Blood Cleansing Agent Improves Sepsis Treatment in Small Animals

Blood Cleansing Agent Improves Sepsis Treatment in Small Animals

Treating a patient with deadly sepsis can be tricky as usually the pathogen is unknown and many patients ultimately die. Researchers at the Wyss Institute at Harvard, using lab animals, have come up with a proprietary protein-capturing agent called FcMBL that binds to not only pathogens but their toxic fragments. An animal patient, and hopefully […]

Vaccine to prevent mononucleosis could be on the horizon

Vaccine to prevent mononucleosis could be on the horizon

Mononucleosis is a contagious disease that is most often caused by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). Symptoms can include fatigue, fever, rash, sore throat, aches and pains, and swollen lymph nodes, liver and spleen. Unfortunately, the disease takes a while to kick–while some patient improve within a couple of weeks, symptoms have been known to last […]

Vitamin A—Directing Traffic

Vitamin A—Directing Traffic

A key vitamin in cell growth, Vitamin A, or retinoids, has been used to treat every thing from skin maladies to leukemia. This antioxidant is found the things we eat including animal and plant forms. The plant version is known as beta-carotene. Most of the time we eat enough Vitamin A rich foods to satisfy […]

Herpes to fight skin cancer?

Herpes to fight skin cancer?

Researchers have created a genetically modified herpes virus that shows great promise in the treatment of melanoma cells. It works by infecting the cells, destroying them, and then producing an immune response that helps the body fight skin cancer more effectively. Herpes…to combat cancer? Sounds crazy, but it’s actually working. This study involved 436 human […]

Ebola virus evolving: What does it mean for us?

Ebola virus evolving: What does it mean for us?

Since the 1970s, researchers have worked diligently to gather data from every Ebola outbreak. Recently, British researchers compiled this data and used computer progams to analyze the genetic changes in the virus. Their findings? The Ebola virus has evolved. Viruses change and evolve all the time, so it’s not surprising that the Ebola virus has […]

Ebola: Is the virus becoming more contagious?

Ebola: Is the virus becoming more contagious?

The Ebola virus is changing- but researchers aren’t quite sure what that means yet. Could the virus be mutating in a way that’s making it more contagious? By analyzing blood samples from people who have been infected by the disease, scientists are trying to determine how it’s being transmitted. They’re using genetic sequencing to monitor […]

Endangered Pandas Suffer Setback

Endangered Pandas Suffer Setback

With panda numbers already at a low, the news of a virus killing two of these animals and leaving a third critical is devastating. Canine Distemper Virus, or CDV, is a devastating viral disease that can effect many body systems like the respiratory tract, gastrointestinal tract, spinal cord, and brain. The virus is highly contagious […]