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More Evidence Links the 'Mono' Virus to MS Risk

Posted 30 Aug 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 30, 2017 – There's more evidence that having mononucleosis may up the risk for multiple sclerosis (MS), with researchers reporting that the link isn't limited to whites. In fact, while "mono consistently increases the risk of developing MS by two- to threefold" among whites, blacks and Hispanics saw a fourfold increased risk in the new study, said lead author Dr. Annette Langer-Gould. She is a neuroscience researcher with Southern California Permanente Medical Group. If exposed in childhood, the Epstein-Barr virus that causes mono involves hardly any symptoms. But exposure in adolescence or adulthood can trigger severe symptoms such as fatigue, fever, sore throat and swollen lymph nodes, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "The main theory is that by delaying infection with this common childhood virus into adulthood, it alters the immune ... Read more

Related support groups: Multiple Sclerosis, Infectious Mononucleosis, Mononucleosis, Spasticity

Is It Flu, or Is It Valley Fever?

Posted 28 Jul 2016 by

THURSDAY, July 28, 2016 – Early diagnosis of a potentially fatal fungal infection called valley fever can help patients, but too many are misdiagnosed, experts say. Doctors should suspect valley fever in patients with pneumonia or ongoing flu-like symptoms who live in or have visited the west or southwest United States, especially Arizona and central California, according to updated guidelines from the Infectious Diseases Society of America. Each year, about 150,000 people get the often-overlooked infection, and about 160 die from it, the society says. "Valley fever is underdiagnosed in part because past guidelines were directed to the specialists, whereas most of these patients initially see their primary care physicians, many of whom aren't aware just how common this infection is," guidelines lead author Dr. John Galgiani said in a society news release. The fungi that cause valley ... Read more

Related support groups: Fever, Influenza, Pneumonia, Infectious Mononucleosis, Mononucleosis

New Hope for Vaccine Against Germ That Causes 'Mono'

Posted 13 Aug 2015 by

THURSDAY, Aug. 13, 2015 – Mononucleosis: It's a fatiguing disease that lays low thousands of Americans – usually young people – each year. But new, early research offers hope for a vaccine against the virus that's thought to trigger most cases of the illness. The Epstein-Barr virus is also believed to help drive a number of types of cancer. In mice and monkeys, the nanoparticle-based vaccine triggered the animals' immune system to release powerful antibodies against Epstein-Barr, according to a study published Aug. 13 in the journal Cell. Nanoparticles are microscopic particles being investigated as potential delivery vehicles for vaccines. The new findings suggest that this could be a promising approach for developing an Epstein-Barr virus vaccine for people, according to researchers led by virologist Dr. Jeffrey Cohen at the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious ... Read more

Related support groups: Infectious Mononucleosis, Mononucleosis, Viral Infection, Vaccination and Prophlaxis

Can Common Virus, Lack of Sunlight Boost MS Risk?

Posted 18 Apr 2011 by

MONDAY, April 18 – Infection with mononucleosis – the easily spread virus that's the bane of many college students – and little exposure to sunlight may combine to boost a person's risk for developing multiple sclerosis, a new study suggests. "MS is more common at higher latitudes, farther away from the equator," the study's lead researcher, Dr. George C. Ebers, of the University of Oxford in England, said in a statement provided by the American Academy of Neurology. "Since the disease has been linked to environmental factors such as low levels of sun exposure and a history of infectious mononucleosis, we wanted to see whether the two together would help explain the variance in the disease across the United Kingdom." The researchers examined hospital admissions in England's National Health Service over a seven-year period and focused on 56,681 cases of multiple sclerosis and 14,621 ... Read more

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