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  1. Oral Sex Raises Women's Genital Herpes Risk

    Mar. 1, 2005 -- Vaginal intercourse and receiving oral sex can raise a woman's risk of infection from herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1). That's the type of herpes that's most commonly known to cause infections of the mouth and lips, often called fever blisters or cold sores. HSV-1 and another herp

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  2. Vaginal Gel Blocks HIV, Herpes

    Feb. 25, 2005 -- A vaginal gel has strong HIV- and herpes-blocking action even an hour after use. The gel is PRO 2000, now in large-scale clinical tests. It's hoped that the odorless, colorless product -- what scientists call a vaginal microbicide -- will slow the spread of HIV and other sexually tr

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  3. The 10 Most Important Drugs

    What are the most important medicines ever made? WebMD asked experts to nominate drugs for membership in this exclusive club. Some got in by a unanimous vote. Others were endorsed by some but blackballed by others. What makes a drug "most important?" Different things, says John Swann, PhD, a histori

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  4. Daily Therapy Cuts Herpes Transmission Risk

    Dec. 31, 2003 -- People with herpes who take an antiviral drug once a day can reduce the risk of transmitting the virus to their sexual partners by nearly 50%. A new study shows that daily therapy with the antiviral drug Valtrex significantly lowers the risk of transmitting genital herpes among hete

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  5. Broccoli May Thwart Herpes Virus

    Sept. 15, 2003 (Chicago) -- A compound found in broccoli, cabbage, and brussels sprouts may hold the key to thwarting the herpes virus, according to preliminary research presented Sunday at the 43rd annual Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICACC) in Chicago. The new f

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  6. Herpes Common in Middle, Upper Classes

    July 29, 2003 -- A new study shows that genital herpes is an equal opportunity virus. As many as 25% of people tested in relatively affluent suburbs had the STD, but only 4% of them reported a history of having it. Researchers presented the findings at the 15th Biennial Congress of the International

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  7. Herb May Be Alternative Herpes Treatment

    May 19, 2003 - An experimental herpes treatment derived from an herb known as Prunella vulgaris may one day help prevent and treat both types of the herpes virus that cause cold sores and genital herpes. Researchers say preliminary tests show mice and guinea pigs treated with the herb developed sign

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  8. Genital Herpes Treatment Cuts Spread

    March 24, 2003 (San Francisco) -- In the 1970s, herpes was forever. In the 1980s, it was the "gift that kept on giving." But while herpes is still forever, new research suggests that in the 21st century genital herpes treatments can help prevent spread of this sexually transmitted disease. "This is

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  9. Isolated Seniors Prone to Heart Disease

    Dec. 16, 2002 -- The human connection is still a vital link in keeping the heart healthy -- especially for seniors. According to a new study, loneliness and lack of companionship and emotional support figure into the equation for making older adults more vulnerable to heart disease. These findings c

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  10. New Herpes Vaccine Affects Women Only

    Nov. 20, 2002 -- A vaccine developed to protect against genital herpes is making medical history: It's the first vaccine ever shown to work only in one sex. In two studies by a multinational research team, the results were virtually identical: The vaccine reduced by three-quarters the rate of genita

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