HIV & AIDS

The Charlie Sheen effect on HIV prevention

On November 17, 2015 actor Charlie Sheen on NBC's Today Show publicly disclosed he was human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-positive. For some time scientists and advocates have recognized the importance of celebrity in public ...

Medical research

Newly identified receptor may help gene therapy go viral

Gene therapy, whereby a patient's disorder is treated by inserting a new gene, replacing a defective one, or disabling a harmful one, suffered a setback in 1999, when Jesse Gelsinger, an 18-year-old with a genetic liver disease, ...

HIV & AIDS

Scientists reveal new phase of HIV infection

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School have identified a new life cycle stage in HIV infection, thanks to a novel technique they developed to take images of intact infected cells. They've shown that ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

The hepatitis A virus is of animal origin

The hepatitis A virus can trigger acute liver inflammation which generally has a mild course in small children but which can become dangerous in adults. The virus, which is found worldwide, has previously been considered ...

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