Highly mutated SARS-CoV-2 emerged from someone living with advanced HIV who could not clear SARS-CoV-2 until their HIV infection was suppressed with effective antiretroviral therapy

A presentation at this year’s European Congress on Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (ECCMID), held online this year, will discuss the growing evidence that the beta SARS-CoV-2 variant first identified in South Africa is leading to more severe disease in people living with HIV, and that failure to clear SARS-CoV-2 infection in a patient with…

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Anti-tumor agent from the intestine

It is believed to be involved in the development of chronic inflammatory intestinal diseases, to trigger diabetes, to be responsible for obesity, even neurological diseases such as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s could have their causes here – not to mention depressions and autistic disorders. We are talking about the microbiome – the vast collection of…

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Neonatal meningitis: the immaturity of microbiota and epithelial barriers implicated

IMAGE: Choroid plexus of mouse neonates. Blue: cell nuclei, green: phalloidin-actin, red: fluorochrome. view more  Credit: Biology of Infection Unit, Institut Pasteur Meningitis is associated with high mortality and frequently causes severe sequelae. Newborn infants are particularly susceptible to this type of infection; they develop meningitis 30 times more often than the general population. Group B…

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COVID-19 pandemic linked to reduced access to gender-affirming care in 76 countries

A survey offered to transgender and nonbinary people across six continents and in thirteen languages shows that during the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic, many faced reduced access to gender-affirming resources, and this reduction was linked to poorer mental health. Brooke Jarrett of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland, and…

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