Herpes Virus

Immune cells that suppress genital herpes infections identified
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Scientists have identified a class of immune cells that reside long-term in the genital skin and mucosa and are believed to be responsible for suppressing recurring outbreaks of genital herpes. These immune cells also play a role in suppressing symptoms of genital herpes, which is why most sufferers of the disease are asymptomatic when viral […]

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Shingles vaccine is associated with reduction in both postherpetic neuralgia and herpes zoster
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A vaccine to prevent shingles may reduce by half the occurrence of this painful skin and nerve infection in older people (aged over 65 years) and may also reduce the rate of a painful complication of shingles, post-herpetic neuralgia, but has a very low uptake (only 4 percent) in older adults in the United States, […]

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Varicella vaccine has long-term effectiveness against chicken pox
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Chicken pox, the childhood affliction of earlier generations, has been largely neutralized by the varicella vaccine, according to a new study.

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Key mechanism behind herpes revealed by researchers
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Researchers have for the first time managed to measure the internal pressure that enables the herpes virus to infect cells in the human body. The discovery paves the way for the development of new medicines to combat viral infections. The results indicate good chances to stop herpes infections in the future.

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Shingles symptoms may be caused by neuronal short circuit
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The pain and itching associated with shingles and herpes may be due to the virus causing a “short circuit” in the nerve cells that reach the skin.

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Doctors look at treating specific types of pediatric cancer with viral therapy
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Parents do everything they can to protect their children against all of the nasty germs floating around classrooms this time of year. Doctors and researchers, however, are looking into how those same types of common viruses can actually help treat a child who is diagnosed with certain cancers.

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Pressurized virus blasts its infectious DNA into human cells
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The virus that causes those painful lip blisters known as cold sores has an internal pressure eight times higher than a car tire, and uses it to literally blast its infectious DNA into human cells, scientists are reporting in a new study. Discovery of the pressure-driven infection mechanism — the first in a human virus […]

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When AIDS viruses are transmitted despite treatment
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While antiretroviral drugs offer an efficient means of preventing the replication of HIV in the blood, shedding of HIV may occur in semen, so that other persons can become infected during unprotected sexual intercourse. This occurs in particular if the male genital tract also has other viral infections.

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Initial positive results reported on vaccine to treat genital herpes
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Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease caused by herpes simplex virus type 2. The infection can provoke recurring episodes of painful genital sores. An estimated 50 million to 60 million Americans are affected. At present, no vaccine is …

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AAP clarifies approach to babies born to women with genital herpes lesions
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Neonatal herpes simplex virus (HSV) disease can be a devastating illness with significant mortality and morbidity. Fortunately, it occurs rarely, with approximately 1,500 babies contracting the infection each year in the United States. .

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