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Coronavirus: ‘Infection here for many years to come’

Coronavirus: ‘Infection here for many years to come’

Health
The UK will be living with coronavirus for many years to come and even a vaccine is unlikely to eliminate it for good, experts are warning.Wellcome Trust director Prof Sir Jeremy Farrar told the House of Commons' Health Committee "things will not be done by Christmas".He went on to say humanity would be living with the virus for "decades".It comes after the prime minister said last week he hoped for a return to normality by Christmas.Boris Johnson made the comments as he set out plans to further ease restrictions, including the opening of leisure centres and indoor swimming pools later this month and the prospect of mass gatherings being allowed from the autumn.But experts giving evidence to the cross-party group of MPs said it was important to be realist...
Combination of HIV, hepatitis C, MS drugs might resolve COVID-19 infection

Combination of HIV, hepatitis C, MS drugs might resolve COVID-19 infection

Health
May 8 (UPI) -- A three-drug combination treatment appears to improve symptoms and shorten hospital stays for people with mild to moderate COVID-19, while making them less likely to pass the virus to others, a small study published Friday by The Lancet has found. The research, performed in Hong Kong, involved 127 adults with the disease who received a combination of interferon beta-1b plus lopinavir-ritonavir and ribavirin. Historically, ribavirin has been used to treat hepatitis C, while lopinavir-ritonavir was developed for the management of HIV, and interferon beta-1b initially was approved for multiple sclerosis. "Our trial demonstrates that early treatment of mild to moderate COVID-19 with a triple combination of antiviral drugs may rapidly suppress the amount of virus in a patient's...
15-minute COVID-19 test proves accurate at confirming infection

15-minute COVID-19 test proves accurate at confirming infection

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May 8 (UPI) -- A new, point-of-care testing kit for COVID-19 that can deliver results in 15 minutes accurately diagnoses people more than 80 percent of time, according to an analysis published Friday in the journal Frontiers in Medicine. The test, called Respi-Strip, was designed for use in doctor's offices and health clinics by the Belgium-based Coris BioConcept. It is a type of immunochromatographic assay, or lateral flow test, which detects the presence or absence of a particular substance -- similar to the function of a pregnancy test. Analysis of the testing kit was conducted by researchers at the Free University of Brussels, University of Leipzig, Karolinska Institute, KU Leuven, UZ Leuven, University of Liege, Luigi Sacco Hospital and University College London. "The detection of v...
Brucellosis infection spreads to northeastern China, report says

Brucellosis infection spreads to northeastern China, report says

World
Dec. 10 (UPI) -- An unidentified number of people in a northeastern Chinese city are reportedly infected with brucellosis, a bacterial disease borne from animals. The report of brucellosis patients in Harbin comes a few days after confirmation from Chinese health authorities that a total of 96 people in northwest China had contracted the disease after exposure to infected animals at a science lab. Chinese news service Pengpai reported Tuesday the disease had traveled from "other places." Patients in Harbin had also been working at the lab at Lanzhou Veterinary Research Institute in Gansu Province, the same location where graduate students who tested positive for brucellosis antibodies on Nov. 28 were conducting experiments. Sources at the institute in Lanzhou, which is affiliated with th...
Measles makes body ‘forget’ how to fight infection

Measles makes body ‘forget’ how to fight infection

Health
Measles has a devastating impact on the body's immune system that could make it harder to fight infections for years, a pair of studies show. The virus can cause "immune amnesia" - meaning the body forgets how to fight bugs it once knew how to beat. Measles also resets the immune system to a "baby-like" state, compromising its ability to devise ways of tackling new infections.Experts said the findings showed the importance of vaccination. Remind me, what is measles?Measles is a virus that initially causes a runny nose, sneezing and fever.A few days later it leads to a blotchy rash that starts off on the face and spreads across the body. Most people will recover, but measles can cause life-long disability. It can be deadly, especially if it causes pneumoni...