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Cold-Storage Requirement Dropped for Life-Saving Meningitis Vaccine - Voice of America

Cold-Storage Requirement Dropped for Life-Saving Meningitis Vaccine - Voice of America | Virology News | Scoop.it
Voice of AmericaCold-Storage Requirement Dropped for Life-Saving Meningitis VaccineVoice of AmericaNew research has shown that a vaccine against bacterial meningitis, which previously required cold storage to transport across Africa, can be shipped...
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Vaccine Infographic

Vaccine Infographic | Virology News | Scoop.it
Information graphic on the results of vaccine use in the United States...

 

...and if ANYONE tells you vaccines are a conspiracy, point them to this.  Then HIT them.

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Forget popping vitamins, MEDITATION could stave off colds and flu

Forget popping vitamins, MEDITATION could stave off colds and flu | Virology News | Scoop.it
Adults who meditated or did moderately intense exercise for eight weeks suffered fewer colds than those who did nothing, according to a study from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
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Concerns over 'in the air' Ebola

Concerns over 'in the air' Ebola | Virology News | Scoop.it
Canadian scientists have shown that the deadliest form of the Ebola virus could be transmitted by air between species.

 

Thanks +Guy Regnard!

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Pirates of the Caudovirales

Pirates of the Caudovirales | Virology News | Scoop.it
Molecular piracy is a biological phenomenon in which one replicon (the pirate) uses the structural proteins encoded by another replicon (the helper) to package...
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Historically Speaking: The 1918 influenza outbreak | SeacoastOnline.com

Historically Speaking: The 1918 influenza outbreak | SeacoastOnline.com | Virology News | Scoop.it
"We should surely remain calm and not lose our good sense," advised the New Hampshire State Board of Health.
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Rwanda: HIV Infection At 51 Percent Among Sex Workers (Page 1 of 2)

Rwanda: HIV Infection At 51 Percent Among Sex Workers (Page 1 of 2) | Virology News | Scoop.it
At least 51 percent of sex workers in Rwanda are infected with HIV, according to the latest report by the Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC).

The research was carried out in all provinces of the country at the different sex workers' hot spots, according to Dr Sabin Nsanzimana, the coordinator of HIV and STIs Care and Treatment department.

The research was the first of its kind conducted by Rwanda Biomedical Centre, according to Dr Nsanzimana.

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In Search of Spanish Flu 2 of 2 - BBC Science Documentary

In Search of Spanish Flu 2 of 2 - BBC Science Documentary, recorded 03.04.2009 Documentary in which a team of top UK virologists exhume the body of statesman...

 

And again: Ken Yaw Agyeman Badu, many thanks!

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Darfur yellow fever outbreak deaths rise to 85, virus reaches Khartoum

Darfur yellow fever outbreak deaths rise to 85, virus reaches Khartoum | Virology News | Scoop.it

Cases from the yellow fever outbreak in the Darfur region of western Sudan continue to rise as the World Health Organization (WHO)-Sudan reports 266 suspected cases in 20 localities, according to WHO news release Nov.9.

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The Nine Circles of Scientific Hell

"The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri is a classic of world literature and was the first major work in the Italian language. In the first book of the trilogy, Inferno, Dante offers a tour of the nine increasingly horrible levels of Hell, in which the wicked are tormented forever in ways corresponding to their sins. But Dante lived before the era of modern science. Perhaps it is necessary to update his scheme to explain what happens to those guilty of various scientific sins, ranging from the commonplace to the shocking"

 

Non-funding.  They forgot non-funding.  Thanks @AJCann!

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Spread of koala retrovirus in Australia

Spread of koala retrovirus in Australia | Virology News | Scoop.it
The Koala retrovirus (KoRV) continues to spread within Australia, according to results of a new analysis of a larger sample size from a wider geographical range than ws previously studied.

 

Before you hug that cute cuddly thing....

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HPV vaccine may benefit HIV-infected women, study finds

HPV vaccine may benefit HIV-infected women, study finds | Virology News | Scoop.it
(Medical Xpress)—Women with HIV may benefit from a vaccine for human papillomavirus (HPV), despite having already been exposed to HPV, a study finds.
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USB chair sounds off on biotechnology

USB chair sounds off on biotechnology | Virology News | Scoop.it
Vanessa Kummer, United Soybean Board Chair and a soybean farmer from Colfax, N.D., says USB wants to set the record straight regarding GMOs, which she contends enable growers to grow more on less land, using fewer inputs and conserving the soil...
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Australia quarantines farm to contain H7 bird flu outbreak

Australia quarantines farm to contain H7 bird flu outbreak | Virology News | Scoop.it

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's first outbreak of a highly pathogenic bird flu virus in 15 years should be contained by a cull of 50,000 chickens, authorities said on Friday, although they do not know what caused the case at an egg farm.

