Herpes

5 Things to Know About Herpes

Here are five things experts say you should know about protecting yourself against herpes.

1. Avoid sexual contact during visible outbreaks. The highest risk of transmitting herpes is during an outbreak. Symptoms vary and are not always noticeable, but reddish sores and ulcers on the genital area are the main clues. Itching or pain around the groin may also indicate when an outbreak is occurring. A blister or fever sore along the mouth could signal a less dangerous form of herpes that can still spread to the genitals through oral sex.

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Posted by admin - August 14, 2012 at 2:24 pm

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Viagra-popping seniors lead the pack for STDs

Std-aid.com 7/2/2012 Even if you’re past your prime and have a hard time getting an erection, you might still need to worry about unprotected sex, according to U.S. doctors.

In fact, they report in the Annals of Internal Medicine, the rate of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in older men taking erectile dysfunction drugs like Viagra is twice as high as in their non-medicated peers.

In both groups, however, the numbers are swelling. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were more than six new cases of STDs per 10,000 men over 40 in 2008, up almost 50 percent since 1996.

“Younger adults have far more STDs than older adults, but the rates are growing at far higher rates in older adults,” said Dr. Anupam B. Jena of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, who led the study.

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Posted by admin - July 2, 2012 at 6:30 pm

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Antiviral Drugs May Slow Alzheimer’s Progression

The University of Manchester scientists have previously shown that the herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV1) is a risk factor for Alzheimer’s when it is present in the brains of people who have a specific genetic risk to the disease.

AD is an incurable neurodegenerative condition affecting about 18 million people worldwide. The causes of the disease or of the abnormal protein structures seen in AD brains — amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles — are completely unknown.

The Manchester team has established that the herpes virus causes accumulation of two key AD proteins — β-amyloid (Aβ) and abnormally phosphorylated tau (P-tau) — known to be the main components of plaques and tangles respectively. Both proteins are thought by many scientists to be involved in the development of the disease.

“We have found that the viral DNA in AD brains is very specifically located within amyloid plaques,” said Professor Ruth Itzhaki, who led the team in the University’s Faculty of Life Sciences. “This, together with the production of amyloid that the virus induces, suggests that HSV1 is a cause of toxic amyloid products and of plaques.

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Posted by admin - July 1, 2012 at 8:55 pm

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