Fungal Infections


  • Breath Test Shows Promise for Diagnosing Fungal Pneumonia
    Many different microbes can cause pneumonia, and treatment may be delayed or off target if doctors cannot tell which bug is the culprit. A novel approach—analyzing a patient’s breath for key chemical compounds made by the infecting microbe—may help detect ...More
    2 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Novel Trick Helps Rare Pathogen Infect Healthy People
    New research into a rare pathogen has shown how a unique evolutionary trait allows it to infect even the healthiest of hosts through a smart solution to the body's immune response against it. Scientists at the University of Birmingham have explained how a particular strain ...More
    2 weeks ago Posted in News
  • New Antifungal as Effective as Existing Drugs With Fewer Adverse Events
    A newly developed antifungal, isavuconazole, is as effective as an existing drug, voriconazole, against invasive mold disease in cancer patients with less adverse effects, according to phase 3 clinical data presented at the 54th Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial ...More
    September 8, 2014 Posted in News
  • 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
    August 21, 2014 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
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