Category: Infectious Disease Research

Learn more about recent infectious diseases research from investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital, home to the largest hospital-based research program in the United States.

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How We Could Slow the Spread of Candida Auris and Other Drug-Resistant Superbugs

While Candida auris may be getting all the headlines recently, the deadly fungus is one of many drug-resistant superbugs that infectious disease specialists have been fighting for years.

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How a Global Partnership Could Save the Lives of Women and Children in Africa

Young women and expecting mothers are one of the most-affected groups, and research has shown that HIV/AIDS can significantly increase the chances of both maternal deaths and still births. One Massachusetts General Hospital Discovery Foundation Fellow has witnessed the disease’s impact first-hand and is determined to help and give back to her community.

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Ensuring Adequate Measles Protection is Key to Stopping Outbreaks in United States

The measles outbreaks in the states of Washington and New York have generated a lot of headlines in recent weeks, but the good news is that measles remains relatively rare in the United States – and that is because most people have been vaccinated with the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, says Emily Hyle, MD, MSc.

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World AIDS Day 2018

In recognition of World AIDS Day, we are sharing some recent work from the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard, which was established in 2009 with a dual mission to contribute to the accelerated discovery of an HIV/AIDS vaccine and to serve as a world leader in the collaborative study of immunology.

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A FRESH Look at HIV Prevention and Women’s Empowerment

Researchers at the Ragon Institute of Massachusetts General Hospital, MIT and Harvard recently published an editorial in Science Immunology detailing their efforts to combine basic science and social good to reduce the high rate of HIV infection in young South African women while simultaneously empowering them. Here is a brief summary.

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A Closer Look at the Bacteria Behind the Recent Food Poisoning Outbreak

Clostridium perfringens is a common foodborne illness ‎that causes nearly 1 million infections each year. The bacterium has many environmental sources, but is typically found on raw meat and poultry.

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Can Beauty Salons Connect South African Women to Life Saving Health Services?

If you’ve ever spent time in a beauty salon, you know that hair stylists give their clients more than just a new cut, color or style. They often serve as friends and confidants, dispensing advice on relationships, family and work challenges. But could they also help to prevent unwanted pregnancies and stop the spread of […]

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New Insights Into How Shigella Bacteria Cause Disease

In the battle between bacteria and humans, the best defense may be a good offense. That’s the promising approach being pursued by Cammie Lesser, MD, PhD, a researcher and clinician in the Department of Infectious Disease and a d’Arbeloff MGH Research Scholar at Massachusetts General Hospital. Lesser is using her MGH Research Scholar funding ($500,000 […]

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Could There be a Link Between Herpes Virus and Alzheimer’s Disease?

A new research study from Rudolph Tanzi, PhD, and Robert Moir, PhD, researchers in the Department of Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital, has uncovered a Jekyll and Hyde role for a naturally occurring protein in the brain most commonly associated with Alzheimer’s disease (AD). In conjunction with new findings from another research team at Icahn School of […]

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Investigating the Relationship Between MRSA and the Lymphatic System

Dennis Jones, PhD, is a postdoctoral fellow in the Edwin L. Steele Labs at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Jones won an award for a poster detailing the results of a research study that shows how MRSA infections contribute to recurrences of lymphedema by damaging muscle cells with bacterial toxins. Continue reading to learn more about […]

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