antiviral drugs

First ever pill to beat HIV under FDA consideration


May 10th, 2012 - 6:17 pm ICT by IANS
London, May 10 (IANS) Truvada, the first ever pill to beat HIV -- a breakthrough in the 30-year-old war against AIDS epidemic -- is under active consideration of the US ... Read more...

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Researchers crack virus behind brain swelling


March 6th, 2012 - 3:11 am ICT by IANS
Toronto, March 6 (IANS) Researchers have cracked the structure of a virus that causes potentially fatal brain swelling and paralysis in children, a development that could open the way to ... Read more...

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Statins could cut mortality rate for flu patients


December 18th, 2011 - 3:52 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Dec 18 (IANS) Cholesterol-busting drugs or statins offer a ray of hope for people infected with severe flu by keeping mortality at bay, a study reveals. "We may be ... Read more...

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Shark liver compound could treat dengue, hepatitis


September 20th, 2011 - 9:15 pm ICT by IANS
London, Sep 20 (IANS) A shark liver compound could be used to treat dengue, yellow fever and hepatitis, say experts. Michael Zasloff, from Georgetown University, US, who led the study, ... Read more...

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Some strains of influenza becoming drug-resistant


September 15th, 2011 - 6:08 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Sep 15 (IANS) Certain strains of influenza are becoming resistant to common treatments, according to scientists."We've been able to map out globally how this phenomenon is happening," said study ... Read more...

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One in five of HIV-infected develop dementia


June 30th, 2011 - 4:23 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, June 30 (IANS) HIV can hide in the brain, concealed from the immune system and antiviral drugs, and cause dementia in the victim.The discovery unravels the link between HIV ... Read more...

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Novel anti-shingles agent developed


April 22nd, 2011 - 5:19 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, April 22 (ANI): Shingles is a condition that affects mostly elderly and for which no specific treatment exists.Now, researchers at the University of Georgia and Yale University have discovered an effective ... Read more...

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Artificial cells to trap deadly viruses


March 3rd, 2011 - 4:29 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, March 3 (IANS) Artificial "protocells" that can lure, entrap and inactivate a class of deadly human viruses have been designed by researchers.The technique offers a new research tool to ... Read more...

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Scientists use artificial, cell-like ‘honey pots’ to lure, trap deadly viruses


March 3rd, 2011 - 1:43 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Mar 3 (ANI): Scientists have found a novel way to trap a class of deadly human viruses - they have artificial "protocells" that can lure, entrap and inactivate them.The technique could ... Read more...

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Discovery suggests new way to prevent HIV from infecting human cells


December 23rd, 2010 - 4:05 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Dec 23 (ANI): Scientists have discovered how HIV binds to and destroys a specific human antiviral protein called APOBEC3F.The results suggest that a simple chemical change can convert APOBEC3F to ... Read more...

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How ‘chameleon-like’ HIV virus eludes treatment by mutating


December 16th, 2010 - 1:46 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Dec 16 (ANI): A new study has shed light on how chameleon-like HIV virus constantly mutates into forms and gets away even from the best cocktail of current therapies.This understanding may ... Read more...

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Sweet discovery offers protection against killer viruses


November 4th, 2010 - 5:03 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Nov 4 (ANI): A new research suggests that a purified form of a product modified from simple sugar molecules can eradicate killer viruses by mobilizing white blood cells.When a team ... Read more...

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Understanding efficacy of current drugs and paving way for new ones


October 22nd, 2010 - 3:14 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Oct 22 (ANI): Scientists at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory and Institute of Molecular Biophysics at Florida State University and researchers at Brigham Young University in Utah are close to ... Read more...

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New insight into multitalented protein sheds light on HIV mysteries


October 15th, 2010 - 2:53 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Oct 15 (ANI): National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has developed a research method by which new insights into the infection process of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that leads to ... Read more...

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Breakthrough test could spell the end of ‘manflu’


September 7th, 2010 - 1:05 pm ICT by ANI
London, Sept 7 (ANI): Men often pretend to suffer from flu even when it's just a common cold to get more sympathy - but a new breakthrough will help scientists find out ... Read more...

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Use of certain antiviral drugs during pregnancy not linked to birth defects


August 25th, 2010 - 4:36 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Aug 25 (ANI): Use of certain antiviral drugs during pregnancy not linked to higher risk of major birth defects, according to a new study.An analysis of data from Denmark found no ... Read more...

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Swine Flu Pandemic Is Over - WHO


August 11th, 2010 - 8:15 pm ICT by Pen Men At Work
August 11, 2010 (Pen Men at Work): The World Health Organization (WHO) has enunciated that the H1N1 swine flu pandemic is over. This enunciation has emerged a year subsequent to the pandemic ... Read more...

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Scientists unravel herpes virus protein structure


July 27th, 2010 - 6:02 pm ICT by ANI
London, July 27 (ANI): Researchers at Tufts University and the University of Pennsylvania have uncovered the unusual structure of a key member of the protein complex that allows a herpes virus to ... Read more...

