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No increased risk of cancer for people with shingles
Herpes zoster, or shingles, does not increase the risk of cancer in the general population, according to a study in Canadian Medical Association Journal. (2012-09-17)

Constipated? Study finds surprising cause
A Yale-led study has shown a surprising link between constipation and herpes infection. The finding, published June 8 in Cell Host & Microbe, advances the science on herpes, and could help patients with chronic gastrointestinal diseases with no clear cause. (2016-06-08)

Deadly rugby virus spreads in sumo wrestlers
Rugby players may get more than just the ball out of a scrum -- herpes virus can cause a skin disease called (2008-09-28)

Recurring genital problems could be herpes
A study of patients attending sexual health clinics in Gothenburg found that just four out of ten patients with genital herpes actually knew that they had the disorder. However, a third of those who did not realize that they had been infected reported typical symptoms at a follow-up visit, reveals a thesis from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. (2011-04-11)

Using herpes drugs to slow down Alzheimer's disease could become reality
The first clinical study to investigate if herpes virus drugs can have an effect on fundamental Alzheimer's disease processes has been launched at UmeƄ University in Sweden. The research group has previously demonstrated a correlation between herpes virus infection and an increased risk of Alzheimer's disease. (2016-12-13)

Family history may be associated with susceptibility to shingles
Individuals with herpes zoster, or shingles, are more likely to report a family history of the condition, according to a report in the May issue of Archives of Dermatology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2008-05-19)

Patients with COPD have higher risk of shingles
Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are at greater risk of shingles compared with the general population, according to a study published in Canadian Medical Association Journal. The risk is greatest for patients taking oral steroids to treat COPD. (2011-02-22)

Herpes drug inhibits HIV in patients infected with both viruses
Researchers at the US National Institutes of Health, McGill University and other institutions have discovered how a simple antiviral drug developed decades ago suppresses HIV in patients who are also infected with herpes. Their study was published in the Sept. 11 issue of the journal Cell Host and Microbe. (2008-09-15)

Novel vaccine reduces shedding of genital herpes virus
Sexually transmitted infection researchers potentially have reached a milestone in vaccine treatment for genital herpes, according to a report to be presented at the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy in Denver, Colo., today, Sept. 12. (2013-09-12)

Cannabis may help combat cancer-causing herpes viruses
The compound in marijuana that produces a high may help block the spread of cancer-causing herpes viruses. (2004-09-22)

New vaccine for herpes in final trial phase
Approximately ONE out of FOUR women in the United States has genital herpes. Symptoms are often subtle, and most people don't know they have herpes, but genital herpes is among the most common infectious diseases. This is why Mount Sinai School of Medicine has joined with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals in the Herpevac Trial for Women. Healthy women aged 18-30 may be eligible to participate in the trial. (2004-01-21)

A novel therapy for genital herpes engages immune cells to provide significant patient benefits
A phase II clinical trial demonstrated that a new type of treatment for genital herpes, an immunotherapy called GEN-003, may reduce the activity of the virus and the number of days with recurrent herpes. This effect of treatment, given by a series of three injections, appears to last for up to at least one year. (2016-06-20)

Doctors and patients poorly informed about herpes
Family doctors and patients with herpes are poorly informed about the viral infection, indicate the results of an online survey, published ahead of print in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections. (2007-11-22)

Common Anti-Viral Medication Prevents Severe Eye Herpes
A new study led by University of California San Francisco researchers has found that acyclovir, a common anti-viral drug used to treat and prevent genital herpes, can also prevent the recurrence of herpes disease of the eye. (1998-07-29)

Cold sores increase the risk of dementia
Infection with herpes simplex virus increases the risk of Alzheimer's disease. Researchers at Umea University, Sweden, claim this in two studies in the journal Alzheimer's & Dementia. (2014-10-20)

Herpes simplex viruses: new relationships between epidemiology and history
An Italian research team has refined the history and origins of two extremely common pathogens in human populations, herpes simplex virus type 1 and type 2. Using and applying rather precise data methods they estimated that the circulating strains of herpes simplex virus type 1 migrated from Africa about 5000 years ago. The exit from Africa of herpes simplex virus type 2 was even more recent and probably occurred in the eighteenth century, during the height of the slave trade. (2020-01-13)

Saint Louis University to lead national herpes vaccine trial for the NIH
Saint Louis University is leading a large scale research trial involving almost 8,000 women nationwide that could lead to the first-ever FDA approved vaccine to prevent genital herpes. The $36.8 million award from the National Institutes of Health will fund research to test an investigational herpes vaccine from GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals. (2002-11-20)

Oral herpes rates are falling in children
Fewer people are being exposed to herpes simplex type 1 - also known as oral herpes - in their childhood and the prevalence amongst the population in Europe is falling by 1% per year, suggests research published in the journal BMJ Global Health. (2020-07-16)

Discovery reveals mechanism that turns herpes virus on and off
New research from Dr. Luis M. Schang and his group at the Baker Institute for Animal Health has identified a new mechanism that plays a role in controlling how the herpes virus alternates between dormant and active stages of infection. (2019-11-14)

Viral infection at birth linked to cerebral palsy
Exposure to certain viral infections shortly before and after birth (the perinatal period) is associated with cerebral palsy, finds a study published online by the BMJ today. These findings support the theory that infections during this period can trigger brain damage and the development of cerebral palsy. (2006-01-05)

Rates of genital herpes infections rise
Genital infections with Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) have risen in western Scotland over the last 15 years, particularly among young women, finds a study in this week's BMJ. (2002-06-06)

Research holds promise for herpes vaccine
A study by a Montana State University researcher suggests a new avenue for developing a vaccine against genital herpes and other diseases caused by herpes simplex viruses. (2006-10-13)

