HBV infection is global health problem with over 350 million HBV carriers worldwide and over one million deaths occurring annually. Current therapy which includes IFN-alpha and nucleoside analogs such as lamivudine are partially effective. And that’s where RNA Interference comes in.
Category: Infections and Diseases
With Liberia recently declared free of Ebola virus infection, and the trailing of the catastrophe with allegations of failed experimentation of bioterrorism agents, this article, written when the world is just taking note of bioterrorism agents, takes a cursory look at past events in order for us to prepare for the unknown and delicate future filled with infectious agents with bioterrorism potentials.
50% of all stillbirths have been found out to be due to infections, with 98% of these happening in low- and middle-income countries. In this series of write-ups that will run for about two weeks, cursory views are taken of bacterial, viral, fungal and protozoan infections capable of causing stillbirths in pregnant women.
Zinc deficiency increases risk of infection and growth failure, and is a widespread problem for young children in countries of low and middle income. Routine zinc supplementation decreases occurrence, severity, and mortality of diarrhoea and pneumonia in children younger than 5 years living in areas where zinc deficiency is common.