Study: HCV-exposed infants not adequately screened, despite increased prevalence

Due to the opioid epidemic, hepatitis C virus (HCV) is increasing among pregnant women, resulting in a greater risk of perinatal transmission and HCV infection among children. Despite this increased prevalence, HCV-exposed infants are not adequately screened and many pediatric HCV infections remain undetected, according to a new study from researchers at Magee-Womens Research Institute […]

Research findings challenge feasibility of ‘shock and kill’ approach to cure HIV

Researchers have provided new insight into the cellular processes behind the ‘shock and kill’ approach to curing HIV, which they say challenges the effectiveness of the treatment. Their study, published in the journal eLife, suggests the need to explore alternative treatment strategies against HIV – a virus which 36.7 million people globally were living with […]

Fracking the immune system

Amid predictions of a second fracking boom in the US, the first evidence that chemicals found in ground water near fracking sites can impair the immune system will be published in Toxicological Sciences on May 1. The study, performed in mice, suggests that exposure to fracking chemicals during pregnancy may diminish female offspring’s ability to […]

Study exposes key tactic used by deadly fungus

A multidisciplinary study by Monash University Biomedicine Discovery Institute (BDI) researchers has revealed that a lethal fungus destroys the immune cell that would ordinarily kill it by stealing its source of nutrients. Candida albicans is a microscopic fungus commonly found in the human body but which can turn into a dangerous infection in vulnerable hospital […]