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CDC confirm first case of Ebola in the US

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 08:00:00 PDT

The first case of Ebola in the US has been confirmed in a person who traveled from Liberia in West Africa to Dallas, Texas. Close contacts of the patient are being monitored.


Breakthrough study discovers six changing faces of 'global killer' bacteria

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 02:00:00 PDT

Every ten seconds a human being dies from Streptococcus pneumoniae infection, also known as pneumococcus, making it a leading global killer.


Latest estimates show that preterm birth complications and pneumonia are the leading causes of death in children under five years

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 02:00:00 PDT

Complications from preterm (premature) births and pneumonia are now the leading causes of death in children under five years, together responsible for nearly 2 million deaths in 2013, according to...


Viral DNA infects cells by changing from solid to fluid-like state

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 01:00:00 PDT

Many double-stranded DNA viruses infect cells by ejecting their genetic information into a host cell. But how does the usually rigid DNA packaged inside a virus' shell flow from the virus to the cell?


Skin health could be improved by sweat-eating bacteria

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 01:00:00 PDT

Bacteria that metabolize ammonia, a major component of sweat, may improve skin health and some day could be used for the treatment of skin disorders, such as acne or chronic wounds.


Younger patients admitted for heart failure, pneumonia and acute myocardial infarction have 30-day readmission similar to older patients

Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:00:00 PDT

Older adults often are readmitted after hospitalization for heart failure, pneumonia, and acute myocardial infarction, a significant issue that has caused Medicare to target hospitals with high...


Bacteria may help treat acne, ulcers

Tue, 30 Sep 2014 03:00:00 PDT

Bacteria that eat ammonia - a major component of sweat - may one day be used to treat acne, ulcers and other skin disorders, say researchers.


Docs toolkits to tackle treatment of blood poisoning, UK

Tue, 30 Sep 2014 02:00:00 PDT

A Good Hope Hospital consultant is changing the way treatment of blood poisoning is managed by health care professionals with a suite of new toolkits.


The effectiveness of antimicrobial textiles challenged

Tue, 30 Sep 2014 00:00:00 PDT

Anti-odour clothing may not be living up to its promise, and an ALES researcher is saying it could all be a matter of how the product was tested.


The sixth most prevalent health condition in the world - severe periodontitis:

Tue, 30 Sep 2014 00:00:00 PDT

The International and American Associations for Dental Research (IADR/AADR) have published a paper titled "Global Burden of Periodontitis: A Systematic Review and Meta-Regression.


Fecal microbiota transplantation now officially recommended for the effective treatment of C. difficile infection

Mon, 29 Sep 2014 01:00:00 PDT

The transplantation of faecal microbiota from a healthy donor has been shown in recent clinical studies to be a safe and highly effective treatment for recurrent Clostridium difficile (C.


Hookworms reduce the symptoms of celiac disease

Mon, 29 Sep 2014 00:00:00 PDT

A wriggly solution to a first-world problem. Australian researchers have achieved groundbreaking results in a clinical trial using hookworms to reduce the symptoms of celiac disease.


Preventing agonizing rabies deaths

Mon, 29 Sep 2014 00:00:00 PDT

Mass dog vaccination clinics can eliminate a neglected infectious disease that brutally kills tens of thousands of people each yearThe deadly rabies virus - aptly shaped like a bullet - can be...


Tiny lesions in the heart remain after pneumonia

Mon, 29 Sep 2014 00:00:00 PDT

The long-observed association between pneumonia and heart failure now has more physical evidence, thanks to research in the School of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San...


Transplant recipients infected with BK virus at increased risk of rejection

Sun, 28 Sep 2014 00:00:00 PDT

Kidney transplant recipients infected with BK virus are more likely to develop antibodies against their kidney transplants than uninfected patients, according to a study appearing in an upcoming...


Cancer metastatis may be stopped in its tracks with the help of bacterial "communication system"

Sat, 27 Sep 2014 00:00:00 PDT

Cancer, while always dangerous, truly becomes life-threatening when cancer cells begin to spread to different areas throughout the body.


1 in 10 antibiotics prescriptions fail, according to new study

Fri, 26 Sep 2014 08:00:00 PDT

A new study analyzes the last 2 decades of antibiotic prescriptions in primary care in the UK and finds rising failure rates, particularly when treating pneumonia and bronchitis.


Leading health experts urge European governments to "mobilise all possible resources" to fight Ebola epidemic

Fri, 26 Sep 2014 02:00:00 PDT

Leading health experts have urged EU Member States to "mobilise all possible resources" to assist West Africans in controlling the Ebola epidemic, in an open letter published in The Lancet.


Trained immunity in white blood cells is induced by monocyte glycolysis

Fri, 26 Sep 2014 02:00:00 PDT

Cells undergoing trained immunity switch their internal metabolism. BLUEPRINT scientists spearheaded by prof. dr. Netea from the Radboud University Medical Center conclude this in Science.


Epigenetic programming of immune system training unravelled

Fri, 26 Sep 2014 02:00:00 PDT

Our immune response is much stronger regulated by environmental factors than was known so far.