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    Wednesday December 12, 2018, 05:00 PM

    15 percent of babies exposed to Zika before birth had severe abnormalities in first 18 months of life

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

    By age 12 to 18 months, 6.25% of children exposed to Zika during their mothers' pregnancies had eye abnormalities, 12.2% had hearing problems, and 11.7% had severe delays in language, motor skills and/or cognitive function. In all, 14.5% had at least one of the three abnormalities.

    Wednesday November 14, 2018, 11:00 AM

    Maternally-Acquired Zika Immunity Can Increase Dengue Disease Severity in Mouse Pups

    La Jolla Institute for Immunology

    In this study, La Jolla Institute for Immunology (LJI) investigator Sujan Shresta, Ph.D., who studies both dengue and Zika viruses, explored awhether maternal immunity to Zika virus, which is structurally and genetically similar to dengue, might trigger a severe response to dengue infection in offspring.

    Tuesday November 13, 2018, 11:05 AM

    Global immunoprofiling effort reveals multifunctional T cell response during Zika infection

    La Jolla Institute for Immunology

    The latest study by researchers at the La Jolla Institute for Immunology (LJI) and their collaborators provide the first in-depth characterization of the body's cytotoxic T cell response to Zika, which plays an important role in providing protective immunity against Zika.

    Thursday October 25, 2018, 10:45 AM

    Fighting Mosquitoes in Your Backyard with Scientists' Help

    Rutgers University-New Brunswick

    Thanks to an innovative mosquito control approach developed at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, residents in several Maryland neighborhoods reduced populations of invasive Asian tiger mosquitoes by an impressive 76 percent, on average. The Rutgers-led project, called Citizen Action through Science (Citizen AcTS), mobilizes neighbors guided by scientists to address local problems, according to a study in the journal Scientific Reports this week.

    Tuesday September 25, 2018, 11:05 AM

    NIH Funds UNC Study to Investigate Maternal-Fetal Transmission of Zika

    University of North Carolina Health Care System

    The NIH has given a $2.7 million R01 award to researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and their colleagues in Nicaragua to study maternal-fetal transmission of Zika and its impact on infant neurodevelopment.

    Monday September 17, 2018, 05:00 PM

    CRISPR Screen Identifies Gene That Helps Cells Resist West Nile, Zika Viruses

    UT Southwestern Medical Center

    UT Southwestern researchers today report the first use of CRISPR genome-wide screening to identify a gene that helps cells resist flavivirus infection.

    Monday September 10, 2018, 04:05 PM

    Zika Virus Strips Immune Cells of Their Identity

    University of California San Diego Health

    Macrophages are immune cells that are supposed to protect the body from infection by viruses and bacteria. Yet Zika virus preferentially infects these cells. Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine have now unraveled how the virus shuts down the genes that make macrophages function as immune cells.

    Thursday August 02, 2018, 06:00 AM

    Maternal Dengue Immunity Protects Against Fetal Damage in Mice Following Zika Virus Infection

    La Jolla Institute for Immunology

    A mouse mother's prior dengue immunity would protects her unborn pups from devastating brain defects such as microencephaly associated with ZIKV. These findings could guide development of more effective flavivirus vaccines and hint at what types of immune responses are maximally protective against fetal brain damage after Zika invasion.

    Tuesday July 17, 2018, 09:05 AM

    UF Researchers Zero in on Potential Threat of New Mosquito Virus

    University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

    In a new study, Barry Alto and his research group found yellow fever and Asian tiger mosquitoes - two abundant species in Florida -- can carry the Mayaro virus.

    Thursday July 05, 2018, 12:00 PM

    FSU Research: Zika Suppresses Virus Fighting Cells

    Florida State University

    In an article published today in the journal Stem Cell Reports, Professor of Biological Science Hengli Tang and his postdoctoral researcher Jianshe Lang take a deep dive into the differences between Zika and the Dengue virus. Tang and Lang found Zika has a unique ability to ferry the virus throughout the body when most viruses would be stopped.

    Tuesday July 03, 2018, 01:05 PM

    UNC, RTI International Researchers Assess US Travelers' Knowledge of Zika Virus, Willingness to Take Hypothetical Vaccine

    RTI International

    A collaboration between researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health, RTI International and the UNC School of Medicine has resulted in the first study to assess and compare United States travelers' knowledge levels about the Zika virus across three regions

    Monday July 02, 2018, 12:05 PM

    Undetected Zika Infections May Be Triggering Miscarriages and Stillbirths

    Texas Biomedical Research Institute

    A collaborative study between six of the National Primate Research Centers shows pregnancy loss due to Zika infections that don't cause women any symptoms may be a common but unrecognized cause of miscarriages and stillbirths.

