Virology News
41.1K views | +20 today
Follow
 
Scooped by Ed Rybicki
onto Virology News
Scoop.it!

Bulawayo24 NEWS | People 'healed' of HIV-AIDS after visiting Nigerian Prophet TB Joshua

Bulawayo24 NEWS | People 'healed' of HIV-AIDS after visiting Nigerian Prophet TB Joshua | Virology News | Scoop.it

Warning: bullshit alert....

 

HUNDREDS of people from across Africa have said they were healed of HIV/AIDS after visiting Nigerian Prophet TB Joshua.

In testimonies beamed live on Emmanuel TV on Sunday, three of the many Christians showed the world their HIV tests which changed from positive to negative after being prayed for by Prophet TB Joshua.

more...
No comment yet.
Virology News
Topical news snippets about viruses that affect people.  And other things. Like zombies B-)
Curated by Ed Rybicki
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by Ed Rybicki
Scoop.it!

Virus fighter protein may have played a key role in human evolution

Virus fighter protein may have played a key role in human evolution | Virology News | Scoop.it
Enzyme can cause lots of mutations in one fell swoop, altering evolution rate
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Ed Rybicki
Scoop.it!

Deadly fish virus finally identified

Deadly fish virus finally identified | Virology News | Scoop.it
Scientists believe the mysterious ‘tilapia lake virus’ behind mass die offs of farmed fish is a novel variety.
Ed Rybicki's insight:
A virus which does not share most of its multisegment genome with anything else yet discovered: there's new viruses in them thar waters...!
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Ed Rybicki
Scoop.it!

Identification and manipulation of the pleuromutilin gene cluster from Clitopilus passeckerianus for increased rapid antibiotic production

Identification and manipulation of the pleuromutilin gene cluster from Clitopilus passeckerianus for increased rapid antibiotic production | Virology News | Scoop.it
Semi-synthetic derivatives of the tricyclic diterpene antibiotic pleuromutilin from the basidiomycete Clitopilus passeckerianus are important in combatting bacterial infections in human and veterinary medicine.
Ed Rybicki's insight:
Well, well, young Foster: who'd have thought!? Plant path training is useful for something, hey??
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Ed Rybicki
Scoop.it!

GeoVax Presents MVA-based Vaccine at Zika Virus Scientific Conference

GeoVax Presents MVA-based Vaccine at Zika Virus Scientific Conference | Virology News | Scoop.it
The topic of GeoVax's address was the Company's development of a Zika virus vaccine based on its novel Modified Vaccinia Virus Ankara-Virus Like Particle (MVA-VLP) platform technology. This international conference, held on May 1-3, is facilitating interactions and collaboration between Brazilian scientists and their international colleagues -- Brazil being one of the countries most exposed to the devastating effects of Zika virus. It also features scientific sessions geared toward the fundamental understanding of Zika virus biology and practical considerations for management of the infection. Conference organizers, endorsers and supporters include Emory University, EMS Pharmaceutical (Brazil), Global Virus Network, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, and the University of Miami.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Ed Rybicki
Scoop.it!

Man flu is real: Study finds estrogen protects women against flu

Man flu is real: Study finds estrogen protects women against flu | Virology News | Scoop.it
Men across the world who complain of sickness and are dismissed as having "man flu" have been vindicated by a new study which has found that female hormones actually protect women against the influenza virus.
Ed Rybicki's insight:
Of course it's true...B-)
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Ed Rybicki
Scoop.it!

A Monovalent Chimpanzee Adenovirus Ebola Vaccine Boosted with MVA

No safety concerns were identified at any of the dose levels studied. Four weeks after immunization with the ChAd3 vaccine, ZEBOV-specific antibody responses were similar to those induced by rVSV-ZEBOV vaccination, with a geometric mean titer of 752 and 921, respectively. ZEBOV neutralization activity was also similar with the two vaccines (geometric mean titer, 14.9 and 22.2, respectively). Boosting with the MVA vector increased virus-specific antibodies by a factor of 12 (geometric mean titer, 9007) and increased glycoprotein-specific CD8+ T cells by a factor of 5. Significant increases in neutralizing antibodies were seen after boosting in all 30 participants (geometric mean titer, 139; P<0.001). Virus-specific antibody responses in participants primed with ChAd3 remained positive 6 months after vaccination (geometric mean titer, 758) but were significantly higher in those who had received the MVA booster (geometric mean titer, 1750; P<0.001).
Ed Rybicki's insight:
So the Ad3 vaccine was equivalent to the rVSV vaccine used in Africa - but Ab levels were boosted 12x after rMVA boosting.  We're slowly getting there.....
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Ed Rybicki
Scoop.it!