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New strategy could increase antiviral drugs’ effectiveness


July 20th, 2010 - 3:16 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 20 (ANI): Scientists are now targeting the conditions, which viruses need to survive and multiply, in order to increase the effectiveness of antiviral drugs, instead of directly attacking the virus ... Read more...

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Map of herpes virus protein suggests new target for antiviral drugs


July 7th, 2010 - 5:28 pm ICT by ANI
London, July 7 (ANI): Researchers have uncovered the unusual structure of the protein complex that allows a herpes virus to invade cells.This detailed map of a key piece of the herpes ... Read more...

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South Africa warns of flu during world cup


June 26th, 2010 - 7:19 am ICT by IANS
Johannesburg, June 26 (IANS) South Africa, host to thousands of foreign visitors for the soccer world cup, warned Friday of spread of flu during next couple of weeks. The country's National Institute ... Read more...

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EU critics say WHO of exaggerating H1N1 threat


June 5th, 2010 - 1:26 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, June 5 (ANI): European criticism of the World Health Organization's handling of the H1N1 pandemic has intensified with the release of two reports that accused the agency of exaggerating the threat ... Read more...

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Molecular changes that helped Tamiflu resistance explained


June 4th, 2010 - 2:48 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, June 4 (ANI): American biologists have come up with a molecular explanation for the evolution of Tamiflu resistance.The study, led by David Baltimore, California Institute of Technology's Robert Andrews Millikan Professor ... Read more...

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Cold sore virus likely to cause brain abnormalities


June 1st, 2010 - 3:33 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, June 1 (IANS) Exposure to the common virus that causes cold sores may be partly responsible for a shrinking brain and loss of concentration skills and memory --symptomatic of schizophrenic patients. "We're ... Read more...

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Cold sore virus could lead to schizophrenia symptoms


May 29th, 2010 - 3:13 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, May 29 (ANI): Cold sore virus could lead to cognitive symptoms characteristic to schizophrenia patients, research led by Johns Hopkins scientists has found.Dr. David J. Schretlen and colleagues found that exposure ... Read more...

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New hope for hepatitis C sufferers


April 9th, 2010 - 12:11 pm ICT by ANI
London, Apr 9 (ANI): Telaprevir, a protease inhibitor, combined with standard hepatitis C treatment, cures a significantly higher number of difficult-to-treat patients than standard treatment alone, a new study has found.The study ... Read more...

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Drug-Resistant Swine Flu Virus Leaves Virologists Worried


March 29th, 2010 - 8:47 pm ICT by GD
By Meena Kar Maryland, Mar 29, (THAINDIAN NEWS) The H1N1 swine flu virus that caused havoc last year all over the world and killed many young adults and children, according to reports can ... Read more...

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Bone marrow can harbour HIV-infected cells


March 9th, 2010 - 1:22 pm ICT by ANI
London, Mar 9 (ANI): Researchers at University of Michigan have identified a new reservoir for hidden HIV-infected cells that can serve as a factory for new infections.The findings indicate a new ... Read more...

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Eye infection linked to increased stroke risk


March 4th, 2010 - 1:25 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Mar 4(ANI): People who have had shingles infection that affects the eyes may have a heightened risk of stroke, according to a new study.Ocular shingles is an infection of the eye ... Read more...

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Novel inhaled drug found effective against H5N1 avian influenza virus


February 26th, 2010 - 3:49 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 26 (ANI): Researchers have found a novel compound highly effective against the pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza virus, including some drug-resistant strains.The work by a University of Wisconsin-Madison virologist has been ... Read more...

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Potential therapeutic target for controlling viral infection identified


February 6th, 2010 - 5:19 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 6 (ANI): Scientists from Carnegie Mellon University have identified a potential therapeutic target for controlling viral infection.Within a virus's tiny exterior is a store of energy waiting to be unleashed. ... Read more...

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How antiviral drugs block flu virus


February 4th, 2010 - 1:50 pm ICT by ANI
London, Feb 4 (ANI): Scientists at Iowa State University have identified the mechanism through which antiviral drugs block influenza A.The study showed that these drugs block influenza A viruses from reproducing and ... Read more...

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Some antiviral drugs could make diseases worse


January 14th, 2010 - 5:57 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, January 14 (ANI): Some antiviral drugs can make viruses stronger instead of killing them, a new study claims.Researchers from the University of Texas at Austin insist that in some cases medications ... Read more...

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Four swine flu deaths in Chandigarh


December 24th, 2009 - 12:16 pm ICT by IANS
Chandigarh, Dec 24 (IANS) Four people, including three women, succumbed to swine flu in Chandigarh, taking the toll in this Union Territory to 41, officials said here Thursday. The Postgraduate Institute of ... Read more...

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New medicine fights bird flu better


December 22nd, 2009 - 2:03 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Dec 22 (IANS) A new drug on the threshold of final testing in humans may be more potent and safer for treating the deadly bird flu than the antiviral drug Tamiflu, ... Read more...

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