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Friday November 17, 2017, 05:00 AM

Anti-Malaria Drug Shows Promise as Zika Virus Treatment

Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute and UC San Diego School of Medicine

California researchers have discovered that a medication used to prevent and treat malaria may also be effective for Zika virus. The drug, called chloroquine, has a long history of safe use during pregnancy, and is relatively inexpensive. The research was published today in Scientific Reports.

Thursday November 16, 2017, 02:00 PM

Study Raises Possibility of Naturally Acquired Immunity Against Zika Virus

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Birth defects in babies born infected with Zika virus remain a major health concern. Now, scientists suggest the possibility that some women in high-risk Zika regions may already be protected and not know it. New research in PLOS Pathogens on Nov. 16, performed in mice, shows women who develop symptom-free Zika infections may be able to acquire immunity that would protect them from future infections and their offspring in a future pregnancy.

Monday November 13, 2017, 05:00 AM

Dengue Immunity Can Protect Against Zika Virus

La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology

A study by LJI researcher Dr. Sujan Shresta reports that mice rendered immune to dengue show "cross-protection" from subsequent Zika infection and then identifies specific types of immune T-cells capable of defending against both viruses. These revelations have profound implications for efforts to build a potent anti-Zika vaccine.

Wednesday November 08, 2017, 08:55 AM

Closing the Rural Health Gap: Media Update from RWJF and Partners on Rural Health Disparities

Newswise

Rural counties continue to rank lowest among counties across the U.S., in terms of health outcomes. A group of national organizations including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National 4-H Council are leading the way to close the rural health gap.

Friday October 27, 2017, 03:05 PM

Zika Virus Infects Developing Brain by First Infecting Cells Meant to Defend Against It

University of California San Diego Health

Researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, with colleagues in Brazil, report that the Zika virus is transmitted from mother to fetus by infected cells that, ironically, will later develop into the brain's first and primary form of defense against invasive pathogens.

Tuesday October 10, 2017, 11:00 AM

Better 'Mini Brains' Could Help Scientists Identify Treatments for Zika-Related Brain Damage

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

UCLA researchers have developed an improved technique for creating simplified human brain tissue from stem cells. Because these so-called "mini brain organoids" mimic human brains in how they grow and develop, they're vital to studying complex neurological diseases.

Tuesday October 10, 2017, 09:10 AM

$420,000 Grant Funds Study on What Makes Humans Susceptible to Zika

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso

A Texas researcher has received a two-year, $420,000 grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) to study the mosquito-borne virus Zika. With the NIAID grant, Wu and his colleagues at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso) will try to determine which human genes enable the virus to attack and kill human cells. To do this, Wu will conduct a genome-wide knockout screening -- a process that specifically knocks out, or deactivates, each gene in the human genome --to identify the genes involved by process of elimination.

Saturday October 07, 2017, 06:00 PM

U.S. Olympians at the 2016 Rio Games Were Infected with West Nile Virus, not Zika

University of Utah Health

U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes and staff who traveled to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the 2016 Summer Games did not become infected with Zika virus but did test positive for other tropical, mosquito-borne viral infections, including West Nile Virus, Dengue Fever and Chikungunya. Results from the University of Utah Health-led study will be reported at IDWeek, a national infectious disease conference being held in San Diego.

Monday September 25, 2017, 12:00 PM

Antibody Protects Against Zika and Dengue, Mouse Study Shows

Washington University in St. Louis

The same countries hard hit by Zika virus - which can cause brain damage in babies infected before birth - are also home to dengue virus. Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis researchers report that they have found an antibody that protects against both viruses. These findings, in mice, could be a step towards an antibody-based preventative drug to protect fetuses from brain damage, while also protecting their mothers from both Zika and dengue disease.

Wednesday September 20, 2017, 10:05 AM

Sandia Labs Wins 5 Regional Technology Transfer Awards

Sandia National Laboratories

Sandia National Laboratories won five awards from the 2017 Federal Laboratory Consortium for its work to develop and commercialize innovative technologies.

Thursday September 14, 2017, 04:05 PM

Treating CMV, a Virus More Prevalent than Zika, Could Prevent Hearing Loss in Children

University of Utah Health

A National Institutes of Health-supported nationwide clinical trial will test a novel approach to combat hearing loss in children infected by a relatively unknown virus, cytomegalovirus (CMV). The University of Utah Health-led study will determine whether antiviral therapy can halt progressive hearing loss in children with a confirmed CMV infection. CMV is the leading non-genetic cause of hearing loss, contributing from 6 to 30 percent of childhood cases.

