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Improving premature infants' bacterial environment could fend off infections

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 01:00:00 PDT

Mothers give a newborn baby a gift of germs - germs that help to kick-start the infant's immune system.

Infectious, tropical diseases could be treated with multitarget TB drug

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 00:00:00 PDT

A drug under clinical trials to treat tuberculosis could be the basis for a class of broad-spectrum drugs that act against various bacteria, fungal infections and parasites, yet evade resistance...

New insight has the potential to improve treatment for sepsis

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 00:00:00 PDT

In a review published in the April issue of Immunity, Kevin J. Tracey, MD, president of The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, says it's time to take a fresh look at the medical community's...

Respiratory syncytial virus infection prevented in mice

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 01:00:00 PDT

New therapies are needed to prevent and treat respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) - a potentially lethal respiratory infection that can severely affect infants, young children and the elderly.

Entire genome of deadly human pathogen Cryptococcus sequenced

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 01:00:00 PDT

Within each strand of DNA lies the blueprint for building an organism, along with the keys to its evolution and survival.

Molecule discovered that smuggles toxins from intestinal pathogens into human cells

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 00:00:00 PDT

Prof. Dr. Dr. Klaus Aktories and Dr. Panagiotis Papatheodorou from the Institute of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology of the University of Freiburg have discovered the receptor...

How intestinal cells build a nutrient-absorbing, pathogen repelling surface

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 00:00:00 PDT

The "brush border" - a densely packed array of finger-like projections called microvilli - covers the surfaces of the cells that line our intestines.

Dedicated immune cells defend a single organ

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 00:00:00 PDT

Scientists have uncovered a new way the immune system may fight cancers and viral infections. The finding could aid efforts to use immune cells to treat illness.

CDC data show limited progress in reducing foodborne infections in 2013

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 02:00:00 PDT

The nation's food safety grades are out and the results are mixed. CDC's annual report card shows that foodborne infections continue to be an important public health problem in the United States.

Study demonstrates that antibacterial soaps can reduce risk of foodborne illness

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 01:00:00 PDT

Newly published research shows that the use of antibacterial soaps can reduce the spread of harmful bacteria - that often leads to foodborne illness - more effectively than using non-antibacterial...

Methodologies devized for tracking disease outbreaks in communities

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 00:00:00 PDT

Comparing hospitalization records with data reported to local boards of health presents a more accurate way to monitor how well communities track disease outbreaks, according to a paper published in...

Uncovering camouflaged bacteria

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 00:00:00 PDT

A research team at the Biozentrum of the University of Basel has discovered an protein family that plays a central role in the fight against the bacterial pathogen Salmonella within the cells.

Child mortality decreased by high disease load

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 00:00:00 PDT

Children who have been conceived during a severe epidemic are more resistant against other pathogens later in life.

Researchers make progress in understanding immune response in severe schistosomiasis

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 00:00:00 PDT

at the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences at Tufts and Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM) have uncovered a mechanism that may help explain the severe forms of schistosomiasis, or...

Secrets of protein produced by disease-causing fungus revealed

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 00:00:00 PDT

A team that includes scientists from the School of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Johns Hopkins University and St.

Video surveillance improves understanding of essential hygiene behavior

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 00:00:00 PDT

One of the best defenses against infectious disease is one of the most simple - hand washing.Still, despite years of global public awareness campaigns, hand washing rates remain low.

In newest analysis for Human Microbiome Project scientists re-define what's healthy

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:00:00 PDT

As scientists catalog the trillions of bacteria found in every nook and cranny of the human body, a new look by the University of Michigan shows wide variation in the types of bacteria found in...

Lyme disease research may help predict patients' risk for long-term complications

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:00:00 PDT

A team of scientists led by Johns Hopkins and Stanford University researchers has laid the groundwork for understanding how variations in immune responses to Lyme disease can contribute to the many...

Promising new oral drug to combat the measles

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:00:00 PDT

A novel antiviral drug may protect people infected with the measles from getting sick and prevent them from spreading the virus to others, an international team of researchers says.

New studies investigate malaria resistance and susceptibility in children

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:00:00 PDT

Two new studies investigated malaria resistance and susceptibility among children, and have uncovered information that may improve our understanding of the disease.