Tag: Virus

Scientists Find Significant Vulnerability In Major Human Viruses That Could Exploited

Researchers found a new pocket in a broad class of viruses that cause some of the common infections that afflict humans. This might lead to the development of new antiviral drugs.

Medicine June 13, 2019

Newly Discovered Virus Infecting People In China May Be Transmitted By Ticks

The taiga tick could be spreading the Alongshan virus, which has sickened more than 80 farmers and forestry workers in northeastern China. What are the symptoms of the infection and how is it treated?

Public Health May 30, 2019

Someone Just Bought A Laptop Full Of Malware For $1.3 Million

Where do you put a laptop filled with malware? In the trash, of course. Well, someone just paid $1.3 million for one — for the sake of art, no less.

Security May 28, 2019

Scientists Spot Bacteria Using Viruses As Weapons To Kill Other Bacteria

A bacteria carrying the SW1 virus could attack and kill other bacteria for a food source. However, in order to harness the virus, the bacteria also have to use a virus fossil that it obtained millions of years ago.

Medicine April 26, 2019

Scientists On Sailboat Expedition Find Nearly 200,000 Ocean Viruses

Hundreds of thousands of viruses are swimming in the ocean. Scientists discover almost 200,000 types of marine virus populations in an expedition that took them across the world in a single sailboat.

Earth/Environment April 26, 2019

Researchers Identify Common Virus As Cause Of Mysterious Disease Paralyzing Children

AFM is a polio-like illness that causes paralysis in children. Researchers from the University of Minnesota now report they have found a link between the condition and a common virus.

Public Health April 19, 2019

CDC Says Current Flu Season Is 'Relatively Long'

The 2018-2019 flu season continues to record high levels of influenza activities across the United States. The CDC does not expect the current flu season to wind down in the next couple of weeks.

Public Health March 24, 2019

Spaceflight Can Reactivate Dormant Viruses In Astronauts, NASA Study Reveals

Urine, blood, and saliva samples taken from astronauts show immune cells that eliminate and suppress viruses are less effective during spaceflight and even 60 days after that. Stress hormones also increase during spaceflight.

Space March 17, 2019

Washing Hands Regularly Provides Good Protection From Flu

Proper handwashing is an easy and effective way to prevent the spread of the flu virus this season. To help the public avoid illnesses, the CDC has issued a guideline on how to properly wash the hands.

Public Health March 11, 2019

New Molecule Derived From Studying Anti-Bodies Could Result In More Effective Flu Treatment

A new treatment promises to offer long-term protection against the flu. Researchers are in the early stages of development of the drug which can bind and disable the areas of the influenza virus that remain constant in every strain.

Public Health March 9, 2019

Wisconsin Man Jeffery Murawski Criminally Charged For Breaking Measles Quarantine To Go To Gym

Jeffery Murawski was supposed to be under quarantine in his home but decided to go to the gym to work out. He was unfortunately spotted by off-duty sheriff's deputy.

Public Health March 6, 2019

Google Play Store Apps Found To Have Malware, Were Downloaded 500,000 Times: Report

Once again, someone discovers apps infested with malware inside the Google Play Store. Worse yet, some of those apps were able to reach the trending chart undetected.

Security November 25, 2018

Modern Humans Inherited Virus Defenses From Interbreeding With Neanderthals: Study

What kind of 'gift' did the Neanderthals leave humans when they interbred thousands of years ago? According to new study, the Neanderthals shared their precious virus defenses with modern humans.

Ancient October 5, 2018

iPhone Chip Supplier TSMC Forced To Shut Down Factories Due To Computer Virus

TSMC, Apple's sole supplier for the main processor of iPhones, was forced to shut down several factories due to a computer virus. How will this affect the upcoming 2018 iPhone models?

Apple August 5, 2018

Measles Patient May Have Exposed Virus To People At Dulles International Airport And Other Areas

A measles patient may have exposed Dullus International Airport and Montgomery County individuals to the virus in mid-May. Most cases of measles in the United States originate from unvaccinated international travelers.

Public Health May 25, 2018

How A Virus Called HTLV-1 From 1500-Year-Old Mummies Infected 40 Percent Of Adults In Rural Australia

A study has confirmed that the HTLV-1 virus has infected 40 percent of adults in a region in rural Australia. Researchers are trying to determine the reasons behind the spread of it.

