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First ever successful field testing of Ebola vaccine reported

Sat, 01 Aug 2015 00:00:00 PDT

The vaccine rVSV-ZEBOV has proven to be successful at halting the spread of the Ebola virus in ongoing field tests conducted in Guinea.

Safeguarding the greater good

Fri, 31 Jul 2015 05:00:00 PDT

A unanimous international consensus reached by 26 scientists recommends specific measures for the responsible conduct of gene drive researchGene drives are genetic elements - found naturally in...

Evolutionary war between microorganisms affecting human health, IU biologist says

Fri, 31 Jul 2015 04:00:00 PDT

Health experts have warned for years that the overuse of antibiotics is creating "superbugs" able to resist drugs treating infection.

Reconstructing ancient virus should help scientists improve gene therapies

Fri, 31 Jul 2015 03:00:00 PDT

Scientists hope to better understand the complexity of viruses by reconstructing an ancient ancestor so they can design next-generation viruses to deliver gene therapy.

Liver plays role in pneumonia, sepsis susceptibility

Fri, 31 Jul 2015 03:00:00 PDT

New evidence highlights the importance of the liver in immunity against bacterial pneumonia.

Assessing the South Korea MERS outbreak: could it happen elsewhere?

Thu, 30 Jul 2015 08:00:00 PDT

In this Spotlight, we examine the recent MERS outbreak in South Korea, examining how authorities dealt with the virus and whether such an outbreak could occur elsewhere.

New research opens the door for treatment of relapsing bacterial infections

Thu, 30 Jul 2015 08:00:00 PDT

Northeastern University researchers lay the groundwork for customized antibiotic treatmentsIt's one thing to grow bacteria in a test tube, perform a screen in the lab, and find a mutation in the...

Persistent severe back pain could signify rare spine infection: new IDSA guideline

Thu, 30 Jul 2015 06:00:00 PDT

Patients with back pain that doesn't go away despite therapy may have a spine infection that could lead to paralysis or death if not diagnosed and treated correctly, note the first U.S.

The evolutionary link between diet and stomach acidity

Thu, 30 Jul 2015 02:00:00 PDT

An analysis of data on stomach acidity and diet in birds and mammals suggests that high levels of stomach acidity developed not to help animals break down food, but to defend animals against food...

Monitoring wildlife may shed light on spread of antibiotic resistance in humans

Thu, 30 Jul 2015 02:00:00 PDT

Study in African animals provides clues to antibiotic effectsAntibiotics are a blessing but may also be an empty promise of health when microbes develop resistance to our pharmacological arsenal.

Antibiotics increase risk of hearing loss in patients with deadly bacterial infections

Thu, 30 Jul 2015 02:00:00 PDT

Approximately 80 percent of infants in neonatal intensive care units receive antibiotics known to be toxic to the earThis is an image of the (intact) organ of Corti, with three rows of outer...

Structures reveal basis of recurring urinary tract infections

Thu, 30 Jul 2015 02:00:00 PDT

While the best antibiotics can wipe out most of the bacteria that cause notoriously difficult urinary tract infections, a few "sleeper cells" often remain.

Chlamydia screening 'easier and cheaper' with new DNA smartphone test

Thu, 30 Jul 2015 00:00:00 PDT

A new smartphone DNA test could offer a simpler and cheaper - though equally as accurate - alternative to current chlamydia screening techniques, according to a new study.

ESCMID cautions that Europe is now a hotbed of global fungal resistance in Aspergillus

Wed, 29 Jul 2015 09:00:00 PDT

The European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Disease (ESCMID) - an organization that explores the risks and best practices in infectious disease - is imploring global healthcare...

Closing the gap on developing a vaccine for middle ear infections

Wed, 29 Jul 2015 08:00:00 PDT

Researchers discover the molecular switch that controls a 'chameleon' bacteriaResearchers from Griffith University's Institute for Glycomics, together with the Nationwide Children's Hospital in...

Study: Sanofi Pasteur's vaccine candidate safely protects pre-adolescents to adults against dengue

Wed, 29 Jul 2015 06:00:00 PDT

Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of Sanofi, has announced that new data analyses published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) provide a comprehensive picture of the potential public...

'Leaky vaccines' could spur more dangerous disease

Wed, 29 Jul 2015 03:00:00 PDT

A new study shows how an imperfect vaccine may protect vaccinated individuals but allow the pathogen to evolve and put unvaccinated individuals at risk of more severe illness.

Experimental MERS vaccine shows promise in animal studies

Wed, 29 Jul 2015 02:00:00 PDT

A two-step regimen of experimental vaccines against Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) prompted immune responses in mice and rhesus macaques, report National Institutes of Health scientists who...

Cystic fibrosis: new understanding of infections

Wed, 29 Jul 2015 01:00:00 PDT

Lab work on the microorganisms found in sputum unveils secrets of their 'aerobic and anaerobic lifestyles' in cystic fibrosis to help with future studies and clinical testing.

McMaster scientists show a link between intestinal bacteria and depression

Wed, 29 Jul 2015 00:00:00 PDT

Exploring the role of intestinal microbiota in the altered behavior that is a consequence of early life stressScientists from the Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute at McMaster...