July 23, 2012 |
Question: I used to get cold sores about two to three times a year. They start with tingling, itching, and burning, and then they scab over. With the last one I had, I took action: I squeezed out the fluid and applied Vicks VapoRub. I haven't had another one since. What do you think of that? Answer: I think that it's a bad idea to pop those tiny clusters of cold sore blisters. They're packed full of viral particles of the herpes variety. And that makes the fluid very, very infectious.
January 5, 2011 |
Theodore W. Sery, 86, of Haddonfield, a longtime research scientist at the Wills Eye Institute who also helped create programs for mentally challenged adults in South Jersey, died Sunday, Jan. 2, at Cooper University Hospital after a heart attack. Throughout his more than 30 years as basic research director at Wills Eye Institute in Philadelphia, Dr. Sery focused primarily on corneal disease with an emphasis on the herpes virus. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, Dr. Sery was one of the pioneers in developing an antiviral eye drop to use on eye ulcers caused by a herpes virus, said William Tasman, former ophthalmologist in chief at Wills Eye. A lot of Dr. Sery's published work, which included more than 30 journal entries, dealt with the effectiveness of the penetration of certain antibiotics into the eye, Tasman said.
April 2, 2010 |
The horses at one farm in Gloucester County and five in Monmouth County have been quarantined by the New Jersey Department of Agriculture's Division of Animal Health in an investigation into a possible equine herpes virus (EHV) outbreak, state officials said Thursday. Three horses at Sweet Dreams Farm in Farmingdale, Monmouth County, were euthanized last week after showing signs of the neurological form of EHV, authorities said. Quarantines at the other farms were ordered after it was learned that horses there were from Sweet Dreams or that staff had been in contact with an infected animal from that farm.
October 9, 2008
Congratulations to the three scientists awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine for their work in discovering viruses behind two deadly illnesses: cervical cancer and AIDS. One of them has a Pennsylvania connection. Harald zur Hausen, 72, a German virologist who studied for several years in the late 1960s at the University of Pennsylvania, was awarded the Nobel for his discovery of the human papilloma virus (HPV). Zur Hausen spent the 1970s doing research that showed that the virus caused cervical cancer.
October 7, 2008 |
Back in the 1970s, cancer-research dogma held that a herpes virus probably caused cervical cancer. One young researcher disagreed. Harald zur Hausen, who studied viruses and cancer at the University of Pennsylvania, staked his career on another possibility: the human papilloma virus (HPV). After persisting for more than a decade, he proved his case. "That link was the finding that allowed development of the vaccine" Gardasil, which prevents most cervical cancers, said Peter Kim, president of Merck Research Laboratories.
October 21, 1999 |
An additional 5,000 hogs on four farms have tested positive for a highly contagious strain of the herpes virus, a hog disease once thought to have been nearly eradicated in the state. State officials said the outbreak, only the second in the state in four years, should not lower the grade of New Jersey's 24,000 hogs and should not wreak havoc on the $1.2 million market. But the officials cautioned that the U.S. Department of Agriculture could lower the grade of Gloucester County hogs, making the herds difficult or impossible to sell.
September 7, 1999 |
A highly infectious hog virus was found on a Deptford farm last month, nearly four years after it was thought to have been eradicated in the state. According to state Department of Agriculture authorities, more than 320 hogs on the Messner-Widing hog farm on Delsea Drive were found to be infected with the pseudorabies virus. The hogs were incinerated Aug. 24 at an Indiana facility, said Ernest Zirkle, director of the division of animal health at the New Jersey Department of Agriculture.
February 20, 1999 |
The herpes virus that has taken the lives of at least 10 young elephants in North American zoos over the past 15 years doesn't threaten the Philadelphia Zoo's two resident pachyderms. "The animals that died were all young elephants, calves ranging from a year to two years old," said Philadelphia Zoo veterinarian Dr. Keith Hinshaw. "Our resident African elephant is 43, and our resident Indian elephant is 35 years old. " Both are female, and with no active elephant breeding program and no resident bulls in Philadelphia, neither of these older ladies could find herself in a family way. "The cause of the deaths was very mysterious," Hinshaw said.
June 24, 1995 |
The NBA labor situation remains cloudy. Perhaps even more so, as the National Basketball Players Association yesterday delayed action on a new labor deal approved earlier in the day by team owners. The players took the unusual step of asking to reopen negotiations on a collective bargaining agreement, rather than rejecting it outright. Players have been divided on the proposal, ratified unanimously by owners in New York and touted by union leadership as containing significant gains in salaries and a quicker route to free agency.
March 23, 1994 |
Magic Johnson is returning to the NBA to coach the Los Angeles Lakers, the club confirmed last night. Johnson replaces Randy Pfund and will be reunited with his former team at a news conference at the Forum today. "I will confirm for you we have relieved Randy of his head-coaching duties and hired Earvin as coach," John Black, the Lakers' public relations director, said from his home last night. Assistant coach Bill Bertka will coach the Lakers the next two games. "You know I'm disappointed," Pfund said last night from the team's hotel in Dallas, where the Lakers play tonight.