Particular HPV strain linked to improved prognosis for throat cancer
In an analysis of survival data for a population of patients with a particular type of head and neck cancer, UNC Lineberger researchers confirmed that a particular strain of HPV, a virus linked to multiple cancers, resulted in better overall survival for patients with oropharyngeal cancer than patients with other strains of the virus.
Investigating the presence of sex bias in human surgical clinical r...
In a study published in JAMA Surgery, Melina Kibbe, MD, Zach D. Owens Professor and Chair, Department of Surgery, and colleagues found that few human surgical clinical research studies included men and women equally.
Bacteria found in female upper reproductive tract, once thought ste...
In a preliminary finding (abstract 5568) presented at the 2016 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting in Chicago, UNC Lineberger researchers Wendy Brewster, MD, PhD and Temitope Keku, PhD revealed they have found bacteria in the ovaries and fallopian tubes. Researchers also uncovered a trend toward a distinct bacterial profile in women with ovarian cancer.
UNC researchers discover gene that suppresses herpes viruses
A research team led by Blossom Damania, PhD, found that suppressing the TLK enzyme causes the activation of the lytic cycle of both EBV and KSHV. During this active phase, these viruses begin to spread and replicate, and become vulnerable to anti-viral treatments.
Research shows progress toward a genital herpes vaccine
More than 8,000 women participated in the NIH-funded study, which was conducted in part at UNC. The vaccine was partially effective at preventing herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1), but did not protect women from herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2).