Tag: Infection

Zinc greatly protects against bacterial pneumonia

Zinc greatly protects against bacterial pneumonia Zinc greatly protects against bacterial pneumonia They found that mice with lower zinc intake succumbed to infection up to three times faster because their immune systems had insufficient zinc to aid in killing the bacteria. Bart A. Eijkelkamp, Jacqueline R. Morey, Stephanie […]

Infections increase risk of mood disorders

Contact: Michael Eriksen Benrós benros@ncrr.dk 45-26-25-52-39 Aarhus University New research shows that every third person who is diagnosed for the first time with a mood disorder has been admitted to hospital with an infection prior to the diagnosis New research shows that every third person who is diagnosed […]

Virus kills melanoma in animal model, spares normal cells

Contact: Jim Sliwa jsliwa@asmusa.org 202-942-9297 American Society for Microbiology Researchers from Yale University School of Medicine have demonstrated that vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) is highly competent at finding, infecting, and killing  human melanoma cells, both in vitro and in animal models, while having little propensity to infect non-cancerous […]

TB infection rates set to ‘turn clock back to 1930s’

Contact: Stephanie Burns sburns@bmjgroup.com 44-020-738-36920 BMJ-British Medical Journal Special edition to mark World TB day maps new issues and approaches to curbing spread of infection During the 1930s, dedicated sanitaria and invasive surgery were commonly prescribed for those with the infection – usually caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which […]

Poultry disease vaccine brings short-term results but long-term problems: live vaccines that protect poultry against Newcastle Disease may be altering the genetic makeup of the wild virus strains

2010 study posted for filing Contact: Amitabh Avasthi axa47@psu.edu 814-865-9481 Penn State Attenuated live vaccines that protect poultry against Newcastle Disease may be altering the genetic makeup of the wild virus strains, which could make future outbreaks unpredictable and difficult to tackle, according to biologists. Newcastle Disease is […]

Zinc supplementation significantly increases activation of the cells (T cells) responsible for destroying viruses and bacteria

2009 study posted for filing Contact: Cody Mooneyhan cmooneyhan@faseb.org 301-634-7104 Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Got zinc? New zinc research suggests novel therapeutic targets New report in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology suggests that zinc activates a key protein on T cells needed to fight infections […]

Mutation causes defective Natural Killer cells

  Natural Killer (NK) cells defend the body against infectious diseases and cancer by recognizing and killing stressed or infected cells and patients with NK deficiencies are susceptible to severe viral infections. In this issue of the Journal of Clinical Investigation, researchers at Baylor College of Medicine report […]

Heroin users warned after second anthrax death

Hospitals and walk-in clinics across the UK warned to expect further cases after second drug user dies in Blackpool Amelia Hill guardian.co.uk, Monday 10 September 2012 12.35 EDT Anthrax bacteria: drug users may become infected when injecting, smoking or snorting heroin contaminated with spores. Photograph: Smc Images/Getty Images A […]

Scientists develop fungus-fighting vaccine

Contact: Nickey Henry henryn@rockefeller.edu 212-327-8366 Journal of Experimental Medicine A group of scientists in Italy have developed a vaccine with the potential to protect against fungal pathogens that commonly infect humans, according to a study by Torosantucci and colleagues in the September 5 issue of The Journal of […]