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Scientists find way to prevent HIV from damaging immune system
Posted On: Sept. 27, 2011
Washington, Sept 20 (ANI): A new lab-based study led by scientists at the Imperial College London and Johns Hopkins University has found a way to prevent HIV from damaging the immune system. The finding could have important implications for the development of HIV vaccines. The research found that HIV is unable to damage the immune system if cholesterol is removed ...
Scientists find way to prevent HIV from damaging immune system
Glow in the dark cats could help find cure for HIV
Posted On: Sept. 14, 2011
London, Sept 12 (ANI): Scientists have developed glow in the dark cats with intrinsic immunity to the feline AIDS virus to help combat the disease in cats and humans. Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) causes AIDS in cats as the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) does in people: by depleting the body's infection-fighting T-cells. The purpose of the study was to show ...
Glow in the dark cats could help find cure for HIV
Cholesterol-lowering statins 'cuts risk of dying from infection, respiratory illnesses'
Posted On: Aug. 29, 2011
Washington, August 29 (ANI): Cholesterol-lowering statins not only slashes death rates from heart disease and strokes, but also protect people from serious infections and respiratory disease, say researchers from researchers at Imperial College London. The death rate among patients prescribed a statin in a major trial that ended in 2003 is still lower than those given a placebo, even though ...
Cholesterol-lowering statins 'cuts risk of dying from infection, respiratory illnesses'
Immune cells can be helpful as well as harmful in fighting infection, finds study
Posted On: Aug. 29, 2011
Washington, August 27 (ANI): Immune cells that bacteria have exploited can be both helpful and harmful in fighting infection, according to researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The cells could be particularly useful in efforts to turn the immune system against cancers using vaccines. Scientists revealed that the cells, known as CD8 alpha+ dendritic cells (CD8a+ ...
Immune cells can be helpful as well as harmful in fighting infection, finds study
Now, a 'reengineered' antibiotic to kill deadly resistant bacteria
Posted On: Aug. 27, 2011
Washington, August 25 (ANI): A team of scientists has successfully reengineered an important antibiotic to kill the deadliest antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The compound could one day be used clinically to treat patients with life-threatening and highly resistant bacterial infections, researchers say. "[These results] have true clinical significance and chart a path forward for the development of next generation antibiotics for the ...
Now, a 'reengineered' antibiotic to kill deadly resistant bacteria
Why Influenza B virus is limited to humans only
Posted On: Aug. 27, 2011
Washington, Aug 26 (ANI): Scientists have made a new discovery that could help explain how influenza B is limited to humans, and why it cannot be as virulent as A strains that incorporate new genes from influenza viruses that infect other species. The discovery by researchers at Rutgers University and the University of Texas at Austin could also help scientists ...
Why Influenza B virus is limited to humans only
Human race got strong immune system after breeding with Neanderthals?
Posted On: Aug. 27, 2011
London, Aug 26 (ANI): A study has suggested that had it not been for the Neanderthals the human race would not have survived or developed a strong immune system. Research by immunologist Peter Parham suggests that interbreeding with Neanderthals gave our ancestors a ready-made cocktail of DNA invaluable in fighting diseases common in northern climates. In some parts of the ...
Human race got strong immune system after breeding with Neanderthals?
Pakistan's general population under increasing risk of HIV epidemic
Posted On: Aug. 25, 2011
Washington, Aug 25 (ANI): An international team of researchers has found that rates of HIV have increased in Pakistan's general population, as the virus has spread beyond at-risk groups to women and their children. The researchers raise concern that the transmission across subgroups into Pakistan's general population may serve as indication that the virus may be spreading into populations within ...
Pakistan's general population under increasing risk of HIV epidemic
How Ebola virus gains entry into cells and transmits deadly infection
Posted On: Aug. 25, 2011
London, August 25 (ANI): An Indian-origin researcher and his colleagues have identified a cellular protein that plays a critical role in Ebola virus infection. The study, which was a collaborative effort involving scientists from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, Harvard Medical School, and the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious ...
How Ebola virus gains entry into cells and transmits deadly infection
How HIV infects healthy T cells and leads to the development of AIDS
Posted On: Aug. 25, 2011
Washington, August 25 (ANI): The specific process by which the HIV virus infects healthy T cells was unknown, until now. However, a George Mason University researcher team has now finally revealed the process, with the principal investigator, HIV researcher Yuntao Wu, saying that he hopes this breakthrough will start a new line on inquiry into how researchers can use this ...
