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Quick antibiotics reduce PICU needs and mortality of pediatric cancer patients

Sun, 01 Mar 2015 00:00:00 PST

A University of Colorado Cancer Center study published in the journal Pediatric Blood & Cancer shows that pediatric cancer patients who receive antibiotics within 60 minutes of reporting fever and...

Could an HIV drug beat strep throat, flesh-eating bacteria?

Sun, 01 Mar 2015 00:00:00 PST

With antibiotic resistance on the rise, scientists are looking for innovative ways to combat bacterial infections.

Rare parasite colonizing snails in South Florida

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 02:00:00 PST

A rare parasite that can cause sickness in humans and animals is present in more species of snails in Florida than previously thought, potentially putting people and pets who eat snails at risk.

Vaccine hesitancy: A PLOS Currents collection investigating vaccination decision-making

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 02:00:00 PST

Researchers explore individuals' confidence or reluctance to vaccinate their families and the associated effects on global health, in a collection published by the open-access journal, PLOS...

Minipool technology to prepare immunoglobulins to treat primary immunodeficiency and fight viral infections, such as Ebola, in developing countries

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 02:00:00 PST

A study publishing in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases describes a new, pragmatic, method for the production of immunoglobulin G (IgG) from human plasma in developing countries.

New CDC study highlights burden of pneumonia hospitalizations on U.S. children

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 02:00:00 PST

Children younger than 5 years of age accounted for 70 percent of pneumonia hospitalizations among children, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in a study published February...

Researchers identify antibodies to fight Marburg virus

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:00:00 PST

Two studies have revealed human antibodies that are able to bind to and disable the deadly Marburg virus, a relative of the Ebola virus.

Half a million C. diff infections and 15,000 deaths in 1 year

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 08:00:00 PST

Clostridium difficile was the cause of more than 450,000 infections and 15,000 deaths in the US in 2011, according to a new study led by CDC researchers.

CDC, Federal partners develop improved method for attributing foodborne illness

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 02:00:00 PST

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) have developed an improved method for...

Scientists develop a novel method to suppress malaria parasite's virulence genes, break the code of its immune evasion

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 02:00:00 PST

Up to one million people ¾ mainly pregnant woman and young children ¾ are killed each year by the Plasmodium falciparum parasite, which causes the most devastating form of human malaria.

USF biologists: Reductions in biodiversity can elevate disease risk

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:00:00 PST

Research identifies traits of predators that predicts their ability to reduce parasite transmission - managing predator diversity may be an underutilized tool to reduce human and wildlife diseases...

Antibiotics give rise to new communities of harmful bacteria

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:00:00 PST

Researchers identify unexpected activity of antibiotics, potentially reshaping our understanding of why antibiotics evolved and pointing to broad health implicationsMost people have taken an...

Should paramedics be allowed to give antibiotics to trauma victims?

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:00:00 PST

Study finds dramatic drop in infection rates when antibiotics are given within first hourFor years, infection rates from open fractures have remained stubbornly high.

Childhood pneumonia: study pinpoints viral cause in most cases

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:00:00 PST

Researchers have filled in some 'critical gaps' in knowledge about childhood pneumonia - by uncovering which pathogens were responsible for thousands of cases in a large study.

Drug-resistant TB may be treatable with new small molecule drug

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 03:00:00 PST

A new small molecule drug that disrupts the production of key proteins the bacterium needs to reproduce and survive shows promise against multidrug-resistant tuberculosis

WHO calls for worldwide use of "smart" syringes

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 02:00:00 PST

Use of the same syringe or needle to give injections to more than one person is driving the spread of a number of deadly infectious diseases worldwide.

Garlic extract could help cystic fibrosis patients fight infection

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 02:00:00 PST

A chemical found in garlic can kill bacteria that cause life-threatening lung infections in people with cystic fibrosis, research suggests.

You probably don't need these five tests or treatments, say infectious disease experts

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 02:00:00 PST

The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), in partnership with the ABIM Foundation's Choosing Wisely campaign, has released a list of five tests or treatments that physicians and patients...

CWRU dental researcher demonstrates how T cells cause inflammation during infections

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 00:00:00 PST

Case Western Reserve University dental researcher Pushpa Pandiyan has discovered a new way to model how infection-fighting T cells cause inflammation in mice.

Protein linked to development of asthma

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 00:00:00 PST

Researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) have linked a specific protein to the development of post-viral infection asthma, which is the first step in generating a novel type of asthma...