Yeast Infection: Research
1. Survey reports that women mistreat yeast infections
The discomfort of having a fungal infection in the vaginal area is one of the most disliked infections in women, hindering their daily life. More than sixty percent of the affected women are unsure about the cure and care of yeast infections. This leads to improper approach to fungal infections that could result in worsening of the disease. Dr. Suzanne Gilberg, a board certified gynecologist, revealed that many women did not realize that once they identify the infection it is easy to treat it on their own terms. Many women also show inhibition to come out and discuss infections in their private parts. This too could lead to more complications, since yeast infections need to be tackled before they spread their roots all over the body and even enter the blood stream.
2. New blood test for cryptococcosis
A novel and effective blood test has been successfully evaluated and could lead to the early diagnosis of fungal meningitis, thereby saving the lives of many stricken patients in the process. This is an early cause of HIV related fungal infection and can prove fatal in many afflicted patients. The new blood test can rapidly identify the yeast and prompt intervention can prove life saving for many individuals. This blood test was a result of a joint collaboration of IMMY, University of Nevada and Reno. Early diagnosis can prevent irreversible damage to the brain and give the patients a better quality of life by nipping the yeasts in the bud.
3. Candida albicans can sense immune status of an individual
Vaginal yeast infection is caused due to infection from a yeast known as Candida albicans. According to researchers at LSU Health Sciences Center at New Orleans, opportunistic fungi can actually sense the immune potential of an individual and evade them if their status is strong. Fungi such as Candida albicans are known to attack HIV positive patients, sensing that their immune status is well below normal. Candida albicans is the most potent fungi that causes candidiasis or thrush in the vaginal and oral areas. An individual with low immunity can then fail to combat with these infections and may even succumb to their invasion.
4. Vulnerability to yeast infections due to gene variants
Scientists have discovered two genetic mutations that account for the presence of chronic fungal infections in certain women. The new findings throw considerable light into difficult and recurring fungal infections that hinder normal activities in the affected women. The study was conducted on specific areas and community of women but revealed some amazing information regarding the role of gene variants in women prone to yeast infections. This explains why only certain women are inflicted with fungal infections whereas others who do not maintain proper hygiene can boast of a yeast-free body.
5. New medicines to fight drug resistant yeast infections
A new study published by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council claims that they have found a new group of vaccines and drugs to counter lethal strains of fungal infections. Researchers have identified key features that interfere with the mechanism of yeast attachment on the body cells. A protein called Als adhesin is being explored in order to find suitable solutions to yeast infections. This protein is responsible for getting the yeast firmly attached to the host cells. Scientists are seeing a breakthrough by trying to unravel the mechanism of the attachment strands so that they can find a solution that can interfere with this process.