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  • Hong Kong scientists claim 'broad-spectrum' antiviral breakthrough

    01/15/2019 10:42:00 AM PST · by Red Badger · 7 replies
    news.yahoo.com ^ | January 15, 2019 | AFP Relax News
    Hong Kong scientists claim they have made a potential breakthrough discovery in the fight against infectious diseases -- a chemical that could slow the spread of deadly viral illnesses. A team from the University of Hong Kong described the newly discovered chemical as "highly potent in interrupting the life cycle of diverse viruses" in a study published this month in the journal Nature Communications. The scientists told AFP Monday that it could one day be used as a broad-spectrum antiviral for a host of infectious diseases -- and even for viruses that have yet to emerge -- if it passes...
  • World's 2nd-deadliest Ebola outbreak reaches 600 confirmed cases

    01/15/2019 8:12:18 AM PST · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 18 replies
    abcnews.go.com ^ | 1/15/19 | Morgan Winsor
    The second-largest, second-deadliest Ebola outbreak in history has reached 600 confirmed cases in five months, health officials said. Among those cases, 600 have tested positive for Ebola virus disease, which causes an often-fatal type of hemorrhagic fever, according to Monday night's bulletin from the country's health ministry (Congo).
  • Computer virus hits Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times

    12/30/2018 7:44:13 AM PST · by G Larry · 28 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 30 Dec.2018 | AP
    A computer virus hit newspaper printing plants in Los Angeles and at Tribune Publishing newspapers across the country. Tribune Publishing said a computer virus disrupted production of the Chicago Tribune and its other newspapers, the Chicago Tribune reported.
  • Doctors warn of respiratory virus affecting kids and adults

    12/26/2018 9:49:41 AM PST · by bgill · 29 replies
    kvue ^ | Dec. 25, 2018 | Wanya Reese
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wants to warn you about a respiratory infection that can affect your children and even some adults. Every winter parents should make sure their kids are bundled up, so they won't get sick, but the CDC also wants parents to watch out for Respiratory Syncytial Virus or RSV.As temperatures cool down, parents like Jennifer Simon say it is tough to keep her growing two-year-old germ free. "I think it's next to impossible in the winter, and most days, we are just trying to get through and keep him happy," Simon said. Though beyond...
  • “Spy” Virus Eavesdrops on Bacteria, Then Obliterates Them

    12/17/2018 3:31:00 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 8 replies
    Scientific American ^ | 12/14/18 | Angus Chen
    Viruses use bacteria’s chemical language to time their destruction; this might lead to new ways to fight infections In the early experiments it looked like the virus called VP882 was doing something that should be impossible for a thing that is not a bacterium, and not technically even alive: intercepting molecular messages exchanged by its host bacteria, and reading them to determine the best time to annihilate the whole bacterial colony. “As scientists, this is just unimaginable to us,” says Bonnie Bassler, a molecular biologist at Princeton University. “We were delighted and skeptical at the same time. It was almost...
  • Report: New computer virus attacks Iranian 'strategic networks'

    11/01/2018 7:23:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/31/2018 | Rick Moran
    The Times of Israel is reporting that a new computer virus 'more powerful' than the Stuxnet worm that devastated the Iranian nuclear weapons program in 2010 has been unleashed on Iran's "infrastructure and strategic systems." While the extent of the damage is unknown, the new virus has been described as “more violent, more advanced and more sophisticated" than Stuxnet. That virus, jointly developed by US and Israel, is believed to have set back the Iranian nuclear weapons programs by several months to several years depending on the source. The report came hours after Israel said its Mossad intelligence agency had...
  • Brit scientists develop genetically modified virus kills cancer

    11/20/2018 6:16:00 PM PST · by Candor7 · 20 replies
    The Sun ^ | 19th November 2018, 12:15 am | Andrea Downey, Digital Health Reporter
    A GENETICALLY modified virus that kills cancer cells and destroys their hiding places has been developed by British scientists. It targets both cancer cells and healthy cells that are tricked into protecting the cancer from the immune system. Fibroblasts, the most common type of cell in connective tissues, are vital in the body's healing process, but they can get hijacked by cancer-associated fibroblasts or CAFs. These then help tumours grow, spread and evade therapy. The new treatment, a form of immunotherapy developed by Oxford University scientists, attacks carcinomas - the most ­common type of cancer. Currently, any therapy that kills...
  • China Has Withheld Samples of a Dangerous Flu Virus

