HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
New study shows SARS can infect brain tissue

Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), by its very name, indicates a disease of the respiratory tract. But SARS can also infiltrate brain tissue, causing significant central nervous system problems, according to an article in the Oct. 15 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases, now available online.

SARS, a potentially fatal illness caused by a coronavirus, was first reported in Asia in February of 2003. The disease is usually transmitted by contact with coronavirus-laden droplets sprayed into the air by an infected person's coughing. Other symptoms can include high fever, headache, body aches, and pneumonia. However, some patients also exhibit central nervous system ailments. In a new study, the researchers report the case of a 39-year-old doctor who treated SARS patients in China during the 2003 outbreak and became infected himself.

He showed the usual symptoms of SARS--fever, chills, headache, muscle pain--but after hospitalization, he developed vision problems, then progressively worse central nervous system symptoms, like restlessness and delirium. A computed tomography scan indicated brain damage. He died about a month after being hospitalized, and his brain tissue was examined and found to contain the SARS coronavirus. The researchers also discovered a high level of Mig, a type of immune system regulator called a chemokine, in the man's bloodstream and brain, which may have resulted from the central nervous system infection. The researchers speculated that Mig could also have contributed to his brain damage by attracting immunological cells to the site of the viral infection in the brain, where their inflammatory effects may have done more harm than good.

There are a few possibilities for curbing Mig's possible role in causing brain damage in SARS patients with central nervous system infection, according to lead author Jun Xu, PhD, of the Guangzhou Institute of Respiratory Diseases and senior author Yong Jiang, PhD, of the Key Labora
'"/>

Contact: Steve Baragona
sbaragona@idsociety.org
Infectious Diseases Society of America
14-Sep-2005


Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Childhood obesity indicates greater risk of school absenteeism, Penn study reveals
2. Penn study finds pro-death proteins required to regulate healthy immune function
3. New study shows promise in reducing surgical risks associated with surgical bleeding
4. New study counts the economic cost of persistent pain in Australia
5. UCLA researchers awarded $9M contract for study identifiying antibiotic treatment for MRSA
6. Most seniors now have drug coverage, U-M study shows
7. To gain muscle and lose fat, drink milk: study
8. Wheres the beef? Not enough of it is on elders plates, muscle-metabolism study suggests
9. Even older women at high risk have little interest in being tested for HIV, study finds
10. Metabolic study in mice could lead to good cholesterol boosters
11. Michigan-CDC study supports value of social restrictions during influenza pandemics

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:3/30/2017)... ... March 30, 2017 , ... Nutrition Education for the ... (AND), will join nonprofit Seafood Nutrition Partnership (SNP) in presenting “Eating Heart Healthy: ... help nutrition educators and students inform consumers about the health benefits of eating ...
(Date:3/30/2017)... ... March 30, 2017 , ... This ... to President Trump expressing their support for an independent Vaccine Safety Commission. Five ... and one medical journalist, will hold a press conference at 9:00 AM ...
(Date:3/29/2017)... ... March 29, 2017 , ... ARI Network Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: ... co-op eligible dealer websites for its network of more than 650 U.S.-based dealers. Rhino, ... agricultural equipment including rotary and flail mowers and cutters, rear blades, post hole diggers, ...
(Date:3/29/2017)... New York City, NY (PRWEB) , ... March ... ... governing body for men’s and women’s professional squash, announced it has enlisted New ... marketing partner. The agency will develop and procure sponsorship opportunities for the ...
(Date:3/29/2017)... ... ... is the main cause of hay fever in the United States, with an estimated 95 ... May to July each year; with the worst time for sufferers being June and July. ... http://www.haymax.us ) provide an effective defense against grass pollen; they are proven in independent studies ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/30/2017)... -- The new research portal will provide ... of company reports on UnitedHealth Group , as ... activities in the healthcare industry. ...      (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160330/349511LOGO) ... through a fundamental transformation globally-a shift from a volume-based ...
(Date:3/30/2017)... Mass. , March 30, 2017  Akcea Therapeutics, ... announced the initiation of a Phase 2b dose-ranging study ... established cardiovascular disease. The goal of the study is ... of AKCEA-APO(a)-L Rx in a planned Phase 3 ... is part of Akcea,s strategic collaboration with Novartis to ...
(Date:3/30/2017)... 2017 Research and Markets has announced ... Size & Forecast, By Type (Hemodialysis, Peritoneal Dialysis), By Product ... From 2014 To 2025" report to their offering. ... The ... USD 108.5 billion by 2025. Home-based ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: