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WHO: Ebola fight 'shifts to ending epidemic'

Fri, 30 Jan 2015 03:00:00 PST

For the first time since June 2014, new Ebola cases in West Africa have fallen to below 100, prompting WHO to declare the fight now shifts from slowing to ending the epidemic.

Urban sprawl promotes worm exchange across species

Fri, 30 Jan 2015 01:00:00 PST

New research has shed light on the complex exchange of parasitic worms between wildlife, rats and humans.

Schoolgirl comment points to antibiotics as new cancer treatments

Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:00:00 PST

Professor Michael P. Lisanti, Director of the Breakthrough Breast Cancer Unit, led the research.

Virginia Tech researcher focuses on new strategies to prevent the flu

Thu, 29 Jan 2015 02:00:00 PST

Linsey Marr, a professor in the Charles E. Via Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech, is obsessed with flu transmission. This time of year, she's not alone.

Beating the clock: UGA researchers develop new treatment for rabies

Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:00:00 PST

Successfully treating rabies can be a race against the clock. Those who suffer a bite from a rabid animal have a brief window of time to seek medical help before the virus takes root in the central...

Blood transfusions during heart surgery increase risk of pneumonia

Wed, 28 Jan 2015 02:00:00 PST

Patients who receive red blood cell transfusions during coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery are at an increased risk of developing pneumonia, according to an abstract released at the...

Study reveals how listeria breaches the placenta

Wed, 28 Jan 2015 01:00:00 PST

A gut bacterium called Listeria (Listeria monocytogenes), which is often found in soft cheese, is known to present a risk to pregnant women.

FDA approves a second vaccine to prevent serogroup B meningococcal disease

Tue, 27 Jan 2015 02:00:00 PST

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Bexsero, a vaccine to prevent invasive meningococcal disease caused by Neisseria meningitidis serogroup B in individuals 10 through 25 years of...

SLU scientist aims to improve antibiotics to treat staph infections

Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 PST

Yap discovers evolutionary mechanism that allows bacteria to resist antibioticsIn research published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, assistant professor of biochemistry and...

Providing better data on the Ebola virus

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 02:00:00 PST

Researchers are exploring new and innovative methods to solve the complex mystery that is the Ebola virus.

Using viruses to find the cellular Achilles heel

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 01:00:00 PST

Protein interactions between viruses and cells can illuminate common weak points in human biology and reveal potential new targets for anti-viral treatments.

Viruses may play unexpected role in inflammatory bowel diseases

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 01:00:00 PST

Inflammatory bowel diseases are associated with a decrease in the diversity of bacteria in the gut, but a new study led by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St.

Immune system promotes digestive health by fostering community of 'good' bacteria

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:00:00 PST

As many as 1.4 million Americans suffer from uncomfortable abdominal cramping and diarrhea that come with ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease.

Pathogens detected by cell's recycling team

Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:00:00 PST

Just as households have garbage disposals and recycling bins for getting rid of everyday waste, the cell has its own system for cleaning up unnecessary or defunct components.

Social distancing 'effective for reducing flu risk'

Sat, 24 Jan 2015 00:00:00 PST

Stay home and watch TV to reduce your risk of flu. This is what the residents of Mexico City did during the 2009 swine flu outbreak, and researchers found it was effective.

Exhaled carbon dioxide alerts malaria mosquito to human presence

Fri, 23 Jan 2015 03:00:00 PST

While human odor guides malaria mosquitoes to human homes, once they take up residence, it is exhaled carbon dioxide that triggers them to land on skin for their next blood meal.

You are what you eat - how gut bacteria affect brain health

Fri, 23 Jan 2015 02:00:00 PST

The hundred trillion bacteria living in an adult human-mostly in the intestines, making up the gut microbiome-have a significant impact on behavior and brain health.

Regulating the toxicity of silver nanoparticles

Fri, 23 Jan 2015 01:00:00 PST

The use of colloidal silver to treat illnesses has become more popular in recent years, but its ingestion, prohibited in countries like the US, can be harmful to health.

Communication by bacteria as a therapeutic target for medicines

Fri, 23 Jan 2015 01:00:00 PST

Bacteria communicate by means of chemical signals and can develop common characteristics through this "agreement" and also develop their potential pathogenic effects in this way.

New type of antibiotic resistance discovered

Fri, 23 Jan 2015 00:00:00 PST

Aggressive infections constitute an increasing health problem all over the world.