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Viral Infections

  • Newly Identified Host Defense Mechanism Protects Cells From Viral Infection
    A new study to understand why viral particles tend to accumulate in a specific location around a cell's nucleus in the first several hours after viral infection has shown this phenomenon to be a novel defense mechanism used by cells to block nuclear entry and limit the ...More
    April 20, 2016 Posted in News
  • Immune Factor Allows Viral Infections to Become Chronic
    Many viral diseases tend to become chronic - including infections with the HI virus. In persons affected, the immune response is not sufficient to eliminate the virus permanently. Scientists at the University of Bonn have now identified an immune factor which is partially ...More
    March 7, 2016 Posted in News
  • Some Chronic Viral Infections Could Contribute to Cognitive Decline With Aging
    Certain chronic viral infections could contribute to subtle cognitive deterioration in apparently healthy older adults, according to a study led by researchers from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins University that was recently published in ...More
    February 4, 2016 Posted in News
  • Viral Infection During Pregnancy Causes Autism-like Behaviors in Mouse Model
    A study published in the journal Science found that activation in pregnant mice of a particular immune response, similar to what may occur with certain viral infections during pregnancy, alters the brain structure of the mouse offspring and causes behavioral changes, ...More
    January 29, 2016 Posted in News
  • Study Identifies Genetic Risk for Hyperinflammatory Disorder From Viral Infection
    A group of people with fatal H1N1 flu died after their viral infections triggered a deadly hyperinflammatory disorder in susceptible individuals with gene mutations linked to the overactive immune response, according to a study in the Journal of Infectious Diseases. ...More
    November 24, 2015 Posted in News
  • Scripps Florida Scientists Reveal Potential Treatment for Life-Threatening Viral Infections
    Scientists from the Florida campus of the Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have shown for the first time how a previously unknown process works to promote infection in a number of dangerous viruses, including dengue, West Nile and Ebola. The new study also points to a ...More
    November 23, 2015 Posted in News
  • Scientists Discover the Cause of Viral Infection of the Brain
    Researchers from Aarhus University and Aarhus University Hospital, in collaboration with international researchers, have found a cause for why contracting herpes virus ends up being fatal for some people. While most people simply find that the virus causes an annoying ...More
    October 20, 2015 Posted in News
  • Viruses Thrive in Big Families, Study Confirms
    The BIG-LoVE (Utah Better Identification of Germs-Longitudinal Viral Epidemiology) study by investigators at the University of Utah School of Medicine shows that every child increases the risk that a household will be infected with respiratory virus. At one extreme, ...More
    August 5, 2015 Posted in News
  • New Mechanism That Attacks Viral Infections is Discovered
    An innovative mechanism that the innate immune system uses to control viral infections has been uncovered by researchers at the University Medical Centers in Mainz and Freiburg. Central to this is the discovery that two different but related elements of the immune system ...More
    June 15, 2015 Posted in News
  • Your Viral Infection History in a Single Drop of Blood
    New technology developed by Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) researchers makes it possible to test for current and past infections with any known human virus by analyzing a single drop of a person's blood. The method, called VirScan, is an efficient alternative to ...More
    June 4, 2015 Posted in News
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