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Zika: should you be worried about it?

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 09:00:00 PST

As the Zika outbreak continues to spread across the Americas, we take a look at who should actually be concerned about the virus and what they should be doing about it.

Adenovirus dampens the host's DNA damage response - implications for viral control and cancer therapy

Thu, 11 Feb 2016 11:00:00 PST

Adenoviruses (Ad) are everywhere, and while they pose limited threat in individuals with healthy immune systems, they cause significant disease burden in immunocompromised patients.

Two genetically distinct subspecies of plague associated with differences in geographical elevation in the West Nile region of Uganda

Thu, 11 Feb 2016 11:00:00 PST

Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in America have carried out a genetic study of plague caused by the bacteria Yersinia pestis in Uganda.

Sneezing: how a complex fluid outpour contributes to disease spread

Thu, 11 Feb 2016 09:00:00 PST

When we sneeze, we do not emit a simple spray of fluid. New research finds that the process is much more complex, increasing our understanding of how a sneeze spreads germs.

Sepsis: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Thu, 11 Feb 2016 00:00:00 PST

Find out why sepsis is getting more attention. Know the signs and symptoms, and learn how emergency medicine is facing up to this potentially lethal blood poisoning from infection.

Bacteria-fighting beards: how facial hair could help tackle antibiotic resistance

Wed, 10 Feb 2016 08:00:00 PST

Contrary to popular belief, beards are not unhygienic. In fact, new research reveals they harbor beneficial bacteria that could help tackle antibiotic resistance.

Zika could affect the 2016 Olympics, Europe and Africa

Wed, 10 Feb 2016 07:00:00 PST

As experts gather data to prepare to monitor and develop strategies to deal with the Zika virus, they also offer advice for Olympics attendees and warnings for Europe and Africa.

Eye abnormalities in infants with microcephaly associated with Zika virus

Wed, 10 Feb 2016 07:00:00 PST

Vision-threatening eye abnormalities in infants in Brazil with microcephaly (a birth defect characterized by an abnormally small head) may be associated with presumed intrauterine infection with...

Conversion of head and neck cancer cells into radiation-resistant cancer stem cells depends on HPV status, UCLA-led study finds

Wed, 10 Feb 2016 07:00:00 PST

Head and neck cancers that test positive for the human papilloma virus (HPV) are known to respond more favorably to radiation therapy than those that test HPV-negative, but an explanation for these...

New antibacterial gel could revolutionize treatment of superbug infections

Wed, 10 Feb 2016 04:00:00 PST

Dr. Garry Laverty, from Queen's University Belfast in Ireland, and colleagues created a peptide gel that could revolutionize superbug infection treatment. He details their results.

Duplicate DNA a hallmark of tick genome

Wed, 10 Feb 2016 04:00:00 PST

Researchers have sequenced the genetic blueprint of one of the most prolific pathogen-transmitting agents on the planet - the Lyme-disease-spreading tick (Ixodes scapularis) that bites humans.

Wound-healing intestinal bacteria: Like shrubs after a forest fire

Wed, 10 Feb 2016 04:00:00 PST

In injured mouse intestines, specific types of bacteria step forward to promote healing, scientists have found.

WSU researchers see helpful protein causing cancer

Wed, 10 Feb 2016 03:00:00 PST

Washington State University researchers have determined how a protein that helps cells fight viruses can also cause genetic mutations that lead to cancer.

Oral capsule with bacterial spores may be effective treatment for recurrent C. difficile

Wed, 10 Feb 2016 02:00:00 PST

Microbiome drug containing spores from beneficial species appears to prevent recurrent infection, restore normal bacterial population.

Researchers identify most dangerous strains of often-deadly bacteria

Tue, 09 Feb 2016 10:00:00 PST

A multi-disciplinary group of researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM) have for the first time determined the genetic makeup of various strains of E.

Tessella and University of Oxford use machine learning and data analytics to spot likely disease epidemics

Tue, 09 Feb 2016 09:00:00 PST

Data analytics company Tessella, and researchers in Spatial Ecology & Epidemiology at the University of Oxford, have built a new digital mapping system which uses mathematical models to predict the...

Hospitalization at VA hospitals for heart attack, heart failure associated with lower risk of death, higher readmission rate

Tue, 09 Feb 2016 08:00:00 PST

Among older men with heart attack, heart failure or pneumonia, hospitalization at Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals, compared with hospitalization at non-VA hospitals, was associated with lower...

Study compares effectiveness of behavioral interventions to reduce inappropriate antibiotic prescribing

Tue, 09 Feb 2016 08:00:00 PST

Among primary care practices, the use of two socially motivated behavioral interventions - accountable justification and peer comparison - resulted in significant reductions in inappropriate...

Umea University researchers help Europe fight spread of Zika virus

Tue, 09 Feb 2016 08:00:00 PST

Researchers at Umeå University in Sweden help assess the risk that Zika will spread to Europe by describing the transmission season, areas at risk and intervention strategies.

Physics: It's happening inside your body right now

Tue, 09 Feb 2016 07:00:00 PST

Simple physics may play a larger role than previously thought in helping control key bodily processes such as how the body fights infection.