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Infectious Diseases – News and Features

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Placental Immune Cells Reveal the Health of Fetal Brain Cells

The health of fetal macrophages in the placenta can act as an indicator of the health of fetal brain cells, reveals a new study.
Bacteria in the gut.
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Transplanting Gut Microbes From Aged Mice Induces Age-Related Inflammation

When the gut microbes of aged mice were transplanted into young, germ-free mice, the recipients experienced an increase in inflammation, suggesting that the gut microbiome plays a role in the inflammation that occurs with aging.
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Digging Deep: Emerging Contaminants in Soil

Soil could be our planet's unsung hero, quietly working behind the scenes to keep everything in balance. This article will discuss some of the worrying emerging contaminants detected in soil and how scientists are rising to the analytical challenge.
The pathogenic bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa breaching through the respiratory epithelia of a human lung microtissue model, captured via Scanning Electron Microscopy.
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Lung Organoids Reveal How Pathogens Invade Human Lung Tissue

Using human lung microtissues a team at the University of Basel has uncovered the strategy used by a dangerous pathogen. The bacterium targets specific lung cells and has developed a sophisticated strategy to break through the lungs’ line of defense.
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Human Derived RNA Integration Fuels Chronic Hepatitis E Virus Infection

Why does Hepatitis E become chronic in some patients, and why do medications not work? To find out, an international research team led by scientists from Bochum observed a patient with chronic Hepatitis E infection over a year.
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Enhanced Gene Editing System Enables Therapeutic Gene-Sized Edits in Human Cells

The gene-editing approach uses prime editors and evolved enzymes called recombinases, and could pave the way to effective one-size-fits-all gene therapies for diseases such as cystic fibrosis.
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Could a “Tailored” Vaccine Be the Key to Treating Eczema in Children

Researchers have uncovered important immune signatures in children with infected flares of eczema. Technology Networks spoke to Dr. Rachel McLoughlin to learn how these findings could guide the development of a tailored eczema vaccine.
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Longer COVID Drug Regimen Is Safe, But Adds No Clear Benefit for Long COVID

An antiviral drug combination has been shown to be safe as an extended-duration treatment for COVID-19 but offers no benefit against long COVID.
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Patients With Schizophrenia Are Three Times More Likely To Have Bartonella DNA in Their Blood

A new study has found that patients diagnosed with schizophrenia or another psychotic disorder are three times more likely to have Bartonella DNA in their blood.
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Immune System “Misdirection” May Explain Link Between Epstein-Barr Virus and MS

Research from the University of Birmingham has found that following EBV infection there is more immune system cross-reactivity, where the body’s immune system binds to the wrong target, than previously thought.
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