Tuesday September 05, 2017, 10:00 AM

Zika Virus Could Be Used to Treat Brain Cancer Patients, Study Suggests

The Rockefeller University Press

Recent outbreaks of Zika virus have revealed that the virus causes brain defects in unborn children. But in a study to be published September 5 in The Journal of Experimental Medicine, researchers from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the University of California, San Diego report that the virus could eventually be used to target and kill cancer cells in the brain.

Tuesday September 05, 2017, 10:00 AM

Zika Virus Kills Brain Cancer Stem Cells

Washington University in St. Louis

While Zika virus causes devastating damage to the brains of developing fetuses, it one day may be an effective treatment for glioblastoma, a deadly form of brain cancer. New research from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the University of California San Diego School of Medicine shows that the virus kills brain cancer stem cells, the kind of cells most resistant to standard treatments.

Monday August 28, 2017, 05:30 PM

BGSU Teams with Wood County to Monitor Mosquitoes

Bowling Green State University

The Wood County Health District contracted with Bowling Green State University to assist in its mosquito surveillance project after receiving a $17,696 grant from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to study mosquitoes. Dr. Dan Pavuk and two undergraduate biology students have been working on the project all summer.

Tuesday August 15, 2017, 05:05 PM

Can Previous Exposure to West Nile Alter the Course of Zika?

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso

EL PASO, Texas - West Nile virus is no stranger to the U.S.-Mexico border; thousands of people in the region have contracted the mosquito-borne virus in the past. But could this previous exposure affect how intensely Zika sickens someone now?

Thursday August 10, 2017, 04:30 PM

Test Uses Nanotechnology to Quickly Diagnose Zika Virus

Washington University in St. Louis

Currently, testing for Zika requires that a blood sample be refrigerated and shipped to a medical center or laboratory, delaying diagnosis and possible treatment. Now, Washington University in St. Louis researchers have developed a test that quickly can detect the presence of Zika virus in blood. Although the new proof-of-concept technology has yet to be produced for use in medical situations, test results can be determined in minutes, and the materials do not require refrigeration.

Wednesday August 09, 2017, 06:00 AM

ASU Biodesign Scientists Develop Improved, Potentially Safer Zika Vaccine

Arizona State University (ASU)

ASU Biodesign Institute scientist Qiang "Shawn" Chen has led his research team to develop the world's first plant-based Zika vaccine that could be more potent, safer and cheaper to produce than any other efforts to date.

Monday August 07, 2017, 05:05 PM

Can a Zika Outbreak Be Sustained Sexually? It's Complicated

Santa Fe Institute

Unlike other mosquito-borne outbreaks, Zika doubles as a sexually transmitted infection, with men retaining the virus 10 times longer in their semen than women do in their vaginal fluids. According to research initiated at the Santa Fe Institute, populations least likely to get tested for Zika could create a silent, sustained outbreak.

Thursday July 27, 2017, 03:05 PM

Can Florida Mosquitoes Transmit New Strains of Painful Chikungunya Virus?

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

UF/IFAS researchers used a baseline comparison of infection and transmission rates of Florida mosquitoes to those from the Dominican Republic, a region associated with numerous human cases. Barry Alto, an associate professor of entomology at the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, led a team of UF/IFAS researchers that measured mosquito infection and transmission of the emergent strains of chikungunya -- Asian and Indian Ocean - in Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes.

Wednesday July 26, 2017, 09:55 AM

On Track Towards a Zika Virus Vaccine

Department of Energy, Office of Science

Antibody's molecular structure reveals how it recognizes the Zika virus

Wednesday July 19, 2017, 05:05 PM

UW-Led Center Plays Key Role in Finding Zika-Transmitting Mosquito in State

University of Wisconsin-Madison

The new Upper Midwestern Center of Excellence in Vector Borne Diseases, led by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, this week identified the Asian tiger mosquito, which can spread the Zika virus, for the first time in Wisconsin.

Wednesday July 19, 2017, 03:00 PM

UC San Diego Researchers Join $14.9 Million Fight Against Disease-Transmitting Mosquitoes

University of California San Diego

UC San Diego scientists will study an innovative research technique as a way to control disease-causing mosquitoes. The project, which will receive up to $14.9 million, will focus on a technique known as gene drive, which can spread desirable genes in wild populations and suppress harmful organisms.

