Insect-transmitted viruses, like Powassan and West Nile, which can attack the brain in some cases, are becoming a growing public health concern. Medical scientists are trying to understand how brain cells try to fend off invading viruses.
Research has identified a new way that viruses keep infected cells alive – so the viruses can use the cells to reproduce. The finding suggests it may be possible to target this process to treat viral infections.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law May 16 a measure to close loopholes and raise penalties related to cell-phone use while driving. The law is intended to reduce car crashes, fatalities and injuries, and improve traffic.