Infectious Diseases

  • Dec- 2017 -
    18 December

    Nanoparticles as a solution against antibiotic resistance?

    (Jena, Germany) Around one in 3,300 children in Germany is born with Mucoviscidosis. A characteristic of this illness is that one channel albumen on the cell surface is disturbed by mutations. Thus, the amount of water of different secretions in the body is reduced which creates a tough mucus. As a consequence, inner organs malfunction. Moreover, the mucus blocks the…

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  • 4 December

    Research could contribute to development of therapeutic drug and vaccine against malaria

    December 4, 2017 Malaria is one of three major infectious diseases affecting approximately 300 million people every year, accounting for about 500,000 deaths, but effective vaccine development has not been successful. Among malaria parasites infecting humans, Plasmodium falciparum (P. falciparum) causes especially severe disease. In addition, acquired immunity to malaria is inefficient, even after repeated exposures to P. falciparum, but…

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  • 4 December
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    Antiviral Immunotherapy Comes of Age

    Immunotherapy, which involves adapting immune cells to destroy specific cellular targets, has made a name for itself treating cancer. But over the last few years, a handful of research groups have advanced T-cell therapies for viral infections, and are now on the cusp of commercialization. “Using T cells to target infectious diseases is not a new field,” says immunologist Michael…

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  • 4 December

    Discovery of key molecules involved in severe malaria

    Malaria*1 is one of three major infectious diseases*2affecting approximately 300 million people every year, accounting for about 500,000 deaths, but effective vaccine development has not been successful. Among malaria parasites infecting humans, Plasmodium falciparum (P. falciparum)*3causes especially severe disease. In addition, acquired immunity to malaria is inefficient, even after repeated exposures to P. falciparum, but the immune regulatory mechanisms used by P. falciparum remain largely…

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  • Sep- 2017 -
    7 September

    Dengue Infection Impairs Immune Defense Against Zika

    Previous exposure to dengue virus could dampen a patient’s immune response to Zika, and potentially even aid infection, according to recent work carried out by US researchers. In a study published today (August 18) in Science Immunology, the team found that an early memory B cell response to Zika infection in patients who had already been exposed to dengue produced…

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  • 7 September

    Cholera Vaccines Effective for Adults, Much Less So for Children

    A new review of the research literature led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health shows that cholera vaccines provide substantial protection for adults but provide significantly less protection for children under age five, a population particularly at risk for dying from this diarrheal disease. The review, which considered seven clinical trials and six observational studies,…

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  • 7 September

    Cholesterol-lowering drugs may fight infectious disease

    That statin you’ve been taking to lower your risk of heart attack or stroke may one day pull double duty, providing protection against a whole host of infectious diseases, including typhoid fever, chlamydia, and malaria. Duke scientists have recently discovered that a gene variant that affects cholesterol levels could increase your risk of contracting typhoid fever. They also showed that…

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  • 7 September

    Slowing dangerous bacteria may be more effective than killing them

    Researchers at the University of Illinois have discovered a mechanism that allows bacteria of the same species to communicate when their survival is threatened. The study suggests it may be possible to slow dangerous infections by manipulating the messages these microbes send to each other, allowing the body to defeat an infection without causing the bacteria to develop resistance to…

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