    08/27/2018 7:34:47 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 18 replies
    MSN ^ | 08/27/18 | EMILY BAUMGAERTNER
    For over a year, the Chinese government has withheld lab samples of a rapidly evolving influenza virus from the United States — specimens needed to develop vaccines and treatments, according to federal health officials. Despite persistent requests from government officials and research institutions, China has not provided samples of the dangerous virus, a type of bird flu called H7N9. In the past, such exchanges have been mostly routine under rules established by the World Health Organization. Now, as the United States and China spar over trade, some scientists worry that the vital exchange of medical supplies and information could slow,...
  • Nipah Virus, Dangerous and Little Known, Spreads in India

    06/05/2018 4:19:13 PM PDT · by Politically Correct · 13 replies
    New York Times ^ | 4 June 2018 | Emily Baumgaertner
    A rare, brain-damaging virus that experts consider a possible epidemic threat has broken out in the state of Kerala, India, for the first time, infecting at least 18 people and killing 17 of them, according to the World Health Organization. The Nipah virus naturally resides in fruit bats across South and Southeast Asia, and can spread to humans through contact with the animals’ bodily fluids. There is no vaccine and no cure.
  • At least 13 dead after rare nipah virus breaks out raising fear of global epidemic

    05/28/2018 10:09:03 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 40 replies
    The disease, which kills up to 75% of those infected, starts with flu-like symptoms and causes a brain-swelling condition known as encephalitis. The virus has not yet spread beyond two areas in south India, according to officials, but they have issued a series of warnings to people living in the stricken towns where more than 200 people are being treated in hospitals. Over 25 people are under strict observation and another three are in a critical condition. … There is no vaccine for nipah, which is listed alongside ebola and zika as one of eight priority diseases by the World...
  • New chemical compound 'stops common cold in its tracks'

    05/15/2018 11:57:17 AM PDT · by TBP · 37 replies
    The Guardian ^ | May 14, 2018 | Nicola Davis
    It’s a conundrum that has stumped scientists for centuries, but now researchers say they have taken a tantalising step forward in the quest to tackle the common cold. The scourge of workplace, home and school playground, the common cold is predominantly caused by the rhinovirus. But attempts to thwart the pathogen by vaccination or antiviral drugs face a number of difficulties – not least because the virus comes in many forms and can mutate rapidly leading to drug resistance. But now scientists say they have discovered a way to nobble the virus that could one day help those with conditions...
  • New outbreak of Ebola kills 17 in northwest DR Congo

    05/09/2018 4:32:09 AM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 12 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | 5/8/18 | AFB
    Seventeen people in northwest Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have died from Ebola, the health ministry said on Tuesday, describing the fresh outbreak as a "public health emergency with international impact." "Twenty-one cases of fever with haemorrhagic indications and 17 deaths" have been recorded in Equateur province, it said, citing a notification to the ministry as of May 3. It is the DRC's ninth known outbreak of Ebola since 1976, when the deady viral disease was first identified in then-Zaire by a Belgian-led team.
  • Exotic Tick Species Arrives In Garden State [NJ]

    04/24/2018 8:36:54 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 54 replies
    CBS ^ | 04/24/2018 | Staff
    HUNTERDON COUNTY, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – A tiny parasite could become a big problem this year in New Jersey. It’s an exotic tick that’s never been seen before in the United States. It was first spotted on a sheep in Hunterdon County, and efforts to wipe it out have failed. New Jersey has always been home to different species of ticks – five to be exact. But a new variety of the bloodsucking bug is now in the mix. It’s the East Asian tick, sometimes called a longhorned or bush tick. Originally found in Asia, thousands of them are now in...
  • How North Korea’s Hackers Became Dangerously Good

