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Time of day influences our susceptibility to infection, study finds
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We are more susceptible to infection at certain times of the day as our body clock affects the ability of viruses to replicate and spread between cells, suggests new research. The findings may help explain why shift workers, whose body clocks are routinely disrupted, are more prone to health problems, including infections and chronic disease.

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Obscure virus found in women with unexplained infertility
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The little-known member of the human herpesvirus family called HHV-6A infects the lining of the uterus in 43 percent of women with unexplained infertility but cannot be found in that of fertile women, researchers have discovered. The study also reported that the infection is exacerbated by hormone estradiol. Estradiol fluctuates with the menstrual cycle. High […]

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Towards a cure for herpesviruses: Targeting infection with CRISPR/Cas9
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Most adults carry multiple herpesviruses. Following the initial acute infection, these viruses establish life-long infections in their hosts and cause cold sores, keratitis, genital herpes, shingles, infectious mononucleosis, and other diseases. A new study suggests that attacking herpesvirus DNA with CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing technology can suppress virus replication and, in some cases, lead to elimination […]

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Zika virus identified in brain, placenta tissue, strengthening link to birth defects
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Zika virus has been detected in the brain tissue of a deceased two-month-old baby in Brazil who was diagnosed with microcephaly, in the brain tissue of two newborns who died shortly after birth, and in the placenta tissue of two fetuses that were spontaneously aborted, new research reveals.

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A novel therapy for genital herpes engages immune cells to provide significant patient benefits
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A phase II clinical trial demonstrated that a new type of treatment for genital herpes, an immunotherapy called GEN-003, may reduce the activity of the virus and the number of days with recurrent herpes. This effect of treatment, given by a series of three injections, appears to last for up to at least one year.

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Constipated? Study finds surprising cause
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A new study has shown a surprising link between constipation and herpes infection. The finding advances the science on herpes, and could help patients with chronic gastrointestinal diseases with no clear cause.

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Making virus sensors cheap and simple: New method detects single viruses in urine
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Scientists have developed a new method to rapidly detect a single virus in urine. While the technique presently works on just one virus, scientists say it could be adapted to detect a range of viruses that plague humans, including Ebola, Zika and HIV.

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How antibodies access neurons to fight infection
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Scientists have solved a puzzle of the immune system — how antibodies enter the nervous system to control viral infections. Their finding may have implications for the prevention and treatment of a range of conditions, including herpes and Guillain-Barre syndrome, which has been linked to the Zika virus.

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When Should I Get Tested For STDs? 5 Times You Should Head To The Clinic
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Routine STI testing is usually limited to chlamydia, gonorrhea, HIV, syphilis, and hepatitis, with genital herpes and the parasite trichomoniasis only tested for if you come in with symptoms and human papillomavirus (HPV) tested for during your routine …

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10 STD Myths You Should Stop Believing
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While it's not as likely as with vaginal or anal intercourse, you're still at risk for infections such as gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, herpes, Hepatitis B, and even HPV, says McDonald-Moseley. Even with oral sex, protection is important. Minimize …

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