Thursday July 13, 2017, 01:00 PM

Vaccines Protect Fetuses From Zika Infection, Mouse Study Shows

Washington University in St. Louis

A new study in mice shows that females vaccinated before pregnancy and infected with Zika virus while pregnant bear pups who show no trace of the virus. The findings offer the first evidence that an effective vaccine can protect vulnerable fetuses from Zika infection and resulting injury.

Tuesday July 11, 2017, 11:30 AM

Synthetic DNA-Based Zika Vaccine Protects Against Damage to Testes in Preclinical Models

Wistar Institute

While the Zika virus is primarily transmitted by mosquitoes, research has shown that the disease can affect semen and sperm and can therefore be spread through sexual intercourse.

Monday July 10, 2017, 10:00 AM

Malaria drug protects fetuses from Zika infection

Washington University in St. Louis

A drug that modulates the placenta's normal barrier to infection protects the fetus from Zika infection, according to a study of pregnant mice from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The drug is already used in pregnant women to treat malaria.

Monday July 10, 2017, 09:05 AM

Eck Institute for Global Health to Study Zika in Belize

University of Notre Dame

The University of Notre Dame has announced a collaboration with Mayo Clinic, the Belize Ministry of Health and the Belize Vector and Ecology Center aimed at strengthening the country's ability to respond to Zika virus and other arboviruses.

Friday July 07, 2017, 02:05 PM

Professors Expand Project to Map Zika Mosquitoes Across Southern New Mexico

New Mexico State University (NMSU)

Researchers at New Mexico State University have received a second contract from the New Mexico Department of Health to expand last summer's project to map the geographic distribution of mosquitoes that can carry the Zika virus in the state. The first study found the mosquitoes are located in urban areas in southern New Mexico.

Wednesday June 21, 2017, 11:05 AM

Southern Research Probe of Zika Virus Looks Into 'Rebound Virus'

Southern Research

Southern Research scientists are investigating how the Zika virus is able to find a safe harbor in an infected host's tissue and stage a rebound weeks after the virus was seemingly cleared by the immune system.

Thursday June 15, 2017, 03:00 PM

Scientists Discover Mechanism Behind Mosquito-Borne-Disease 'Blocker' Used to Fight Viruses

Indiana University

Indiana University researchers discovered a key biological mechanism that could explain why mosquitoes infected Wolbachia bacteria are unable to transmit diseases such as dengue fever, West Nile virus and Zika.

Monday June 12, 2017, 02:05 PM

UF Center Director Speaks on Zika at National Roundtable

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Jorge Rey, director of the Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory, went to the nation's capital to talk about how organizations can work together to control mosquitoes that transmit - or "vector" -- the virus.

Wednesday June 07, 2017, 10:05 AM

New Test Lets UF Scientist and Team Find Zika Faster

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

A University of Florida entomologist is working with other scientists to detect the Zika virus in minutes, rather than days or weeks, allowing for faster and more targeted mosquito control practices and detection in patient samples.

Friday June 02, 2017, 03:05 PM

Researchers Receive $7.7 Million Grant to Study West Nile and Zika Viruses

Georgia State University

A Georgia State University researcher, in collaboration with researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and Florida State University, has received a five-year, $7.7 million federal grant to study the consequences of West Nile and Zika virus infections on the human central nervous system.

Thursday May 25, 2017, 03:00 PM

Zika Infections Could Be Factor in More Pregnancies

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Zika virus infection passes efficiently from a pregnant monkey to its fetus, spreading inflammatory damage throughout the tissues that support the fetus and the fetus's developing nervous system, and suggesting a wider threat in human pregnancies than generally appreciated.

Wednesday May 24, 2017, 03:05 PM

Zika Reached Miami at Least Four Times, Caribbean Travel Likely Responsible

Scripps Research Institute

With mosquito season looming in the Northern Hemisphere, doctors and researchers are poised to take on a new round of Zika virus infections. Now a new study by a large group of international researchers led by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) explains how Zika virus entered the United States via Florida in 2016--and how it might re-enter the country this year.

Tuesday May 16, 2017, 01:40 PM

New Zika Virus Inhibitor Identified

Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute

Compound could serve as basis for drugs to prevent neurological complications of Zika

Monday April 17, 2017, 11:05 AM

Could Yellow Fever Rise Again?

Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Many people might not have heard of the Aedes aegypti mosquito until this past year, when the mosquito, and the disease it can carry - Zika - began to make headlines. But more than 220 years ago, this same breed of mosquito was spreading a different and deadly epidemic right here in Philadelphia and just like Zika, this epidemic is seeing a modern resurgence, with Brazil at its epicenter.

