Source: Johnson and Johnson - November 22, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

FDA Approves Juluca (dolutegravir and rilpivirine) for the Maintenance Treatment of Virologically Suppressed HIV-1 Infection
November 21, 2017 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Juluca, the first complete treatment regimen containing only two drugs to treat certain adults with human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) instead of three or more drugs... (Source: Drugs.com - New Drug Approvals)
Source: Drugs.com - New Drug Approvals - November 21, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Rapid Risk Assessment: Outbreaks of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza A(H5N8) in Europe
European Union, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. 11/18/2016 This nine-page report summarizes the epidemiological, virological, and environmental information relating to outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza A virus subtype A(H5N8) in Europe up to November 15, 2016, and assesses the risk to public health in European Union/European Economic Area (EU/EEA) countries associated with the outbreak. It concludes that the risk of zoonotic transmission to the general public in EU/EEA countries is considered to be very low. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - November 15, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Increasing Rates of Virologic Suppression: Promising Practices from HIV Health Improvement Affinity Group States
December 6, 2017 2:30-4:00pm ET.(HIV Health Improvement Affinity Group) (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - November 8, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

4-in-1 flu shot may mean lifelong protection against the flu
(University of Nebraska-Lincoln) Scientists with the Nebraska Center for Virology find a vaccine combining centralized ancestral genes from four major influenza strains could be a path toward a universal flu shot. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 2, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Better Together: How Cross-Agency Data Sharing Can Improve the Care Continuum for People Living with HIV/AIDS
Georgia has leveraged an existing data use agreement (DUA) to gather data across agencies and is using that data to target key improvements to improve rates of virologic suppression in HIV-infected, Medicaid beneficiaries. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - October 31, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Single-tablet Switch Option Effective in Virologically Suppressed HIV Single-tablet Switch Option Effective in Virologically Suppressed HIV
A new single-tablet regimen (STR) that includes the protease inhibitor (PI) darunavir, cobicistat, emtricitabine, and tenofovir alafenamide maintains viral suppression in adults infected with HIV-1, according to results from the EMERALD phase 3 noninferiority trial.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines)
Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines - October 20, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: HIV/AIDS News Source Type: news

Glecaprevir-Pibrentasvir Effective in Patients With HCV, CKD Glecaprevir-Pibrentasvir Effective in Patients With HCV, CKD
Glecaprevir-pibrentasvir produced high sustained virologic response rates regardless of the underlying HCV genotype in patients with severe chronic kidney disease and HCV infection, a study found.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - October 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Gastroenterology News Source Type: news

Sustained Response with HCV Combo Drug in CKD
(MedPage Today) -- Patients with both diseases had virologic response and no failure (Source: MedPage Today Gastroenterology)
Source: MedPage Today Gastroenterology - October 12, 2017 Category: Gastroenterology Source Type: news