Charcoal-based drug delivery system improves efficacy of common herpes drug

A study led by researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago has found that combining acyclovir — a commonly prescribed topical herpes medication — with particles of activated carbon improves efficacy of the drug. This new approach allows for less frequent dosing and overall course of treatment while providing some protection from infection by the virus as well, opening […]

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Probiotic-derived molecule may suppress fatal brain inflammation, preclinical study finds: Scientists explore how swallowing a ‘bacterial envelope molecule’ may prime your body to fend off viral infections

The existence of certain microorganisms in your gut may bolster the immune system’s ability to fend off a herpes viral attack that can cause fatal brain inflammation, reports a new City of Hope-led study. Researchers say the findings are the first to suggest that an envelope molecule from a bacterium called Bacteroides fragilis (B. fragilis) might be useful against viral […]

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Acyclovir labeling now includes details for treating premature infants infected with herpes virus

Newborns infected with herpes simplex virus (HSV) can be appropriately treated with acyclovir, a drug typically prescribed to adults for the treatment of HSV infections. Acyclovir’s drug label now includes information for healthcare providers on recommended usage and dosage in newborns up to 3 months of age. The data that informed this label change came from a study funded by […]

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Herpes Simplex 1 vs. Herpes Simplex 2—and Why the Difference Matters

Infection with herpes simplex virus (HSV) is one of the most common infections in the world—and one of the most confusing. That’s partly because there are two types of HSV: herpes simplex virus 1 and herpes simplex virus 2, or HSV-1 and HSV-2—each of which can affect your genitals or the area around and in your mouth. “HSV-1 and HSV-2 […]

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Herpes: what is this disease

According to the world health organization, 95% of adults and 50% of children infected with the herpes virus. Most of them do not realize it. Why this virus is still no vaccine or medications? And is it possible at all to create? Let’s see what the research say. What is herpes? There are two main types of herpes: oral (HSV-1) […]

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