Health & Fit A lot more diseases could be sexually transmitted than we thought

02:42  14 september  2017
02:42  14 september  2017 Source:   businessinsider.com

White Collar Workers at Higher Odds of Death From ALS, Parkinson's

  White Collar Workers at Higher Odds of Death From ALS, Parkinson's <p>Typically, better-paying jobs and those that require higher education are thought more desirable, but a new study suggests white collar workers have a higher risk of death from two neurodegenerative diseases.</p><p><br></p>The research found that richer, better-educated people with Parkinson's disease or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also called Lou Gehrig's disease), appear more likely to die from these diseases than those in lower paying or less educationally demanding work.

More illnesses could be sexually transmitted than we thought — including the common cold. Ebola virus particles (blue) budding from an infected cell. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases , National Institutes of Health.

Lots of questions about the viruses remain. The most pressing is whether or not they could all be sexually transmitted to a new host. “This brings up more questions than it answers — and that’s fascinating,” Liu said.

couple kissing bedroom© Provided by Business Insider couple kissing bedroom After a team of British researchers found bits of Zika virus lingering in the semen of men whose symptoms had cleared months before, they began to wonder: What other viruses hide out in unsuspecting parts of the body?

At least 27, according to a report published Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These include viruses that have been at the center of recent epidemics, like Ebola and Marburg, as well as viruses like mumps and adenovirus, which can cause a version of the common cold.

"This really raises the question of what is the definition of an STD," Fenyong Liu, a professor in the division of infectious diseases at the University of California Berkeley School of Public Health who was not involved with the new report, told Business Insider.

Zika virus sexually transmitted in Florida, officials say

  Zika virus sexually transmitted in Florida, officials say <p>The infected individual was diagnosed with Zika after having sexual contact with a partner, who recently traveled to Cuba and was sick with symptoms of the virus.</p>The first sexually transmitted Zika case of 2017 has been confirmed in Pinellas County, Florida, according to health officials.

Here, the immune system can ’t touch them. onal Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases , National Institutes of HealthTypically in the event of a viral outbreak Lots of questions about the viruses remain. The most pressing is whether or not they could all be sexually transmitted to a new host.

“It explains why the disease is more common than one would think if only ticks were involved in transmission .” My husband gets Lyme a lot . I do too. He’s an arborist, I have a horse. Not saying it can not be sexually transmitted . I would like to see more research done in this area.

The viruses appear to take advantage of one of the body's key protective mechanisms, a phenomenon known as immune privilege. Certain parts of the body, like the eyes, are essentially no-fly zones for the immune system's defense armies. They are shielded from inflammation to protect more critical functions like vision. Similarly, it's believed that some reproductive organs may be immune privileged to protect sperm or eggs.

But this immune privilege may also serve as a foothold for a disease-causing virus like Ebola or Marburg, which the new study finds can remain in human semen for surprisingly long stretches of time. Here, the immune system can't touch them.

ebola virus cell© Provided by Business Insider ebola virus cell National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of HealthTypically in the event of a viral outbreak, physicians and public health experts urge people to stay away from anyone who is infected for several weeks, paying particular attention to things like saliva and blood. The new study suggests this may not be enough. In some cases, viruses can persist for as many as 565 days in semen, meaning that an infected person could theoretically remain contagious for up to several months after they come down with one of the viruses.

Connecticut man dies of tick-borne illness

  Connecticut man dies of tick-borne illness Avid gardener Michael Yoder was suffering from symptoms similar to a stomach bug for several weeks before his illness turned severe,<br>A man described as an avid gardener by his grieving relatives died earlier this month, after contracting a rare tick-borne illness at his Connecticut home. Michael Yoder, 55, was suffering from symptoms similar to a stomach bug for several weeks before his illness turned severe, the Danbury News Times reported.

After a team of British researchers found bits of Zika virus lingering in the semen of men

Takeaway. Sexually transmitted diseases are more common than you might think . There's a lot of health information out there, so we know it can be challenging to find what's best for your health and wellness.

"Clinicians and researchers need to consider the possibility that traditionally ‘non-sexually transmitted’ viruses can persist in semen, and this therefore raises the possibility of sexual transmission," Alex Salam, the lead author on the paper and a clinician and clinical researcher for the United Kingdom Public Health Rapid Support Team, told Business Insider.

Although the researchers found pieces of the genetic material of these viruses, including Lassa fever, Epstein-Barr, and varicella zoster (the virus that causes the chicken pox), that doesn't necessarily mean that the virus could be transmitted sexually. To find out if that is the case, they'll need more research.

In the past, it was unclear how several viruses on the list could spread. BK virus, for example, was thought to spread from person to person through respiratory fluids or urine, but the new study suggests that it can also be passed on through semen.

HPV researchers, Planned Parenthood win prestigious Lasker medical awards

  HPV researchers, Planned Parenthood win prestigious Lasker medical awards This year's prizes reflect major contributions advancing women's health.The Lasker Awards, among the most prestigious in medicine, will go to two National Cancer Institute researchers whose work led to the development of vaccines that prevent cervical cancer, and to Planned Parenthood for providing “essential health services and reproductive care” to millions of women, the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation said Wednesday.

Add your own news or video to us ! The more news we see, the more accurate the picture of the day our users receive. You are the media! To send news, you need to login.

Embed this Video. Add this Tweet to your website by copying the code below. Learn more . Say a lot with a little. Add your thoughts about any Tweet with a Reply. Find a topic you’re passionate about, and jump right in.

"This should raise people's awareness that even though they might contract a respiratory illness or something that effects the lungs, it could potentially be spread through an entirely different part of the body like the semen," said Liu.

To come up with their list, researchers combed the scientific literature and found nearly 4,000 published papers that documented evidence of viruses whose genetic material had ended up in semen.

In addition to the 27 viruses they found, the researchers also discovered the genetic material of several other viruses, such as dengue, SARS, and smallpox, in human testes. There isn't enough evidence yet to say if these viruses would also be present in semen, however.

Lots of questions about the viruses remain. The most pressing is whether or not they could all be sexually transmitted to a new host. The researchers also want to know how long the viruses remain in semen and in what concentrations, as well as how their presence might impact sperm and male fertility more broadly.

"This brings up more questions than it answers — and that's fascinating," Liu said.

Gallery: 4 STDs you might already have without knowing it (Prevention)  A lot more diseases could be sexually transmitted than we thought 4 STDs You Might Already Have Without Knowing It


These Common Foods Can Help Treat (and Prevent!) Gut Diseases, Including Colon Cancer .
If there’s one we’ve learned, it’s that eating healthy food can help ward off serious conditions like cancer—just check out these 30 cancer-fighting foods. Now researchers believe that eating certain foods can actually help treat and even prevent colon cancer, along with other gut conditions like Crohn’s disease and irritable bowel syndrome. Researchers at the University of Warwick have found that the breakdown of a common cellular process in the gut can create an environment in which diseases—and even cancer—can flourish. And all it takes to undo this unfortunate series of events is some really tasty, healthy foods.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

This is interesting!