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Addressing Adherence: PrEP’s Achilles Heel

Researchers from Penn Medicine have developed a new urine test, called UrSure, to monitor adherence to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in order to help curb the HIV epidemic and prevent high-risk populations from being infected with HIV.

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Researchers Identify How Class of Drugs Blocks Hepatitis C Virus Replication

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For the first time, researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill show how the antiviral class of drugs called NS5A inhibitors interacts with the hepatitis C virus, and these findings show a difference between strains of HCV. These results were published in PLOS Pathogens.

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Infectious Disease, Protein structures, NMR spectroscopy

Tackling infectious disease – one protein at a time

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A team of scientists in the Pacific Northwest has solved the 3-D structure of 1,000 proteins from more than 70 organisms that cause infectious disease in people. The proteins come from microbes that cause several serious diseases, including tuberculosis, Listeria, Giardia, Ebola, anthrax, C. diff., Legionella, Lyme, chlamydia and the flu.

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HIVAIDS, Aids Vaccine, Duke Human Vaccine Institute

Investigational Vaccine Protected Monkeys From HIV-Like Virus

Building on insights from an HIV vaccine regimen in humans that had partial success during a phase 3 clinical trial in Thailand, a Duke-led research team used a more-is-better approach in monkeys that appeared to improve vaccine protection from an HIV-like virus.

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UMB, Serenta License Agreement Welcomed in Quest To Combat Deadly Antibiotic-Resistant Staph Infections

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UMB grants licensing rights for new vaccine candidate to Serenta Biotechnology, LLC, whose co-founder, Mark Shirtliff, PhD, professor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry and the UM School of Medicine.

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New Test Lets UF Scientist and Team Find Zika Faster

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A University of Florida entomologist is working with other scientists to detect the Zika virus in minutes, rather than days or weeks, allowing for faster and more targeted mosquito control practices and detection in patient samples.

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Tulane University, Tulane University School of Medicine, Ebola, Peptide

Tulane Researchers Help Find Possible Explanation for Unparalleled Spread of Ebola Virus

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The world may be closer to knowing why Ebola spreads so easily thanks to a team of researchers from Tulane University and other leading institutions who discovered a new biological activity in a small protein from the deadly virus.

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Texas Tech, Mosquito, Insecticide

Texas Tech Researchers to Test Effectiveness of Insecticides Meant to Kill Zika-Spreading Mosquitoes

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malaria parasites, Red Blood Cells

Multidisciplinary Research Team Receives Seed Grant to Predict Red Blood Cell Deformability

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A multidisciplinary team of researchers has received a $25,000 seed grant from the Penn State Institute for CyberScience to develop a modeling platform to predict the deformability and morphological changes of diseased and aged red blood cells.

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Urinary Tract Infections, standard culture, Antibiotics, Bacteria, E. Coli, enhanced quantitative urine culture , EQUC, UTI

Enhanced Test for Urinary Tract Infections Detects More Bacteria Than Standard Test

One of the primary ways physicians diagnose urinary tract infections is with a test that detects bacteria in urine. A new enhanced test detects significantly more bacteria than the standard test, according to a study presented at a meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in New Orleans.







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