Topic List : Infectious Disease
How Zika affects cranial precursor cells
New research shows that cranial neural crest cells can be infected by the Zika virus, causing them to secrete high levels of cytokines that can affect neurons in the developing brain.
Proposal to expand treatment of worm infections
A study supports a greatly expanded treatment program for parasitic worm diseases that could save millions from disability and possible death in sub-Saharan Africa.
Desiree LaBeaud on the Zika virus
The infectious disease expert discusses the local risks of contracting the Zika virus, what precautions residents can take and what travelers outside the United States should do to avoid infection with the virus.
Abstinence programs don’t reduce HIV risk
In a study of nearly 500,000 individuals in 22 countries, researchers could not find any evidence that these programs had an impact on changing individual behavior.
Gamers to help design TB test
A new version of the Eterna video game could allow citizen scientists to design a molecule that would simplify the widespread use of a new TB test.
$10 million grant funds infection-focused center
The new center will explore intracellular and intercellular processes by which salmonella bacteria, responsible for more than 100 million symptomatic infections annually, infect immune cells.
New TB test could be game-changer
A simple blood test that can accurately diagnose active tuberculosis could make it easier and cheaper to control a disease that kills 1.5 million people every year.
Yvonne Maldonado, MD, discusses the Zika outbreak
The Zika virus has now been reported in 23 countries and territories in the Americas. Here in the United States, there have been about 50 cases of the virus in people who have traveled to infected areas and returned to the U.S.
New technique reveals gut bacteria diversity
The many microbes living in our intestines are far more diverse than once suspected, a new genomic technique reveals.