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Chickenpox Virus Fatal in Newly Discovered Immunodeficiency

Researchers at Aarhus University have identified a mutation in an immune system sensor that can result in chicken pox infection becoming fatal. According to the study, immune cells in those with extreme reaction to VZV neither detected the virus nor activated the immune system. The findings shed light on why some people are more susceptible to infections than others. ... Read More...
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O2 and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Reverses Brain Damage in Drowned Toddler

Doctors at LSU helped to reverse brain volume loss and restore cognitive function in a two year old girl following an accidental drowning incident. The researchers used hyperbaric oxygen therapy and normobaric oxygen to treat the girl. The treatment could prove to have a profound effect on the recovery of function in other patients who experience neurological damage as a result of drowning, the researchers say.... Read More...
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Brain Like Activity in Immune System Promises Better Disease Treatments

Researchers discover brain like activity in the immune system. The Nature study reveals T cells in the immune system transfer dopamine to B cells, providing motivation for these cells to produce antibodies and battle infection. The researchers hope their findings will help develop treatments to make immune response to vaccines and infections faster, and slow autoimmune conditions.... Read More...
Image shows an electron micrograph of HHV-6 also includes a labeled insert of the mature virus particle.

Hidden Herpes Virus May Play Role in Multiple Sclerosis and Other Brain Disorders

A new study in Scientific Reports concludes human herpesvirus 6 may impair the brain's ability to repair itself in demylination diseases, such as multiple sclerosis. HHV-6 is the most common human herpes virus, with an estimated 80% of people being exposed to infection during childhood. Researchers found the virus produces a protein that can impair the ability of brain cells to repair damaged myelin.... Read More...

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