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Freshers told 'it's not too late' for MenC vaccine, UK

Fri, 28 Nov 2014 02:00:00 PST

Immunisation experts and university leaders urge first year university students (Freshers) to come forward for a vaccine to protect them against meningococcal C infection following recent reports...


Researchers find important element in the fight against sleeping sickness

Fri, 28 Nov 2014 00:00:00 PST

Researchers from Aarhus University have taken an important step in the fight against sleeping sickness, a disease that is a major problem in parts of Africa.


Costly infections in jails likely to be reduced by the use of wash cloths

Fri, 28 Nov 2014 00:00:00 PST

New research shows providing detainees wash cloths treated with a skin cleanser could reduce the prevalence of Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) bacteria in U.S. jails.


Tetanus discovery could lead to motor neuron disease treatment

Fri, 28 Nov 2014 00:00:00 PST

Scientists have discovered how tetanus neurotoxin enters nerve cells. This newly found pathway could potentially be used to deliver treatment to the nervous system.


Should we worry about tapeworms?

Thu, 27 Nov 2014 08:00:00 PST

Difficult to detect and prodigious in appetite, tapeworms are the stuff of hypochondriacs' nightmares. But how much of a threat do they pose to humans?


Understanding how bacterial toxins target human cells will help develop new drugs

Thu, 27 Nov 2014 01:00:00 PST

New drugs and treatment strategies will be developed from research that provides a new understanding of how bacterial toxins target human cells.


In mice, therapeutic nanoparticles dampen H. pylori bacteria and inflammation that lead to ulcers and gastric cancer

Thu, 27 Nov 2014 00:00:00 PST

The bacterium Helicobacter pylori is strongly associated with gastric ulcers and cancer.


Goodbye, needles: measles vaccine could be delivered with a puff of air

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 07:00:00 PST

A new measles vaccine that takes the form of an easily administered inhalable dry powder has been proven safe in a human clinical trial.


Antibiotic to target staph infections, strep, comes from good bacteria in turkeys - another reason to be thankful

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 03:00:00 PST

While the turkey you eat on Thursday will bring your stomach happiness and could probably kick-start an afternoon nap, it may also save your life one day.


Legionnaires' disease

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 01:00:00 PST

A new CDC study reveals that New Yorkers living in poverty are at a higher risk from the potentially fatal bug Legionnaires' disease.


Organisms that thrive in hostile environments may be an untapped source of antibacterial drugs

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 00:00:00 PST

One of the most mysterious forms of life may turn out to be a rich and untapped source of antibacterial drugs.


Improved understanding of how bacterial toxins target human cells

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 00:00:00 PST

Research that provides a new understanding of how bacterial toxins target human cells is set to have major implications for the development of novel drugs and treatment strategies.


Staph stopped by wireless electronic implants which then dissolve

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 00:00:00 PST

Researchers at Tufts University, in collaboration with a team at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, have demonstrated a resorbable electronic implant that eliminated bacterial infection...


Microbe toxin genes have jumped to ticks, mites and other animals

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 00:00:00 PST

It's a dog eat dog world, and bacteria have been living in it for a long time.


New method to determine antibiotic resistance fast

Tue, 25 Nov 2014 02:00:00 PST

Scientists from Uppsala University, the Science for Life Laboratory (SciLifeLab) in Stockholm and Uppsala University Hospital have developed a new method of rapidly identifying which bacteria are...


What math can tell us about vaccines' effects on disease propagation

Tue, 25 Nov 2014 00:00:00 PST

The control of certain childhood diseases is difficult, despite high vaccination coverage in many countries.


Yellow fever research breakthrough could lead to better treatment

Mon, 24 Nov 2014 08:00:00 PST

By examining how macaque monkeys react to the yellow fever virus, researchers have discovered white blood cell changes that could lead to earlier diagnosis and better treatment.


Metabolic syndrome may be prevented by healthy gut bacteria

Mon, 24 Nov 2014 08:00:00 PST

In a model of mouse siblings, the findings of a new study suggest that healthy gut bacteria may prevent or treat metabolic syndrome.


China's progress in reducing infectious diseases will likely slow down with climate change

Mon, 24 Nov 2014 01:00:00 PST

China has made significant progress increasing access to tap water and sanitation services, and has sharply reduced the burden of waterborne and water-related infectious diseases over the past two...


Blood-brain barrier permeability influenced by gut microbiota

Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:00:00 PST

A new study in mice, conducted by researchers at Sweden's Karolinska Institutet together with colleagues in Singapore and the United States, shows that our natural gut-residing microbes can influence...