Brazilian study reveals the effects of SARS-CoV-2 infection on the central nervous system

A Brazilian study published in the journal PNAS describes some of the effects infection by SARS-CoV-2 can have on the central nervous system. A preliminary version (not yet peer-reviewed) posted in 2020 was one of the first to show that the virus that causes COVID-19 can infect brain cells, especially astrocytes. It also broke new … Read more

A Cancer-Fighting Version of Herpes Shows Promise in Early Human Trial

A illustration of a herpes simplex virus. Illustration: Shutterstock (Shutterstock) Scientists may be able to turn a long-time germ foe into a cancer-fighting ally, new research this week suggests. In preliminary data from a Phase I trial, a genetically modified version of the herpes virus has shown promise in treating difficult-to-eradicate tumors, with one patient … Read more

Khosta-2: New Russian bat virus discovered that could infect humans and resist COVID vaccines

When SARS-CoV-2 – the virus behind COVID-19 – surfaced in China and quickly brought the entire world to a standstill, then-President Donald Trump liked to refer to it as “the Chinese virus”. Fast forward two and a half years, and US scientists are warning that a newly-discovered virus harboured by Russian horseshoe bats is also … Read more

Rabbits in South Carolina, Connecticut suddenly drop dead from lethal virus

A highly contagious virus is claiming the lives of rabbits in South Carolina. Authorities detected Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus Type-2 after a herd of feral bunnies suddenly died at a homestead in Greenville County, the Clemson University Veterinary Diagnostic Center said Thursday. Surviving members of the herd have been placed in quarantine. It is the … Read more

Swine flu: Warning signs and symptoms, treatments, key precautions to avoid H1N1 | Health

H1N1 is simply one of the strains of the influenza virus, that causes H1N1 flu, also commonly called “swine flu” as it was originally found in pigs. The virus is quite contagious and spreads between humans quickly and effectively, causing symptoms similar to those of the regular human flu. Symptoms and warning signs: In an … Read more

Why is COVID-19 more severe in people older than 50?

The adaptive immune system mounts pathogen-specific humoral and cellular responses to combat infections. Upon identification of a new virus, B- and T-cells will elicit specific responses to the infection. A new PNAS journal study reports that the reduced efficiency of the immune response against the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) could be due … Read more

Why doesn’t monkeypox have a new name yet?

As monkeypox vaccination programs roll out and health authorities release information about how to reduce the spread of the virus, progress on another aspect of the outbreak is lagging: its name. On June 14, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said the agency was “working with partners and experts from around the … Read more

Langya virus: How worrying is the new animal-to-human LayV virus spreading in China?

While the threat of COVID-19 still lingers two years on from the start of the pandemic and the outbreak of monkeypox is far from being contained, a new virus is looming over the horizon. Researchers are monitoring the spread of the novel Langya henipavirus (LayV) in China, where dozens of cases have already been reported. … Read more

Monkeypox: How you can protect yourself from the virus and what to do if you have symptoms

The number of confirmed cases of monkeypox, a virus related to smallpox that is typically limited to Africa, is growing – particularly in Europe and North America, which has prompted the World Health Organization (WHO) on July 23 to declare a global health emergency over the outbreak. The virus, which is less deadly than smallpox, … Read more