Monday April 17, 2017, 09:05 AM

UF/IFAS Scientists Find Zika RNA in a Second Mosquito Species

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

UF/IFAS entomology associate professor Chelsea Smartt led a research team that found Zika RNA in Aedes albopictus. That's not the species -- known as Aedes aegypti -- most often associated with Zika. But scientists have never discounted Aedes albopictus as another possible carrier of the potentially deadly virus.

Tuesday April 11, 2017, 10:05 AM

Tips to Prevent and Treat Bug Bites

American Academy of Dermatology

Although warm, spring weather means more time outdoors, it also means more bugs - like bees, ticks and mosquitoes. The best way to deal with pesky bites and stings, say dermatologists from the American Academy of Dermatology, is to prevent them in the first place. This can also help you avoid an insect-related disease, which can put a damper on anyone's spring.

Monday April 10, 2017, 05:00 PM

Researchers Gain Insight Into Protein Critical to Zika Virus Reproduction

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Berkeley Lab researchers collaborated with colleagues from the University of Indiana and Texas A&M University to solve the atomic structure of a Zika virus protein that is key to viral reproduction. The X-ray studies were conducted at the Advanced Light Source in the Berkeley Center for Structural Biology.

Friday March 31, 2017, 10:05 AM

From AIDS to Zika: April 7 Event Features Top Speakers on Contagious Crises

Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Top experts from the government, non-profit and media sphere will address past, present and future contagious threats in an afternoon-long event at the University of Michigan.

Monday March 27, 2017, 04:05 PM

Zika Virus Protein Mapped to Speed Search for Cure

Indiana University

A study published today reports that a team led by Indiana University scientists has mapped a key protein that causes the Zika virus to reproduce and spread.

Monday March 27, 2017, 12:05 PM

Saint Louis University Researchers Predict Zika Hot Spots in the U.S.

Saint Louis University Medical Center

Researchers predicted the places in the continental U.S. where Zika is most likely to be transmitted are the Mississippi delta and southern states extending northward along the Atlantic coast and in southern California.

Thursday March 23, 2017, 03:05 PM

What Does Congenital Zika Syndrome Look Like?

University of California San Diego Health

In a new paper, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, along with colleagues in Brazil and Spain, describe the phenotypic spectrum or set of observable characteristics of congenital Zika (ZIKV) syndrome, based upon clinical evaluations and neuroimaging of 83 Brazilian children with presumed or confirmed ZIKV congenital infections.

Friday March 17, 2017, 05:05 PM

For Female Mosquitoes, Two Sets of Odor Sensors Are Better Than One

Vanderbilt University

A team of Vanderbilt biologists has found that the malaria mosquito has a second complete set of odor receptors that are specially tuned to human scents.

Monday March 13, 2017, 01:00 PM

Pre-Existing Immunity to Dengue Virus Shapes Zika-Specific T Cell Response

La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology

Although Zika and dengue are considered different virus "species," they are so closely related that the immune system treats Zika just like another version of dengue, report researchers at La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology. Their latest study, published in the March 13, 2017, advance online edition of Nature Microbiology, shows that pre-existing immunity to dengue virus modulates the magnitude and breadth of the immune system's T cell response to Zika.

Tuesday February 28, 2017, 08:05 AM

More Mosquito Species Than Previously Thought May Transmit Zika

University of Georgia

Zika virus could be transmitted by more mosquito species than those currently known, according to a new predictive model created by ecologists at the University of Georgia and the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies.

Wednesday February 22, 2017, 09:00 AM

Device Will Rapidly, Accurately and Inexpensively Detect Zika Virus at Airports and Other Sites

Florida Atlantic University

About the size of a tablet, a portable device that could be used in a host of environments like a busy airport or even a remote location in South America, may hold the key to detecting the dreaded Zika virus accurately, rapidly and inexpensively using just a saliva sample. For about $2 and within 15 minutes, researchers hope to accurately determine whether or not an individual has an active infection.

Wednesday February 15, 2017, 08:05 AM

UF/IFAS Entomologist Gets $200,000 to Help Develop Rapid Zika Detection

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Barry Alto, a UF/IFAS assistant professor of medical entomology, said scientists need better diagnostic tools to detect Zika virus to meet challenges to public health. He is working with collaborator Steven Benner at Firebird Biomolecular Sciences LLC to develop methods they hope should take about an hour - far less time than current testing methods.

Monday February 13, 2017, 11:05 AM

Peruvian Native to Lead Top Global Tropical Medicine Training Center at UAB

University of Alabama at Birmingham

UAB names new leadership for Gorgas Center for Geographic Medicine.

