Immunology

Why The Netherlands HIV Epidemic Among Gay Men Doesn't Subside

The HIV epidemic among gay men in the Netherlands isn't going to decline as long as large, persistent, self-sustaining, and, in many cases, growing sub-epidemics shifting towards new generations of gay men, according to a new paper in PLOS Medicine b ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 4 2015 - 12:00pm

Breast Milk Might Not Protect Babies From Allergies Or Asthma Or Anything Else

Pregnant women and new mothers are inundated with messages regarding the benefits of exclusive breastfeeding for babies in the first year of life and if you don't do that, shame on you for giving your child asthma, food allergies and eczema. ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 5 2015 - 8:57am

Asymptomatic People Transmit Dengue Virus To Mosquitoes

Scientists have found that people infected by the dengue virus but showing no clinical symptoms can actually infect mosquitoes that bite them. It appears that these asymptomatic people- who, together with mildly symptomatic patients, represent three-quart ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 16 2015 - 7:12am

SARS-Like Virus Can Jump Directly From Bats To Humans- And There Is No Treatment

Researchers have discovered a new bat SARS-like virus that can jump directly from its bat hosts to humans without mutation. The discovery reported in Nature Medicine is notable not only because there is no treatment for this newly discovered virus, but al ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 13 2015 - 12:01pm

Analyzing T-cells Helps With Diagnosis Before Disease Breaks Out

Many patients with serious diseases are not helped by their medications because treatment is started too late. An international research team led from Linköping University is launching a unique strategy for discovering a disease progression in its earlies ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 11 2015 - 6:16pm

Jumping Gene Mystery: Grabbing A Parasite By The Tail

Deep within your DNA, a tiny parasite called a LINE-1 retrotransposon lurks, waiting to pounce from its perch and land in the middle of an unsuspecting healthy gene. If it succeeds, it can make you sick. Like a jungle cat, this parasite sports a long tail ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 12 2015 - 2:16pm

Why Parasite Makes TB Infections Worse

Scientists have shown how a parasitic worm infection common in the developing world increases susceptibility to tuberculosis. The study demonstrated that treating the parasite reduces lung damage seen in mice that also are infected with tuberculosis, ther ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 16 2015 - 6:40pm

Why Is A Universal Flu Shot So Difficult To Make?

Since making its debut during World War II, the influenza vaccine has become one of the most heavily criticized immunizations. It is not just anti-vaxxers, even science advocates think it underperforms. ...

Article - Nicholas Staropoli - Dec 3 2015 - 3:25pm

How Herpes Wins In In The Virus-Host Arms Race

Sometimes viruses do not attack right away, they instead find a way to enter the cells of the human body without tripping the alarm, and stay there without notice until it is time to strike. It’s how viruses in the herpesvirus family, like human cytomegalo ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 4 2015 - 4:06pm

Wisconsin Ponders Raw Milk- Mainstream Science Shudders

Why would you want to create a group of farmers who would not need state milk producer licenses, permits, or to obey state milk quality rules while selling something that everyone not making a buck hustling it or being duped by faux health claims into buy ...

Blog Post - Hank Campbell - Dec 7 2015 - 10:00am