Medical Research articles

Dengue virus antibodies may worsen a Zika infection

Dengue virus antibodies may worsen a Zika infection

By Sharon Isern, Florida Gulf Coast University. The World Health Organization declared in November that Zika was no longer a public health emergency of international concern. That doesn’t mean concern over Zika is over, but now that a link between Zika and microcephaly has been established, it is viewed as a long-term problem, which requires

Yoshinori Ohsumi – a deserving winner of the Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine

By David Rubinsztein, University of Cambridge. I am delighted that Yoshinori Ohsumi won this year’s Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine. His pioneering work in yeast led to the discovery of genes and biological processes that are needed for autophagy. Autophagy (from the Greek for “self-eating”) is the mechanism by which cells break down and

Fungus is Found to be Key Factor in Crohn’s Disease

A Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine-led team of international researchers has for the first time identified a fungus as a key factor in the development of Crohn’s disease. The researchers also linked a new bacterium to the previous bacteria associated with Crohn’s. The groundbreaking findings, published on September 20th in mBio, could lead

Zika virus: Only a few small outbreaks likely to occur in the continental US

By Natalie Exner Dean, University of Florida; Alessandro Vespignani, Northeastern University; Elizabeth Halloran, University of Washington, and Ira Longini, University of Florida. It is estimated that about 80 percent of Zika infections are asymptomatic or have symptoms so mild that the disease is not detected. This means the number of cases reported by disease surveillance