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2013-10-08 10:09:58

For more than a decade the research group of Brown University Professor Walter Atwood has doggedly pursued the workings of the JC polyomavirus, which causes a disease called PML that fatally degrades the central nervous system of patients with weakened immune systems. In a study published online Oct. 2 in the Journal of Virology, his team describes how it gains entry into cells: It breaks in via certain receptors of the neurotransmitter serotonin called 5-HT2 receptors. Atwood, lead author...

2013-06-11 14:03:25

The JC polyomavirus is clearly opportunistic. It infects half the population but lethally destroys brain tissue only in immunocompromised patients – and it may be outright sneaky, too. Even as a new research paper allays fears that common mutant forms of the virus are the ones directly responsible for the disease's main attack, that same finding raises new questions about what the mutants are doing instead. Even if they are not the ones killing key brain cells, the mutants are up to...

2013-03-11 13:22:56

The drug natalizumab is effective for treating multiple sclerosis (MS), but it increases the risk of a rare but potentially fatal brain infection called progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML). A study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 65th Annual Meeting in San Diego, March 16 to 23, 2013, suggests that early detection of PML may help improve survival and disability levels. The study examined 319 people with MS who were treated with...

2011-11-28 17:00:00

ProgressiveMultifocalLeukoencephalopathy.org aims to assist individuals in learning about PML. (PRWEB) November 28, 2011 Flood Law Group, LLP, a litigation firm, is announcing the launch of the new website, ProgressiveMultifocalLeukoencephalopathy.org, designed to assist individuals in learning about progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML), a disorder that harms the tissue surrounding the nerves in the brain and spinal cord. According to Flood Law Group, LLP, people who are...


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cacodemon
  • An evil spirit; a devil.
  • A nightmare.
  • In astrology, the twelfth house of a scheme or figure of the heavens: so called from its signifying dreadful things, such as secret enemies, great losses, imprisonment, etc.
'Cacodemon' comes from a Greek term meaning 'evil genius.'
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