    Thursday May 17, 2018, 03:55 PM

    Researchers Discover How Body Temperature Wrecks Potential Dengue, Zika Vaccine

    University of North Carolina Health Care System

    UNC School of Medicine researchers have delineated the details of one major barrier to a promising vaccine. It's something we all have - a natural body temperature of about 98.6 degrees.

    Monday May 14, 2018, 01:05 PM

    Mapping the Body's Battle with Ebola and Zika

    Los Alamos National Laboratory

    The viruses that cause Ebola and Zika, daunting diseases that inspire concern at every outbreak, share a strong similarity in how they first infiltrate a host's cells.

    Friday May 04, 2018, 04:35 PM

    Vector Ecologist Available to Discuss Factors That Influence Mosquito Ecology and Evolution

    Washington University in St. Louis

    Tuesday May 01, 2018, 08:00 AM

    Marmosets as the Canary in the Coal Mine: A Highly Sensitive Primate Model of the Effects of Placental Zika Virus Infection on Fetal Health

    Texas Biomedical Research Institute

    New research shows small, New World monkeys called marmosets may be an important animal model for emerging viruses with the potential for harmful effects on fetuses

    Thursday April 26, 2018, 10:00 AM

    UF Study: Another Mosquito Species May Carry Zika

    University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

    Chelsea Smartt said her study's finding supports that the mosquito species, known scientifically as Culex quinquefasciatus mosquitoes, can contain live Zika virus in saliva. To date the mosquito species Aedes aegypti is considered the primary carrier of Zika virus.

    Monday April 23, 2018, 04:00 PM

    Unraveling Genetic Mystery Next Step in Zika and Dengue Fight

    Vanderbilt University

    How a bacteria hijacked insect fertility remained a mystery for five decades, until Associate Professor of Biological Sciences Seth Bordenstein and his team helped solve it.

    Thursday February 22, 2018, 04:05 PM

    Researchers Adapt HIV Test in Developing Rapid Diagnostic Test for Zika Virus

    New York University

    Researchers at New York University College of Dentistry, in collaboration with Rheonix, Inc., are developing a novel test for Zika virus that uses saliva to identify diagnostic markers of the virus in a fraction of the time of current commercial tests.

    Wednesday January 31, 2018, 02:00 PM

    Like Zika, West Nile Virus Causes Fetal Brain Damage, Death in Mice

    Washington University in St. Louis

    Two viruses closely related to Zika - West Nile and Powassan - can spread from an infected pregnant mouse to her fetuses, causing brain damage and fetal death, according to a new study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The findings suggest that Zika may not be unique in its ability to cause miscarriages and birth defects.

    Thursday January 25, 2018, 11:05 AM

    Repurposed Drug Found to Be Effective Against Zika Virus

    University of California San Diego Health

    In both cell cultures and mouse models, a drug used to treat Hepatitis C effectively protected and rescued neural cells infected by the Zika virus -- and blocked transmission of the virus to mouse fetuses. Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, with colleagues in Brazil and elsewhere, say their findings support further investigation of using the repurposed drug as a potential treatment for Zika-infected adults, including pregnant women.

    Thursday January 25, 2018, 11:05 AM

    An Achilles Heel Discovered in Viruses Could Fuel New Antiviral Approaches

    University of Wisconsin-Madison

    Scientists at the Morgridge Institute for Research have discovered a promising new target to fight a class of viruses responsible for health threats such as Zika, polio, dengue, SARS and hepatitis C.

    Friday January 05, 2018, 02:00 PM

    How Zika Infection Drives Fetal Demise

    Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)

    An interferon cell receptor spurs cell suicide in fetuses infected with the Zika virus and could play a role in certain pregnancy complications.

    Tuesday December 05, 2017, 03:00 PM

    Good News from Trio of Phase One Zika Vaccine Trials

    Saint Louis University Medical Center

    More than 90 percent of study volunteers in the 3 trials who received the investigational vaccine demonstrated an immune response to Zika virus.

    Monday December 04, 2017, 06:30 PM

    Zika Vaccine Induces Robust Immune Responses in Three Phase 1 Trials

    Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

    Healthy adults mounted strong immune responses after receiving an investigational whole inactivated Zika virus vaccine, according to interim analyses of three Phase 1, placebo-controlled, double-blind trials conducted at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR), and Saint Louis University School of Medicine. The findings were published today in The Lancet.

    Tuesday November 21, 2017, 05:05 PM

    Rainfall Can Indicate That Mosquito-Borne Epidemics Will Occur Weeks Later

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

    A new study demonstrates that outbreaks of mosquito-borne viruses Zika and Chikungunya generally occur about three weeks after heavy rainfall. Researchers also found that Chikungunya will predominate over Zika when both circulate at the same time.

    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 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


    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 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 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 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


    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.