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UK lagging behind other nations in managing the most common mother to child viral infection in pregnancy, according to new report

Tue, 30 Jun 2015 03:00:00 PDT

A new report authored by leading experts in pregnancy and infection is calling for urgent action to reduce the number of infections occurring in pregnancy caused by CMV - the so-called 'Stealth...

Rare gene variant associated with middle ear infections

Tue, 30 Jun 2015 02:00:00 PDT

Many parents have heard the night-time cry of "my ear hurts." For some children, this might happen frequently beginning in infancy and even persist into adulthood.

More people in Florida sickened by toxin in tropical reef fish than previously reported

Tue, 30 Jun 2015 02:00:00 PDT

Public health records may significantly underestimate the number of people in Florida who are sickened by a rare, dangerous food-borne toxin carried by popular sport fish, including barracuda...

Universal amplification system allows ultra-sensitive detection of proteins and microbes

Mon, 29 Jun 2015 09:00:00 PDT

Guanine Inc has announced a revolutionary technology for amplifying protein and microbe detection signals.

MERS vaccine 'ready for human trials'

Mon, 29 Jun 2015 08:00:00 PDT

Researchers say that a candidate vaccine for the coronavirus that causes Middle East respiratory syndrome has passed preclinical tests and is ready to be trialled in humans.

New antibody treatment may protect against Marburg and Ebola viruses

Mon, 29 Jun 2015 07:00:00 PDT

Scripps researchers have designed proteins that elicit an effective antibody response in a mouse model against Marburg virus and its viral cousin, Ebola virus.

New study shows higher rates of C. difficile infection in hospitals that use reusable sharps containers

Mon, 29 Jun 2015 04:00:00 PDT

BD Medical, a segment of BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) (NYSE: BDX), a leading global medical technology company, today announced that results from a new independent study of acute care...

Daily bathing of pediatric patients with antiseptic: Bloodstream infections cut by 59 percent

Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:00:00 PDT

Daily bathing of pediatric patients with disposable cloths containing 2 percent chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) reduced central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) by 59 percent and saved...

High-res image of Ebola virus reveals how it evades the immune system

Sat, 27 Jun 2015 00:00:00 PDT

Scripps researchers have created a high-resolution image of the Ebola virus, which has revealed how a viral protein helps the virus escape attack from the immune system.

Fast, accurate Ebola test shows promise in trials

Fri, 26 Jun 2015 08:00:00 PDT

Current Ebola blood tests are slow, complex and put health care workers at risk. A new test, however, can diagnose Ebola accurately from one drop of blood at a patient's bedside.

European rule changes on cross border pet transport may heighten rabies risk from rescue dogs

Fri, 26 Jun 2015 08:00:00 PDT

Recent changes to regulations on the transport of pets across Europe may have increased the threat of introducing rabies from rescue dogs into countries considered free of the disease, suggests...

A person's diet, acidity of urine may affect susceptibility to UTIs

Fri, 26 Jun 2015 06:00:00 PDT

The acidity of urine -- as well as the presence of small molecules related to diet -- may influence how well bacteria can grow in the urinary tract, a new study shows.

New breath test for pneumonia

Fri, 26 Jun 2015 04:00:00 PDT

Researchers from The University of Manchester are part of a team that has identified an important new approach to diagnose infections in critically ill patients rapidly and accurately.

Infection preventionists may spend more time collecting data than protecting patients

Fri, 26 Jun 2015 04:00:00 PDT

Collecting and reporting hospital infection data to federal health agencies takes more than 5 hours each day, at the expense of time needed to ensure that frontline healthcare personnel are adhering...

Pilot program in pediatric long-term care facility halves topical antibiotic use

Fri, 26 Jun 2015 03:00:00 PDT

Requiring documentation of antibiotic indication improves overall usageA pilot antibiotic stewardship program at a pediatric long-term care facility brought about a 59 percent decrease in use of...

Research matters

Fri, 26 Jun 2015 02:00:00 PDT

A new PLOS Pathogens forum explains how basic research is necessary, exciting, and makes a difference"We seek this new Research Matters format for individual scientists to tell the public how...

Global AIDS efforts must improve or infections and deaths will increase

Fri, 26 Jun 2015 00:00:00 PDT

A new report states that unless efforts to stop new HIV infections and improve access to treatment improve over the next 5 years, deaths from AIDS and HIV infections will increase.

A high-tech approach to combat sleeping sickness and potentially other neglected diseases

Thu, 25 Jun 2015 11:00:00 PDT

Sleeping sickness, or African trypanosomiasis, is caused by trypanosome parasites transmitted by tsetse flies and threatens millions of people in sub-Saharan Africa.

Zevtera (Ceftobiprole medocaril): The latest generation Cephalosporin with broad-spectrum of activity launches in the UK

Thu, 25 Jun 2015 09:00:00 PDT

Basilea Pharmaceutica AG has announced the UK launch of its broad-spectrum Cephalosporin Zevtera® (Ceftobiprole medocaril) for the first-line treatment of serious bacterial pneumonia.

In ERs, UTIs and STIs in women misdiagnosed, even mixed up nearly half the time

Thu, 25 Jun 2015 04:00:00 PDT

Urinary tract and sexually transmitted infections in women are misdiagnosed by emergency departments nearly half the time, according to a paper in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology, a publication...