Flu shot may provide extra protection against stillbirth

Flu shot may provide extra protection against stillbirth | Virology News | Scoop.it
A new study says the vaccine may decrease the risk of stillbirth by 51 percent.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Ed Rybicki
Scoop.it!

New Polio Vaccine Rolled Out In Massive Synchronized Worldwide Switch

New Polio Vaccine Rolled Out In Massive Synchronized Worldwide Switch | Virology News | Scoop.it
155 countries and territories are switching to a different polio vaccine, in what health officials say is the next step to completely eradicating the disease worldwide.
Ed Rybicki's insight:
Roll on killed and subunit vaccines....
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Ed Rybicki
Scoop.it!

Uganda: HIV/Aids Patients Worst Hit By Food Shortages

Uganda: HIV/Aids Patients Worst Hit By Food Shortages | Virology News | Scoop.it
Many HIV/Aids patients face starvation due to the lack of nutritious foods required to keep the body strong after taking Anti-retro-viral drugs, the Aids Support Organisation (TASO) Manager, Ms Madina Nakasi, has said.
Ed Rybicki's insight:
Sad! Sophisticated medical interventions fail because basic food requirements are not met.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Ed Rybicki
Scoop.it!

Ebola Carriers? Why The Virus Keeps Coming Back

Ebola Carriers? Why The Virus Keeps Coming Back | Virology News | Scoop.it
A country is declared Ebola-free. Then the virus flares up again. Doctors now know why.
Ed Rybicki's insight:
It ain't over till it's over. And it ain't over....
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Ed Rybicki
Scoop.it!

Zika Virus: New Clinical Syndromes and Its Emergence in the Western Hemisphere

Zika Virus: New Clinical Syndromes and Its Emergence in the Western Hemisphere | Virology News | Scoop.it

Zika virus (ZIKV) had remained a relatively obscure flavivirus until a recent series of outbreaks accompanied by unexpectedly severe clinical complications brought this virus into the spotlight as causing an infection of global public health concern. In this review, we discuss the history and epidemiology of ZIKV infection, recent outbreaks in Oceania and the emergence of ZIKV in the Western Hemisphere, newly ascribed complications of ZIKV infection, including Guillain-Barré syndrome and microcephaly, potential interactions between ZIKV and dengue virus, and the prospects for the development of antiviral agents and vaccines.


Zika virus graphic from Russell Kightley Media

Ed Rybicki's insight:
Good current review
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Ed Rybicki
Scoop.it!

Expanding the benefits of HPV vaccination to boys and men

Expanding the benefits of HPV vaccination to boys and men | Virology News | Scoop.it

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection. It affects 80% of the population, with the initial infection usually occurring between 15 and 24 years of age. Persistent infection with high-risk oncogenic HPV genotypes, primarily types 16 and 18, is the cause of almost all cervical cancers.1 HPV is also thought to cause about 95% of anal cancers, 75% of oropharyngeal cancers, 75% of vaginal cancers, 70% of vulvar cancers, and 60% of penile cancers.2 Low-risk or non-oncogenic genotypes (eg, types 6 and 11) cause anogenital warts, low-grade cervical disease, and recurrent respiratory papillomatosis. In the USA, the incidence of oropharyngeal cancer in men now exceeds that of cervical cancer in women, and by 2020 the annual number of HPV-associated oropharyngeal cancers will exceed that of cervical cancers.3 As a result, it is important to consider ways to expand our HPV prevention efforts to boys and men.


