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Bacterial resistance to 'last-resort' antibiotic reaches the U.S.

Fri, 27 May 2016 09:00:00 PDT

Bacterial resistance to the 'last-resort' antibiotic colistin has arisen in the U.S., a new report reveals, fueling fears of a 'post-antibiotic era.'

Zika virus infects human placental macrophages

Fri, 27 May 2016 09:00:00 PDT

One of Zika's mysteries is how the virus passes from an infected mother, through the placenta, to a developing fetus.

Genes that increases children's risk of blood infection identified

Fri, 27 May 2016 07:00:00 PDT

A team led by Oxford University has identified genes that make certain children more susceptible to invasive bacterial infections by performing a large genome-wide association study in African...

New malaria drugs kill by promoting premature parasite division

Fri, 27 May 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Several new malaria drugs under development share a common feature: they promote an influx of sodium ions into Plasmodium parasites that have invaded red blood cells and multiply there.

Following tricky triclosan

Thu, 26 May 2016 07:00:00 PDT

Antibacterial product flows through streams, crops.Most U.S. homes are full of familiar household products with an ingredient that fights bacteria: triclosan. Triclosan seems to be everywhere.

Zika virus may be linked to more eye problems in Brazilian babies with microcephaly

Thu, 26 May 2016 04:00:00 PDT

Ophthalmologists find retinal bleeding, abnormal blood vessel development and lesions in infants born to mothers who showed signs of the viral infection during pregnancy.

Do dressings prevent infection?

Wed, 25 May 2016 04:00:00 PDT

There is insufficient evidence to know whether dressings reduce the risk of wound infection after surgery and, in some cases, leaving a wound exposed may be better, say researchers in The BMJ.

Is it a Cold or Sinusitis? Learn to Spot the Symptoms of a Sinus Infection

Wed, 25 May 2016 00:00:00 PDT

The symptoms of a sinus infection are very similar to those caused by a cold. Learn how to spot symptoms caused by sinus infection with this article.

Study shows how bacteria evolve in the lungs of cystic fibrosis patients

Wed, 25 May 2016 00:00:00 PDT

The bacterium Burkholderia multivorans evolves and adapts in bursts to survive in the lungs of cystic fibrosis patients, according to a study published in mSystems, an open access journal from the...

Silencing cholera's social media

Wed, 25 May 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Bacteria use a form of "social media" communication called quorum sensing to monitor how many of their fellow species are in the neighborhood, allowing them to detect changes in density and respond...

Does sepsis keep killing months later?

Tue, 24 May 2016 05:00:00 PDT

Researchers set out to discover if the risk of death from sepsis continues even after the acute infection has been cured.It's known that many patients die in the months and years after sepsis.

Home Remedies for the Stomach Flu

Tue, 24 May 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Learn all about five home remedies for stomach flu that can be used to relieve some of the symptoms of this illness, such as dehydration and diarrhea.

Gut flora may lead to better diagnosis tool for liver disease and open new avenues for treatment

Mon, 23 May 2016 07:00:00 PDT

Primary sclerosing cholangitis, also known as PSC, is a liver disease with no effective medical treatment.

Zika virus protein could be vaccine target

Mon, 23 May 2016 00:00:00 PDT

A viral protein known as NS5 is a promising target for vaccines against Zika and related viruses, according to National Institutes of Health (NIH) scientists and colleagues at Mount Sinai's Icahn...

A tool to support public health decisions on Zika virus predicts most planned interventions to be cost-effective

Fri, 20 May 2016 11:00:00 PDT

A study published in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases presents a cost-effectiveness tool that can help guide decisions regarding resource allocation to fund interventions targeted at curtailing the...

Probiotic bacteria could provide some protection against cadmium poisoning

Fri, 20 May 2016 10:00:00 PDT

Oral administration of certain probiotics reduced uptake of the heavy metal, cadmium, in the intestines of mice, and in a laboratory experiment using human intestinal cells.

Temperature influences gene expression, life cycle in vibrio cholerae

Fri, 20 May 2016 10:00:00 PDT

Vibrio cholerae infects roughly four million people annually, worldwide, causing severe diarrheal disease, and killing an estimated 140,000 people.

Syphilis nearly eliminated, except in Africa

Fri, 20 May 2016 09:00:00 PDT

The discovery of penicillin has led to a sharp decline of syphilis around the world, except in Africa. In a new study, Prof.

To treat or not to treat: Antibiotic treatment speeds up spread of resistance in the gonorrhea superbug

Thu, 19 May 2016 11:00:00 PDT

Neisseria gonorrhoeae is a sexually transmitted bacterium that has developed broad resistance against antibiotics.

The effects of laxatives may provide new clues concerning Parkinson's disease

Thu, 19 May 2016 07:00:00 PDT

In a recent retrospective analysis, investigators discovered that the year-on-year increase in rigidity found in Parkinson's disease flattened off with the regular use of laxatives to manage...