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  • WHO Issues First Global Estimates of Annual Number of Neonatal Herpes Cases
    Neonatal herpes is a rare but potentially devastating complication of genital herpes during pregnancy, which can cause brain damage, breathing problems, seizures and even death. Neonatal herpes infection can occur when an infant is exposed to herpes simplex virus types 1 or ...More
    February 1, 2017 Posted in News
  • New Genital Herpes Vaccine Candidate Provides Powerful Protection in Preclinical Tests
    Approximately 500 million people around the world are infected with the genital herpes virus known as herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV2). A vaccine that could bring an end to this global pandemic is needed desperately, yet no candidate vaccine has ever performed well in clinical ...More
    January 20, 2017 Posted in News
  • Investigators Examine the Cost of Shingles to the Healthcare System
    Around 30 percent of the population will experience herpes zoster (HZ), 10 percent of whom develop postherpetic neuralgia (PHN). Together, these illnesses produce a significant economic burden to the healthcare system. Friesen, et al. (2017) analyzed administrative ...More
    January 18, 2017 Posted in News
  • Medication May Provide Greater Virus Suppression, Reduction in Herpes Lesions
    In a study appearing in the Dec. 20, 2016 issue of JAMA, Anna Wald, MD, MPH, of the University of Washington and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, and colleagues compared the medications pritelivir and valacyclovir for reducing genital herpes simplex ...More
    December 20, 2016 Posted in News
  • Herpes Virus Linked to Most Common Type of Childhood Cancer
    Newborns with congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) — a common virus in the herpes family — may have an increased risk of developing acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL), according to new research published online today in Blood, the journal of the American Society of ...More
    December 16, 2016 Posted in News
  • Researchers Find Herpes Strain in the Nervous System
    There are a couple strains of herpes so common that researchers estimate 90 percent of the human population have them. These strains, human herpes 6 and human herpes 7, usually do not cause severe symptoms when people acquire them. But researchers know that under ...More
    August 22, 2016 Posted in News
  • Preclinical Evaluation of a Vaccine Against Herpes Viruses
    Oral and genital herpes are caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) and the herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2), which both cause lifelong infection. HSV-2 infection is associated with increased risk for HIV infection. HSV2-infected women pose a risk of ...More
    August 4, 2016 Posted in News
  • Nanoparticles Hold Promise as Double-Edged Sword Against Genital Herpes
    An effective vaccine against the virus that causes genital herpes has evaded researchers for decades. But now, researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago working with scientists from Germany have shown that zinc-oxide nanoparticles shaped like jacks can prevent ...More
    April 27, 2016 Posted in News
  • Well-Known Drug Could Yield New Treatment for Herpes Viruses
    There is only one class of antiviral medicines against herpesviruses - a family of viruses that cause mononucleosis, herpes, and shingles, among other illnesses - meaning options for treating these infections are limited. If viruses become resistant to these frontline ...More
    March 15, 2016 Posted in News
  • Study Reveals How Herpes Virus Tricks the Immune System
    With more than half the U.S. population infected, most people are familiar with the pesky cold sore outbreaks caused by the herpes virus. The virus outsmarts the immune system by interfering with the process that normally allows immune cells to recognize and destroy foreign ...More
    February 4, 2016 Posted in News
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