Immunology

Research reveals how a fungal infection activates inflammation

Scientists at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital have identified the mechanisms behind inflammasome activation driven by infection with the fungal pathogen Aspergillus fumigatus. Fungal infection, especially with A. fumigatus, ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

DNA sequencing and patient data used to halt infection outbreak

Clinical and research teams at Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) NHS Foundation Trust, using infection prevention and control best practice, whole genome sequencing and electronic patient data, have halted an outbreak of ...

HIV & AIDS

Cryptococcus infections misdiagnosed in many AIDS patients

Most AIDS patients, when diagnosed with a fungal infection known simply as cryptococcosis, are assumed to have an infection with Cryptococcus neoformans, but a recent study from Duke University Medical Center suggests that ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Copper reduces infection risk by more than 40 percent

Professor Bill Keevil, Head of the Microbiology Group and Director of the Environmental Healthcare Unit at the University of Southampton, has presented research into the mechanism by which copper exerts its antimicrobial ...

Medical research

Protein unmasks pathogenic fungi to activate immune response

The first step in defending against a hostile attack is identifying the enemy. It's how a healthy immune system mounts a response to invading pathogens. In the case of certain fungi, however, the attacking cells may be so ...

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