Infectious Diseases


Infectious Diseases News

  • Drugmaker Studies Find a Bargain in $84,000 Medicine

    While the $84,000 price of Gilead Sciences Inc.’s Sovaldi has riled lawmakers and public health advocates, doctors say this new generation of hepatitis C drugs may actually help cut costs.

  • Disease Outbreak Warnings Via Social Media Sought by U.S.

    Whooping cough first sickened the Illinois high school cheerleaders, then it struck the football players, the cross-country team and the band.

  • Ebola Hunt Draws U.S. Team Searching for Disease Carriers

    An outbreak of Ebola that has killed at least 85 people in West Africa is drawing aid from U.S. disease fighters who will help track the deadly path of a virus with no cure that is fatal in about 90 percent of cases.

  • Ebola Victims Face 90% Death Risk; Drugs Start to Emerge

    Almost 40 years after Ebola emerged from the jungles of Africa as one of the world’s most lethal diseases, scientists are beginning to close in on treatments that may be able to stop the virus.

  • Early HIV Treatment Clears Virus in Second U.S. Baby

    Two children with HIV who were treated immediately after birth have no signs of the virus 9 and 23 months later, scientists said in a report that suggests a potential approach to curing HIV-infected babies.

  • Gilead CEO Becomes Billionaire on $84,000 Hepatitis Drug

    John C. Martin, the chief executive officer of Gilead Sciences Inc., has become a billionaire on the prospects of a powerful new hepatitis C drug that’s attracting scrutiny from payers and activists over its $1,000 per pill price tag.

  • Global Effort Signed to Halt Spread of Infectious Disease

    The U.S. won commitments from 25 countries and the World Health Organization to work together on systems to better detect and combat outbreaks of infectious diseases such as H7N9 avian flu and Ebola virus.

  • Virus Killing 5 Million Pigs Spurs Hog-Price Rally: Commodities

    Almost every piglet born on Craig Rowles’ hog farms near Carroll, Iowa, died from the virus that swept through his herds in November, causing $462,000 of lost revenue in the first month of the outbreak. By the end of February, he expects to lose 15,000 animals, or 10 percent of annual sales.

  • Drug-Defying Germs From India Speed Post-Antibiotic Era

    Lill-Karin Skaret, a 67-year-old grandmother from Namsos, Norway, was traveling to a lakeside vacation villa near India’s port city of Kochi in March 2010 when her car collided with a truck. She was rushed to the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, her right leg broken and her artificial hip so damaged that replacing it required 12 hours of surgery.

  • HIV Epidemic Plagues Russia as Government Rejects Prevention Methods

    On a chilly September evening in Novogireyevo, a Moscow suburb of concrete apartment blocks about 16 kilometers east of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Kremlin compound, a young woman in an orange hoodie approaches Sasha Mazay with an offer that might save his life.

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