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HIV Scare Hits Porn Industry

HIV Scare Hits Porn Industry | Virology News | Scoop.it
Porn production had to be stopped after Cameron Bay tested positive for HIV, the porn industry has been ridiculed with disease breakouts and without more regulation things could only get worse.   
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It touches all of us...

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Flu Vaccines Can Make Influenza Worse

Flu Vaccines Can Make Influenza Worse | Virology News | Scoop.it

As documented by a new study, getting a flu vaccination can result in coming down with a more virulent influenza. This phenomenon was noted during the swine flu pandemic-that-wasn’t a couple of years ago, but pooh-poohed by skeptics.

In the study[1] published in the journal Science Translational Medicine, pigs were given a universal flu vaccine of the type currently under development. They developed a more virulent form of influenza that readily turned into pneumonia when exposed to a strain similar to the variety used in the vaccine.

Ed Rybicki's insight:

This is the phenomenon of "immune enahncement" - which is also, incidentally, responsible for people who have had dengue getting dengue haemorrhagic fever after getting infected with a related strain of virus, when the immunity to the first virus is not complete, or protective.

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shelbylaneMD's curator insight, September 8, 2013 4:48 PM

Listen to Dr. Eisenstein aboutgetting your waiver. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbUsTUG59Yc

shelbylaneMD's curator insight, September 8, 2013 4:48 PM

Listen to Dr. Eisenstein about getting a waiver. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbUsTUG59Yc

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Zimbabwean man jailed 120 yrs in US for spreading HIV

Zimbabwean man jailed 120 yrs in US for spreading HIV | Virology News | Scoop.it
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A ZIMBABWEAN man living illegally in the US has been sentenced to 120 years in prison for knowingly infecting four West Texas women with the HIV virus.
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The Unbelievable Impact of Vaccines

The Unbelievable Impact of Vaccines | Virology News | Scoop.it
“With the exception of safe water, no other modality, not even antibiotics, has had such a major effect on mortality reduction,” declared the WHO and UNICEF
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SUPERB infographic!!  Share it!  Send it to denialist relatives and friends!!

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Chris Upton + helpers's curator insight, August 29, 2013 7:13 PM

Not unbelievable...   actually BELIEVABLE!!

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Why are vaccine-preventable diseases coming back?

Why are vaccine-preventable diseases coming back? | Virology News | Scoop.it
In recent years, there have been more vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks. Why are they happening?
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Because people have stopped frakin' vaccinations...!

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Paul Britton's comment, August 29, 2013 5:56 AM
Hi Ed, absolutely correct. It could also be the fact that as vaccinating has been so sucessful people no longer see the diseases and assume they have gone and no longeer need vaccinations!!!
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Tots' Rotavirus Vaccine Protects Others, Too

Tots' Rotavirus Vaccine Protects Others, Too | Virology News | Scoop.it
The introduction of a vaccine against rotavirus for young children in 2006 also lowered the risk of hospitalizations for the illness in older children and adults, a retrospective study found.
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Herd immunity, people!  Protect one lot that is the most susceptible, and you indirectly protect others too.

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Doctors say they cured child's cancer with [modified] HIV

Doctors say they cured child's cancer with [modified] HIV | Virology News | Scoop.it
It is almost exactly a year since little Emma received experimental treatment. A spokesperson at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia says she is still in remission and cancer-free.

The cure came in the lab - University of Pennsylvania researchers injected a modified version of HIV into Emma's immune cells, training her immune system to recognize and kill cancer cells, fighting fire with fire.

 
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Gene therapy is definitely coming of age!!

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Best way to protect infants from influenza is to vaccinate rest of the family

Best way to protect infants from influenza is to vaccinate rest of the family | Virology News | Scoop.it
A University of Sydney study has found the best way to protect children under six months of age from influenza, the most vulnerable of the population to the condition, is to vaccinate the rest of the family.
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Yet Another Call to Ban the Teaching of Evolution (USA)

Yet Another Call to Ban the Teaching of Evolution (USA) | Virology News | Scoop.it
Not only is there nothing controversial about evolutionary processes, they are regularly observed and measured in the laboratory and the field.

Science and religion have long been at odds with one another, at least in the eyes of some. Throw a bit of politics into the mix and the situation gets really crazy.

The latest outbreak of weirdness has creationists arguing that a recent governmental ruling means that evolution should be banned from public schools! Yes, you read that correctly; banned from public schools.

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Ho, hum...what IS it about the 21st century - that all the denialists are getting so vocal?  Denying evolution, denying the benefits of vaccination, denying GM technology - maybe social media is giving them all a voice.  Ban social media!!

