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New databse shows global increases in infection outbreaks, unique diseases rising since 1980

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 01:00:00 PDT

Enterovirus. Tuberculosis. Cholera. Measles. Various strains of the flu and hepatitis.


Scientists grow a miniature human stomach from stem cells

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 01:00:00 PDT

Researchers have grown fully functioning, miniature human stomachs from stem cells, providing a model in which to study diseases such as stomach cancer and metabolic syndrome.


Breakthrough technologies adapted to combat parasitic worm infections

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:00:00 PDT

Recent breakthroughs may pave the way for vaccines and new drugs for those infected by parasitic helminths.


Hot on the trail of the Asian tiger mosquito

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:00:00 PDT

Scientists use the new discipline of landscape genetics to follow a 'flying syringe'Aedes albopictus, the Asian tiger mosquito, is an aggressive daytime biter and a potential disease vector.


Will overpopulation lead to public health catastrophe?

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:00:00 PDT

Overpopulation is a beloved trope of dystopian fiction. But do the findings of a new study projecting that there will be up to 12.3 billion people by 2100 spell doom for humankind?


Ancient viruses regenerated from 700-year-old frozen reindeer poop

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 03:00:00 PDT

Our knowledge of long-dead viruses is limited by their poor preservation in ancient specimens. Now, molecular genetics shows it is possible to regenerate them from frozen samples.


IDSA statement on involuntary quarantine of healthcare workers returning from Ebola-affected countries

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 02:00:00 PDT

The Infectious Diseases Society of America strongly supports measures to minimize the risk of Ebola Virus disease (EVD) transmission in the US from travelers returning from Ebola-outbreak-affected...


Study: Prompt isolation of symptomatic patients is key to eliminating Ebola

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 02:00:00 PDT

Isolating the sickest Ebola-infected individuals before they progress into their late phase of illness can effectively eliminate the Ebola epidemic in Liberia, according to a modeling study being...


Vaccine/adjuvant combination against a leading cause of bacterial diarrhea shows great promise for saving children's lives

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 01:00:00 PDT

New results from a safety and immunogenicity study, which included a challenge phase to test efficacy, indicate that a live attenuated enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC) vaccine candidate, given...


Gut bacteria byproduct impacts heart failure

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 PDT

A chemical byproduct of intestinal bacteria-dependent digestion, TMAO (trimethylamine N-oxide) - already proven to contribute to heart disease and to be an accurate tool for predicting future heart...


Could a Japanese mushroom extract eradicate HPV?

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 PDT

An extract from shiitake mushrooms - AHCC - could help treat HPV infection, according to new research from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.


CDC issue interim guidance on Ebola monitoring

Tue, 28 Oct 2014 03:00:00 PDT

CDC's new guidance for people who have been in contact with Ebola patients would restrict the movement of those at high risk but not require them to undergo mandatory quarantine.


How microbes build a powerful antibiotic

Tue, 28 Oct 2014 00:00:00 PDT

Researchers report in the journal Nature that they have made a breakthrough in understanding how a powerful antibiotic agent is made in nature.


UK healthcare workers to be quizzed about fighting Ebola in west Africa

Mon, 27 Oct 2014 02:00:00 PDT

UK healthcare workers are being encouraged to complete a survey about helping with the Ebola outbreak in west Africa.


Drones help show how environmental changes affect the spread of infectious diseases

Sun, 26 Oct 2014 00:00:00 PDT

Unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, can collect detailed information in real time at relatively low cost for ecological research.


New York City reports positive test for Ebola in volunteer international aid worker

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 04:00:00 PDT

A hospitalized medical aid worker who volunteered in Guinea, one of the three West African nations experiencing an Ebola epidemic, and since returned to the United States has tested positive for...


Success short treatment against drug-resistant tuberculosis confirmed

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:00:00 PDT

The result of 10 years of collaboration between the Damien Foundation Belgium and the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp (ITM) could revolutionize global tuberculosis control.


Rapid test to diagnose severe sepsis

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:00:00 PDT

A new test, developed by University of British Columbia researchers, could help physicians predict within an hour if a patient will develop severe sepsis so they can begin treatment immediately.


Ebola control measures in Montserrado, Liberia 'not enough to contain virus'

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 01:00:00 PDT

In a new study, researchers say current control measures in Montserrado, Liberia are not enough to contain the Ebola outbreak, and up-scales of these measures are urgently needed.


Trial flu, Ebola drug shows promise against norovirus

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 03:00:00 PDT

An experimental drug currently undergoing trials as a treatment for influenza and Ebola virus disease causes norovirus to mutate itself to death in infected mice, a study shows.