HPV graphic from Russell Kightley Media

Ed Rybicki's insight:
High time!
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Ed Rybicki
Scoop.it!

‘Firefly’ map pinpoints where HIV enters women

‘Firefly’ map pinpoints where HIV enters women | Virology News | Scoop.it
Finding the vulnerable point where HIV enters the female reproductive tract has been difficult. A glowing map has helped scientists solve the mystery.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Ed Rybicki
Scoop.it!

Old World Viruses 'New' Cause of Equine Neurologic Disease

Old World Viruses 'New' Cause of Equine Neurologic Disease | Virology News | Scoop.it
Sindbis virus and Middelburg virus have been causing problems in a surprising number of horses, researchers found.
Ed Rybicki's insight:
Ex South Africa, semper aliquid - or virus, in this case - novi. Always new viruses out of S Africa...B-)
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Ed Rybicki
Scoop.it!

Society of synthetic linguists explain to court, in Klingon, why Klingon shouldn't be copyrightable

Society of synthetic linguists explain to court, in Klingon, why Klingon shouldn't be copyrightable | Virology News | Scoop.it
Last month, I wrote about Paramount’s lawsuit against Axanar, a crowdfunded Star Trek fan-film.
Ed Rybicki's insight:
Oh, I love it! Next for Tolkein's estate to sue speakers of Elvish - or the GoT franchise to sue Dothraki reference system users.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Ed Rybicki
Scoop.it!

Flu vaccination for the elderly scrutinised

According to our study, influenza vaccination provided moderate protection against laboratory-confirmed influenza A(H1N1)pdm and B in individuals aged 60+ but no or only little protection against A(H3N2). Higher VE among hospitalised cases might indicate higher protection against severe influenza disease. Based on the available data, the screening method allowed us to assess subtype-specific VE in hospitalised and non-hospitalised elderly persons. Since controlling for several important confounders was not possible, the applied method only provided crude VE estimates. However, given the precise VC-data and the large number of cases, the screening method provided results being in line with VE estimates from other observational studies in Europe that applied a different study design.
Ed Rybicki's insight:
That's me, sadly....
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Ed Rybicki
Scoop.it!

Is The Chemtrail Flu Real? No - IT'S ACTUAL FLU, MORONS!!

Dr. Edward Group exposes the mysterious illness that is popping up late in the flu season across the US. Help us spread the word about the liberty movement
Ed Rybicki's insight:
I'd love these conspiracy sites if it weren't for the fact that people actually BELIEVE what they read there...
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Ed Rybicki
Scoop.it!

Older People With HIV Face Different Long-Term Health Challenges

Older People With HIV Face Different Long-Term Health Challenges | Virology News | Scoop.it
'As more HIV-positive people live longer in an era of widespread use of ART, services will need to be adapted for this population's changing needs,
Ed Rybicki's insight:
It's going to be especially true in South Africa: we have more infected people on ARVs than anywhere else int he world.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Ed Rybicki
Scoop.it!

To Protect Weed from Monsanto Patenting, Company Begins Mapping Cannabis Genome

To Protect Weed from Monsanto Patenting, Company Begins Mapping Cannabis Genome | Virology News | Scoop.it
A company is vigorously mapping the DNA of cannabis strains and releasing them into the public domain as a defense against biotech patenting.
Ed Rybicki's insight:
Because. Weed B-)
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Ed Rybicki
Scoop.it!

Australia to spend over $11mn to eradicate carps by releasing herpes virus into rivers

Australia to spend over $11mn to eradicate carps by releasing herpes virus into rivers | Virology News | Scoop.it

Australia will spend more than US$11 million in a bid to exterminate European carp by releasing a virulent strain of herpes into the country’s largest waterway.

Ed Rybicki's insight:
Because that myxoma virus release worked so well
more...
Chris Upton + helpers's curator insight, May 4, 12:59 PM
W
What do they taste like?
 
Scooped by Ed Rybicki
Scoop.it!