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Presence of enteroviruses in recreational water in Wuhan, China

Presence of enteroviruses in recreational water in Wuhan, China | Virology News | Scoop.it

Contaminated recreational waters pose a public health concern, as the potential for waterborne diseases exists in water contaminated with human fecal waste. Worldwide, bacterial indicators such asEscherichia coli, enterococci, and total and fecal coliform are used as indicators of water quality. However, enteric viruses also present a public health concern and their presence cannot always be determined based on bacterial indicators. This study explores the use of molecular detection methods of enteric viruses as indicators of fecal contamination. Four viruses, enterovirus, norovirus genogroups I and II, and male-specific FRNA coliphage, were tested in this study. Highly sensitive RT-PCR methods developed at the University of Hawaii at Manoa were utilized to evaluate environmental samples collected from three lakes in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Sixteen of twenty-five sites tested positive for at least one virus. Enterovirus was the most commonly detected virus, followed by norovirus genogroup I. These findings support the use of molecular detection methods to test for enteric virus presence in recreational freshwater sources in China as alternative water quality indicators, and utilize recently developed, highly sensitive methods of detection of these viruses. In addition, these findings suggest that there is substantial fecal contamination of the three lakes tested in this study.

  
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Where there's recreational water, there's crap - which is why public swimming pools are chlorinated.  Of course, sewage inflow is another story!

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Is Rabies Really 100% Fatal?

Is Rabies Really 100% Fatal? | Virology News | Scoop.it
Eight years ago, Jeanna Giese stunned the scientific community by becoming the first known person to survive Rabies without vaccination. Now, research and a new rabies treatment plan have called into question Rabies's supposed 100% fatality rate.
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Fascinating post from a young blogger!

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Chris Upton + helpers's curator insight, August 23, 2013 3:44 PM

In biology, 100% is.....

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HPV vaccine wears off quickly in HIV-positive women

HPV vaccine wears off quickly in HIV-positive women | Virology News | Scoop.it

Women with HIV probably need a booster shot of HPV vaccine within 2 years to maintain efficacy, according to a Canadian study of quadrivalent HPV vaccine (Gardasil) in 136 HIV-positive women.

Antibody response to the vaccine is strong enough at 2 years to protect about 90% of HIV-negative women against HPV [human papillomavirus]. "But in our population, with approximately a year and a half of follow-up, that number decreased to about 63%. There’s a much more rapid decline in antibody levels" among HIV-positive women, "which suggests this population might in fact benefit from a booster," said lead investigator Erin Moses, R.N., a researcher at the Women’s Health Research Institute in Vancouver, B.C.

 

Cervical cancer graphic by Russell Kightley Media

Ed Rybicki's insight:

NOT good news for South Africa, with ~3 million women infected with HIV. Lucky that they are in fact about to roll out government-supported HPV vaccination - but will it get to women already vaccinated?

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Getting The Point (Vaccine Debate Story)

They were the original superbugs - mumps, measles, polio and rubella. Thanks to modern immunisation, we don't see these diseases much any more, and most of us have no first-hand knowledge of how dangerous they can be.

Maybe that's why so many parents are questioning whether vaccination is the right choice for their children.

Once they tap into the bottomless pit of misinformation swirling around the internet, fears are fuelled, minds are made up and they may just say no to the needle.

In our story you'll meet some of the self-appointed experts behind the anti-vaccine campaign, and some grieving parents who couldn't disagree with them more.

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"...once they tap into the bottomless pit of misinformation swirling around on the internet..."

Absolutely!

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Secondary Benefit For Boys Receiving HPV Vaccination - CBS Detroit

Secondary Benefit For Boys Receiving HPV Vaccination - CBS Detroit | Virology News | Scoop.it

A new government report says about 1 in 5 boys in the U.S.  got at least one of three recommended shots that protect against the HPV virus.

Although the shots in boys are primarily intended to prevent them from spreading HPV to girls, Beaumont Head & Neck Cancer expert Jan Akervall says there’s a secondary benefit.

“Sixteen million males in the U.S. have oral HPV – roughly one in a thousand will develop head, neck, tonsal cancer, tongue based cancer and if you vaccinate against HPV virus that number will definitely go down,” said Akervall.

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How Microbes Can Help Feed the World

How Microbes Can Help Feed the World | Virology News | Scoop.it
"How Microbes can Help Feed the World" explains how plant-microbe interactions can be used to increase crop production.
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Hey, bugs can help with EVERYTHING...B-)

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Life on earth 'began on Mars'

Life on earth 'began on Mars' | Virology News | Scoop.it
Geochemist argues that seeds of life originated on Mars and were blasted to Earth by meteorites or volcanoes
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I am quite OK with that??

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The Case for Suing Parents Who Don’t Vaccinate Their Kids

The Case for Suing Parents Who Don’t Vaccinate Their Kids | Virology News | Scoop.it

What if a mother decided not to vaccinate her daughter for measles, based on rumors that the vaccine causes autism, and her daughter gets the disease at the age of 4 and passes it to a 1-year-old, who is too young for the vaccine, at her day care center. And what if that baby dies? 

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Vaccinate!!

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After Missteps In HIV Care, South Africa Finds Its Way

After Missteps In HIV Care, South Africa Finds Its Way | Virology News | Scoop.it
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After Missteps In HIV Care, South Africa Finds Its Way
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South Africa has more people with HIV than any other country in the world. Roughly 5.5 million of its 53 million citizens are infected with the virus.
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About firkin' time...

