Antibodies of llamas can counteract HIV: Experts
Antibodies of llamas can counteract HIV: Experts

British scientists found that the antibodies of llamas can be effective in neutralising a series of viruses, including HIV, the PLOS Pathogens magazine reported.

Chandigarh bird flu: 110 birds culled, Sukhna Lake closed for 10 days

Bird flu scare has been confirmed at the Sukhna lake, Chandigarh due to which the area will remain closed for 10 days.

Three swine flu deaths in Hyderabad

Three people have so far died of Swine flu in Hyderabad in the early hours of Wednesday.

Japan orders chicken cull after bird flu outbreak

Japan on Tuesday ordered the slaughter of some 4,000 chickens after officials confirmed bird flu at a poultry farm in the southwest of the country.

Ebola death toll climbs to 6,583

Nearly 6,600 people have now died from the Ebola virus, almost all of them in west Africa, the World Health Organisation said on Friday.

Flu vaccines boost immunity against many strains

Researchers have found that seasonal flu vaccines protect individuals not only against the strains of flu they contain but also against many additional types.

Virus probably behind deaths of millions of starfish
Virus probably behind deaths of millions of starfish

Millions of starfish have died in recent months on the Pacific coast from Alaska to Mexico due to an epidemic across the ocean ecosystem caused by a pathogen agent that has been present for decades, recent research shows.

Kerala bird flu: Virus identified as H5N1, vigilance stepped up

The strain of avian influenza that caused deaths of thousands of duck in the three districts of Kerala has been identified as H5N1, which could also spread to human beings though the infection caused by it can be cured, officials said Thursday.

Powdered measles vaccine found safe in early trials

Countries dabbling with conventional injectable vaccine against the measles virus may soon have an alternative as researchers have found a measles vaccine made of fine dry powder safe in early human testing.

Anti-HIV drugs can affect unborn babies' hearts

 The drugs given to HIV-positive pregnant women can cause significant long-term heart problems for the non-HIV-infected babies they carry, says a new study.

Oral cancer virus spreads via oral, genital route

Transmission of human papillomavirus (HPV) occurs via oral-oral and oral-genital routes, says new research.

A virus that could affect brain's activities

People with algae virus in their throats had more difficulty completing a mental exercise than healthy people, and more research is needed to understand why, US scientists say.

Scientists pinpoint virus that 'makes us stupid'
Scientists pinpoint virus that 'makes us stupid'

 The virus which affects cognitive abilities of healthy human beings, making them more stupid has been found.

Remote Sierra Leone region pleads for help in Ebola fight

The last region of Sierra Leone to be affected by Ebola, Koinadugu, in the north-east of the country, has seen 50 people die from the virus in recent weeks, according to the Red Cross.

West Africa's Ebola epidemic leads to US protective gear backlog

A surge of orders for gear to protect against Ebola is leading to backlogs through January for some U.S. customers, as demand expands beyond hospitals to firefighters and others, manufacturers and healthcare workers said.

Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corp to produce Ebola treatment for US Dept of Defense

The U.S. Department of Defense has exercised an option with Canada`s Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corp for the company to make 500 courses of its experimental treatment for Ebola, Tekmira said on Thursday.

Legacy of SARS in Asia offers lessons for Ebola fight

The SARS outbreak of 2003 put Hong Kong on the frontline of a global health crisis -- but the city`s ultimately successful war on the virus offers lessons for those now battling Ebola.

New test to track bird flu mutation

A team of Australian researchers has developed a new test to distinguish between birds that have been vaccinated against the H5N1 strain of the avian influenza virus or bird flu and those which have been naturally infected with the virus.

Popular mosquito catcher in Japan uses human odour as bait
Popular mosquito catcher in Japan uses human odour as bait

A novel mosquito trap that lures its prey using human scent and other smells favoured by the critter is creating a buzz as Japan frets about the spread of dengue fever.