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Our ancestors may have been responsible for the disappearance of HIV-type virus 11 million years ago!

Our ancestors may have been responsible for the disappearance of HIV-type virus 11 million years ago!

Retroviruses, a class of viruses that include the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), are abundant in nature and can leave lasting traces of their existence if they infect cells of the germ line.

Hepatitis B, C may raise risk of Parkinson's disease

Hepatitis B, C may raise risk of Parkinson's disease

The results revealed that people with Hepatitis B were 76 per cent more likely to develop Parkinson's disease, and those with Hepatitis C were 51 per cent more likely to develop Parkinson's disease.
 

Are bats harbouring the prehistoric ancestor of leukaemia virus?

Are bats harbouring the prehistoric ancestor of leukaemia virus?

Scientists have found some traces of DNA from the family of viruses, between 20 and 45 million years old, which cause a rare type of leukaemia have been found in the bat genomes, filling the "last major gap" in retrovirus fossil record.

First forecast for West Nile Virus outbreaks developed

Much like weather forecasting, these WNV forecasts use a computer model to generate multiple simulations that mimic the behaviour of an outbreak and are knit together to generate an overall prediction.

Genital herpes during early pregnancy linked to autism risk in babies

Genital herpes during early pregnancy linked to autism risk in babies

Researchers have found that women who had signs of active genital herpes infection during early pregnancy may increase the risk of developing autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in babies later.

WHO on high alert for spread of bird flu

WHO on high alert for spread of bird flu

The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Monday said it was on maximum alert for the rapid spread of bird flu cases across the world.

Delhi bird flu scare: 'Virus less infective, no threat to humans'

The Delhi government on Friday ruled out any threat to human beings due to the bird flu or avian influenza as the strain of the virus is "less infective", even as six ducks were found dead in the national capital.

Death toll 48 as three more succumb to Japanese Encephalitis in Odisha

Three more persons died of Japanese Encephalitis virus on Wednesday in Odisha's Malkangiri district, taking the death toll to 48.

Breakthrough in HIV? Researchers may have found a possible cure for deadly infection

The research, being carried out by five of Britain's top universities with NHS support, is combining standard antiretroviral drugs with a drug that reactivates dormant HIV and a vaccine that induces the immune system to destroy the infected cells.

India vs New Zealand: Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson quarantined after virus

India vs New Zealand: Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson quarantined after virus

Skipper Kane Williamson has been quarantined from his team-mates after going down with a virus which ruled him out of the second Test against India, New Zealand Cricket said on Friday.

Chikungunya virus has tendency not to show in common serology test: Ganga Ram Hospital

The Sir Ganga Ram Hospital here said it had recently found that the Chikungunya virus has a tendency not to show itself in the Chikungunya Igm serology test while it shows up during the RT-PCR test only, which the Hospital has been using it for the suspected samples.

Zika virus can live in tears: Study

A team of researchers, including one of Indian orgin, has found that Zika virus can live in the eyes and have identified genetic material from the virus in tears of mice.

Malaysia confirms first pregnant woman infected with Zika

Malaysia's health ministry on Wednesday said they have detected a new case of Zika virus in a pregnant woman living in Johor Baru, which borders Singapore.

New cattle virus officially named influenza D

 A new influenza virus that affects cattle has an official name -- influenza D, as proposed by South Dakota State University researchers -- including one of Indian origin -- who discovered it.

13 Indians infected with Zika virus in Singapore

Thirteen Indians have been infected with the Zika virus in Singapore, the Ministry of External Affairs confirmed on Thursday.

How malaria supports spread of infectious cancer in Africa

Infectious agents can cause a lot of cancer in Africa and researchers believe they now have a clue to how malaria during pregnancy creates the right conditions for a virus to cause cancer in children.

Risk of viral infections higher in the mornings, says study!

The study conducted by a team of scientists including one of Indian-origin, has revealed that the human body is at a higher risk of catching infections in the morning.

Health alert! Viral fever epidemic hits Kanpur

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Zika virus: Florida steps up investigation after first local transmission

 Florida authorities stepped up "aggressive" investigations after health officials reported the first local transmission of the Zika virus in the country, a media report said on Saturday.

World Hepatitis Day: 52 million Indians suffer from chronic hepatitis

 Hepatitis is an inflammatory of the liver, commonly caused by a viral infection.