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Interferon-γ Inhibits Ebola Virus Infection

For years I’ve been telling students to forget about type II (gamma) interferon in terms of protecting against viruses – antiviral therapy is mostly down to type I (alpha/beta) interferon. 416 more words


Targeting the host rather than the virus

Chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is a major cause of liver cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) which are leading indications of liver transplantation. To date, there is no vaccine to prevent HCV infection and liver transplantation is invariably followed by infection of the liver graft. 154 more words


Pharmacology Study guide #3:

The test three study guide if finally here! I have the drugs arranged into the categories of indication, slightly alphabetized, and the drugs and categories are all bold. 2,434 more words


Hepatitis C, new drugs on the horizon

A new generation of hepatitis C drugs have emerged that have higher sustained virologic response (SVR) — a measure of efficacy defined as the absence of detectable RNA of the hepatitis C virus in the blood — shorter and less complicated treatment protocols, and have similar safety profiles to current therapies that are based on peginterferon and/or ribavirin.  105 more words

Medical Communications

Camp Nursing: Fancy Rashes

It wasn’t uncommon for me to work alone on some nights. Although my scope of practice was greatly diminished from that of a nursing student to practically glorified first aid, I was the person who would make referrals to walk-ins, ERs, and dentists. 383 more words


Neither Bedbugs nor Breast Cancer: A Good Day

Not last weekend but the weekend before, I got a little cluster of mosquito bites on my side. They were itchy as hell, and although I tried hard not to scratch, I did give in and rub them through my shirt a few times. 755 more words


George Church on Being a Vegan

Sometimes I have the opportunity to gain insights from great thinkers. One of those people is George Church, one of the founders of the Human Genome Project and Personal Genome Project, now director of the U.S. 142 more words