viral infections

Vitamin D protects against viral infections


May 1st, 2012 - 5:17 pm ICT by IANS
Madrid, May 1 (IANS) You could protect yourself better against viral infections, especially during autumn and winter, with vitamin D supplementation, says a new study.Since vitamin D levels decrease during ... Read more...

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Liver cancer can be caused by excess growth hormone


April 14th, 2012 - 1:35 pm ICT by IANS
Vienna, April 14 (IANS) In a major discovery, Austrian scientists have found that the overproduction of a growth hormone can cause liver cancer.The scientists at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for ... Read more...

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Scientists tweak fungus to produce anti-virus chemical


February 14th, 2012 - 7:49 pm ICT by IANS
Vienna, Feb 14 (IANS) Scientists have tweaked a fungus commonly found on rotting bread or food stuff to produce a vital drug to fight viral infections. Biotechnologist Astrid Mach-Aigner and ... Read more...

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Moderate exercise can stave off cold, cough


January 6th, 2012 - 2:47 pm ICT by IANS
London, Jan 6 (IANS) Regular moderate exercise can stave off the risk of common cold, but running marathons can make you more susceptible to such infections. Upper respiratory tract infections ... Read more...

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Plasma could cure common cold


December 4th, 2011 - 6:11 pm ICT by IANS
London, Dec 4 (IANS) Inhaling streams of electrically charged gas could help overcome the common cold, a new study reveals. Scientists have discovered that a stream of matter known as ... Read more...

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Love your wine? Strawberries can help!


October 26th, 2011 - 2:19 pm ICT by IANS
London, Oct 26 (IANS) There's some good news for those who can't help resist the sight of liquor -- taking strawberries could minimise damage to stomach lining caused by alcohol. ... Read more...

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Single drug may fight HIV, multiple viral ailments


August 11th, 2011 - 6:31 pm ICT by IANS
London, Aug 11 (IANS) Scientists may have stumbled on a panacea that has eluded humankind for eons -- one which could knock out the common cold, flu, HIV and almost ... Read more...

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Viral? Take precautions, say doctors


August 2nd, 2011 - 3:41 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Aug 2 (IANS) Cough, runny nose and fever. Delhi's hospitals are teeming with patients complaining of these symptoms. Doctors are telling them not to panic as the viral ... Read more...

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New test promptly tells bacterial, viral infections apart


June 30th, 2011 - 6:28 pm ICT by IANS
London, June 30 (IANS) The speed and accuracy with which certain tests can tell the difference between bacterial and viral infections, is extremely vital for the patient's recovery. Those common ... Read more...

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Why does flu trigger asthma?


May 30th, 2011 - 3:57 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, May 30 (IANS) When asthmatic children are infected with flu, they often land in the hospital gasping for air. Researchers from Children's Hospital in Boston have found a previously ... Read more...

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Healthy bacteria could prevent obesity


May 26th, 2011 - 4:35 pm ICT by IANS
London, May 26 (IANS) Healthy gut flora -- microorganisms living in the digestive tract of animals -- can reduce the risk of obesity, a study says.The study, done on rats, ... Read more...

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Viral infection likely to encourage pneumonia spread: Study


April 11th, 2011 - 5:33 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, April 11 (ANI): Bacteria that cause pneumonia and meningitis are only able to spread when individuals are infected with flu, according to a new study.The finding could have implications for the ... Read more...

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How interferon-induced genes launch antiviral defenses


April 11th, 2011 - 5:07 pm ICT by ANI
London, April 11 (ANI): A team of researchers, led by scientists from Rockefeller University, for the first time has carried out a comprehensive, systematic evaluation of the antiviral activity of interferon-induced factors. ... Read more...

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Key mechanism of childhood respiratory disease identified


March 8th, 2011 - 5:43 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Mar 8 (ANI): Scientists have discovered a crucial part of the process by which one of the world's most common and dangerous early childhood infections, respiratory syncytial virus, causes disease.By analysing ... Read more...

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Cell killer enzyme could help cancer treatment


March 6th, 2011 - 5:59 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, March 6 (IANS) An enzyme that can push cells into committing "suicide" could pave way for improved cancer drugs. The discovery could open the way to better anti-cancer and ... Read more...

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Study finds enzyme that is ‘the killer you can’t live without’


March 4th, 2011 - 4:15 pm ICT by ANI
London, Mar 4 (ANI): Scientists have discovered an enzyme that has a double role - on one end it can push cells to commit suicide but on the other, it may actually ... Read more...

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Plasma therapy may work for patients with severe 2009 H1N1 infection


January 20th, 2011 - 6:26 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Jan 20 (ANI): Using plasma from patients who have recovered from an infection to treat those with the same infection is an old medical therapy to treat multiple diseases.The same ... Read more...

