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Infectious Diseases News
December 11, 2019

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Some of the same mutations allowing humans to fend off deadly infections also make us more prone to certain inflammatory and autoimmune diseases, such as Crohn's disease. ... read more
A high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet like the Keto regimen has its fans, but influenza apparently isn't one of them. Mice fed a ketogenic diet were better able to combat the flu ... read more
A discovery has the potential to inhibit the spread of West Nile virus as well as Zika and dengue viruses. The researchers demonstrated that mammalian insulin activated an ... read more
A new study shows that measles wipes out 20 to 50 percent of antibodies against an array of viruses and bacteria, depleting a child's previous immunity. A measles-ravaged ... read more
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Current Treatment for Fungal Meningitis Is Fueling Drug Resistance

A common first-line treatment approach for cryptococcal meningitis in low-income countries is being compromised by the emergence of drug resistance, new research warns. The findings highlight the ... read more

Newly Engineered Peptide Shows Potential as Long-Acting Anti-HIV Drug

A newly engineered peptide called IBP-CP24 has the potential to be further developed as a long-acting anti-HIV drug that can be used alone or in combination with a broad neutralizing antibody for the ... read more

How a Cellular Shuttle Helps HIV-1 Spread in Immune Organs

New insight on how a type of cell facilitates the spread of HIV-1 has just been ... read more

How the Strep Bacterium Hides from the Immune System

A bacterial pathogen that causes strep throat and other illnesses cloaks itself in fragments of red blood cells to evade detection by the host immune system, according to a new study. The researchers ... read more

Cerebral Organoid Model Provides Clues About How to Prevent Virus-Induced Brain Cell Death

Scientists have determined that La Crosse virus (LACV), which can cause inflammation of the brain in children, affects brain cells differently depending on their developmental stage. A new study ... read more

MS Linked to Variant of Common Herpes Virus

Researchers have developed a new method to separate between two different types of a common herpes virus (HHV-6) that has been linked to multiple sclerosis. By analyzing antibodies in the blood ... read more

New Flu Drug Drives Drug Resistance in Influenza Viruses

University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers examined the effects of baloxavir treatment on influenza virus samples collected from patients before and after ... read more

Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria More Prevalent in Device-Related Infections

Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) related to the use of medical devices are more likely to be antibiotic resistant than HAIs that result from surgical procedures, according to a new ... read more

Assessing Different HPV Vaccines and Vaccine Schedules in Adolescent Girls and Boys

New evidence provides further information on the benefits and harms of different human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines and vaccine schedules in young women and ... read more

Wound Healing in Mucous Tissues Could Ward Off AIDS

Wound healing in mucous tissues during early infection by Simian Immunodeficiency Virus guards some primate species against developing AIDS. Both HIV and SIV provoke an immune response that injures ... read more

A New Antibiotic to Combat Drug-Resistant Bacteria Is in Sight

Researchers have discovered a new active substance effective against gram negative bacteria that targets a previously unknown site of action: ... read more

Turning to Old Remedies for New Health Challenges: Super-Bugs

The last thing anyone wants during a stay in the hospital is a hospital-acquired infection. Nosocomial infections, as they are called, are on the rise as more pathogens become resistant to drugs ... read more

Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus Poses Emergent Threat

2019 has been a particularly deadly year in the U.S. for eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), a mosquito-borne illness. As of November 12, 36 confirmed cases of EEE had been reported by eight states; ... read more

Creating Viral Targets Can Weaken HIV Vaccination

Vaccination against HIV/SIV can backfire if the vaccine induces the wrong kind of immune response. Scientists have evidence that creating too many soft targets can weaken vaccination that would ... read more

Malaria Discovery Could Lead to Better HIV and Lupus Treatments

A discovery about how the immune system responds to malaria infection could lead to better treatments for hepatitis C, HIV and lupus, say researchers. The research team showed, in laboratory models, ... read more

Mapping the Pathway to Gut Health in HIV and SIV Infections

A new study found that Lactobacillus plantarum bacteria rapidly repaired damaged gut lining (known as leaky gut) in monkeys infected with chronic simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV), an HIV-like ... read more

Daily Cannabis Use Lowers Odds of Using Illicit Opioids Among People Who Have Chronic Pain

For those using illicit opioids to manage their chronic pain, cannabis may be a beneficial -- and a less dangerous -- alternative, according to new ... read more

T-Box Structure in Bacteria May Be Target for New Antibiotics

Researchers have uncovered the structure of a regulatory mechanism unique to bacteria, opening the door for designing new antibiotics targeted to ... read more

HIV Drug Exposure in Womb May Increase Child Risk of Microcephaly, Developmental Delays

Children born to women on HIV therapy containing the drug efavirenz were 2 to 2.5 times more likely to have microcephaly, or small head size, compared to children born to women on regimens of other ... read more

Discovery Reveals Mechanism That Turns Herpes Virus on and Off

New research has identified a new mechanism that plays a role in controlling how the herpes virus alternates between dormant and active stages of ... read more

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