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The Last Laughing Death

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A captivating story of love, death, cannibalism and a 50-year medical riddle in the hills of Papua New Guinea.

 

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Use new flu vaccine in over 65s for 2018/19 flu season, says JCVI 

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) have recommended that a different, adjuvanted flu vaccine is used in over 65s for the 2018/19 flu season. Minutes from their latest committee meeting reveal that the JCVI believe the use of an adjuvanted vaccine, as opposed to the...
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Women who have HPV jab may only need three cervical screens in a lifetime

Women who have HPV jab may only need three cervical screens in a lifetime | Virology News | Scoop.it
News story Women who have HPV jab may only need three cervical screens in a lifetime Women may only need three cervical screens in their lifetime if they have been given the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, according to a new study by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).
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Opinion | The key to ending the HIV epidemic is empowering mothers

Opinion | The key to ending the HIV epidemic is empowering mothers | Virology News | Scoop.it
The HIV epidemic remains a real problem in Africa. These courageous mothers want to help end it.
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Yemen set to run out of fuel and vaccine in a month: UNICEF

Yemen set to run out of fuel and vaccine in a month: UNICEF | Virology News | Scoop.it
Yemen’s stocks of fuel and vaccines will run out in a month unless a Saudi-led military coalition allows aid into the blockaded port of Hodeidah and Sanaa airport, UNICEF’s representative in the country said on Friday. Meritxell Relano, speaking by phone to reporters in Geneva, said fuel prices had risen 60 percent and there were …
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In 2017, India sees over 20-fold rise in swine flu cases

In 2017, India sees over 20-fold rise in swine flu cases | Virology News | Scoop.it
According to a latest report on seasonal influenza (H1N1) released by the ministry of health and family welfare’s Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme
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Ten flu deaths at nursing home amid serious management failure

Ten flu deaths at nursing home amid serious management failure | Virology News | Scoop.it
A fatal flu outbreak at a Wangaratta nursing home, where 10 residents died of influenza and two others from respiratory illness, was worsened by seriou
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Namibia Gets Over U.S. $30 Million War Chest to Fight HIV

Namibia Gets Over U.S. $30 Million War Chest to Fight HIV | Virology News | Scoop.it
Namibia has signed an amendment to the 2007 bilateral grant agreement with the USA to add N$435 million of funding under the US government's President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), to help fight against the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
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IUDs May Have a Surprising Health Benefit

IUDs May Have a Surprising Health Benefit | Virology News | Scoop.it
A new report links having an IUD to a 30% lower risk of cervical cancer.
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Contemporary H3N2 influenza viruses have a glycosylation site that alters binding of antibodies elicited by egg-adapted vaccine strains

Contemporary H3N2 influenza viruses have a glycosylation site that alters binding of antibodies elicited by egg-adapted vaccine strains | Virology News | Scoop.it
Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2017 Nov 6. pii: 201712377. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1712377114. [Epub ahead of print]
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HIV patients at risk of both heart, kidney diseases

HIV patients at risk of both heart, kidney diseases | Virology News | Scoop.it
The findings showed that the risks of cardiovascular disease and chronic kidney disease in people with HIV infection occur simultaneously.
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Life’s First Molecule Was Protein, Not RNA, New Model Suggests 

Life’s First Molecule Was Protein, Not RNA, New Model Suggests  | Virology News | Scoop.it

Which mattered first at the dawn of life: proteins or nucleic acids? Proteins may have had the edge if a theorized process let them grow long enough to become self-replicating catalysts. 


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Tanzania burns alive 6,400 chicks from Kenya, says they had bird flu

Tanzania burns alive 6,400 chicks from Kenya, says they had bird flu | Virology News | Scoop.it
Kenyan authorities are angry after Tanzania police burnt to death 6,400 one-day-old chicks from Kenya, on suspicion they could spread bird flu. Tanzania’s regional livestock boss, Obedi Nyasembwa, said the chicks, worth about Sh554,000 (Tsh12 million), were smuggled from Kenya and were a health risk. The day-old chicks were intercepted on Sunday in Namanga and a Tanzanian businesswoman was arrested. They were being transported in ventilated wooden boxes.The authorities doused them in petrol then set them ablaze on Tuesday, Mwananchi newspaper reported.
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The Spanish Influenza: A Flu That Killed More Than WW1 

Each year we are flooded with large ad campaigns encouraging us to get our flu shots. Most of us probably wonder why. The flu doesn't seem that bad, right
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1918 influenza pandemic survivor interview

Mrs. Robinson, a 97 year-old resident of Clanton, Alabama gives her account of people staying home during the terrible times of the 1918 flu pandemic. As she … source
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Molecular evolution of hemagglutinin gene of Influenza A virus.

