Tag Archives: Health

Zika virus, the new kid on the block

As Europe “welcomes” Zika virus*, this short introduction by Maria Zambon is highly readable, and essential for anyone who’s been hiding under a rock for the past six months.   Zika virus, the new kid on the block. Euro Surveill. … Continue reading

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Can we prevent norovirus infections?

Each year, noroviruses cause over 200,000 deaths and a global economic burden of US$64 billion. A highly contagious virus that most people will contract 5 times in their lifetime, the most serious outcomes of the disease – hospitalization and death … Continue reading

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How immunity to RSV develops in childhood but deteriorates in adults

A leading infectious cause of severe respiratory disease in infants, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), is also a major cause of respiratory illness in the elderly. Approved vaccines do not yet exist, and despite the development of partial immunity following infection … Continue reading

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Good Amyloid, Bad Amyloid – What’s the Difference?

It’s quite remarkable that after so many years of studying prions we still don’t have a good understanding of their pathogenesis – how do they make normal cellular proteins turn evil? This interesting article suggests that it’s not the end … Continue reading

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New Polio Vaccine Strains for the Post-Eradication Era

When I started my scientific career by working on polio vaccines over 30 years ago, we were already thinking about newer, safer vaccines. Although polio eradication remains tantalizingly out of reach, we are close enough now to think in detail … Continue reading

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33 million healthy life years lost annually to foodborne diseases

The global burden of foodborne diseases caused by contaminated food in 2010 has been estimated as 33 million Disability Adjusted Life Years. Of these years lost, 40% were in children under 5 years old. This is according to new estimates … Continue reading

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Malaria in pregnancy alters foetal neurovascular development

A growing body of evidence has established the importance of the in utero environment on neurodevelopment and long-term cognitive and behavioral outcomes. These data suggest factors that disrupt the tightly regulated in utero environment can modify normal neurodevelopmental processes. Approximately … Continue reading

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Adipose Tissue Is a Neglected HIV Reservoir

Chronic immune activation/inflammation and viral persistence in reservoirs are important features of chronic HIV infection, even in patients receiving ART. A recent paper evaluates the involvement of adipose tissue in chronic HIV/SIV infections. Adipose tissue accounts for 15 to 20% … Continue reading

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Drug-resistant superbugs can be eliminated by faecal transplants

The gut is an important reservoir for drug-resistant bacteria responsible for life-threatening hospital-acquired infections. Continue reading

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