It’s tough to stop sex, study of $1.4 billion ‘abstinence promotion’ to slow HIV/AIDS in Africa shows

It’s tough to stop sex, study of $1.4 billion ‘abstinence promotion’ to slow HIV/AIDS in Africa shows | Virology News | Scoop.it
It’s tough to stop sex, study of $1.4 billion ‘abstinence promotion’ to slow HIV/AIDS in Africa shows
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Ed Rybicki
Scoop.it!

The list of cancers that can be treated by immunotherapy keeps growing

The list of cancers that can be treated by immunotherapy keeps growing | Virology News | Scoop.it
Two new studies reveal inroads against rare and intractable tumors.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Ed Rybicki
Scoop.it!

Protection of Cattle against Rinderpest by Vaccination with Wild-Type Peste des Petits Ruminants Virus

Although rinderpest virus (RPV) has been eradicated in the wild, efforts are still continuing to restrict the extent to which live virus is distributed in facilities around the world and to prepare for any reappearance of the disease, whether through deliberate or accidental release. In an effort to find an alternative vaccine which could be used in place of the traditional live attenuated RPV strains, we have determined whether cattle can be protected from rinderpest by inoculation with vaccine strains of the related morbillivirus, peste des petits ruminants virus (PPRV). Cattle were vaccinated with wild-type PPRV or either of two established PPRV vaccine strains, Nigeria/75/1 or Sungri/96. All animals developed antibody and T cell immune responses to the inoculated PPRV. However, only the animals given wild-type PPRV were protected from RPV challenge. Animals given PPRV/Sungri/96 were only partially protected, and animals given PPRV/Nigeria/75/1 showed no protection against RPV challenge. While sera from animals vaccinated with the vaccine strain of RPV showed cross-neutralizing ability against PPRV, none of the sera from animals vaccinated with any strain of PPRV was able to neutralize RPV although sera from animals inoculated with wild-type PPRV were able to neutralize RPV-pseudotyped vesicular stomatitis virus.
Ed Rybicki's insight:
I have written before in ViroBlogy about the eradication of rinderpest, and what a big deal that was - and here are people taking the gloomy view of wanting to have vaccines against it in case it gets used as a bioweapon, or escapes from fridges or freezers somewhere.
Not that these concerns aren't valid - but surely it would be a better idea to use recombinant viruses expressing rinderpest envelope glycoproteins, rather than another live virus related to rinderpest which needs to be eradicated itself?
Just asking - but a recombinant poxvirus would seem to me to be a MUCH better option!
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Ed Rybicki
Scoop.it!

Highly novel research proposals ‘being systematically rejected’

Highly novel research proposals ‘being systematically rejected’ | Virology News | Scoop.it

Those judging creative scientific ideas fail to fully understand them, potentially hampering breakthroughs, research indicates

Highly novel research proposals are being systematically turned down because they fall outside evaluators’ paradigms of understanding, a new study suggests. It indicates that humans are not good at approving truly creative new ideas, a finding that has implications for the economy and culture, as well as academia. A team from Harvard and Northeastern universities made the discovery by sending 150 ideas for research projects in endocrinology to 142 academic evaluators, who rated 15 of them each. The proposals were ideas for new research, rather than detailed project plans, so as not to be judged on criteria such as budgeting. Highly novel ideas received worse ratings than those with only moderate novelty, the study found, although those with little novelty also scored poorly. Christoph Riedl, a co-author and assistant professor for information systems at Northeastern University, explained to Times Higher Education that “humans just have cognitive limits in what they are able to understand”. “Evaluators systematically misconstrued ideas that were outside their established paradigms,” he said. This “bounded rationality” was the most convincing reason for why assessors failed to appreciate highly novel plans, according to the paper, “Looking across and looking beyond the knowledge frontier: intellectual distance, novelty, and resource allocation in science”, published in Management Science.

Ed Rybicki's insight:
Theeeeeeeere's ma problem....
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Ed Rybicki
Scoop.it!

Map reveals global Zika risk

Map reveals global Zika risk | Virology News | Scoop.it
Ed Rybicki's insight:
Note: US is NOT at highest risk. But it's attracting / generating all the attention....
more...
No comment yet.