Herpes Virus

Zika virus can cross placental barrier, but link with microcephaly remains unclear, new evidence suggests
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Zika virus has been detected in the amniotic fluid of two pregnant women whose fetuses had been diagnosed with microcephaly, according to a study. The report suggests that Zika virus can cross the placental barrier, but does not prove that the virus causes microcephaly, as more research is needed to understand the link.

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Cold sores increase risk of dementia, research suggests
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Infection with herpes simplex virus increases the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, researchers claim. “Our results clearly show that there is a link between infections of herpes simplex virus and the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. This also means that we have new opportunities to develop treatment forms to stop the disease,” says one of the […]

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Model helps decide drug dose for clinical testing
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A mathematical model may offer a valuable tool for selecting the proper dose of antiviral drugs for further testing in clinical trials.

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How herpes virus tricks the immune system
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Scientists have captured atomic images of the virus that causes cold sores in action. Structural details reveal that the virus inserts itself into another protein, jamming an important immune system pathway that normally allows immune cells to recognize and destroy foreign invaders.

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Herpes zoster is linked to increased rates of both stroke and myocardial infarction
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Herpes zoster (also called ‘shingles’) is linked to a transient increased risk of stroke and myocardial infarction in the months following initial zoster diagnosis, according to a new study.

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Shingles increases short-term risk of stroke in older adults
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A new study determined that adults 50 and older are at a 50% increased risk for stroke for 90 days following a shingles episode.

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Discovery shows how herpes simplex virus reactivates in neurons to trigger disease
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When we get cold sores, the reason is likely related to stress. For the first time, researchers discovered a cellular mechanism that allows the herpes simplex virus to reactivate. They also found how brain cells are duped into allowing this to happen so that the virus can cause disease.

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I Have Herpes. But It's Not Where You'd Think. | BlogHer
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I have herpes. Not in or around or even near my nether regions though, and i'm grateful for that, because that would be another brand of Hell. Still, it's in a fairly horrible place, all body parts considered. It's in my eye.

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New Jersey mom upset with 8th-grader's homework about …
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A week later you find out that you contracted herpes from your one night stand and that this is a disease you will have all your life and never know when an outbreak will occur." Loper, who openly talks to the 13-year-old about …

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Dr Kinghorn's talk | Herpes Viruses Association
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Do we encourage grandma with cold sores to kiss our children? I don't know the answer to that – but it is certainly the case with all herpes viruses that if you acquire them as an adult you are more likely to get a severe illness.

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