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February 15, 2019

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February 15, 2019

HIV-1 Protein Suppresses Immune Response More Broadly Than Thought

Feb. 5, 2019 — Scientists have revealed how a protein produced by HIV-1 plays a broader role in suppressing the immune system's response to infection than previously ... read more

Bioethicists Call for More Robust System of Ethical Governance in Human Gene-Editing

Jan. 28, 2019 — Bioethicists are calling for a more robust system of ethical governance in human gene-editing in the wake of the Chinese experiment aiming to produce HIV immune ... read more

Urine Testing of People With HIV for Tuberculosis Can Save Lives and Be Cost-Effective

Jan. 22, 2019 — Screening all hospitalized patients with HIV for tuberculosis using urine tests would improve life expectancy and be cost-effective in Malawi and South Africa, reports an international team of ... read more

Combination Therapy Treats Leishmaniasis, HIV Patients

Jan. 17, 2019 — Coinfection with visceral leishmaniasis (VL) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) has been observed in at least 35 countries on four continents and requires special case management. Currently, the ... read more

Back to the Future With CD4 Testing: Improving HIV Care in Low And Middle-Income Countries

Jan. 15, 2019 — A practical resource-based public health approach for the rapid initiation of antiretroviral therapy in HIV-infected individuals living in low- and middle-income countries could save thousands of ... read more

Faulty Immune Receptor Could Be Reason Why Many Face HIV Complications

Jan. 7, 2019 — Scientists have discovered SLAMF7, an immune receptor, has the ability to tone down the body's immune response when activated on certain white blood cells, called 'monocytes.' The ... read more

Prescribed Opioids Raise Risk of Pneumonia in Patients With and Without HIV

Jan. 7, 2019 — Taking prescribed opioids raises the risk of pneumonia in individuals with and without HIV, a new study ... read more

How to Better Reach Men for HIV Testing: A Randomized Trial on Incentives for Self-Testing

Jan. 2, 2019 — Providing pregnant women with HIV self-testing kits to pass along to their male partners can boost the partners' rate of HIV testing and entry into care, according to a new ... read more

Cell Size and Cell-Cycle States Play Key Decision-Making Role in HIV

Dec. 26, 2018 — Thanks to the development of antiretroviral drugs, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is considered a manageable chronic disease today. However, if left undiagnosed or untreated, HIV can develop into ... read more

Dec. 20, 2018 — Current HIV treatments need to be taken for life by those infected as antiretroviral therapy is unable to eliminate viral reservoirs lurking in immune cells. Scientists have identified the ... read more

Flu Is Serious for Pregnant Women and Others at High Risk

Dec. 19, 2018 — Those at high-risk for flu complications such as hospitalization and death -- including pregnant women -- should be tested and treated as soon as possible, suggest new influenza ... read more

Uncovering a Key Mechanism in Assembly of Avian Sarcoma Virus, a Relative of HIV-1

Dec. 18, 2018 — Researchers used NMR to detail how the matrix domain of the Avian Sarcoma Virus Gag protein binds to certain phospholipids. These phospholipids are vital for Gag protein binding to the plasma ... read more

Control HIV by Treating Schistosomiasis, New Study Suggests

Dec. 13, 2018 — Of the 34 million people worldwide with HIV, and the 200 million with schistosomiasis, the majority live in Africa -- where millions of people are simultaneously infected with both diseases. Now, ... read more

Unique Immune Cell Likely Drives Chronic Inflammation, Researchers Discover

Dec. 11, 2018 — For the first time, researchers have identified that an immune cell subset called gamma delta T cells may be causing and/or perpetuating the systemic inflammation found with normal aging among the ... read more

Dec. 10, 2018 — Researchers have developed a biotechnological tool to produce, in a very efficient manner, antifungal proteins in the leaves of the plant Nicotiana benthamiana. These proteins are promising ... read more

Eliminating the Latent Reservoir of HIV

Dec. 7, 2018 — A new study suggests that a genetic switch that causes latent HIV inside cells to begin to replicate can be manipulated to completely eradicate the virus from the human body. Cells harboring latent ... read more

Infectivity of Different HIV-1 Strains May Depend on Which Cell Receptors They Target

Dec. 6, 2018 — Distinct HIV-1 strains may differ in the nature of the CCR5 molecules to which they bind, affecting which cells they can infect and their ability to enter cells, according to a new study. The ... read more

A Bacterial Protein Is Found to Promote Cancer

Dec. 4, 2018 — Researchers have discovered that DnaK, a protein of the bacterium mycoplasma, interferes with the mycoplasma-infected cell's ability to respond to and repair DNA damage, a known origin of ... read more

Focus on Resistance to HIV Offers Insight Into How to Fight the Virus

Nov. 30, 2018 — Of the 40 million people around the world infected with HIV, less than one per cent have immune systems strong enough to suppress the virus for extended periods of time. These special immune systems ... read more

An Opioid Epidemic May Be Looming in Mexico -- And the US May Be Partly Responsible

Nov. 29, 2018 — Though opioid use in Mexico has been low, national and international factors are converging and a threat of increased drug and addiction rates exists. Many of these factors may have originated in the ... read more

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