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Tattoos may cause years of infection, itching and swelling

Fri, 29 May 2015 08:00:00 PDT

A survey of New Yorkers with tattoo-related complications shows high rates of infection, itching and swelling that might last for years, according to NYU Langone researchers.

Controlling typhoid bacterium key to prevent gallbladder cancer in India and Pakistan

Fri, 29 May 2015 05:00:00 PDT

Controlling bacterial infections responsible for typhoid fever could dramatically reduce the risk of gallbladder cancer in India and Pakistan, according to a study published by Cell Press May 28th...

Vulnerability found in some drug-resistant bacteria

Fri, 29 May 2015 01:00:00 PDT

Structural analysis of antibiotic resistance enzyme reveals possible chink in chemical armorUsing a complex modeling program that helps analyze the physical dynamics of large, structurally...

Lab work discovers bladder cell secret against urinary infection

Fri, 29 May 2015 00:00:00 PDT

Scientists have discovered that when bladder cells cannot neutralize bacteria in the usual way, they simply vomit up the encapsulated invaders instead.

Major clinical trial supports early treatment for all HIV patients

Thu, 28 May 2015 08:00:00 PDT

A major international study finds HIV patients are significantly less likely to develop AIDS and other serious illnesses if they receive early treatment with antiretroviral drugs.

Periprosthetic knee infections: major drain on health systems, new therapeutic approaches

Thu, 28 May 2015 07:00:00 PDT

Periprosthetic infections are among the most serious complications in the field of endoprosthetics.

Europe's orthopaedic experts consult on how to optimize prevention and therapy strategies

Thu, 28 May 2015 05:00:00 PDT

Infections following joint-replacement surgeries: Europe's orthopaedic experts consult on how to optimize prevention and therapy strategiesDr Stephen Cannon, President of the European Federation...

Diagnosing cancer with help from bacteria

Thu, 28 May 2015 03:00:00 PDT

Engineered probiotics can detect tumors in the liverEngineers at MIT and the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) have devised a new way to detect cancer that has spread to the liver, by...

Devices designed to identify pathogens in food

Wed, 27 May 2015 07:00:00 PDT

The tool could detect whether a product is free of microorganisms like E. coli or salmonella.

Fast chip test for antibiotic-resistant bacteria in sight

Wed, 27 May 2015 03:00:00 PDT

A simple chip-based test that diagnoses antibiotic-resistant bacteria in hours instead of days promises to allow doctors to pick the right antibiotic first time.

World first as viral immunotherapy for skin cancer shows patient benefit in phase III trial

Wed, 27 May 2015 02:00:00 PDT

A genetically engineered herpes virus can halt the progression of skin cancer by killing cancer cells and sparking the immune system into action against tumours, a landmark clinical trial has shown.

New chip makes testing for antibiotic-resistant bacteria faster, easier

Wed, 27 May 2015 02:00:00 PDT

Researchers at the University of Toronto design diagnostic chip to reduce testing time from days to one hour, allowing doctors to pick the right antibiotic the first timeSchematic of the...

Groundbreaking treatment uses herpes to combat skin cancer

Wed, 27 May 2015 01:00:00 PDT

In a phase 3 trial, researchers showed how a genetically modified herpes virus halted disease progression in patients with advanced melanoma - the deadliest form of skin cancer.

'Achilles' heel for Ebola virus infection' protein identified

Wed, 27 May 2015 00:00:00 PDT

In a mouse study, researchers have found that the Ebola virus is unable to infect cells unless it attaches to a specific host protein first.

Nearly indestructible virus yields tool to treat diseases

Tue, 26 May 2015 09:00:00 PDT

By unlocking the secrets of a bizarre virus that survives in nearly boiling acid, scientists at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have found a blueprint for battling human disease using...

Lassa fever confirmed in death of U.S. traveler returning from Liberia

Tue, 26 May 2015 05:00:00 PDT

The CDC and the New Jersey Department of Health have confirmed a death from Lassa fever which was diagnosed earlier today in a person returning to the United States from Liberia.

More than two dozen articles provide insights on mummies

Tue, 26 May 2015 04:00:00 PDT

In a special issue, The Anatomical Record ventures into the world of human mummified remains.

Scientists reveal how herpes virus hijacks and hides in our cells

Tue, 26 May 2015 03:00:00 PDT

A new study of what the cold sore virus does to host cell machinery shows it disrupts host gene transcription termination, advancing our understanding of this and similar viruses.

In study, new swab reveals one-third of babies with severe diarrhea had undiagnosed, treatable infection

Tue, 26 May 2015 00:00:00 PDT

Innovative 'flocked swab' improves diagnosis, treatment of deadly childhood diarrheal diseases; results could prompt rethink of how to manage second leading cause of death among children under...

Measles-flu comparison yields insights for vaccine design

Mon, 25 May 2015 00:00:00 PDT

By comparing flu viruses to the virus that causes measles, researchers fine-tuned a tool that may enable faster vaccine design, according to a study led by Mount Sinai researchers and published...