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Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a member of the herpes virus group, which includes herpes simplex virus types 1 and 2, varicella-zoster virus (which causes chickenpox), and Epstein-Barr virus (which causes infectious mononucleosis). Infection with CMV is a major cause of disease and death in immunocompromised patients, including organ transplant recipients, patients undergoing hemodialysis, patients with cancer, patients receiving immunosuppressive drugs, and HIV-infected patients. While drugs are available for treatment of these conditions, the primary drug choices carry significant side effects and warnings. Currently, there are no anti-CMV drugs indicated for treatment of primary CMV infection during pregnancy resulting in infections that can have catastrophic consequences to the newborn. Maternal-fetal transfer of CMV infection results in a fetal death rate of 12% and most survivors have permanent debilitating disorders, including mental retardation, vision loss, and sensorineural deafness.

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Pig kidney xenotransplantation continues to function well after 32 days

Pig kidney xenotransplantation continues to function well after 32 days

Researchers identify glycolipid that blocks infection with SARS-CoV-2 and RSV

Researchers identify glycolipid that blocks infection with SARS-CoV-2 and RSV

Prolonged T-cell response during severe COVID-19 does not contribute to long COVID

Prolonged T-cell response during severe COVID-19 does not contribute to long COVID

Immune inflammatory reaction to COVID-19 may not be the underlying cause of long Covid

Immune inflammatory reaction to COVID-19 may not be the underlying cause of long Covid

Insights gained from genetically modified pig heart transplantation

Insights gained from genetically modified pig heart transplantation

Advances in influenza research

Advances in influenza research

Space travel weakens immune system by altering gene expression in white blood cells

Space travel weakens immune system by altering gene expression in white blood cells

Parental loss at a young age affects a person’s immune system later in life

Parental loss at a young age affects a person’s immune system later in life

Unlocking the secret to lifelong health: the power of optimal immune resilience

Unlocking the secret to lifelong health: the power of optimal immune resilience

Letermovir: A promising breakthrough in CMV prevention for kidney transplant recipients

Letermovir: A promising breakthrough in CMV prevention for kidney transplant recipients

Common infections in mid- and late-life can worsen cognitive performance

Common infections in mid- and late-life can worsen cognitive performance

Study assesses the cellular and molecular immunopathology of post-COVID lung disease

Study assesses the cellular and molecular immunopathology of post-COVID lung disease

New therapeutic approach to eliminate aging cells by boosting anti-viral immune response

New therapeutic approach to eliminate aging cells by boosting anti-viral immune response

Penn State Health expert offers insight on childhood hearing loss

Penn State Health expert offers insight on childhood hearing loss

Childhood common colds help protect against COVID-19

Childhood common colds help protect against COVID-19

Research highlights the importance of ventilation and air filtration to reduce pathogen transmission

Research highlights the importance of ventilation and air filtration to reduce pathogen transmission

A possible link between aggregation of SARS-CoV-2 proteins and protein misfolding diseases

A possible link between aggregation of SARS-CoV-2 proteins and protein misfolding diseases

Study identifies a previously unknown role of 'natural killer' immune cells

Study identifies a previously unknown role of 'natural killer' immune cells

Pregnancy outcomes after monoclonal antibodies infusion for COVID-19

Pregnancy outcomes after monoclonal antibodies infusion for COVID-19

Researchers utilize discarded facial tissues to diagnose respiratory viral infections in children

Researchers utilize discarded facial tissues to diagnose respiratory viral infections in children

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