Aspirin use for cardiovascular disease may reduce likelihood of COVID-19 infection

Aspirin is an established, safe, and low-cost medication in long-standing common use in prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases, and in the past a pain relief and fever reducing medication. The use of aspirin was very popular during the 1918 Spanish Influenza pandemic, several decades before in-vitro confirmation of its activity against RNA viruses. Studies showed that aspirin, in addition […]

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Immune cell implicated in development of lung disease following viral infection

Scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have implicated a type of immune cell in the development of chronic lung disease that sometimes is triggered following a respiratory viral infection. The evidence suggests that activation of this immune cell—a type of guardian cell called a dendritic cell—serves as an early switch that, when activated, sets in motion […]

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Single dose of vaccine acts as ‘booster’ in those with prior COVID-19 infection

These are the findings of a study, published as a research letter in The Lancet, of 51 UK healthcare workers, around half of whom had a previous laboratory-confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection. It showed that a single dose of Pfizer/BioNTech’s RNA vaccine resulted in a significantly enhanced immune response against the virus, compared to a single dose in those without prior infection. […]

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Research identifies obesity and infection link, as well as treatment found on healthy human skin

The list of diseases and conditions complicated by obesity is a long one; it includes heart disease, cancer, diabetes and impaired wound healing, as well as skin infections. It is not always clear, however, in what way this complication is caused. New research from the School of Pharmaceutical Science at Xiamen University and the Gallo Lab at UC San Diego […]

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TB study reveals potential targets to treat and control infection

Researchers at the Southwest National Primate Research Center (SNPRC) at Texas Biomedical Research Institute (Texas Biomed) may have found a new pathway to treat and control tuberculosis (TB), the disease caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb). Using single-cell RNA sequencing (scRNAseq), a next-generation sequencing technology, scientists were able to further define the mechanisms that lead to TB infection and latency. Co-led […]

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Here’s why some people may become seriously ill from meningococcal bacteria

In a breakthrough study, a team of scientists have come one step closer toward understanding why some people become seriously ill or die from a common bacterium that leaves most people unharmed. In a study published in The Lancet Microbe, the researchers linked RNA mutations within the bacterium Neisseria meningitides to invasive meningococcal disease, marking the first time a non-coding […]

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Study: Bartonella infection associated with psychiatric symptoms and skin lesions

Bartonella bacteria are increasingly recognized as an emerging infectious disease threat. A new study by North Carolina State University researchers has found additional instances of Bartonella infection in humans who exhibited neuropsychiatric symptoms, a subset of whom also had skin lesions. This research adds to the body of evidence that not only can Bartonella infection mimic a spectrum of chronic […]

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Flu symptoms mimic COVID-19 infection: Experts urge flu vaccination

Cases of influenza are being reported in parts of the U.S. as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. While a vaccine is not yet available for COVID-19, there is a vaccine available to prevent influenza. “This season is more important to get the flu vaccine because the flu also has symptoms that mimic COVID-19 infection,” says Dr. Robert Jacobson, a pediatrician and […]

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Risk for Infection Up for Children Born by C-Section

FRIDAY, Nov. 20, 2020 — Birth by cesarean section (CS) is associated with an increased risk for infection-related hospitalization in early childhood, according to a study published online Nov. 19 in PLOS Medicine. Jessica E. Miller, M.P.H., Ph.D., from the Royal Children’s Hospital in Parkville, Australia, and colleagues conducted a multicountry population-based cohort study of all recorded singleton live births […]

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