Opening the door to potential treatments for the deadly Ebola virus, scientists have found that a protein made by the virus plays a role similar to that of a coat-check … Continue Reading New strategy attacks the ebola virus at a RNA level and stops viral replication.
Oxidative stress has become a major topic; not only is it implicated in many diseases, it may even be one of their causes. Other environmental influences besides UV radiation can … Continue Reading Researchers use precision medicine to prove the effectiveness of Vitamin E as an antioxidant.
Researchers from the Saint Louis University have discovered that potentially aggressive T-cells that might lead to autoimmune disease can instead be enlisted to help ‘police’ over-active immune responses, via the … Continue Reading Newly differentiated T-cell ‘policemen’ can lower autoimmune disease risk.
Antibodies from dromedary camels protected uninfected mice from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), and helped infected mice expunge the disease, according to an opensource study in the Journal of Virology. … Continue Reading Using camel antibodies to protect humans from MERS, POC study successful.
Leprosy is a chronic infection of the skin, peripheral nerves, eyes and mucosa of the upper respiratory tract, affecting over a quarter million people worldwide. Its symptoms can be gruesome … Continue Reading The genomes and origins of the leprosy bacterias compared for the first time.
A new method of testing the most common cause of life-threatening infection in people with cystic fibrosis could improve efforts to study and combat the illness. The bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa … Continue Reading Researchers develop first human model of P. aeruginosa infection in cystic fibrosis lungs.
In the battle between a cell and a virus, either side may resort to subterfuge. Molecular messages, which control the cellular machinery both sides need, are vulnerable to interception or … Continue Reading Researchers map microRNA’s role in the human hepatitis c infection.
In the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa, whose death toll is approaching 10,000, little information has been available about how the human immune response unfolds after infection. Now, researchers … Continue Reading First look at hospitalized Ebola survivors’ immune cells finds no immunosuppression.
Mutation of one gene is all it takes to get cystic fibrosis (CF), but disease severity depends on many other genes and proteins. For the first time, researchers at the … Continue Reading Researchers map epigenetic pathways linked to cystic fibrosis disease severity.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reporting on the discovery of a new virus that may have contributed to the death of a previously healthy man in … Continue Reading The CDC announces the discovery of a new virus.
Researchers at the University of Alberta and Beijing Genomics Institute have found that human betaretrovirus (HBRV) infection is commonly observed in the cells of patients with primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC), a … Continue Reading Researchers solve 40-year-old mystery of betaretrovirus infection in humans.
Engaging in unprotected sex with multiple partners increases the risk of contracting multiple strains of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Once inside a host, these strains can recombine into … Continue Reading A previously unclassified aggressive form of HIV discovered in Cuba.
Bacteria that are commonly found in the mouth are often abundant in patients with colon cancer, but the potential role these microbes play in tumour development has not been clear. … Continue Reading Bacteria identified which protects intestinal tumours from immune cells.
Finding out whether you have been infected with dengue may soon be as easy as spitting into a rapid test kit. The Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) of A*STAR … Continue Reading New rapid lab-on-a-chip detects dengue antibodies from saliva.
Researchers from the LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine have identified the fragment of the Ebola virus protein that is toxic to cells and may contribute to infection and … Continue Reading Breakthrough as scientists identify, map and model the toxic fragment of the Ebola virus.
Cholera is caused when the bacterium Vibrio cholerae infects the small intestine. The disease is characterized by acute watery diarrhea resulting in severe dehydration. EPFL scientists have now demonstrated that … Continue Reading Scientists identify Cholera’s mode of horizontal gene transfer and drug-resistance.