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Munching on almonds can stave off infections


November 1st, 2010 - 5:04 pm ICT by IANS
London, Nov 1 (IANS) Eating almonds regularly can help you stave off viral infections like the common cold and flu. A new study has revealed that naturally occurring chemicals found in ... Read more...

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Homes are home to infections, says report


October 21st, 2010 - 8:23 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Oct 21 (IANS) Household is where the maximum number of infections are born, a global hygiene council (GHC) study report said Thursday."Nearly 90 percent of infections originate in our households ... Read more...

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Immune response in pregnancy ‘can lead to brain dysfunction in child’


October 13th, 2010 - 4:03 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Oct 13 (ANI): A pregnant woman's immune response to viral infections may induce subtle neurological changes in the unborn child that can lead to an increased risk for neurodevelopmental disorders including ... Read more...

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Bacteria linked to asthma attacks in children


October 8th, 2010 - 3:52 pm ICT by ANI
London, Oct 8 (ANI): Scientists at the Danish Paediatric Asthma Centre (DPAC) at the University of Copenhagen and Gentofte Hospital have discovered that bacterial infections can cause asthma attacks.The discovery could ... Read more...

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Docs ‘misuse’ antibiotics when treating patients with respiratory infections


September 23rd, 2010 - 4:40 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Sept 23 (ANI): A recent study has revealed that doctors frequently misuse antibiotics when treating patients hospitalized with respiratory tract infections (RTIs).The study, which tracked patients in two Pennsylvania hospitals, found ... 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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Key molecular step to fighting off viruses identified


April 22nd, 2010 - 6:31 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, April 22 (ANI): A study has found how a protein helps the immune system to fight of viruses.Researchers from UT Southwestern Medical Center have discovered that a certain form of the ... Read more...

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Legal blow for controversial Andaman tourist resort


March 10th, 2010 - 6:26 pm ICT by ANI
London, Mar.10 (ANI): Weeks after the last member of the Bo tribe died on the Andaman Islands, an Indian court has moved to protect the neighbouring Jarawa tribe by suspending the operation ... Read more...

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Genetic links to celiac disease identified


March 1st, 2010 - 1:52 pm ICT by ANI
London, Mar 1 (ANI): British scientists have identified new genetic links to celiac disease.According to the researchers, these latest findings could speed the way towards improved diagnostics and treatments for the autoimmune ... Read more...

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Contaminated water supply in Shimla


February 13th, 2010 - 8:27 pm ICT by ANI
By Hemant ChauhanShimla, Feb.13 (ANI): Residents of Shimla are a worried lot these days following a contaminated water supply to their houses which has become a major health hazard. The administration says, ... Read more...

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New discovery may help boost effectiveness of human vaccines


January 28th, 2010 - 2:59 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Jan 28 (ANI): The Scripps Research Institute scientists have come up with a novel approach to stimulate the immune system to prevent or clear a viral infection.They claim that by blocking ... Read more...

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Kidney transplant patients must avoid public gatherings


January 6th, 2010 - 7:13 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Jan 6 (IANS) As Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh Wednesday resigned as general secretary of the party on health grounds, doctors here said that people who have undergone a kidney ... Read more...

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Hand sanitizers check viral infections


January 2nd, 2010 - 3:51 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Jan 2 (IANS) Hand sanitizers are more effective than soap in checkmating bacterial and viral infections, a report says. But the sanitizing gel should cover all surfaces of the hands, wrists, ... Read more...

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How to banish germs - Work up lather and count to 15


December 30th, 2009 - 5:44 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Dec 30 (ANI): Washing of hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizers is one effective way of ensuring that bacterial or viral infections do not spread.While hand sanitizers are ... Read more...

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How smallpox kills


December 23rd, 2009 - 1:51 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Dec 23 (ANI): In a new study, scientists have explained how variola, monkeypox, and related viruses disable immune systems to yield devastating consequences.Working in a high containment laboratory at the Centers ... Read more...

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Vitamin D is ‘nature’s antibiotic’


November 24th, 2009 - 1:47 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Nov 24 (ANI): Vitamin D is being appreciated as "nature's antibiotic" as a string of recent discoveries about the multiple health benefits of this nutrient have come to the fore.Right from ... Read more...

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Monday is ‘the most popular sick day’


November 10th, 2009 - 2:06 pm ICT by ANI
London, Nov 10 (ANI): Monday is the most popular day for workers calling in sick, a new UK research has confirmed.The study, by consultant firm Mercer, found that more than a third ... Read more...

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Both genetics and environmental factors determine asthma risk


November 7th, 2009 - 1:39 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Nov 7 (ANI): It's not just genes, environmental exposure too determines if a person would develop asthma, says a leading expert.Dr. Fernando D. Martinez, director of Arizona Respiratory Center, said that ... Read more...

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