Herpes Virus Cleared from Cells BX795

Herpes Virus Cleared from Cells BX795 Herpes Virus Cleared from Cells BX795 From a completely accidental discovery: “BX795 is known as an inhibitor of TBK1, an enzyme involved in innate immunity and neuroinflammation. When TBK1 is suppressed in cells, infection is actually promoted. But when the researchers added higher concentrations of BX795 to cultured human…

Micronutrient supplements reduce risk of HIV disease progression and illness

Contact: Maydel Santana-Bravo santanam@fiu.edu 305-348-1555 The JAMA Network Journals Long-term (24-month) supplementation with multivitamins plus selenium for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected patients in Botswana in the early stages of disease who had not received antiretroviral therapy delayed time to HIV disease progression, was safe and reduced the risk of immune decline and illness, according to…

Large HIV study stopped after safety review found more study participants who received the vaccine later became infected

HIV vaccine study halted by US government over unsuccessful shots Associated Press in Washington guardian.co.uk,  Thursday 25 April 2013 17.52 EDT A 2009 study in Thailand is the only HIV/Aids study ever to show a modest success. Photograph: Denis Farrell/AP The US government halted a large HIV vaccine study on Thursday, saying the experimental shots…

Study: Widespread ‘test-and-treat’ HIV policies could increase dangerous drug resistance

Contact: Robert Perkins perkinsr@usc.edu 213-740-9226 University of Southern California Testing helps catch the disease early, but experts caution that aggressive use of antiretroviral drugs in asymptomatic patients could breed more resistant HIV One of the most widely advocated strategies for dealing with HIV/AIDS could double the number of multi-drug-resistant HIV cases in the population of…

Face values: Ability to recognize emotions in others impaired by AIDS

Contact: Hilary Glover hilary.glover@biomedcentral.com 44-020-319-22370 BioMed Central People with HIV are less able to recognise facial emotion than non-infected people finds a study published in the launch edition of BioMed Central’s open access journal BMC Psychology. Reduction in their ability to recognise fear in others is linked to a similar loss in immediate recall, while…

Newly identified natural protein blocks HIV, other deadly viruses

EEV:  25-hydroxycholesterol/Statin? Contact: Enrique Rivero erivero@mednet.ucla.edu 310-794-2273 University of California – Los Angeles Health Sciences A team of UCLA-led researchers has identified a protein with broad virus-fighting properties that potentially could be used as a weapon against deadly human pathogenic viruses such as HIV, Ebola, Rift Valley Fever, Nipah and others designated “priority pathogens” for…

TB infection rates set to ‘turn clock back to 1930s’

Contact: Stephanie Burns sburns@bmjgroup.com 44-020-738-36920 BMJ-British Medical Journal Special edition to mark World TB day maps new issues and approaches to curbing spread of infection During the 1930s, dedicated sanitaria and invasive surgery were commonly prescribed for those with the infection – usually caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which the editors describe as “the most successful…

A ‘neurosteroid’ found to prevent brain injury caused by HIV/AIDS : DHEA-S

Contact: Cody Mooneyhan cmooneyhan@faseb.org 301-634-7104 Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology New research in The FASEB Journal suggests that a network of steroid molecules found in the brain is disrupted during HIV infection, and treatment with the steroid DHEA-S prevents brain damage Bethesda, MD—A team of scientists from Canada, Thailand and Morocco have found…