Public Health May 7, 2018

HTLV-1: Incurable Sexually Transmitted Virus Threatens Aboriginal Communities

The HTLV-1 is a blood-borne and sexually transmitted virus linked to AIDS-causing HIV. It does not have any cure and causes deadly complications like leukemia and a severe lung disease called bronchiectasis.

Public Health April 24, 2018

Disease X: Unknown Pathogen Could Cause Epidemic That Can Kill Millions Worldwide

The World Health Organization identified Disease X as a global threat. A deadly epidemic caused by the still unknown pathogen may emerge from a variety of sources and may strike anytime.

Public Health March 10, 2018

Exposed To Mumps At Texas Cheerleading Championship? Here Are Signs And Symptoms You Should Know

Cheerleaders and coaches who joined the national championship in Dallas, Texas last month are at risk for developing mumps. If you are among the participants, here are symptoms of the viral infection to look out for.

Public Health March 10, 2018

Doctors May Have Found Cause of Mysterious Polio-Like Disease Striking Kids

Doctors now have evidence that the 2014 outbreak of polio-like acute flaccid myelitis, which causes paralysis in children is linked to Enterovirus D68. A new study on these rare conditions encouraged further surveillance for effective prevention strategies.

Public Health March 2, 2018

Special UV Light May Kill Flu Viruses And Prevent Spread Of Diseases In Public Places

The Far-UVC light can kill airborne pathogens in public places without causing damage to skin tissues. What makes it better than vaccine when it comes to preventing the spread of diseases?

Public Health February 10, 2018

Millions Of Viruses And Bacteria Raining Down On Earth Every Day And We Don’t Even Know It

For the first time, scientists were able to measure the quantity of viruses and bacteria in the Earth's atmosphere. They were surprised to know that enormous viruses and bacteria are falling down on Earth daily.

Earth/Environment February 8, 2018

KFD Tick Virus Kills 19 People In India: What Are The Symptoms Of Kyasanur Forest Disease?

Traveling To India? Deadly tick virus KFD has killed 19 people in the country, infecting hundreds. Here are all of the signs and symptoms of Kyasanur Forest disease.

Public Health February 6, 2018

Supervirus Project Ban Reversed. What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) lifted the ban preventing the project of creating super viruses from being funded. Superviruses are now free to be modified.

January 4, 2018

Norovirus Outbreak Plagues Dozens Of North Carolina State University Students: Watch Out For These Symptoms

North Carolina State University has been hit with a nasty norovirus outbreak, affecting approximately 60 students. Norovirus is the most common cause of acute gastroenteritis in the U.S.

Public Health December 9, 2017

Google Finally Explains Why Some People Were Locked Out Of Google Docs

Google Docs users got a bit of a spook on Halloween, but not from ghosts. Google locked them out of their documents for some reason, but it has now clarified exactly what happened.

Google November 3, 2017

More Than 200 Hogs Slaughtered After One Confirmed Swine Flu Case At County Fair

An entire hog barn at the Clinton County Fair was tagged ‘Terminal’ after one hog tested positive for swine flu. All 280 hogs will be slaughtered.

Public Health July 16, 2017

Inmates At Oakland County Jail May Have Been Exposed To Hepatitis A

The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office confirms Hepatitis A exposure in the county jail. Inmates and visitors are advised to take necessary precautions to avoid widespread infection.

Public Health May 27, 2017

WHO Suspects 4th Death From Ebola In Congo, CDC Issues No Travel Advisory Yet

Four people have died in the Ebola outbreak in Congo. The WHO confirmed the latest death on Sunday, noting there are now 37 suspected Ebola cases in Africa. The CDC is still evaluating the situation before issuing a travel advisory.

Public Health May 22, 2017

Cure For HIV May Already Exist: Here's How CRISPR Gene-Editing Technology Can Kill AIDS-Causing Virus

In experiments with mice, researchers found that the gene editing technology CRISPR works for active and dormant forms of HIV. How does treatment with this controversial technique differ from currently available drugs?

