Fungal Infections

  • Fungus Deadly to AIDS Patients Found to Grow on Trees
    Researchers have pinpointed the environmental source of fungal infections that have been sickening HIV/AIDS patients in Southern California for decades. It literally grows on trees. The discovery is based on the science project of a 13-year-old girl, who spent the summer ...More
    Yesterday Posted in News
  • Study Finds Likely Origin of Virulent Lung Fungus Invading Pacific Northwest
    Cryptococcus gattii, a virulent fungus that has invaded the Pacific Northwest is highly adaptive and warrants global "public health vigilance," according to a study by an international team led by the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen). C. gattii, which likely ...More
    July 15, 2014 Posted in News
  • Study Shows Restored Immunity for Cancer-Related Fungal Infections
    A study at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center used the Sleeping Beauty gene transfer system to modify T cells in hopes of fighting major life-threatening infections caused by invasive Aspergillus fungus. Results of the study appear in today’s issue of ...More
    July 8, 2014 Posted in News
  • Fungal Infection That Causes Deadly Disease Being Studied at UAB
    Bacterial and viral are the more prevalent and commonly discussed forms of meningitis, but one infectious disease expert at the University of Alabama at Birmingham says fungal meningitis stemming from Cryptococcus is the true “hidden epidemic” needing more ...More
    May 12, 2014 Posted in News
  • Scientists Unlock Secrets of Protein Produced by Disease-Causing Fungus
    A team that includes scientists from the School of Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Johns Hopkins University and St. Mary's University reported the structure of a protein that helps a common fungus to infect the body. The fungal ...More
    April 16, 2014 Posted in News
  • Microorganism Shows Promise in Inhibiting Thrush
    Scientists at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine and University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center have discovered how the beneficial fungal yeast, Pichia, holds at bay a harmful fungal yeast, Candida. Candida is the culprit in oral candidiasis, a painful mouth ...More
    March 14, 2014 Posted in News
  • 10 Questions to Protect Your Health Against Fungal Infections
    Have you wondered about your risk for fungal infection? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides 10 questions you can use to understand fungal infections, assess your risk, and stay healthy. Fungal diseases are not the first thing that come to mind when ...More
    March 10, 2014 Posted in News
  • Breast Cancer Drug Could Help Fight Fungal Disease
    The drug tamoxifen appears to kill a fungus associated with a deadly brain infection that afflicts HIV/AIDS patients, according to a University of Rochester study in mBio, the journal of the American Society for Microbiology. The findings, by Damian J. Krysan, MD, PhD, ...More
    February 11, 2014 Posted in News
  • CDC Issues Update on Multistate Outbreak of Fungal Meningitis and Other Infections: One Year Later
    A year ago this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) activated its Emergency Operations Center as part of the response to the tragic outbreak of fungal meningitis linked to three contaminated lots of preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate (MPA) ...More
    October 23, 2013 Posted in News, Policies and Practice
  • New Drug Candidate Found for Fungal Lung Infections
    On a molecular level, you have more in common with shower curtain mold or the mushrooms on your pizza than you might think. Humans and fungi share similar proteins, a biological bond that makes curing fungal infections difficult and expensive. Current costs to treat these ...More
    October 7, 2013 Posted in News
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