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Herpes Virus Yields Up Genetic Secrets

Posted 29 Apr 2020 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 29, 2020 – Herpes simplex virus – the virus that causes cold sores – is more complex than scientists had thought, a new study finds. It had been believed that there were about 80 so-called open reading frames in the herpes gene, but there now appear to be 284, researchers report. Those are places where the DNA becomes proteins. "The new findings now make it possible to study...

Could MS Have Links to the Herpes Virus?

Posted 2 Dec 2019 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 2, 2019 – A variant of a common herpes virus may play a role in the development of multiple sclerosis (MS), Swedish researchers say. They analyzed the blood of about 8,700 MS patients and a control group of more than 7,200 people without MS. They were looking for antibodies against proteins of two variants (A and B) of human herpesvirus 6 (HHV-6), which has been linked with MS. MS...

Self-Testing for Cervical Cancer Increases Screening Rates

Posted 8 Nov 2019 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 8, 2019 – Mailing self-sampling kits to test for the cervical cancer-causing virus HPV significantly increased screening rates for the cancer, according to a new study. The research included nearly 20,000 women in the Kaiser Permanente Washington (state) system who hadn't been screened for cervical cancer in more than three years. About half got an HPV (human papillomavirus)...

Scientists ID Clue in Effort to Contain Herpes Virus

Posted 8 Nov 2019 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 7, 2019 – An inflammatory protein may play a part against the spread of sexually transmitted genital herpes virus in the nervous system, a new study says. The findings could help lead to improved treatment of herpes, according to the researchers at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix. The protein, called IL-36y, was identified 20 years ago. Since then, research...

Health Tip: Living With Herpes

Posted 7 Oct 2019 by Drugs.com

-- Herpes is a common and usually mild skin condition caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). If you are living with herpes, Sutter Health encourages you to: Be alert to triggers that activate herpes. Use safe sex methods, such as condoms. Don't share personal care items. Respond quickly to a herpes breakout.

Dual Therapy Might Be Advance Against Genital Herpes, Animal Study Suggests

Posted 1 Aug 2019 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 1, 2019 – It's only been tried so far in guinea pigs, but researchers say a combination of a vaccine and a medicated cream could greatly lower recurrence of genital herpes. The condition is very common, affecting about one out of six Americans between the ages of 14 and 49, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There's currently no cure and attempts to...

Dual Therapy Might Be Advance Against Genital Herpes, Animal Study Suggests

Posted 1 Aug 2019 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 1, 2019 – It's only been tried so far in guinea pigs, but researchers say a combination of a vaccine and a medicated cream could greatly lower recurrence of genital herpes. The condition is very common, affecting about one out of six Americans between the ages of 14 and 49, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There's currently no cure and attempts to...

Could Herpes Virus Help Cause Alzheimer's?

Posted 19 Oct 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 19, 2018 – There's growing evidence that the herpes virus responsible for cold sores also may cause Alzheimer's disease, a new research paper contends. It's been long known that herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV1) can been found in the brains of elderly people with Alzheimer's disease, and research has shown that herpes increases Alzheimer's risk in people genetically predisposed to...

Could Herpes Virus Play a Role in Alzheimer's?

Posted 21 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 21, 2018 – Viruses could play a key role in the development of Alzheimer's disease, a new study suggests. Brains riddled with Alzheimer's disease contain high levels of two strains of human herpes virus, researchers discovered. Human herpes virus 6 and 7 were found in Alzheimer's-affected brains at levels up to twice as high as in those without Alzheimer's, the scientists reported...

Fewer Americans Are Getting Herpes

Posted 7 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 7, 2018 – Herpes infection rates are dropping among young Americans, and safer sex practices may be one reason why. Roughly 12 percent of adults were infected with genital herpes (HSV-2) in 2015-2016, down from 18 percent in 1999-2000, a new government report found. The same promising trend was seen with HSV-1, a form of herpes that causes sores around the mouth and lips,...

Good New for Parents: Teens Are Delaying Having Sex

Posted 5 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 4, 2018 – Fewer U.S. teens are sexually active these days, as many wait until later in high school to try sex for the first time, a new report reveals. The proportion of high school students who've ever had sex decreased to 41 percent in 2015, continuing a downward trend from 47 percent in 2005 and 53 percent in 1995, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and...

Ob/Gyns Warn Against 'Vaginal Seeding' Trend for Newborns

Posted 25 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 25, 2017 – The U.S.'s leading group of obstetricians and gynecologists is warning against a new trend where babies born by C-section are "seeded" via cotton swabs with vaginal microbes from the mother. "Vaginal seeding" is growing in popularity because it's thought that babies born through Cesarean-section miss out on certain "helpful" vaginal microbes that might shield the...

Semen Harbors Wide Range of Viruses

Posted 13 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 13, 2017 – Human semen provides a potential hiding place and breeding ground for a host of dangerous viruses, a new evidence review reports. The analysis of current medical literature revealed genetic evidence of 27 infectious viruses found in semen, including dread-inducing agents like Zika, Ebola, Marburg, Lassa fever and chikungunya, along with mumps, Epstein-Barr and chicken...

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