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What Causes Viruses In The Human Body
Ecology of viruses: Viruses, like many other living things, are just looking for a 'home'. All of life is like that -and we can find viruses affecting not just humans but many other species of animals, even plants! The question is, 'is this virus causing a disease'? That is what doctors are for -to help you determine when to step in and take action. If you are concerned about a certain virus, ask more questions. ...Read more
Depends on the cause: Spread of pneumonia causing organisms (be it a bacteria or virus) depends on the type of bug & immune status of the infected person. Severe infection with an invasive organism in a normal person or if it occurs in a person whose immune system is weak (due to medications, cancer, transplant, hiv, primary immune disorders etc.) then there is a higher chance of spread to bloodstream, causing sepsis. ...Read more
Hemorrhagic fever: Good question. Filoviruses are a group of viruses, some of them can cause hemorrhagic fever in primates and humans, examples are the genus Ebolavirus which has several species causing Ebola, & the Marburgvirus genus (rarer), with only two species of concern. For a good discussion of the subject see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Filoviridae with links to both Ebola and Marburg types. ...Read more
Strep complications: Streptococcus pyogenes, the bacterial cause of "strep throat", can invade other organ systems and cause infection in in areas around the tonsils, lymph glands in the neck, middle ear, mastoid regions, sinuses, bones, lungs (pneumonia), kidneys and liver (toxic shock syndrome). The noninfectious complications include rheumatic fever, rheumatic heart disease and acute glomerulonephritis (kidneys). ...Read more
Any description of the ebola virus and scientific details on how it attacks the human cells as different from other viruses?
Ebola Virus: See: http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/lab-bio/res/psds-ftss/ebola-eng.php *”Ebola virions enter host cells through endocytosis and replication occurs in the cytoplasm. Upon infection, the virus affects the host blood coagulative and immune defense system and leads to severe immunosuppression”. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cellular immunity: These are cells that work as part of the cellular immune system, fighting certain fungal (e.g. Cryptococcus), viral (e.g. Herpesviruses), parastic (e.g. Toxoplasma), and bacterial (e.g. Tuberulosis) infections. The cellular immune system also helps to prevent certain cancers, such as lymphomas. ...Read more
HIV proteins: Hiv particles surround themselves with a coat of fatty material known as the viral envelope (or membrane). Projecting from this are around 72 little spikes, which are formed from the proteins gp120 and gp41. Just below the viral envelope is a layer called the matrix, which is made from the protein p17. ...Read more
All of them: Every organ in your body and every cell (including bone and fate) make some sort of hormones. Most work locally, others circulate in the blood. There are thousands and thousands of them. You may be thinking of the"ductless" glands, which is very old terminology. ...Read more
Lots! Gut bugs...: ...get blamed for obesity, ulcers, food allergies, & more. However, most o the time our normal intestinal flora can help us stay healthy.Clostridia incite production of antibodies that lock up allergens before they get into our blood. Dont decimate the good bacterial flora with unnecessary antibiotics, poor diets, frequent misguided "cleansers." Ref. ScienceDaily,8/25/2014. ...Read more
Unknown. No cure: The spondyloarthropathies are a group of diseases characterized by joint inflammation primarily of the back and a variety of other tissues. There is no cure. Symptoms are treated based upon severity and progression. Some patients will get better without any intervention while others progress to ankylosing spondylitis. ...Read more
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