Monday February 06, 2017, 03:05 PM

Scripps Florida Scientists Find Clue to Why Zika, but Not Its Close Relatives, Causes Birth Defects

Scripps Research Institute

Scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have uncovered the details behind the virus's unique ability to cross the placental barrier and expose the fetus to a range of birth defects that often go beyond microcephaly to include eye and joint injury, and even other types of brain damage.

Wednesday February 01, 2017, 02:05 PM

Zika: Where Are We Now?

University of Notre Dame

It's been one year since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Zika a public health emergency.The virus, transmitted through the Aedes aegypti mosquito, has since been declared to be a long-term problem rather than an emergency, but Zika continues to concern health professionals. At the Eck Institute for Global Health at the University of Notre Dame - a global leader in the study of Aedes aegypti - the vector-borne illness is one researchers hope to better understand.

Sunday January 22, 2017, 02:05 PM

University of Miami Doctors Publish Study of First Locally-Acquired Zika Transmission

University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine

Following the recent Zika outbreak in Miami-Dade County, a multidisciplinary team of physicians with the University of Miami Health System and Miller School of Medicine published a case study today in The New England Journal of Medicine, describing in detail the nation's first locally-transmitted case of Zika.

Friday January 20, 2017, 12:05 PM

CIRM Approves New Funding to UC San Diego Researchers Fighting Zika Virus and Cancer

University of California San Diego Health

The Independent Citizens Oversight Committee of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) has approved a pair of $2 million awards to University of California San Diego School of Medicine researchers to advance studies of new treatments for Zika virus infections and the use of stem cell-derived natural killer (NK) cells to target ovarian cancer and other malignancies.

Tuesday January 17, 2017, 12:00 PM

Penn Study Identifies Potent Inhibitor of Zika Entry Into Human Cells

Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Researchers identified a panel of small molecules that inhibit Zika virus infection, including one that stands out as a potent inhibitor of Zika viral entry into relevant human cell types. They screened a library of 2,000 bioactive compounds for their ability to block Zika virus infection in three distinct cell types using two strains of the virus.

Thursday January 12, 2017, 09:05 AM

T Cells Join the Fight Against Zika

La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology

The worst of the global Zika virus outbreak may be over but many key questions remain, such as why the virus persists in certain tissues after the systemic infection has cleared; how does the immune system counteract the virus and protect against reinfection; what determines the likelihood of long-term complications?

Tuesday January 10, 2017, 12:05 PM

Iowa State University 2016 Surveillance: No Zika-Associated Mosquitoes Found in State

Iowa State University

Mosquito surveillance efforts led by Iowa State University in 2016 found neither of the two species associated with the transmission of Zika virus. West Nile virus appeared more frequently in 2016 than it did in 2015.

Thursday December 29, 2016, 02:05 PM

Scientists Engineer Gene Pathway to Grow Brain Organoids with Surface Folding

Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research

Whitehead Institute researchers provide insight into a specific gene pathway that appears to regulate the growth, structure, and organization of the human cortex. They also demonstrate that 3D human cerebral organoids can be effective in modeling the molecular, cellular, and anatomical processes of human brain development.

Tuesday December 20, 2016, 12:00 AM

LJI Researchers Strengthen the Case for Sexual Transmission of Zika Virus

La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology

Aedes aegypti mosquitoes harboring parasitic Zika virus (ZIKV) are the primary transmitters of virus to humans, potentially causing catastrophic congenital microcephaly in babies born to women bitten by infected mosquitoes. But confirmation earlier this year by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that ZIKV can also be sexually transmitted raised new alarm that virus could be passed between sexual partners in venues far from mosquito habitats.

Thursday December 15, 2016, 02:05 PM

What You Should Know About Zika

Texas A&M University

According to the World Health Organization, Zika is no longer a global emergency. However, in South Texas, we now have the first case of Zika transmitted by mosquitoes locally. This is only the second state in the United States to report a case of local transmission of the disease.

Tuesday December 13, 2016, 11:05 AM

Public Skepticism Would Likely Greet a New Zika Vaccine, UGA Study Says

University of Georgia

As scientists race to create a vaccine for the Zika virus, new research from the University of Georgia suggests almost half of Americans wouldn't be interested in getting the shot even if public health officials recommended it for them.

Monday December 05, 2016, 11:00 AM

New Mechanism to Control Human Viral Infections Discovered

University of California, Riverside

A team of researchers, co-led by a University of California, Riverside professor, has found a long-sought-after mechanism in human cells that creates immunity to influenza A virus, which causes annual seasonal epidemics and occasional pandemics.

