There are some 320,000 unique mammalian viruses, according to estimates by virologists, and likely exponentially more existing on the planet today. Determining an accurate number would require billions more dollars and a great deal more manpower than is currently given to the study of viruses. Though a handful of viruses live in and on our bodies at all times—known as the virome—not all of them make us ill; just as often, they lie dormant. Many virus functions remain mysterious to scientists, such as how they enter a cell or replicate, though existing test advances, like the VirScan blood test, can tell you any infection you’ve ever had.
Researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) in Israel and the University of Colorado have developed a dynamic anti-inflammatory “smart” drug that can target specific sites in the body and could enhance the body’s natural ability to fight infection while reducing side effects.
The ‘biospleen’ uses protein-equipped nanobeads and a magnet to cleanse blood of pathogens.
Researchers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have developed a high-tech method to rid the body of infections — even those caused by unknown pathogens. A device inspired by the spleen can quickly clean blood of everything from Escherichia coli to Ebola, researchers report on 14 September in Nature Medicine.
The frozen pills take the place of fecal transplants.
A new study has found that just two days of a treatment with poop in pill form can cure a dangerous infection that kills 14,000 Americans per year.
The research study using DNA analysis has shown that viruses could be implicated as the cause of 40 per cent of the 200 forms of cancer.
Up to forty percent of cancers, including brain tumors and leukemia, may be caused by viruses, scientists claim.
Men who regularly complain of ‘man-flu’ may not be exaggerating after all.
For centuries women have been labeled as the weaker sex. But when it comes to the battlefield of illness and infections, women are far more robust than their male counterparts.
The new fibers indicate changes in wound temperature
A Melbourne, Australia Ph.D. student has created the ultimate minor medical tool for moms. The student has developed a bandage that monitors the health of a cut and lets you know when it’s infected.
Scientists develop GM chickens that do not spread bird flu.
British scientists have developed genetically modified (GM) chickens that cannot transmit bird flu infections — a step that in future could reduce the risk of avian flu spreading and causing deadly epidemics in humans.
City trees are becoming sick from wireless radiation from local area networks and mobile phones.
Radiation from Wi-Fi networks is harmful to trees, causing significant variations in growth, as well as bleeding and fissures in the bark, according to a recent study in the Netherlands. Radiation from Wi-Fi networks is harmful to trees, causing significant variations in growth, as well as bleeding and fissures in the bark, according to a recent study in the Netherlands.
A gene therapy in the form of a thick gel is about to revolutionize wound treatment. The gel is called Nexagon, and when you apply it to a wound, it reprograms the cells to heal more quickly and efficiently.
Sandy Wilson woke up after giving birth to her son to find that she was the victim of a flesh-eating bacteria. Over the course of five years, it ate away her skin, spleen, gall bladder, appendix, part of her stomach and ultimately, all of her intestines. The condition appears out of nowhere and used to be fairly rare, caused by a single type of strep bacteria. But now, drug-resistant superbugs like MRSA can make “flesh-eating” toxins that attack diabetics, obese people, cancer patients and others with weak immune systems…people who make up a growing portion of the American population…
Kidney Failure With A Surprise Ending.
But surgeons were amazed to discover the little girl had four kidneys, with two new fully formed organs sitting on top of her old ones. And the new ones had taken over the role of the others, meaning she was effectively ‘cured’ of kidney failure.