Infectious Diseases Articles & Stories

Bee Venom Capable of Destroying HIV While Sparing Healthy Cells

Bee Venom Capable of Destroying HIV While Sparing Healthy Cells

Nanoparticles containing bee venom toxin melittin is capable of destroying human immunodeficiency virus while leaving surrounding healthy cells unharmed. This is according to scientists from Washington University School of Medicine, and reported in the journal Antiviral Therapy. Read More


Learn the Facts about Fall Allergies

Learn the Facts about Fall Allergies

Although the flowers are beginning to fade and the air has turned cool and breezy, many allergy suffers get no break during the autumn months. The factors that cause allergies may be different, but the outcome can be equally as uncomfortable as the flower pollen that clouds the air through spr... Read More


Respiratory Tract Infection Risk Reduced by High Vitamin D Doses

Respiratory Tract Infection Risk Reduced by High Vitamin D Doses

Individuals who are more likely to have infections and receive high doses of vitamin D for one year face a significantly reduced risk of developing a respiratory tract infection, when compared to those who did not receive the extra daily vitamin. This is according to research conducted at the ... Read More


The Benefits of Flu Immunization During Pregnancy

The Benefits of Flu Immunization During Pregnancy

In spite of a long-standing recommendation for pregnant women to receive a flu vaccination, up to three-quarters of women who responded to a national survey are unaware or unclear about these recommendations. In addition, only 20 percent of women who are currently pregnant intend to receive a ... Read More


What Cold and Flu Viruses Mean for the Body

What Cold and Flu Viruses Mean for the Body

Suffering with a cold or flu can often be a tiring, aggravating encounter. However, the next time your body is suffering from these viruses remember this: allowing your body to rest while allowing the cold or flu to run its course is actually beneficial to your long term health. Proponents of ... Read More


Stem Cells used to treat Fibrosis in Lung Patients

Stem Cells used to treat Fibrosis in Lung Patients

Scientists in Australia have reported that they used human umbilical stem cells to treat fibrosis. These fidings were presented in the study, "Human Umbilical Cord Mesenchymal Stem Cells Reduce Fibrosis of Bleomycin-Induced Lung Injury." This study was headed by Dr. Yuben Moodley, of Monash Un... Read More


Binge Drinking Can Temporarily Weaken Immune System

Binge Drinking Can Temporarily Weaken Immune System

Binge drinking can weaken the immune system and undermine the body's ability to fight infection for at least 24 hours afterwards by inhibiting certain signaling molecules that launch pro-inflammatory responses, according to research published in the journal BMC Immunology. Read More


Avoiding the Flu

Avoiding the Flu

With Flu season underway, it's time to look at what these viruses are and what makes them tick. The flu virus is a nasty, yet simple organism composed of 11 genes compared to the 20,000 found in humans. What makes the flu so potentially dangerous is that it's prone to mutations, which are slig... Read More


Antioxidants May Help Prevent Influenza Damage to Lungs

Antioxidants May Help Prevent Influenza Damage to Lungs

While much of the media buzz concerning the H1N1 virus has faded, scientists remain hard at work researching how the virus functions. Now, a team of Alabama researchers may have found what could be an answer for all strains of the flu. They've shown that antioxidants - the same compounds found... Read More


Protect Yourself From a Cold With Exercise

Protect Yourself From a Cold With Exercise

In the cold days of winter, seasonal cold infections continue to make their rounds, causing general distress and discomfort. However, there are ways to be proactive about your health - making exercise a daily part of your life can reduce the incidence of colds, according to an expert from the ... Read More


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