Herpes viral infections use the ancient genetic material found in the human genome to proliferate, mimicking the same process tumors have been found to manipulate, Mount Sinai researchers have shown for the first time. These observations provide further insight about how herpes viruses can manipulate the immune system in ways that may drive neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's, according to the study, published in Nature Communications.
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Genetics may play a bigger role in the body's disease-fighting ability than scientists previously thought, according to the results from a new study of twins in Queensland, Australia.The research was published in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology .
Hospitalized patients who received the flu vaccine had no increased risk of outpatient visits or hospital readmission within seven days of discharge, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. The study also showed that vaccinating hospital patients did not increase the risk of fever or rates of laboratory evaluations for infection.
Scientists have developed an analytic method that can detect viral infections using the immune system. This method could help identify gaps in protection early on, and make transplants safer in the future.
A new analysis document shows how much sicker an influenza infection can make patients who have been hospitalized with heart failure (HF), providing a further argument for routinely offering flu vaccination to patients with HF after admission or in the community.
A global coalition set up to fight disease epidemics is investing up to $ 8.4 million to develop a synthetic vaccine system that could be used to fight multiple pathogens such as Ebola, Marburg and Rabies.
The compound called GA-Hecate also acts on bacteria, fungi and cancer cells and will be tested against Zika and yellow fever viruses. A new compound that inhibits the replication of hepatitis C virus (HCV) in several stages of its lifecycle – and is also capable of acting on bacteria, fungi and cancer cells – has been synthesized by researchers. The study was supported by São Paulo Research Foundation – FAPESP via several research projects and described in an article published in Scientific Reports .
The number of states reporting high influenza-like illness activity have expanded sharply across the United States to include New York City and nine states, up from just two states during the previous flu report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). New York State is getting hit particularly hard. Influenza cases in the state have risen by 72% during the past week, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced in a statement on December 27.
Researchers studying ancient corncobs found at a Native American archeological site have recovered a 1,000-year-old virus, the oldest plant virus ever reported.
None of the European Union (EU) Member States could demonstrate that they reach the EU target of 75% influenza vaccination coverage for vulnerable groups, according to a new report from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). Influenza vaccination coverage remains low in many countries, and leads to severe disease, hospitalisations and premature deaths. If no improvements in the vaccine uptake will be seen, significant burden on the healthcare systems can be expected also during this upcoming winter season.
Point-of-care influenza testing in emergency departments reduces chest x-rays and blood tests but not antibiotic use, according to a systematic review.