Thursday December 01, 2016, 09:00 AM

The Wistar Institute Awarded Nearly $9 Million to Advance Synthetic DNA Antibody-Based Therapy to Protect Against Zika Virus

Wistar Institute

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded an $8,777,578 million grant to The Wistar Institute to create a preventative Zika therapy utilizing synthetic DNA monoclonal antibodies (dMAbs).

Monday November 28, 2016, 10:05 AM

UF Receives Mosquito Traps for Graduate and Family Housing

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

While there are no cases of locally transmitted zika virus on the UF campus, Gainesville or Alachua County, Sharon Blansett, assistant to the associate vice president for UF student affairs, welcomes the mosquito traps as a virus-prevention measure for students living in graduate and family housing.

Tuesday November 22, 2016, 08:05 AM

New Mouse Model Reveals Extensive Postnatal Brain Damage Caused by Zika Infection

University of Georgia

A team of scientists led by researchers at the University of Georgia has developed a new mouse model that closely mimics fetal brain abnormalities caused by the Zika virus in humans.

Friday November 18, 2016, 02:00 PM

Scientists Develop New Mouse Model to Aid Zika Virus Research

PLOS

Mice with healthy immune systems could provide new insights into Zika virus pathology and treatment.

Friday November 18, 2016, 12:05 PM

@Oneillinstitute Global Health Scholar Reacts to @WHO's Decision on #Zika #PHEIC

O'Neill Institute for National & Global Health Law

Thursday November 17, 2016, 08:05 AM

'Unraveling Zika': Join UNC School of Medicine Experts for Panel Discussion, Q&A

University of North Carolina Health Care System

CHAPEL HILL, NC - Do you have questions about the Zika virus and how it spreads? If you're traveling this holiday season, do you know how to protect yourself from Zika? Do you have questions about Zika and pregnancy? Do you know all the ways the virus can be transmitted? What about the likelihood of a Zika epidemic here in North Carolina?

Tuesday November 15, 2016, 11:05 AM

AgriLife Research Team Makes Strides in Fight Against Zika

Texas A&M AgriLife

There's a war raging on a tiny battlefield and the outcome could well touch millions of people worldwide threatened by Zika and related viruses. The key ally unlocking the mystery surrounding this conflict is the long-dreaded yellow fever virus.

Monday November 07, 2016, 11:00 AM

Antibody Protects Developing Fetus From Zika Virus, Mouse Study Shows

Washington University in St. Louis

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine have identified a human antibody that prevents, in pregnant mice, the fetus from infection and the placenta from damage. The antibody also protects adult mice from Zika disease.

Monday November 07, 2016, 11:00 AM

Early Study Finds Antibody That 'Neutralizes' Zika Virus

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, have isolated a human monoclonal antibody that in a mouse model "markedly reduced" infection by the Zika virus.

Monday November 07, 2016, 10:05 AM

UNC Scientists Named to European Union-Funded Global Zika Research Consortium

University of North Carolina Health Care System

Two researchers at the UNC School of Medicine have been named to a global consortium for Zika research and vaccine development.

Friday October 28, 2016, 12:05 PM

Texas A&M Launches New Zika-Fighting App

Texas A&M University

As the Zika virus spreads locally in the continental United States, communities across the country have started thinking about mosquito control measures. Researchers at Texas A&M have created a type of mobile health technology to fight the mosquitos at their source: standing water.

Wednesday October 26, 2016, 01:35 PM

ZikaPLAN: La Jolla Institute Unites with 25 Research Organizations to Fight Zika Virus and Build Long-Term Outbreak Response Capacity in Latin America

La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology

La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology (LJI) is among the 25 leading research and public health organizations from Latin America, North America, Africa, Asia, and Europe gathered in Recife for the launch of ZikaPLAN (Zika Preparedness Latin American Network). This global initiative, created in response to a Horizon 2020 funding call by the European Commission's Directorate-General Research and Innovation, has been formed to address the Zika virus outbreak and the many research and public health challenges it poses.

Monday October 24, 2016, 12:20 PM

Zika Infection May Affect Adult Brain Cells, Suggesting Risk May Not Be Limited to Pregnant Women

La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology

Concerns over the Zika virus have focused on pregnant women due to mounting evidence that it causes brain abnormalities in developing fetuses. However, new research in mice from scientists at The Rockefeller University and La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology suggests that certain adult brain cells may be vulnerable to infection as well.

