Overweight & Obesity

Common virus tied to diabetes, heart disease in women under 50

A type of herpes virus that infects about half of the U.S. population has been associated with risk factors for type 2 diabetes and heart disease in normal-weight women aged 20 to 49, according to a new UC San Francisco-led ...


CMV infection 'disarms' the cell, inhibiting microRNA synthesis

An international research collaborative has discovered that in its early stages, CMV infection "disarms" cells, blocking their protective mechanisms by inhibiting the synthesis of miRNAs. The results of this study were published ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Teaching an old drug new tricks to fight cytomegalovirus

Researchers at Johns Hopkins have found that an old drug once mostly used to treat amebiasis—a disease caused by a parasite—and induce vomiting in cases of poisoning appears to also halt replication of cytomegalovirus ...

Medical research

Purging a virus from organ transplants

Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) is an extremely common virus, which as other members of the herpes virus family causes life-long infections in humans. Most individuals are exposed to HCMV during childhood, yet symptoms can be ...

Medical research

Cytomegalovirus hijacks human enzyme for replication

More than 60 percent of the world's population is infected with a type of herpes virus called human cytomegalovirus. The virus replicates by commandeering the host cell's metabolism but the details of this maneuver are unclear.

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