Why we should vaccinate boys against HPV as well as girls

    The WHO recommends vaccination of young women agains HPV to prevent cervical cancers. CDC/ Judy Schmidt

    Gillian Prue, from the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Queen's University of Belfast, says that the human papillomavirus (HPV) infection is common in men and can lead to genital warts and the development of some head and neck, anal or penile cancers. She says incidence of this has increased in the past two decades... [ more ]


  • 16 July 2014 - HIV RESEARCH

    Robert Gallo: “We need greater courage and a clear mission”

    Public Health, HIV

    A good 30 years ago, Robert Gallo stood behind the podium at a memorable press conference: Former US Secretary of Health Margaret Heckler announced in 1984 that the probable cause of AIDS had been found, that scientists could artificially mass-produce the virus and that they had developed a blood test. This was all work that Gallo had led and would continue to lead. He had achieved a major scientific breakthrough. So the war on AIDS was waged, but we have still not won. An interview with the US virologist Dr. Robert Gallo, Director of the Institute of Human Virology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and Scientific Director of the Global Virus Network, over the successes, the mistakes and the challenges that still lie before us. [ more ]



    To be or not to be? Controversy over Helicobacter

    Bacterial infections, Antibiotics, Helicobacter pylori, Microbiome

    lt was well with the world when Barry Marshall and Robin Warren identified a hitherto unknown bacterium as the most important cause of gastritis and stomach ulcers. Or so it seemed. We were able to treat these diseases effectively with antibiotics. After three decades of intensive research on this gastric germ, however, a number of researchers are warning that we have been over-reactionary: Is Helicobacter pylori a threatened species? And could its extinction actually harm our health? By Martina Bünnige. [ more ]



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German Centre for Infection Research

United against Infections

It is the 21st century and infections are still a major challenge for medicine. Researchers at the German Centre for Infection Research (Deutsches Zentrum für Infektionsforschung, DZIF) are tackling this and many other issues.