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Astronauts' Newest Health Concern: Herpes

Study finds dormant viruses can reactivate in individuals who've endured stresses of space travel

(Newser) - Astronauts who "boldly go where no man has gone before," as William Shatner's Captain Kirk once put it , likely anticipate their body will undergo certain changes while in space. But how many have guessed they might see a herpes flare-up? New research from NASA shows that the... More »

These Slices of Human Brains Revealed an Alzheimer's Clue

Study finds potential link between 2 herpes viruses and Alzheimer's

(Newser) - It's not a we-figured-it-out moment, but it may be a clue. Scientists have discovered that two highly common herpes viruses tend to be present in an "increased" way in the brains of people who suffered from Alzheimer's, according to a study published Thursday in Neuron of nearly... More »

'Biohacker' CEO Found Dead in Flotation Tank

Aaron Traywick injected himself with experimental treatment

(Newser) - A "biohacker" CEO who sought to cure diseases and prolong lives with experimental gene therapies has died at just 28. Aaron Traywick, CEO of Ascendance Biomedical, was found dead Sunday in a flotation tank in a Washington, DC, spa room, Live Science reports. Police say they are investigating the... More »

Woman Says Trying on Lipstick Gave Her Herpes

She's suing Sephora for emotional distress

(Newser) - Two years ago a woman walked into a Sephora cosmetics store in Los Angeles to try on lipstick and, she says, walked out with herpes. This according to a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Oct. 26, in which the woman claims Sephora "failed to clearly warn... More »

Usher Faces More Herpes-Related Lawsuits

Three more people have sued the singer

(Newser) - More bad news for Usher: Three more people are stepping forward to accuse the eight-time Grammy winner of failing to tell them he had herpes before they had sexual contact, People reports. Lawyer Lisa Bloom says she plans to file a lawsuit in California Monday on behalf of "Jane... More »

Grieving Mom Warns: Don't Let Visitors Kiss Your Newborn

Mariana Sifrit died from viral meningitis caused by the herpes virus

(Newser) - Nicole and Shane Sifrit had just one happy week with their baby girl Mariana, who was born healthy on July 1. On July 7, when she stopped eating and then became unresponsive, she went back to the hospital. And on Tuesday morning, she died. Mariana had contracted viral meningitis caused... More »

Our Bodies Fight Off Illness Far Better in the Mornings

Some viruses and pathogens even manipulate our molecular 'clockwork' to up their chance of thriving

(Newser) - Studies have suggested that the time of day one receives a flu shot can actually affect how effective it is, and now University of Cambridge researchers are reporting in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that our immune systems are better at fighting off viruses and pathogens at... More »

Humans' Nasty Gift to Neanderthals: Herpes?

Diseases out of Africa may have helped lead to their demise

(Newser) - Scientists claim Neanderthals were doomed by everything from climate change to their big eyes . A new study offers a different theory: humans were at least partly responsible. UK researchers say humans who migrated out of Africa were "reservoirs of tropical disease" and may have infected Neanderthals across Europe with... More »

Scientists Claim Link Between Herpes Virus and Alzheimer's

Renowned researchers pen an editorial calling for more research into virus and bacteria

(Newser) - Roughly two-thirds of American adults have been exposed to the herpes type 1 virus (oral; type 2 is the genital one), and they could be predisposed to developing Alzheimer's disease later in life. So writes a group of 31 international scientists and clinicians in an editorial in the Journal ... More »

Wrestler: Cancel Championship, I Got Herpes From Mat

But Calif. high school senior says he's been floored by reaction to his news

(Newser) - Days after he competed in a February wrestling tourney, Blake Flovin began exhibiting odd symptoms: He started itching, got a rash, and "the left sides of my face by my lymph nodes started to swell," the high school student tells KTVU . His father likened the 17-year-old's face... More »

Mom Upset About Son's Homework on Drinking, Sex, Herpes

Her 13-year-old son thought it was funny

(Newser) - A New Jersey mother said she was shocked when her eighth-grade son showed her a homework assignment that asked him to consider what he would do if he contracted herpes after drinking and having a one-night stand. Amy Loper said her son was given the assignment in his language arts... More »

Study: You Probably Have Herpes

Two-thirds of the global population under age 50 has HSV-1, estimates the WHO

(Newser) - In its first ever global assessment of the prevalence of the herpes virus that causes cold sores, the World Health Organization reports in the journal PLoS ONE that two in three humans under the age of 50 are infected with the incurable virus. That's an estimated 3.7 billion... More »

Mom: Newborn Could Have Died From a Kiss

A hospital visitor with an unknown oral herpes outbreak kissed the infant

(Newser) - The mother of a newborn in the UK is taking to Facebook to warn how easy it is to expose babies to herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1), which is the kind typically transmitted orally, and what caused her own infant to be put on a drip in the hospital as... More »

Scientists Fight Skin Cancer With Herpes—Successfully

Modified virus kills cancer cells, awakens immune system

(Newser) - Adding herpes to skin cancer sounds like adding insult to injury, but researchers say that a modified version of the virus that causes cold sores has led to a major breakthrough for cancer patients. The genetically engineered virus stopped melanoma by "killing cancer cells and sparking the immune system... More »

2 Babies Get Herpes After Jewish Circumcision Ritual

Ancient ritual involves sucking blood from wound, spitting it aside

(Newser) - An ancient and now rare type of circumcision called metzitzah b'peh, which is sometimes performed by Orthodox Jews on newborn boys, appears to be behind the spread of herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) to two newborns in New York this month. Both boys were born to mothers who... More »

Woman Wins $900K From Guy Who Gave Her Herpes

Jurors say he had a responsibility to tell her

(Newser) - Reason to wear a condom No. 437: Giving someone an STD can be really expensive. A 49-year-old Oregon woman won a lawsuit last week against the 69-year-old man she says gave her genital herpes on their fourth date, the Oregonian reports. The jury awarded her $900,000, almost the entire... More »

Baby's Herpes Death Linked to Circumcision

Baby believed to have gotten herpes from ceremony

(Newser) - A two-week-old baby who died last year from a circumcision ritual contracted a deadly case of herpes from the ceremony, reports the New York Daily News . The city medical examiner said that the cause of death was “disseminated herpes simplex virus Type 1, complicating ritual circumcision with oral suction.... More »

Vaginal Gel Slashes AIDS Risk

Approach gives women some control over HIV prevention

(Newser) - A new gel drastically lowers the risk that female users will contract HIV and herpes during vaginal sex, marking a breakthrough in AIDS prevention second in significance only to an effective vaccine. "This is a potential game changer," an expert not involved in the research tells the Wall ... More »

Jersey Shore Creator: It's a 'Herpes Nest'

Producers give out Valtrex 'like M&Ms'

(Newser) - The creator of the Jersey Shore says she's constantly worried about STDs, “because I have everybody hooking up.” In a recent reality TV roundtable conducted by the Hollywood Reporter , Dr. Drew Pinsky of Celebrity Rehab fame complained that the network made him give all his patients the herpes... More »

Jay Z: Chris Brown Is a Dead Man Walking

Attack prompts outrage and rumors, from herpes to jealousy

(Newser) - Glimpses into the crazy world of Rihanna and Chris Brown continue to trickle out. The latest tidbits from their pre-Grammy drama:
  • Jay-Z, who discovered Rihanna, is enraged, says a source. “Chris is a walking dead man.”
  • One rumor claims Rihanna caught herpes from Jay-Z and passed it on
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