Lines blurring between human herpes simplex viruses
The herpes simplex virus (HSV-1) that commonly infects the mouth, is continuing to mix with the genital herpes virus (HSV-2) to create new, different recombinant versions. Genital co-infection with both viruses could create opportunities for the viruses to recombine. This ability of the viruses to recombine poses problems for vaccine development, due to the risk of a live vaccine for genital herpes mixing with HSV-1 to form an infectious recombinant. (2019-04-30)

Pain of shingles (herpes zoster) significantly interferes with daily life
Acute herpes zoster, or shingles, interferes with all health areas for people with the condition, including sleep, enjoyment of life and general activities, according to a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. (2010-10-04)

Antiviral method against herpes paves the way for combatting incurable viral infections
Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have discovered a new method to treat human herpes viruses. The new broad-spectrum method targets physical properties in the genome of the virus rather than viral proteins, which have previously been targeted. The treatment consists of new molecules that penetrate the protein shell of the virus and prevent genes from leaving the virus to infect the cell. It does not lead to resistance and acts independently of mutations in the genome of the virus. (2020-07-24)

New herpes treatment from common herb
A new anti-herpes agent derived from a common herb effectively treats and prevents the disease in animals. Researchers from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia present their data today at the 103rd General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology. (2003-05-19)

Study explores how people react to learning they have genital herpes
Thanks to new tests coming on the market, a flood of people may learn that they are part of a huge epidemic of genital herpes. A University of Washington scientist is leading a team that will study how health care professionals can help educate people about the disease and prevent it. (1999-11-09)

Key mechanism behind herpes revealed
Researchers at Lund University in Sweden and Carnegie Mellon University have for the first time managed to measure the internal pressure that enables the herpes virus to infect cells in the human body. The discovery paves the way for the development of new medicines to combat viral infections. The results indicate good chances to stop herpes infections in the future. (2013-10-02)

Herpes virus decoded
The genome of the herpes simplex virus 1 was decoded using new methods. Hundreds of previously unknown gene products were found. The virus causes lip herpes, but can also be life-threatening. (2020-04-27)

Greater condom use could help prevent spread of genital herpes
Condom use helps to prevent the spread of genital herpes, particularly from a man with HSV-2 to a susceptible woman, according to a University of Washington study. Condom use might help slow the epidemic of genital herpes, which now infects about one in five Americans. (2001-06-26)

Goodbye cold sores
Herpes infections on the lips, in the eyes or on the nose are painful, long-lasting and unpleasant. A new 3-D herpes infection model brings hope: active ingredients and new treatments can be reliably tested with this model. Animal tests could soon be a thing of the past. (2011-06-27)

Northwestern Scientists Discover How Herpes Simplex Virus Infects Cells
Researchers at Northwestern University have discovered a human protein that provides a pathway for herpes simplex virus to infect certain types of human cells. This human protein is not only the first (1996-10-31)

Use of certain therapies for inflammatory diseases does not appear to increase risk of shingles
Although patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have a disproportionately higher incidence of herpes zoster (shingles), an analysis that included nearly 60,000 patients with RA and other inflammatory diseases found that those who initiated anti-tumor necrosis factor therapies were not at higher risk of herpes zoster compared with patients who initiated nonbiologic treatment regimens, according to a study appearing in the March 6 issue of JAMA. (2013-03-05)

Acquiring Herpes Late In Pregnancy Brings Special Dangers To The Newborn
While there is never a good time to acquire a herpes infection, contracting the virus late in pregnancy can prove catastrophic for the newborn child, with a high risk of severe brain damage or death from neonatal herpes. (1997-08-19)

Control of herpes symptoms does not reduce HIV transmission, international study found
Research from a five-year international clinical study conducted by the Partners in Prevention HSV/HIV Transmission Study, shows that acyclovir, a commonly prescribed drug used to suppress symptoms of the herpes virus, does not affect HIV transmission by people with both viruses. (2010-01-25)

Yale study: How antibodies access neurons to fight infection
Yale scientists have solved a puzzle of the immune system -- how antibodies enter the nervous system to control viral infections. Their finding may have implications for the prevention and treatment of a range of conditions, including herpes and Guillain-Barre syndrome, which has been linked to the Zika virus. (2016-05-18)

Researchers may have uncovered the Achilles heel of viruses
A new research study headed by the Department of Biomedicine at Aarhus University, Denmark, identifies how viruses avoid the body's immune system and cause infections and diseases. The new knowledge could pave the way for the treatment of viral diseases such as COVID-19. (2020-05-20)

More compelling evidence on why circumcision should be routine
New data from Ugandan scientists and investigators at Johns Hopkins University find that adult male circumcision decreased rates of the two most common sexually transmitted infections, according to a new report issued in the New England Journal of Medicine. In an accompanying editorial, two University of Washington researchers say these new findings provide compelling new evidence on circumcision's effect on decreasing currently incurable sexually transmitted infections. (2009-03-25)

Zoster vaccine associated with lower risk of shingles in older adults
Vaccination for herpes zoster, a painful rash commonly known as shingles, among a large group of older adults was associated with a reduced risk of this condition, regardless of age, race or the presence of chronic diseases, according to a study in the Jan. 12 issue of JAMA. (2011-01-11)

Newfound protein may prevent viral infection and herpes-induced cancer
Keck School of Medicine of USC researchers have identified a human protein that could prevent cancer by restricting a type of herpes virus from replicating. Most people are infected by several herpes viruses by the time they reach adulthood. Learning how to stop herpes virus 8 from spreading may hint to how to prevent the other seven types, such as the one that causes cold sores (2017-11-28)

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