Medical research

Lethal brain infections in mice thwarted by decoy molecule

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have identified a molecule that protects mice from brain infections caused by Venezuelan equine encephalitis virus (VEEV), a mosquito-borne virus notorious ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Unravelling the origins of autoimmune psychosis

Anti-NMDAR encephalitis is an autoimmune brain illness that is often mistaken as a psychiatric disorder since it causes psychoses and other behavior alterations. Despite having these similarities, the illness does not respond ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Where in the world will the next epidemic start?

Viruses jumping from animals to humans have been the starting point of numerous outbreaks, from Ebola to Zika. Given the similarity of SARS-CoV-2 to coronaviruses found in bats, this probably marked the beginning of COVID-19 ...

Neuroscience

The discovery of a 'negative regulator' in the brain

The brain has an uncanny ability to enhance or reduce communication between brain cells. Whether or not communication is fast or slow changes the brain's overall function. Understanding how these cells communicate within ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Finding the genes that turn on Japanese encephalitis

Investigators have identified the specific genes that become overactive as a result of nerve cell infection with Japanese encephalitis virus. The genes activate cell receptors and signaling proteins that attract immune cells ...

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Encephalitis

Encephalitis is an acute inflammation of the brain. Encephalitis with meningitis is known as meningoencephalitis. Symptoms include headache, fever, confusion, drowsiness, and fatigue. More advanced and serious symptoms include seizures or convulsions, tremors, hallucinations, and memory problems.

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