Tag Archives: AIDS

IRIS found in bats with white-nose syndrome

Throughout the past year, we’ve read several stories about white-nose syndrome in bats, in which a white fungus, Geomyces destructans, infects skin of the muzzle, ears, and wings of hibernating bats, according to the National Wildlife Health Center’s page on the disease.

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One Health Headlines: Friday, January 27, 2012

This week’s One Health roundup has updates on H1N1 avian influenza research, new information on how prion diseases spread between species, a look at the health benefits of pets, and much more.

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Preventing the next pandemic

Jonna Mazet, a veterinarian, epidemiologist, and professor in the Department of Medicine and Epidemiology at the University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, is the director of PREDICT, an early warning pandemic system. She’s trying to prevent the next outbreak of HIV and other pandemics.

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Pets provide support to people with HIV/AIDS

People with disabling HIV/AIDS or other illnesses may feel hopeless and alone, but companion animals can help to improve their physical and emotional well-being. Research has shown that pets provide significant health benefits (PDF), and an animal makes things just a little bit easier on someone who’s sick by providing love and companionship.

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New study in mice provides hope for HIV vaccine

Scientists have been trying for years to create a vaccine against HIV, and a group of researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) may have hit upon a huge discovery. Their study, reported Nov. 30 in the journal Nature, shows that mice were resistant to HIV after they were injected with the DNA for an HIV-neutralizing antibody. Mice aren’t capable of being infected with HIV, so they were genetically altered to carry human immune system cells.

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