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Neurotropic Viruses: An insight into their movement

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The rabies virus moves differently compared to other neuron-invading viruses and its journey can be blocked by a drug commonly used to treat amoebic dysentery. It is when the immune system is compromised that most viruses infect the nervous system accidentally. But there are certain viruses called the neurotropic viruses that target neurons as part of their normal infectious cycle. The rabies virus is an example to this where the virus is transmitted when an infected animal bites a host. It then spreads into the end terminals of motor neurons innervating the muscle and travels along the neurons' long axon fibres to the neuronal cell bodies, throughout the central nervous system and into the salivary glands, where it can be  transmitted to other hosts. Alpha herpes viruses, such as herpes simplex viruses, also enter peripheral nerve terminals and move along axons to the neuronal cell body, where they can lie dormant. Alpha Herpes viruses engage the neuronal transport machinery by st…

Colloidal Silver: Healthy or Dangerous?

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Colloidal silver is the term used to describe tiny particles of silver suspended in a liquid.In other words, it is a suspension of silver particles in a liquid.
It’s a popular alternative therapy and an ancient remedy that was once used to treat bacterial, viral and fungal infection ranging from common cold to cancer. Before modern antibiotics were developed, colloidal silver was used as an all-purpose remedy for various infections and illnesses.
Recently, it has experienced a revival in popularity with some claiming it can replace antibiotics or other medical therapies to treat bacterial, viral and fungal infections. 
However, the use of colloidal silver is controversial and has been linked to serious side effects. The size of the silver particles can vary, but some are so tiny that they are referred to as “nano-particles.” This means that they are less than 100 nm in size and invisible to the naked eye. A normal filtering process would not remove them
How Does Colloidal Silver Work?
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Garlic Bulbs: Inhibits bacterial growth?

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The study is the first to show that the chemical -- known as allicin -- could be an effective treatment against a group of infectious bacteria that is highly resistant to most antibiotics. Allicin is a natural compound secreted by garlic bulbs. This chemical compound ward off a closely-related group of plant pathogens found in soil and water habitats. In the 1980s, a bacteria -- known as the Burkholderia cepacia complex (Bcc) -- emerged as a cause of serious and transmissible lung infections in people with cystic fibrosis.  The Bcc are highly versatile plant and human pathogens that have not been studied to the same extent as other superbugs -- such as MRSA. The bacteria produce potent antimicrobial agents, making them naturally drug-resistant and allowing them to survive in polluted and antibiotic-rich environments. Caution Measures to limit the spread of Bcc infections among people with cystic fibrosis brought the number of cases down considerably. However, current therapies available …

The Deadly virus :Ebola

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Ebola viral haemoorhagic fever is a deadly illness caused by four totally different strains of Ebola virus. This virus infects humans and anthropoid primates. 


The disease has killed thousands of individuals in sub-Saharan African nations since its discovery in 1976.    
The term viral haemorrhagic fever is known as it because of the within the Democratic Republic of Congo where it was initially reported. It is selected as CDC grade four thereby indicating that it's one in all the foremost dangerous pathogens on the world. 

EHF incorporates a fifty to ninety % rate, with a speedy onset of symptoms that begin with a headache and raw throat and accomplish major internal & external haemorrhage and multiple organ failure. There is no glorious cure, and therefore the most up-to-date cases were reported at the tip of 2012 in African country.

Ebola virus spreads by direct contact with blood and secretions. It is thought to unfold through close contact with bodily secretions.

Early c…

Don’t Get Kissed

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A guide to tackle Kissing bugs A group of scientists at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) has published a guide to battle a fatal disease transferred to humans by a blood sucking insect called kissing bug. The kissing bug carries the parasite, Trypanosoma cruzi which causes this fatal disease called Chagas disease. Chagas disease is estimated to affect more than 7 million people all around the world. It is often looked at as the silent killer because its symptoms are so difficult to be tracked. At early stages, the disease is treatable but if left undetected and untreated, it can lead to serious complications such as heart failure, an enlarged heart or stroke. Despite the serious effects it may cause upon the individual, there is still lack of knowledge about this disease and about the insect that carry the parasite as it shows no signs whatsoever. It's a complete myth that these kissing bugs could be only found in mud huts, they could be seen anywher…

Genes in Giant viruses shared by no life on earth

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As their name suggest, giant virusesare big — as big as bacteria, and more than twice the size of typical viruses. The genome of Giant viruses are more complex than the genomes of simple microbes, and many of these genes of Giant viruses code for proteins that is found only in giant viruses.
These so called orphan genes puzzled scientists about where they come from. In three new species of Pandora viruses, a family of giant viruses, it was found out that these genes originated in the viruses themselves. The giant viruses were like factories which churned out novel genes and proteins. However, the origin and purpose of this prolific gene creation is still a mystery.

There are four known giant virus families discovered till date: Molli virus, Mega virus, Pitho virus and Pandora virus. Recently researchers have identified three new members of Pandora virus from samples collected in France, New Caledonia and Australia. And these three new members of Pandora viruseswere found to contain larg…

Meningococcal bacterial aggregates form a thick honey-like liquid that flows through blood vessels

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A key stage in infection by Neisseria meningitis, a human pathogen to be blamed for meningitis in infants and young adults was unravelled by a group of scientists at the Pasteur Institute. The progression of the infection was facilitated and aggravated by the blood aggregates formed in the blood vessel. Though treatment is run quickly, the death rate due to meningococcal infections remains terribly high. Human meningococcal infectious disease is characterised by the accumulation of bacteria in blood vessels, that fully top off with bacterium. However the mechanisms that govern the formation of those aggregates and also the impact of the process is still unknown. A syndicate of scientists, intrigued by this formation of intravascular aggregates, started to know this stage of infection, particularly its underlying physical basis. Their findings discovered that "the microorganism aggregates fashioned by Neisseria meningitidis appeared to be a thick liquid, like that of honey. Analysi…