In the history of human civilization, influenza is the second most catastrophic killer disease for mankind with plague ranking first in the medieval times. Th
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Kaspersky Anti-Virus is being impersonated by a CIA’s Spying Program

Kaspersky Anti-Virus is being impersonated by a CIA’s Spying Program | Virology News | Scoop.it
The tool itself is impressive enough, serving as the backbone of the CIA's malware processes, but there's more. What's interesting about the first leak in the Vault 8 line is that it seems to show the agency portraying Kaspersky, by making use of a fake certificate for the anti-virus company. WikiLeaks describes the purpose and weaknesses of Vault 8: "This publication will enable investigative journalists, forensic experts, and the obscure public to better identify and assume covert CIA infrastructure components. Source code declared in this series contains software created to run on servers controlled by the CIA. Like WikiLeaks' earlier Vault7 series, the stuff published by WikiLeaks does not contain 0-days or related security vulnerabilities which could be repurposed by others." It then goes on to explain the purpose of Hive and gives links to the Hive container as well as the Hive Commit History. It also presents a brief description of the purpose of the tool: Hive solves a dangerous problem for the malware operators at the CIA. Even the most complicated malware implant on a target machine is useless if there is no way for it to interact with its operators in a secure method that does not draw attention. Using Hive even if an implant is located on a target computer, attributing it to the CIA is difficult by just looking at the interface of the malware with other servers on the internet. Hive presents a covert communications platform for a whole range of CIA malware to send exfiltrated knowledge to CIA servers and to receive new instructions from speculators at the CIA. The source code for Hive is unquestionably interesting, but the use of fake documents relating to Kaspersky labs is particularly impressive. The discovery is certain to raise a few inquiries, such as whether the US government which has outlawed the use of Kaspersky software on its computers has been trying to use the Russia security firm as a victim for some time. Take your time to comment on this
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12-Year Follow-up on the Long-Term Effectiveness of the Quadrivalent Human Papillomavirus Vaccine in 4 Nordic Countries | Clinical Infectious Diseases | Oxford Academic

12-Year Follow-up on the Long-Term Effectiveness of the Quadrivalent Human Papillomavirus Vaccine in 4 Nordic Countries | Clinical Infectious Diseases | Oxford Academic | Virology News | Scoop.it
Summary. We summarize the long-term effectiveness of quadrivalent human papillomavirus (qHPV) vaccine in Nordic women, followed via different national registri
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HPV vaccine could reduce Pap tests in a lifetime

HPV vaccine could reduce Pap tests in a lifetime | Virology News | Scoop.it
Women vaccinated against the human papillomavirus (HPV) can be effectively protected from cervical cancer with merely three pap test in their lifetime, suggests a new research. Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer in women living in less developed regions with an estimated 445,000 new cases in 2012 (84 per cent of the new…
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Promising Clinical Results For Takeda’s Dengue Vaccine

Promising Clinical Results For Takeda’s Dengue Vaccine | Virology News | Scoop.it
Takeda’s dengue vaccine candidate TAK-003 has been shown to provide protection against all four serotypes of the virus for at least 18 months.
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Flu Season: Its Early [in N hemisphere], But Experts Are Concerned

This limited effectiveness was due to a mutation that occurred in the influenza A (H3N2) vaccine strain, according to a study published Monday in th
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The Americas Lead in Vaccination of Pregnant Women against Influenza

The Americas Lead in Vaccination of Pregnant Women against Influenza | Virology News | Scoop.it
The Region of the Americas is a leader in vaccinating pregnant women against influenza, a public health problem that for future mothers, newborns, and other high-risk populations can mean severe disease, complications, and hospitalization.
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Molecular detection of Porcine circovirus type 2 in swine herds of Eastern Cape Province South Africa

Molecular detection of Porcine circovirus type 2 in swine herds of Eastern Cape Province South Africa | Virology News | Scoop.it
BMC Microbiol. 2017 Nov 2;17(1):212. doi: 10.1186/s12866-017-1121-4.
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Starting ART immediately after diagnosis cuts AIDS mortality risk by two-thirds

Starting ART immediately after diagnosis cuts AIDS mortality risk by two-thirds | Virology News | Scoop.it
People with a high CD4 cell count who start antiretroviral therapy immediately after diagnosis with HIV cut their 12-month mortality risk by two-thirds, according to research conducted in China.
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Safety of HPV vaccines – A case-control study

10th NorPEN Congress 1st - 3rd November 2017, Safety, drugs and vaccines – methodological considerations Safety of HPV vaccines – A case-control study Kår
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Influenza A Virus Is After Your Pigs’ Potential

Influenza A virus in swine (IAV-S) affects more than 70 percent of growing pigs each year. Airborne and transmitted snout to snout, it’s putting your whol
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