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Preventable rabies kills 160 people worldwide every day

Fri, 17 Apr 2015 07:00:00 PDT

A new study has examined the global cost of canine rabies, in terms of deaths and economic costs attributable to this preventable disease.

Maple syrup helps antibiotics defeat bacteria

Fri, 17 Apr 2015 03:00:00 PDT

In lab tests, extract of maple syrup made bacteria more susceptible to antibiotics in a number of ways. If it works in humans, it could help cut the use of antibiotics.

The connection between mouth bacteria and inflammation in heart disease

Fri, 17 Apr 2015 02:00:00 PDT

Oral infections are the most common diseases of mankind and are also a key risk factor for heart disease, which is the leading cause of death worldwide.

Increasing evidence points to inflammation as source of nervous system manifestations of lyme disease

Fri, 17 Apr 2015 02:00:00 PDT

About 15% of patients with Lyme disease develop peripheral and central nervous system involvement, often accompanied by debilitating and painful symptoms.

Shape-shifting molecule tricks viruses into mutating themselves to death

Fri, 17 Apr 2015 01:00:00 PDT

A newly developed spectroscopy method is helping to clarify the poorly understood molecular process by which an anti-HIV drug induces lethal mutations in the virus's genetic material.

Forsyth study details how gum disease treatment can prevent heart disease

Fri, 17 Apr 2015 00:00:00 PDT

Newly published research underscores the important connection between oral inflammation and heart healthA new study from the Forsyth Institute is helping to shed more light on the important...

New research sheds light on how popular probiotic benefits the gut

Fri, 17 Apr 2015 00:00:00 PDT

Study suggests the bacteria may work by lending a hand to other microbesIn recent years, research into the benefits of gut bacteria has exploded.

How salmonella survives the macrophage's acid attack

Thu, 16 Apr 2015 02:00:00 PDT

Macrophages destroy bacteria by engulfing them in intracellular compartments, which they then acidify to kill or neutralize the bacteria.

How a bacterial cell recognizes its own DNA

Thu, 16 Apr 2015 00:00:00 PDT

It may come as a bit of a surprise to learn that bacteria have an immune system - in their case to fight off invasive viruses called phages.

Unearthing new antivirals

Thu, 16 Apr 2015 00:00:00 PDT

Using dengue virus as a test case, SDSU biologists have developed a method for discovering drugs that interrupt viral proliferationA team of biologists from San Diego State University has...

Genetically engineered Salmonella promising as anti-cancer therapy

Thu, 16 Apr 2015 00:00:00 PDT

A new study has demonstrated that genetically modified Salmonella can be used to kill cancer cells.

How worried should we be about ticks?

Wed, 15 Apr 2015 08:00:00 PDT

With the arrival of the warmer months comes the re-emergence of ticks. We try to find out just how worried should we be about the pesky bugs closely associated with Lyme disease.

UV light robot to clean hospital rooms could help 
stop spread of 'superbugs'

Wed, 15 Apr 2015 02:00:00 PDT

Can a robot clean a hospital room just as well as a person? According to new research out of the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, that is indeed the case. Chetan Jinadatha, M.D.

Ebola vaccine trial begins in Sierra Leone

Wed, 15 Apr 2015 02:00:00 PDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in partnership with the Sierra Leone College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences (COMAHS) and the Sierra Leone Ministry of Health and...

Pitt cancer virology team reveals new pathway that controls how cells make proteins

Wed, 15 Apr 2015 00:00:00 PDT

A serendipitous combination of technology and scientific discovery, coupled with a hunch, allowed University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI) researchers to reveal a previously invisible...

Detecting Cryptosporidium in China

Tue, 14 Apr 2015 07:00:00 PDT

For a healthy individual, an infection of Cryptosporidium parvum may mean nothing more than a few days of bad diarrhea.

Brazilian study suggests adjustments on the treatment of cancer patients with pneumonia

Tue, 14 Apr 2015 01:00:00 PDT

Cancer patients are more vulnerable to severe pneumonia, but the standard broad-spectrum antibiotic treatment used by physicians worldwide may not be the better choice for this groupCancer...

Ebola 'no deadlier than it was 40 years ago'

Tue, 14 Apr 2015 01:00:00 PDT

Despite the current Ebola outbreak posing the highest number of deaths from the disease to date, researchers say the Ebola virus has not become any deadlier since its discovery.

Combined sewer systems lead to risk of illness after heavy rains

Tue, 14 Apr 2015 00:00:00 PDT

Consumers whose drinking water can be contaminated by the release of untreated wastewater after heavy rains face increased risk for gastrointestinal illness, according to a report in the journal...

New guidance on contact precautions for hospital visitors

Tue, 14 Apr 2015 00:00:00 PDT

Expert recommendations for visitors of patients with infectious diseasesLeading infectious diseases experts have released new guidance for healthcare facilities looking to establish precautions...