How HIV infects healthy T cells and leads to the development of AIDS
Flu/H1N1 infections, not vaccine, triggers narcolepsy
Posted On: Aug. 24, 2011
Washington, August 22 (ANI): A rise in H1N1 infections and colds could trigger a rare sleeping disorder, according to a new research The findings show that a peak in narcolepsy cases occurred five to seven months after a peak in H1N1 infections and flu in the country. The study, however, found no correlation between vaccination and narcolepsy among the patients ...
Flu/H1N1 infections, not vaccine, triggers narcolepsy
How immune memory slips away during chronic infections
Posted On: Aug. 22, 2011
Washington, Aug 19 (ANI): Researchers at the Emory Vaccine Centre have identified how memory T cells, white blood cells that help the immune system remember virus and attack it if it comes back, slip away during chronic infections such as those caused by viruses like HIV and hepatitis. They have also shown that a molecule called 2B4 on memory cells ...
How immune memory slips away during chronic infections
Soon, a pill to reverse effects of ageing on immune system
Posted On: Aug. 19, 2011
Washington, August 17 (ANI): Scientists have found new drug targets which could temporarily reverse the effects of ageing on immunity and could, in the future, allow for the short-term boosting of the immune systems of older people. Researchers funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) have discovered a new mechanism controlling ageing in white blood cells. Weakened ...
Soon, a pill to reverse effects of ageing on immune system
Drug target to combat allergies in early childhood identified
Posted On: Aug. 16, 2011
London, August 15 (ANI): After decades of research, US researchers have finally pinned down the "biological messenger" that influences the "allergic march" - the gradual acquisition of overlapping allergic diseases that commonly begins in early childhood. David Artis, PhD, an associate professor of Microbiology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and a team of collaborating ...
Drug target to combat allergies in early childhood identified
AIDS control programmes reduced infections by 50 pct in last 10 years in India
Posted On: July 16, 2011
New Delhi, July 4 (ANI): HIV/AIDS infections have been reduced by 50 percent in the last ten years in India, said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, on Monday. Addressing a conference here, Singh said mortality rates of HIV infected had declined. "Our AIDS control programme has been successful in being able to reduce new HIV/AIDS infections by 50 percent in the ...
AIDS control programmes reduced infections by 50 pct in last 10 years in India
Ranbaxy,Gilead Sciences to manufacture and market three anti-HIV drugs in India, developing nations
Posted On: July 16, 2011
Gurgaon, July 12 (ANI): Ranbaxy Laboratories Limited (Ranbaxy) announced today that it has entered into an in-licensing agreement with Gilead Sciences, Inc. for three new HIV/AIDS drugs which are currently in late-stage clinical development. Ranbaxy will have the rights to produce and sell generic versions of these drugs, under license, in India and other developing nations, after gaining necessary regulatory ...
Ranbaxy,Gilead Sciences to manufacture and market three anti-HIV drugs in India, developing nations
Antiretroviral drugs reduce risk of HIV infection
Posted On: July 16, 2011
Washington, July 14 (ANI): An international study has found that taking antiretroviral medications can significantly reduce risk of HIV infections. The study has demonstrated that individuals at high risk for HIV infection who took a daily tablet containing an HIV medication, either the antiretroviral medication tenofovir or tenofovir in combination with emtricitabine, experienced significantly fewer HIV infections than those who ...
Antiretroviral drugs reduce risk of HIV infection
Antibiotic-resistant superbugs 'could take us to pre-Penicillin era'
Posted On: April 8, 2011
London, April 7 (ANI): The World Health Organisation has warned that the rise of antibiotic-resistant superbugs threatens to take us to pre-Penicillin era where even the smallest infection could be deadly. The overuse and misuse of antibiotics, which is leading to 'unprecedented levels' of resistance, and a lack of development of new drugs means we could see current treatments become ...
Antibiotic-resistant superbugs 'could take us to pre-Penicillin era'
Nine in 10 home dishcloths in UK harbour dangerous stomach bugs
Posted On: April 4, 2011
London, Mar 31 (ANI): A UK government survey has found that nine in ten home dishcloths harbour dangerous levels of stomach bugs. Research by environmental health officers suggests that people are more at risk of catching food poisoning from their own cleaning cloths than when they eat out, the Independent reported. The Health Protection Agency checked restaurant dishcloths last year ...
Nine in 10 home dishcloths in UK harbour dangerous stomach bugs
Sugars play key role in bacterial infection in humans: Study
Posted On: March 28, 2011
Melbourne, Mar 18 (ANI): Australian researchers have revealed that sugars that change their shape with temperature could be a key to bacterial infection in humans. The findings could lead to new ways to treat and prevent gastroenteritis without relying on antibiotics, reports ABC Science. Bacterial geneticist Victoria Korolik of Griffith University's Institute for Glycomics and colleagues have been looking closely ...
Sugars play key role in bacterial infection in humans: Study
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