    04/19/2018 6:19:25 PM PDT · by KingofZion · 11 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | April 19, 2018 | Timothy W. Martin
    North Korea’s cyber army, long considered a midlevel security threat, is quietly morphing into one of the world’s most sophisticated and dangerous hacking machines. Over the past 18 months, the nation’s fingerprints have appeared in an increasing number of cyberattacks, the skill level of its hackers has rapidly improved and their targets have become more worrisome, a Wall Street Journal examination of the program reveals. As recently as March, suspected North Korean hackers appear to have infiltrated Turkish banks and invaded computer systems in the run-up to the Winter Olympics, cybersecurity researchers say. *** North Korea is cultivating elite hackers...
  • Epstein-Barr virus <i>(mononucleosis)</i> linked to seven serious diseases

    04/17/2018 5:09:38 AM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 14 replies
    medicalexpress.com ^ | 4/16/18 | Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
    A far-reaching study conducted by scientists at Cincinnati Children's reports that the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)—best known for causing mononucleosis—also increases the risks for some people of developing seven other major diseases. Those diseases are: systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), multiple sclerosis (MS), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), celiac disease, and type 1 diabetes. Combined, these seven diseases affect nearly 8 million people in the U.S. Overall, the study sheds new light on how environmental factors, such as viral or bacterial infections, poor diet, pollution or other hazardous exposures, can interact with the human genetic blueprint...
  • Every post office in France paralyzed by computer bug

    04/09/2018 8:57:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 9 April 2018 15:37 CEST+02:00
    Every post office in France has been hit by a computer bug that has shut down most of their services, preventing customers from receiving or posting mail and depositing or withdrawing money at counters. The bug hit the country’s 8,500 post offices on Monday morning, and by mid-afternoon was still not fixed. The firm’s tech teams were working to repair the fault, which La Poste says appears to be a technical failure and not the result of hacking. […] This was the first time that the entire network has ground to a halt, according to LCI news channel. […] Some...
  • Denmark to build 70km border fence to keep out swine virus

    03/22/2018 5:47:51 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    TheLocal.dk ^ | 22 March 2018 11:52 CET+01:00
    Denmark’s conservative parties have backed a motion to erect a 70-kilometer-long fence along the country’s border with Germany in a measure to protect pork exports. The government and parliamentary ally the Danish People’s Party agreed on Thursday on a number of proposals aimed at preventing the African swine fever virus from spreading amongst the country’s large pig population. Those measures include a fence to run along a large stretch of the border with Germany. “I do not want to take any risk. We have an export industry worth 11 billion kroner (€1.5 billion) annually, which could be put at risk,”...
  • A (apparently) new malware is making the rounds, called Log 1

    03/05/2018 6:11:11 PM PST · by Chances Are · 28 replies
    The source is one Brooklyn Williams | 03/05/2018 | Chances Are
    This email starts innocently enough. Don't open it!
  • Is Southern-Fried Squirrel the Answer to KFC's Extraordinary Chicken Shortage?

    03/03/2018 9:37:24 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 55 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Morwenna Ferrier
    Some people in Britain hate grey squirrels enough to devour them. With the UK’s biggest purveyor of fried chicken in crisis, perhaps we should be cooking up our furry feral friendsne cold Sunday morning last month, I visited Pow Hill, a glorious moorland thick with pine trees that overlooks the Derwent reservoir, north-west of Durham. In a clearing, three amateur wildlife photographers, in full camouflage gear, sat on plastic bags and watched a red squirrel race across the bracken. As I watched the little fella leap from log to tree, the sunlight dancing across its tail, naturally my thoughts turned...
  • OUTBREAK ALERT: Yellow Fever Death Toll Triples In Brazil

    01/26/2018 7:17:47 AM PST · by blam · 19 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 1-26-2018
    The yellow fever outbreak in Brazil has taken a backseat to the flu outbreak spreading globally. But, the death toll from yellow fever has now tripled and travelers are being warned. The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday there are 35 confirmed cases of the disease, including a case confirmed in the Netherlands for a traveler who had recently visited Sao Paulo state. Sao Paulo even closed its zoo and botanical gardens Tuesday as the yellow fever outbreak that has led to 70 deaths is picking up steam. The big Inhotim art park, which attracts visitors from all over...