 

Poor damn chickens...B-(

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Anti-HIV drugs: 25 compounds approved within 25 years after the discovery of HIV

Anti-HIV drugs: 25 compounds approved within 25 years after the discovery of HIV | Virology News | Scoop.it

In 2008, 25 years after the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) was discovered as the then tentative aetiological agent of acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), exactly 25 anti-HIV compounds have been formally approved for clinical use in the treatment of AIDS. These compounds fall into six categories: nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs: zidovudine, didanosine, zalcitabine, stavudine, lamivudine, abacavir and emtricitabine); nucleotide reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NtRTIs: tenofovir); non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NNRTIs: nevirapine, delavirdine, efavirenz and etravirine); protease inhibitors (PIs: saquinavir, ritonavir, indinavir, nelfinavir, amprenavir, lopinavir, atazanavir, fosamprenavir, tipranavir and darunavir); cell entry inhibitors [fusion inhibitors (FIs: enfuvirtide) and co-receptor inhibitors (CRIs: maraviroc)]; and integrase inhibitors (INIs: raltegravir). These compounds should be used in drug combination regimens to achieve the highest possible benefit, tolerability and compliance and to diminish the risk of resistance development.

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Positive in Church - Church leaders dealing with HIV and AIDS

Positive in Church - Church leaders dealing with HIV and AIDS.

 

Interesting initiative - and very welcome!!

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The Last Laughing Death

The Last Laughing Death | Virology News | Scoop.it
A captivating story of love, death, cannibalism and a 50-year medical riddle in the hills of Papua New Guinea.

 

Thanks +AJ Cann!

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A look at molecules that replicate the HIV virus genome

"A look at molecules that replicate the HIV virus genome. I created this animation for display on a planetarium dome at the 2012 Biophysical Society meeting"

 

VERY cool graphics, but horrible soundtrack!!


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Getting the Flu Vaccine With Egg Allergy

Getting the Flu Vaccine With Egg Allergy | Virology News | Scoop.it

Flu season is nearly upon us, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends the influenza vaccine for most children and adults, especially those with high-risk medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes and heart disease) as well as young children and the elderly. However, since the influenza vaccine is produced in chicken eggs, it contains a small amount of egg protein, and therefore is considered contraindicated in those with egg allergy. Therefore, people with egg allergy have done without the influenza vaccine for years, putting themselves at danger of contracting influenza, a potentially life-threatening infection.

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Flu fighter called into question - TheNewsTribune.com

Flu fighter called into question - TheNewsTribune.com | Virology News | Scoop.it
TheNewsTribune.comFlu fighter called into questionTheNewsTribune.comLONDON — A leading British medical journal is asking the drug maker Roche to release all of its data on Tamiflu, claiming there is no evidence the drug can actually stop the flu.
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In Search of Spanish Flu 1 of 2 - BBC Science Documentary

In Search of Spanish Flu 1 of 2 - BBC Science Documentary, recorded 03.04.2009 Documentary in which a team of top UK virologists exhume the body of statesman...

 

Thanks Ken!

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Did wild birds cause the 2010 deadly West Nile virus outbreak in Greece? | Science Codex

Did wild birds cause the 2010 deadly West Nile virus outbreak in Greece? | Science Codex | Virology News | Scoop.it
In 2010, 35 people in Greece died from a West Nile virus (WNV) outbreak, with a further 262 laboratory-confirmed human cases.
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Wil Mara, author of The Gemini Virus

Wil Mara, author of The Gemini Virus | Virology News | Scoop.it

"The Gemini Virus is, as its title implies, a novel about a deadly pathogen.

The Gemini Virus is, as its title implies, a novel about a deadly pathogen. The virus in question shows up in the industrial Northeast one day and begins rapidly burning through the rest of population, first in the United States and then the rest of the world. The WHO, CDC, and numerous other healthcare agencies work around the clock to stop it, but this one’s the granddaddy of all viruses. Those who contract it die in about four days. The symptoms are horrific and the suffering is unimaginable, and it quickly earns the name ‘The Black Plague of the 21st Century.’

The story is told from a variety of perspectives. One is that of an epidemiologist from CDC who’s been charged with the unenviable task of backtracking the virus to see if he can figure out where it started and, hopefully, how to bring it down. This character, Dr. Michael Beck, is a brilliant and goodhearted man, but he’s also plagued by personal demons. And he has an assistant, Cara Porter, who shows tremendous promise and dedication but also grapples with personal issues. They make a great team, but they’re battling so many forces on so many fronts that their destiny is far from certain."

 

...except it would never be CALLED that, becauyse we have perfectly good geminiviruses already.  And an International COmmittee on Taxonomy of Viruses that looks after such things.

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Gates Foundation backs $13M venture add for flu drug developer - FierceBiotech

Gates Foundation backs $13M venture add for flu drug developer - FierceBiotech | Virology News | Scoop.it
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has stepped up with another equity investment in a biotech company, this time making a major contribution to a $13 million Series A add for a startup aiming at a universal preventive as well as therapeutic...
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Stuxnet goes out of control: Chevron infected by anti-Iranian virus, others could be next — RT

Stuxnet goes out of control: Chevron infected by anti-Iranian virus, others could be next — RT | Virology News | Scoop.it
America’s cyberwar is already seeing collateral damage, and it’s hitting the country’s own billion-dollar companies. Oil giants Chevron say the Stuxnet computer virus made by the US to target Iran infected their systems as well.

 

Yes, well, you release ANY virus, and you may get spread.  That's why you shouldn't.

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