10 Hidden Dangers of Medical Tourism

Medical tourism refers to people leaving their own country to seek medical treatment abroad. They are typically treated as private patients and the costs are fully paid by the patient. Many treatments and cosmetic procedures are available at a much lower cost than in the USA. In fact, because cosmetic…Continue reading10 Hidden Dangers of Medical Tourism

RNA Nanoparticle Vaccine Could Protect Against Zika Virus

Using a new strategy that can rapidly generate customized RNA vaccines, MIT researchers have devised a new vaccine candidate for the Zika virus. The vaccine consists of strands of genetic material known as messenger RNA, which are packaged into a nanoparticle that delivers the RNA into cells. Once inside cells,…Continue readingRNA Nanoparticle Vaccine Could Protect Against Zika Virus

Dengue Virus Antibodies May Worsen Zika Infection

The World Health Organization declared in November that Zika was no longer a public health emergency of international concern. That doesn’t mean concern over Zika is over, but now that a link between Zika and microcephaly has been established, it is viewed as a long-term problem, which requires constant attention.…Continue readingDengue Virus Antibodies May Worsen Zika Infection

Memory Loss Triggered By West Nile Encephalitis

Every year as mosquito season arrives, West Nile virus causes fever in thousands of people and life-threatening brain infections in an unlucky few. About half the people who survive that infection, West Nile encephalitis, are left with permanent neurological deficits such as memory loss. New research shows that these long-term…Continue readingMemory Loss Triggered By West Nile Encephalitis

Zika Virus May Infect Human Placenta Macrophages

The placenta supplies nutrition and oxygen to growing babies during pregnancy, as well as removing waste products from the baby’s blood. But scientists have discovered that the Zika virus can infect and replicate in immune cells from the placenta, without killing them. The finding could explain how the virus is…Continue readingZika Virus May Infect Human Placenta Macrophages

Zika Virus Infects Human Neural Stem Cells

An emergency study has identified what could be a biological link between Zika virus and a rare birth defect that leaves newborns with undersized heads and brains. Researchers report after working, sometimes around the clock, with lab-grown cells over the past month, that Zika attacks the type of cell that…Continue readingZika Virus Infects Human Neural Stem Cells

Why We Don’t Have A Vaccine For Zika And Other Mosquito-borne Viruses

As Zika fear rises, especially in the wake of the World Health Organization last night declaring a state of public health emergency, people are inevitably asking why we don’t have a vaccine to protect against the mosquito-borne virus. Zika is generally a mild illness, causing fever, rash and joint pain,…Continue readingWhy We Don’t Have A Vaccine For Zika And Other Mosquito-borne Viruses