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Hookworm Infection: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Hookworm is an intestinal parasite that is the cause of millions of infections worldwide. Learn about the symptoms and treatment of these infections here.

Cases of childhood diarrhoea linked to pathogens significantly underestimated

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 05:00:00 PDT

The number of cases of childhood diarrhoea attributable to pathogens (bacteria, parasites, viruses or other infections) have been substantially underestimated and may be nearly twice as high as...

Smallest-reported artificial virus could help advance gene therapy

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Gene therapy is a kind of experimental treatment that is designed to fix faulty genetic material and help a patient fight off or recover from a disease.

Speedy bacteria detector could help prevent foodborne illnesses

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

It seems like almost every week another food product is being recalled because of contamination. One of the more common culprits is a pathogenic strain of E. coli.

Study suggests antibodies may offer protection against tuberculosis

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Antibodies are one of the body's first lines of defense against infection, but their role in tuberculosis (TB) has gone largely unstudied.

Molecular analysis suggests multi-drug-resistant typhoid common in Nigeria

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 11:00:00 PDT

Typhoid fever is a major cause of illness and death worldwide, with more than 20 million estimated cases and over 200,000 deaths per year.

First analysis of 'Sustainable Development Goals' published

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

The Sustainable Development Goals provide solid targets by which to measure global improvement. The first analysis of the data yields surprising results.

Purdue scientists have bright idea for detecting harmful bacteria in food products

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Scientists looking for traces of E. coli O157:H7 contamination in foods soon could have a new detection method on their hands - turning off the lights to see if the bacteria glow in the dark.

High blood pressure drugs have potential to counter leading cause of death in malaria patients

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Adding a popular high blood pressure drug to standard malaria treatment more than tripled the survival rate of infected mice.

Gut bacteria may affect obesity risk in youth

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 09:00:00 PDT

Children and adolescents who are obese have different populations of gut microbes compared with youths of a normal weight, new research finds.

Hepatitis C: Signs and Symptoms

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Hepatitis C (HCV) affects thousands of Americans each year. Learn all about the signs and symptoms of the condition here, as well as treatment options.

Study examines factors that contribute to antimicrobial resistance, strategies to address problem

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Antimicrobial resistance poses significant challenges for current clinical care, and the modified use of antimicrobial agents and public health interventions, coupled with new antimicrobial...

HIV: New, powerful technique finds dormant virus hiding in rare cells

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 07:00:00 PDT

Scientists have discovered a highly accurate way to find and reactivate dormant HIV hiding in rare cells in patients on antiretroviral therapy.

Protein synthesis, ATP unnecessary for bacterial spore germination

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 05:00:00 PDT

Spores of Bacillus bacteria can survive for years in a dormant state, and then germinate in minutes.

Research provides clues to how Zika virus breaches the placental barrier

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

New research reveals that in pregnant women, Zika virus infection damages certain cells that affect placental formation and function.

Deworming drugs could treat deadly C. difficile infection

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

A class of drugs used to deworm animals may have the potential to treat even the deadliest strains of Clostridium difficile in humans, new study suggests.

Zika does cause microcephaly, but questions remain

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 07:00:00 PDT

The preliminary findings of a case control study conclude the microcephaly epidemic is a result of congenital Zika virus infection, but questions remain.

Zika virus can be detected in eye's conjunctival fluid

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 07:00:00 PDT

In a study published online by JAMA Ophthalmology, Changwen Ke, Ph.D., of the Guangdong Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Guangzhou, China and colleagues examined whether Zika...

Female hormone found to fight flu damage

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

A fascinating and potentially wide-reaching interaction between influenza, progesterone, and lung repair is unearthed in a landmark study.

Multi-drug-resistant TB cure rates higher than expected

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Cure rates for multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in Europe have been estimated to be twice as high as previously thought, according to a research team at Queen Mary University of London...