Fungal Infections

  • 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
    1 week ago 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
  • Scientists Discover Potential Way to Turn Fungus From Foe to Friend
    Candida albicans is a double agent: In most of us, it lives peacefully, but for people whose immune systems are compromised by HIV or other severe illnesses, it is frequently deadly. Now a new study from Johns Hopkins and Harvard Medical School shows how targeting a ...More
    September 24, 2013 Posted in News
  • Microbiologist Discovers Herbal Medicine Treatment for Common Human Fungus
    A Kansas State University microbiologist has found a breakthrough herbal medicine treatment for a common human fungal pathogen that lives in almost 80 percent of people. Govindsamy Vediyappan, assistant professor of biology, noticed that diabetic people in developing ...More
    September 12, 2013 Posted in News
  • Gene Makes Some HIV-Infected Patients More at Risk for Fungal Disease
    HIV-infected people who carry a gene for a specific protein face a 20-fold greater risk of contracting cryptococcal disease, according to a study published in mBio®, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology. Cryptococcus neoformans is the most ...More
    August 27, 2013 Posted in News
  • New Compound Prevents First Steps of Fungal Infection
    Targeting serious and sometimes deadly fungal infections, a team of researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) has discovered a chemical compound that prevents fungal cells from adhering to surfaces, which, ...More
    August 13, 2013 Posted in News
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