Potential infectious agents in the pathogenesis of sarcoidosis

Year 2016 has brought new reports on a possible participation of infectious agents in the pathogenesis of sarcoidosis. Chinese scientists have published in the ‘PLoS One’ journal the results of a meta-analysis suggesting a possible contribution of Mycobacteria in the development of the disease. On the other hand, an international team of experts have published in the ‘American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology’ the results of an experiment indicating a contribution of Propionibacterium acnes infection in the pathogenesis of sarcoidosis.

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Infection with hepatitis C virus is a risk factor of Parkinson’s disease

Sharing a momentChronic Infection with hepatitis C virus can increase the risk of Parkinson’s disease to around 30% ‒ this is a conclusion of the authors of the research carried out in Medical University of China and published in Neurology magazine.

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Is there a chance to improve the quality of life of adults infected with HIV?

Scientists from University of Toronto in Canada conducted a systematic review of the studies which evaluated the impact of regular training for adults infected with HIV. The article published in April 2016 has been created by using Cochrane Collaboration protocol.

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The newest hepatitis C tests may reduce diagnosis in half

iStock_000015704019XSmallAccording to WHO, HCV infection should be diagnosed in 2 steps. The first step is screening and serological test for anti-HCV antibodies. If the result is positive, it is necessary to carry out nucleic acid test for HCV RNA (NAT). It is needed to confirm chronic HCV infection. RNA of virus appears in the plasma 1-2 weeks after infection. RNA level gradually increases, but after some time this level falls and RNA test of HCV could be temporarily negative. HCV antibodies appear in 8-10 weeks after infection.

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Actinomycosis- diagnostic challenge of XXI century

Scientists from all over the world report about cases of actinomycosis, which due to non-specific symptoms and rare occurence are beeing wrongly diagnosed as a neoplasm. Read full text »

Is the vaccine against toxoplasmosis for humans close to invent?

iStock_000025815091_Full (1)A group of scientists from China conducted an experiment on the development of a vaccine against toxoplasmosis. The results are encouraging, but more tests are necessary.

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Herpes viruses – hope for melanoma patients

iStock_000034756166_DoubleMelanoma originates from pigment cells – melanocytes. Melanoma is the main cause of deaths of skin neoplasms. It is one of the most refractory neoplasms. Many scientific reports indicate the possibility of using the virus as a weapon against cancer, especially in inoperable cases. Read full text »

Zika virus may be the cause of not only microcephaly, but also many fetal abnormalities – a recent study of Brazilian scientists

iStock_000005013708_LargeSince the last several months there is more new information about the risk of complications connected with Zika virus infection, especially for pregnant women. Zika virus is a member of Flaviviridia e family and is spread by some species of mosquitoes of the Aedes genus. Read full text »

Alfa-L-fucosidase as a new potential marker of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease

Team of doctors.Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is currently the most frequent chronic liver disease. Although first mentions of the disease go back to the second half of 20th century, the scientists still find new missing links in pathogenesis chain of NAFLD. A group of researchers from First Affiliated Hospital of Zhejiang University of Medicine in China have shown a positive correlation between level of alpha-L-fucosidase in blood plasma and the risk of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease development [1]. Read full text »

Is the risk of shingles increased in people with asthma?

iStock_000005013708_LargeThe scientists from Mayo Clinic have discovered the connection between asthma and the risk of shingles infection in adults .The research was conducted on the group of 1113 people in Minnesota, USA. Read full text »