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SLU Research Finds Enzyme Inhibitors Suppress Herpes Simplex Virus Replication

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Saint Louis University research findings published in the December issue of Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy report a family of molecules known as NTS enzyme inhibitors are promising candidates for new herpes virus treatments.

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Using the Power of Computers to Harness the Human Genome May Provide Clues into the Ebola Virus

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Ramaswamy Narayanan, Ph.D., is working to blend the power of computers with biology to use the human genome to remove much of the guesswork involved in discovering cures for diseases. He describes how key genes that are present in our cells could be used to develop drugs for Ebola virus disease.

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The Flu Vaccine: It's Not Too Late and Yes, It's Necessary

Children's Hospital Los Angeles infectious diseases specialist Pia Pannaraj, MD, discusses the importance of getting an annual flu vaccine and why opting out should not be an option.

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Study Identifies 53 Approved Drugs that May Block Ebola Infection

Researchers found 53 existing drugs that may keep the Ebola virus from entering human cells, a key step in the process of infection.

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Combining Social Media and Behavioral Psychology Could Lead to More HIV Testing

Social media such as Twitter and Facebook, combined with behavioral psychology, could be a valuable tool in the fight against AIDS by prompting high-risk individuals to be tested.

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Effectiveness of Drugs to Prevent Hepatitis Among Patients Receiving Chemotherapy

Among patients with lymphoma undergoing a certain type of chemotherapy, receiving the antiviral drug entecavir resulted in a lower incidence of hepatitis B virus (HBV)-related hepatitis and HBV reactivation, compared with the antiviral drug lamivudine, according to a study in the December 17 issue of JAMA.

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Extra Vitamin E Protected Older Mice from Getting Common Type of Pneumonia

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Extra vitamin E protected older mice from a bacterial infection that commonly causes pneumonia. The study from researchers at Tufts University found that extra vitamin E helped regulate the mice’s immune system.

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Don't Let 2015 Become a 'Flu New Year'

The CDC's announcement that this year’s flu vaccine isn’t a good “match” for circulating viruses should ring some bells (the warning kind) this holiday season. A Rowan University Family Medicine physician provides tips on avoiding the 'gift' no one wants to get.

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Flu Shot Tops Santa's Nice List

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Despite the recent reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that the flu vaccine is not effective against certain active strains, Jorge Parada, MD, infectious disease specialist at Loyola University Health System urges everyone to still get vaccinated. “If you have not gotten your flu shot, get it as soon as possible,” he says. “There are many varieties of flu and the flu vaccine still offers protection.”

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