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Die-off of bottlenose dolphins, linked to virus, is worst in 25 years

Die-off of bottlenose dolphins, linked to virus, is worst in 25 years | Virology News | Scoop.it

A widespread die-off of bottlenose dolphins off the Mid-Atlantic Coast — the worst of its kind in more than a quarter-century — almost certainly is the work of a virus that killed more than 740 dolphins in the same region in 1987 and 1988, marine scientists said Tuesday.

Since the beginning of July, 357 dead or dying dolphins have washed ashore from New York to North Carolina — 186 of them in Virginia. Authorities have received numerous additional reports of carcasses floating in the ocean, said Teri Rowles, director of the marine mammal health and stranding response program for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s fisheries service. The actual number of deaths is certainly greater, she said.

The cause is thought to be cetacean morbillivirus, which has been confirmed or is suspected in 32 of 33 dolphins tested, she said. Marine officials are looking at the possibility of other factors, including high levels of polychlorinated biphenyls and other chemicals in the water, but have not linked the die-off to anything else.

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Apoptosis triggers replication of common viruses

Apoptosis triggers replication of common viruses | Virology News | Scoop.it

Researchers from Children's National Medical Center have found that an alternate, "escape" replication process triggered by apoptosis -- the process of cell death or "cell suicide" -- appears to be common in human herpesviruses (HHV). The findings have implications for better understanding of viruses and of disease conditions and treatments, like chemotherapy, that stimulate apoptosis.


Herpesvirus graphic courtesy of Russell Kightley Media

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And I wonder how many others?  It's a logical thing for persistently-infecting viruses that can go quiescent, like herpesviruses - and possibly many of those big unknown viruses infecting algae and other organisms in the oceans??

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Monsanto Poised To Take Over the Weed Industry - NOT!

Monsanto Poised To Take Over the Weed Industry  - NOT! | Virology News | Scoop.it
And they'll be doing it with their good friends, GMOs.
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Yah. Right.  Monsanto wants to control weed.  Yawn....  some good comments (says he, who made a bunch of them), illuminating how educated and informed people politely engage in scientific discourse.  Not!!

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The Renewed Hope for Virus-Repaired Genes

The Renewed Hope for Virus-Repaired Genes | Virology News | Scoop.it

Since the mid-1900s, medical researchers have dreamed of fixing genetic disorders by supplying people with working versions of genes. By the late 1990s, that dream--known as gene therapy--seemed very, very close. Scientists were developing engineered viruses that would infect patients with DNA that would allow their bodies to make the proteins they needed to survive.

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As one expects with Carl Zimmer, an excellent account of virus-mediated gene therapy.

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Does Israel’s New Polio Outbreak Threaten Global Eradication Efforts?

Does Israel’s New Polio Outbreak Threaten Global Eradication Efforts? | Virology News | Scoop.it

Public health advocates have long set their sights on wiping out polio worldwide, but recent resurgences of the pernicious disease raise questions about its future eradication.

Several months ago a wild strain of the virus surfaced in a sewer system in Rahat in southern Israel, and now it has reportedly been detected throughout the country. Israel’s government this week launched a nationwide vaccination campaign, attempting to inoculate all children under nine years of age with oral polio vaccine (OPV), a form of the vaccine containing a live, weakened form of the virus. Most of these children were already vaccinated as babies with inactivated polio vaccine (IPV), otherwise known as the dead-virus vaccine. But people who were injected with IPV can still be healthy carriers of the disease and shed the virus in feces.

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It becomes more and more obvious that we HAVE to start using IPV - inactivated polio vaccine - to combat the spread of this disease.  Because otherwise, we will still have "shedders" of live vaccine-derived virus in our midst.

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Marion Koopmans's comment, August 23, 2013 1:18 PM
This is a bit of a bind: yes, OPV can cause chronic infection, but IPV does not trigger mucosal immunity, and therefore favors silent circulation as now is seen in israel.
Ed Rybicki's comment, August 27, 2013 8:43 AM
...but there would be LESS silent circulation if there was less live virus to circulate...?
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5 of the Most Terrible Epidemics That Won’t Happen Again (thanks to vaccines)

5 of the Most Terrible Epidemics That Won’t Happen Again (thanks to vaccines) | Virology News | Scoop.it

When I think of modern-day epidemics - HIV/AIDS, meningitis, threats of H7N9 - I find it easy to feel like we are helpless, sitting vulnerable to the whims of nature and viral mutation.

But it's easy to forget that we are not without defense. Disease has always plagued mankind. While we fear novel coronaviruses and polio raising its head, we should remember that far greater epidemics and pandemics have ravaged the Earth in the past two thousand years. Epidemics that have crippled the strongest armies, had a sizeable impact on the world's population, and made their way onto the thrones of the most powerful nations.

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Never hurts to reinforce the message.

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