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Is there a cure for respiratory syncytial virus (r.S.V.)?

Is there a cure for respiratory syncytial virus (r.S.V.)?

Treatment available: Inhaled ribavirin, an antiviral agent, can be used to treat severe cases of RSV in infants and children. Palivizumab, an antibody, can be given to people at high risk for RSV to prevent infection. ...Read more

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Obesity (Definition)

The definition started with Louis Israel Dublin, chief statistician of the Metropolitan life insurance company, in the early 1940s, as a BMI >25 (definitely >30) for people in their 20's based on retrospective observational life insurance data of the age at which people died later in life. This was subsequently adopted by the medical disease industry. However, BMI is ...Read more


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Is there a cure for respiratory syncytial virus (r.S.V.)?

Is there  a cure for respiratory syncytial virus (r.S.V.)?

No: There is therapy for rsv, but because of its side-effects and toxicity it is only used on critically ill children, and with mixed results. Rsv has been diagnosed more frequently in adults recently, but there are no curative therapies yet available. ...Read more

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Why are ?Viruses so much harder to cure than other illnesses?

Why are ?Viruses so much harder to cure than other illnesses?

Viruses can hide: It's a complex question because there are many different viral and bacterial diseases. In general, all you have to do is to kill bacteria, whicto an be easy to do with the right drugs. Viruses are simpler, but killing them isn't enough. As an example, the genetic material of viruses like hiv, herpes, varicella, and hepatitis b can live dormantly in your own cells, hiding from the effects of drugs. ...Read more

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How could viruses be used to cure some genetic diseases?

How could viruses be used to cure some genetic diseases?

Gene therapy: For some genetic diseases, it may be possible to either alter or provide a normal copy of the gene. We do not have the appropriate technology to transfer genes but in nature, viruses do that as part of their lifecycle. In many cases viruses infect cells and inject their genes into the cell. Researchers use this for gene therapy where viruses are geneticly engineered to transmit a normal gene. ...Read more

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Han viruses be used to cure genetic disease?

Han viruses be used to cure genetic disease?

Engineering: Viruses can be modified so as not to cause disease. Genes can be inserted in the viruses and the modified virus used as a cargo ship to deliver a specific gene to a cell to cure genetic diseases. This is the principle of gene therapy. ...Read more

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How could viruses be used to cure some genetic disease?

How could viruses be used to cure some genetic disease?

Engineering: Viruses can be modified so as not to cause disease. Genes can be inserted in the viruses and the modified virus used as a cargo ship to deliver a specific gene to a cell to cure genetic diseases. This is the principle of gene therapy. ...Read more

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Why don't we have any cure for viruses other than our own immune system?

Why don't we have any cure for viruses other than our own immune system?

Multitude of reasons: Most importantly is that viruses keep mutating, i.e. Keep changing its form, and go deep into the nucleus of the living cell so becomes hard to reach, but there are some antiviral drugs that can kill those tiny creatures, much smaller than the large bacteria, most famous is acyclovir (zovirax) ...Read more

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Can the virus being spread about the tazmanian devil be cured in time to prevent extinction?

I would love to : Know the answer to that question too. But, alas, I am a medical doctor - ; I have a hard enough time just trying to keep up with human illnesses. ...Read more

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Because roaches are so resistant to germs and viruses, can they possibly hold the cure to hiv?

Because roaches are so resistant to germs and viruses, can they possibly hold the cure to hiv?

May be: A small proportion of humans are naturally resistant to hiv. The molecular basis of this resistance is known. However, with one exception, this knowledge has not yet translated into treatment or prevention. ...Read more

Virus (Definition)

A virus is a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of organisms, from animals and plants ...Read more