Thursday October 20, 2016, 01:00 PM

Zika Virus Infection Alters Human and Viral RNA

University of California San Diego Health

Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine have discovered that Zika virus infection leads to modifications of both viral and human genetic material. These modifications -- chemical tags known as methyl groups -- influence viral replication and the human immune response.

Monday October 17, 2016, 07:00 AM

Scientists Uncover New Facets of Zika-Related Birth Defects to Help Develop Treatment

Scripps Research Institute

In a study that could one day help eliminate the tragic birth defects caused by Zika virus, scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have elucidated how the virus attacks the brains of newborns, information that could accelerate the development of treatments.

Thursday October 13, 2016, 11:05 AM

Zika Virus Infection May Prevent Reinfection, Collaborative Biosecurity Research Institute Study Finds

Kansas State University

A collaborative study involving Kansas State University's Biosecurity Research Institute is providing Zika virus insight.

Thursday October 13, 2016, 11:05 AM

Bringing Together Insights on Zika

Michigan Technological University

Understanding the full history the Zika virus along with new developments is key to getting a vaccine and medicine to prevent and relieve Zika infections. This includes knowing all the transmission methods--it's more than a mosquito bite.

Tuesday October 11, 2016, 12:00 PM

Virus Carrying DNA of Black Widow Spider Toxin Discovered

Vanderbilt University

Biologists sequencing the genome of the WO virus, which infects the bacterial parasite Wolbachia, have discovered that the phage carries DNA that produces black widow spider toxin: the first time an animal-like DNA has been found in such a virus.

Wednesday October 05, 2016, 06:00 PM

New Evidence Supports Biological Link Between Zika Infection, Guillain-Barre Syndrome

Johns Hopkins Medicine

In a collaborative effort with scientists at six Colombian hospitals, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers report what they believe to be the strongest biological evidence to date linking Zika virus infection and Guillain-Barre syndrome.

Thursday September 29, 2016, 10:05 AM

Kansas State University Contributes to Potential Zika Virus Vaccine Development

Kansas State University

A research team that includes scientists with Kansas State University's Biosecurity Research Institute has developed a promising Zika virus vaccine.

Wednesday September 28, 2016, 03:05 PM

Sociol-Ecological System Approach Leads to New Information in Study of Mosquito-Borne Viruses

SUNY Upstate Medical University

In an article published online Sept. 13 in UGEC Viewpoints , Upstate Medical University researcher Anna Stewart Ibarra, PhD, MPA, describes how a collaborative approach by researchers of varying disciplines is being used as a framework for studying the mosquito-borne viruses, zika, dengue and chikungunya.

Wednesday September 28, 2016, 03:05 PM

Zika and Water Safety Education a Mission for Rutgers Graduate

Rutgers University

Amber Gourdine puts her public health education into service in central Nicaragua

Wednesday September 28, 2016, 02:00 PM

X-Rays Reveal New Path in Battle Against Mosquito-Borne Illness

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Structural biology research conducted at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory has uncovered how small insecticidal protein crystals that are naturally produced by bacteria might be tailored to combat dengue fever and the Zika virus.

Thursday September 22, 2016, 10:05 AM

Culex Mosquitoes Do Not Transmit Zika Virus, Kansas State University Study Finds

Kansas State University

A Kansas State University study at the Biosecurity Research Institute has found important results in the fight against Zika virus: Culex mosquitoes do not appear to transmit Zika virus.

Thursday September 22, 2016, 10:00 AM

Virginia Tech Researcher Finds Gene That Reduces Female Mosquitoes

Virginia Tech

Zhijian "Jake" Tu and colleagues found that placing a particular Y chromosome gene on the autosomes of Anopheles stephensi mosquitoes -- a species responsible for transmitting malaria -- killed off 100 percent of all female embryos that inherited this gene.

Thursday September 22, 2016, 09:20 AM

Wolters Kluwer Launches Zika Resource Portal Providing a Trusted Information Source for Evolving Clinical Knowledge on Rapidly Spreading Virus

Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

The Health division of Wolters Kluwer, a leading global provider of information and point of care solutions for the healthcare industry, has launched the Zika Resource Portal, a single point of access to trusted clinical knowledge and current information to help healthcare professionals worldwide stay up-to-date on the rapidly spreading virus. The portal provides complimentary access to leading evidence-based point of care clinical, learning and research solutions from Wolters Kluwer, as well as continuous updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO).