Biotech May 4, 2017

Beating HIV: Scientists Discover How To Make Body Cells Resistant To The Virus

The cure for AIDS could start by engineering immune cells to produce HIV-fighting antibodies that prevent the infection with the HIV virus. Researchers have already created HIV-resistant cells in a petri dish following this groundbreaking technique.

Public Health April 12, 2017

New Rotavirus Vaccine Could Save Half A Million Children Annually

Unlike other rotavirus vaccines, the new product is cheaper and doesn’t require refrigeration. Pending WHO approval, it could soon be available for large-scale immunization.

Medicine March 24, 2017

Zika-Like Yellow Fever Raises Concern Despite Availability Of Vaccine: Here's Why

U.S. health officials have warned that advancement of Zika-like yellow fever in Brazil could pose another mosquito-borne health threat to the United States. They urged for closer monitoring of the outbreak, which is moving from less populated areas to cities.

Public Health March 11, 2017

Bird Flu Strain Detected In Tennessee Farm Under Tyson Foods Contract

A Tennessee poultry farm under contract with Tyson Foods Inc. is now placed under quarantine by the U.S. Department of Agriculture officials afrer it was found infected with H7 strain of pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI).

Public Health March 6, 2017

Disease Threatens To Wipe Out Critically Endangered Population Of Saiga Antelope

The critically endangered population of saiga antelope is threatened to be wiped out with the outbreak of a disease that comes from sheep and goats. To save the saiga population from extinction, Wildlife Conservation Society scientists said there is a need for further immunization to include the unaffected population.

Animals February 12, 2017

Gene Delivery Therapy Using Supercharged Adeno-Associated Virus Restores Hearing And Balance In Deaf Mice

A new gene delivery therapy using supercharged adeno-associated virus restored hearing and balance in deaf mice, offering hope to about 30 million people in the United States suffering from hearing loss. How does the treatment work?

Biotech January 30, 2017

Combining 3 Antibody Drugs Shown Effective In Suppressing HIV

A new research at the Rockefeller University has shown that HIV can be suppressed by combining three antibodies in the treatment. This checks the ability of the virus to escape the immune system and mutate.

Medicine January 28, 2017

Pet Rats Caused Illinois, Wisconsin Seoul Virus Outbreak: CDC

An outbreak of the Seoul virus, which affected eight people in Illinois and Wisconsin, was linked to pet rats. What are the symptoms of this hantavirus?

Public Health January 22, 2017

Can Humans Survive A Zombie Apocalypse? Studies Investigate Spread Of Zombie Infection

Human population could be down to just hundreds in the 100th day of a zombie infection. Survivors, however, can do something to save humanity from being wiped out.

Feature | Science January 5, 2017

Scientists Track Spread Of White-Nose Syndrome In Bats Using Fungus-Infecting Virus

Researchers have discovered a virus that they can use to track the spread of the fungal disease known as white-nose syndrome in bats. The disease has already killed an estimated 6 million bats in North America since 2006.

Animals December 27, 2016

DNA From 17th Century Mummy Of A Child From Lithuania May Rewrite History Of Smallpox

Smallpox, a deadly disease that killed millions before it was declared eradicated in 1980, was likely a modern killer and not an ancient disease. The findings were based on analysis of DNA from a 17th century mummified child in Lithuania.

Ancient December 9, 2016

Scientists Discover Mechanism In Potent Antibody Capable Of Neutralizing Zika Infection

Researchers have uncovered how a potent antibody is able to neutralize the Zika virus and prevent an infection from taking place. The discovery holds potential as a treatment target in the fight against Zika.

Public Health November 26, 2016

Measles Complication That Can Occur Years After Infection Kills More Than Previously Thought

SSPE, a deadly complication that occurs years after a child gets infected by the measles virus, is more common than previously believed. Experts recommend that children get two doses of MMR vaccine.

Public Health October 30, 2016

Zika Virus May Be Spread From Infected Eyes, Suggests Study

Zika is spreading fast and researchers are scrambling to learn more about it. According to a new study, however, the virus can find its way to the eyes, making the windows to the soul a possible infection source.

Public Health September 8, 2016

Viruses Are Most Dangerous During The Morning, Study Finds

Rejoice late-risers, you can now quote science as an excuse for sleeping in: human bodies are more susceptible to viruses in the morning.

Healthy Living/Wellness August 16, 2016

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