Margarida Maia, PhD, science writer —

Margarida is a biochemist (University of Porto, Portugal) with a PhD in biomedical sciences (VIB and KULeuven, Belgium). Her main interest is science communication. She is also passionate about design and the dialogue between art and science.

Articles by Margarida Maia

Epstein–Barr virus is cause of boy’s complicated secondary CAD

A young boy in Portugal developed cold agglutinin disease (CAD) and an inflammatory condition called hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) secondary to an infection with the Epstein-Barr virus, which can cause infectious mononucleosis, or mono. The boy recovered fully after being treated with corticosteroids, a type of anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive medication,…

ANX1502 found safe in Phase 1 trial with healthy volunteers

Twice-daily dosing of ANX1502, Annexon Biosciences’ experimental oral therapy for autoimmune conditions such as cold agglutinin disease (CAD), reached the desired levels in the blood of healthy volunteers who took part in a Phase 1 clinical trial. Taken by mouth as a liquid suspension, ANX1502 was well tolerated,…

Rare case of CAD secondary to lupus reported in young woman

A young woman in Colombia developed cold agglutinin disease (CAD) secondary to systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), an autoimmune disease often called lupus, a study reports. While other types of autoimmune hemolytic anemia (AIHA) — rare autoimmune diseases marked by self-reactive antibodies attacking and destroying red blood cells —…

Adenovirus triggered secondary CAD in toddler

For a toddler in Brazil, cold agglutinin disease (CAD) occurred secondary to an infection with an adenovirus, a common virus that can cause symptoms similar to a cold or the flu, a case study reports. According to the researchers, this represents “the first pediatric case of cold agglutinin syndrome…