Tuesday September 13, 2016, 10:05 AM

UF/IFAS Researchers Share Safest Ways to Spray for Zika Mosquitoes, Protect Bees

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Florida beekeepers are concerned after 2.5 million bees that were killed during an aerial spraying with Naled/Dibrom for Zika-carrying mosquitoes in Dorchester County, S.C. Now, Floridians are looking for ways to avoid the same tragedy. Florida is the third-largest beekeeping state in the nation.

Monday September 12, 2016, 04:05 PM

Genomics Expert Available to Speak on Zika's Evolution and Spread

Scripps Research Institute

Thursday September 08, 2016, 10:40 AM

Probing a Mosquito Protein for Clues in the Fight Against Zika

American Chemical Society (ACS)

As health departments around the U.S. boost efforts to combat Zika, scientists are working on new ways to kill the mosquitoes that carry the virus. One approach involves understanding the molecular mechanisms that keep the bugs alive so we can then undermine them. Scientists report in the ACS journal Biochemistry that they have revealed new structural insights on a key protein from Aedes aegypti, the mosquito species most often linked to the spread of Zika.

Tuesday September 06, 2016, 12:05 PM

Zika Virus Found in Tears

Research to Prevent Blindness

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis published a study that shows that genetic material from the Zika virus has been found in tears. The study, fast-tracked for publication in Cell Reports, was conducted in mice, thereby creating an animal model for studying transmission and treatment of this alarming virus. The study, published September 6, 2016, also confirms that the Zika virus can lead to cell death in the eyes. Research to Prevent Blindness, located in New York, provided funding for this study.

Thursday September 01, 2016, 04:05 PM

Strain Differences in Zika Infection Gene Patterns

Emory Health Sciences

Scientists have revealed molecular differences between how the African and Asian strains of Zika virus infect neural progenitor cells.

Monday August 29, 2016, 12:05 PM

Zika Virus: Our Common Future with Anthony Fauci

O'Neill Institute for National & Global Health Law

As Zika continues to dominate news headlines and political discussions, the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law Colloquium hosts "Zika Virus: Our Common Future," a panel discussion led by Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Monday August 29, 2016, 12:00 PM

New Hope for Zika Treatment Found in Large-Scale Screen of Existing Drugs

Johns Hopkins Medicine

Scientists report that a specialized drug screen test using lab-grown human cells has revealed two classes of compounds already in the pharmaceutical arsenal that may work against mosquito-borne Zika virus infections.

Monday August 29, 2016, 12:00 PM

FSU Research Team Makes Zika Drug Breakthrough

Florida State University

A team of researchers from Florida State University, Johns Hopkins University and the National Institutes of Health have found existing drug compounds that can both stop Zika from replicating in the body and from damaging the crucial fetal brain cells that lead to birth defects in newborns. One of the drugs is already on the market as a treatment for tapeworm.

Thursday August 25, 2016, 04:05 PM

In Sub-Saharan Africa, Cancer Can Be an Infectious Disease

University of Colorado Cancer Center

University of Colorado Cancer Center researcher shows that women who contract malaria while pregnant may have children with an increased risk of Burkitt's lymphoma.

Thursday August 25, 2016, 11:05 AM

Special Report Documents Zika Virus' Impact on the Fetal Brain

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

BOSTON - In a special report released August 23 in the journal Radiology, a team of researchers including Deborah Levine, MD, Director of Obstetric & Gynecologic ultrasound at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School (HMS), documented the brain abnormalities associated with congenital Zika in 45 confirmed and presumed cases from northeastern Brazil.

Wednesday August 24, 2016, 11:40 AM

Johns Hopkins Opens First-Known Multidisciplinary Zika Virus Center in the World

Johns Hopkins Medicine

As the number of patients with Zika virus grows worldwide, Johns Hopkins Medicine announces the opening of the new Johns Hopkins Wilmer Zika Center dedicated primarily to caring for patients with the mosquito-borne and sexually transmitted virus. The center is composed of providers and staff from departments and divisions at Johns Hopkins Medicine and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, including epidemiology, infectious diseases, maternal-fetal medicine, ophthalmology, orthopaedics, pediatrics, physiotherapy, psychiatry and social work. Medical experts from Brazil, a country greatly affected by Zika virus, are also members of the center.

Wednesday August 24, 2016, 06:00 AM

In Some Genetic Cases of Microcephaly, Stem Cells Fail to Launch

Columbia University Medical Center

In a very severe, genetic form of microcephaly, stem cells in the brain fail to divide, according to a new Columbia University Medical Center study that may provide important clues to understanding how the Zika virus affects the developing brain.