Infectious Disorders News

Jan 23, 2019
New skin test detects prion infection before symptoms appear
Proof-of-concept study demonstrates test's preclinical utility.
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.