‘Universal antibodies’ disarm various pathogens

Bacteria and other microorganisms display structures from sugar molecules on their surfaces. These sugar structures play an important role for immune defense. “They enable the immune system to recognize invaders that do not belong in the body,” explains Hedda Wardemann from the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg. “Antibodies specifically attach to these structures […]

Aging Can Be Tough to Swallow

MONDAY, March 26, 2018 — It’s thought that one-quarter of U.S. adults will develop a swallowing problem at some point. But researchers hope insight from a new study may help lead to improved treatment. Their study looked at the changes that occur in your ability to swallow as you age. The Johns Hopkins University team […]

What is pneumococcal meningitis?

Causes Risk factors Symptoms Diagnosis Treatment Outlook Meningitis is an infection of the meninges, the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord. Once infected, the membranes swell. Viruses are responsible for most cases of meningitis, but pneumococcal meningitis is caused by a bacteria called Streptococcus pneumoniae. Pneumococcal meningitis is a rare but very serious […]