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  • Virus Fragments Detected in Species Other Than Zika's Known Primary Vector
    In a recent test of Asian tiger mosquitoes collected in Brazil, researchers found fragments of Zika virus RNA, raising concerns that it may be carried by species other than Zika's known primary vector, the yellow fever mosquito. The research does not conclude that the Asian ...More
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  • Scientists Unravel the Mechanism of Skin Barrier Formation
    Scientists have identified the gene responsible for generating acylceramide, the key lipid in forming the skin barrier that protects us from pathogens, allergens and other harmful substances. This finding could prove crucial in developing medicines for treating atopic ...More
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  • Lice and Bacteria are Partners in Parasitism
    Head lice have been stigmatized, quickly conjuring images of infested school children and parents combing through their hair. This social stigma reaches many of the estimated 14 million people who are annually infested in the U.S. alone. However, these blood sucking lice ...More
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  • HHS Sponsors New Zika Diagnostic Test, Boosting National Testing Capacity
    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) today announced an $8.9 million agreement with Siemens Healthineers, a Tarrytown, N.Y.-based company to further develop a Zika virus test that ...More
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  • Radical Increase in Water and Sanitation Investment Required to Meet Targets
    Countries are not increasing spending fast enough to meet the water and sanitation targets under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), says a new report published by the World Health Organization (WHO) on behalf of UN-Water – the United Nations inter-agency ...More
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  • Survey of Chagas Disease in U.S. Confirms It is a Major Public Health Challenge
    A study of almost 5,000 Latin American-born residents of Los Angeles County found that 1.24 percent tested positive for Chagas disease, a parasitic infection that can cause life-threatening heart damage if not treated early. Chagas disease is one of the leading causes ...More
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  • NIH Study of Ebola Patient Traces Disease Progression and Recovery
    Analysis of daily gene activation in a patient with severe Ebola virus disease cared for at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2015 found changes in antiviral and immune response genes that pinpointed key transition points in the response to infection. The changes ...More
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  • A Big-Picture Look at the World's Worst Ebola Epidemic
    An international effort to analyze the entire database of Ebola virus genomes from the 2013-2016 West African epidemic reveals insights into factors that sped or slowed the rampage and calls for using real-time sequencing and data-sharing to contain future viral disease ...More
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  • Tackling Ebola, From Supportive Care to Vaccines in Clinical Development
    A new study reports the first detailed description of the day-by-day immune responses observed during the course of a patient's progression through, and recovery from, Ebola virus disease (EVD). During the EVD outbreak that struck West Africa from 2013 to 2015, more ...More
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  • NIH Scientists Advance Understanding of Herpesvirus Infection
    Herpes simplex virus (HSV) infections last a lifetime. Once a person has been infected, the virus can remain dormant (latent) for years before periodically reactivating to cause recurrent disease. This poorly understood cycle has frustrated scientists for years. Now, ...More
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