Ocular Abnormalities Not Likely in Newborns of SARS-CoV-2-infected Mothers

(Reuters Health) – Unlike pathogens such as Cytomegalovirus and Zika, SARS-CoV-2 is not likely to cause ocular problems in newborns whose mothers were infected with the virus during pregnancy, a new case series suggests. In an analysis of data from 165 infants born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, researchers found that just six newborns had positive PCR findings for SARS-CoV-2, and […]

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Fighting Zika? Call in the T cells

Where Aedes mosquitoes fly, Zika virus may not be far behind. Although the explosive 2015-2016 Zika epidemics in the Americas are behind us, Zika may re-emerge, and “in many countries, Zika may be spreading in silence,” says Sujan Shresta, Ph.D., a professor at La Jolla Institute for Immunology (LJI). “We need to develop effective vaccines.” In a new Science Advances […]

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Study provides insights into how Zika virus suppresses the host immune system

A research team led by scientists at the University of California, Riverside, has outlined how the Zika virus, which constituted an epidemic threat in 2016, suppresses the immune system of its host. The Zika virus, or ZIKV, spreads through mosquito bites and sexual intercourse. Currently, no approved vaccine or antivirals against ZIKV exist. “Suppressing host immunity is a common strategy […]

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Experimental drug reduces replication of zika virus and prevents microcephaly in mice

An international group of researchers have discovered that inhibiting AHR (aryl hydrocarbon receptor)—a protein with roles in regulating immunity, stem cell maintenance and cellular differentiation—enables the immune system to combat replication of zika virus in the organism far more effectively. In experiments performed at the University of São Paulo’s Biomedical Sciences Institute (ICB-USP) in Brazil, the antiviral therapy proved capable […]

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Turmeric supports the virus-defense – according to a new study Naturopathy naturopathy specialist portal

Curcumin protects cells against invading viruses Curcumin is a natural compound found in the spice turmeric. A recent study suggests that this natural substance helps the body to eliminate specific viruses. Researchers at the Microbiology Society showed that Curcumin prevents various viruses from penetrating into cells. In the laboratory, documented trying to the Team, such as Curcumin unfolds a double […]

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Zika vaccine induces potent Zika and dengue cross-neutralizing antibodies

A new study led by scientists at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research has shown for the first time that a single dose of an experimental Zika vaccine in a dengue-experienced individual can boost pre-existing flavivirus immunity and elicit protective cross-neutralizing antibody responses against both Zika and dengue viruses. Findings were published today in Nature Medicine. Researchers analyzed the […]

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Where will the world’s next Zika, West Nile or dengue come from?

Where will the world’s next Zika, West Nile or dengue come from? Scientists release a series of ‘hot-spot’ maps to warn of the regions most likely to harbour killer viruses Researchers analysed all known animal and bird species in the world They worked out which creatures are most likely to carry certain flaviviruses In Western Europe the most likely virus […]

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