Infectious Disorders News

Feb 13, 2018
When the body attacks the brain: Immune system often to blame for encephalitis, study finds
Study results suggest that doctors should search for autoimmune causes in addition to infectious causes when evaluating patients with encephalitis.
Nov 30, 2017
New treatment investigated for brain tapeworm infection
Pretreatment with the anti-tumor necrosis factor drug a viable strategy to manage post-treatment inflammatory response seen with neurocysticercosis treatment.
Nov 22, 2017
Researchers find infectious prions in skin of patients with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease
Patients with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease harbor infectious prions in their skin, albeit at lower levels than in brain. The researchers further demonstrated that such skin prions are infectious, as they are capable of causing disease in humanized mouse models.
Jul 14, 2017
Patients receiving eculizumab at high risk for invasive meningococcal disease despite vaccination
Some patients receiving eculizumab who were vaccinated with the recommended meningococcal vaccines still developed meningococcal disease. Of important note, eculizumab is currently under US FDA review as potential treatment for patients with generalized myasthenia gravis who are AChR antibody-positive.
Mar 23, 2017
Researchers develop first-of-a-kind model to research post-malaria epilepsy
A first-of-its-kind mouse model could lead to an understanding of how cerebral malaria infection leads to the development of epilepsy in children, and to the prevention of seizures. The model was developed by Penn State researchers and their results are published in Scientific Reports.
Mar 14, 2017
Immune molecule protects against Zika virus infection in animal models
A molecule naturally produced by the immune system, 25-hydroxycholesterol, protects mice and monkeys against Zika virus infection, an international team of researchers has found. It also protects against Zika-induced microcephaly.
Feb 28, 2017
Study finds no evidence of common herpes type virus in aggressive brain cancer tissue
In a rigorous study of tumor tissue collected from 125 patients with aggressive brain cancers, researchers at Johns Hopkins say they have found no evidence of cytomegalovirus infection and conclude that a link between the 2 diseases, as claimed by earlier reports, likely does not exist.
Feb 21, 2017
Zika may cause miscarriages, thin brain tissue in babies carried to term
Using unique mouse model, Johns Hopkins researchers believe they can develop treatment or vaccine targets in order to fight the virus. The study findings were published today in Nature Communications.
Feb 17, 2017
Scientists uncover how Zika virus causes microcephaly
A multidisciplinary team from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston has uncovered the mechanisms that the Zika virus uses to alter brain development. These findings are detailed in Stem Cell Reports.
Feb 02, 2017
New Zika vaccine candidate protects mice and monkeys with a single dose
A new Zika vaccine candidate has the potential to protect against the virus with a single dose, according to a research team led by scientists from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
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