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Possible substitute for antibiotics to treat dangerous infections

Fri, 29 Apr 2016 01:00:00 PDT

Infections continue to threaten human health. With remarkable genetic flexibility, pathogenic organisms outsmart available therapies.


Poo transplants better understood

Thu, 28 Apr 2016 11:00:00 PDT

For the first time, scientists studying stool transplants have been able to track which strains of bacteria from a donor take hold in a patient's gut after a transplant.


Modified household utensils improve autonomy and lives of people with leprosy

Thu, 28 Apr 2016 11:00:00 PDT

Assistive technology - the use of (frequently modified or customized) equipment to improve the functional capabilities of people with special needs - is an important therapeutic tool.


Fungal spores could 'hijack' human immune cells to spread infection

Thu, 28 Apr 2016 08:00:00 PDT

Scientists have announced a major breakthrough in their understanding of how the fungus Aspergillus terreus - the cause of serious illness in humans - can move around the body, rather than remaining...


Study reveals COPD linked to increased bacterial invasion

Thu, 28 Apr 2016 07:00:00 PDT

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a common smoking-related lung illness and the third leading cause of death in the United States.


Zinc oxide tetrapods cure genital herpes in animals

Thu, 28 Apr 2016 07:00:00 PDT

Generating an effective vaccine against genital herpes infections has been a major research challenge for decades. Likewise, a protective microbicide has been a dream as well.


Diagnostics for everyone: A faster and more effective detector of fungal infections

Thu, 28 Apr 2016 06:00:00 PDT

Fungal infections are a serious problem in modern health care. A critical factor in their successful treatment is time: the faster they are detected, the more effectively dangerous infections can be...


Cellphone-sized device quickly detects the Ebola virus

Thu, 28 Apr 2016 05:00:00 PDT

The worst of the recent Ebola epidemic is over, but the threat of future outbreaks lingers.


Scientists pioneer synthetic derivatives of 'game-changing' new antibiotic which could hold key to tackling drug resistant bacteria

Thu, 28 Apr 2016 05:00:00 PDT

Scientists at the University of Lincoln, UK, have successfully produced two synthetic derivatives of Teixobactin - the world's first known antibiotic capable of destroying 'drug resistant' bacteria.


International project to develop ways of reducing the transmission of infectious diseases in transport hubs

Thu, 28 Apr 2016 04:00:00 PDT

Transport plays a major role in the spread of transmissible diseases. PANDHUB, a project coordinated by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, develops ways of reducing the risk of pandemics...


Bioinformatics specialists reveal the secret of antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Thu, 28 Apr 2016 03:00:00 PDT

Researchers from the Scientific Research Institute of Physical-Chemical Medicine, MIPT, the company M&S Decisions and the research department of Yandex have built a computer model of the...


Early detection system for catheter infections

Thu, 28 Apr 2016 02:00:00 PDT

A research team led by the University of Bath has developed an early warning system for urinary catheter infections, a problem which can cause severe risk to patients' health and costs the NHS an...


Bacterial virulence is stimulated by burns

Wed, 27 Apr 2016 10:00:00 PDT

Sepsis constitutes the main cause of disease and death in people suffering from severe burns.


Public Health England urges parents to vaccinate against measles, mumps and rubella

Wed, 27 Apr 2016 04:00:00 PDT

Public Health England (PHE) experts are calling for all parents to get their children vaccinated against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) when the vaccine is offered, or for them to take it up now...


TSRI scientists reveal secrets of a deadly virus family: Findings could guide development of treatments for Lassa fever

Wed, 27 Apr 2016 03:00:00 PDT

For the first time, scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have solved the structure of the biological machinery used by a common virus to recognize and attack human host cells.


TGen tracks the origins and spread of potentially deadly Valley Fever

Wed, 27 Apr 2016 02:00:00 PDT

Latest in genomic technologies could track sources of future infectious outbreaks.


Morning flu shot might be more effective than afternoon

Wed, 27 Apr 2016 00:00:00 PDT

New research shows that giving a flu vaccination in the morning might provide better protection than afternoon vaccinations. If proven, the findings could save many lives.


Atrophosclerodermic manifestations of lyme borreliosis

Tue, 26 Apr 2016 08:00:00 PDT

This review summarizes the literature on scleratrophic skin lesions as a manifestation of a Borrelia infection.


Revolutionary antibiotics may save the world

Tue, 26 Apr 2016 08:00:00 PDT

An international team including the Lomonosov Moscow State University researchers discovered which enzyme enables Escherichia coli bacterium (E. coli) to breathe.


Soy shows promise as natural anti-microbial agent: Study

Tue, 26 Apr 2016 07:00:00 PDT

Soy isoflavones and peptides may inhibit the growth of microbial pathogens that cause food-borne illnesses, according to a new study from University of Guelph researchers.