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Maynooth University research paves way for new class of antibiotics to combat healthcare associated infection

Tue, 01 Dec 2015 05:00:00 PST

With global health services increasingly worried about the rise of antibiotic resistant diseases, researchers at Maynooth University have discovered a compound whose anti-MRSA qualities pave the...

Shining light on microbial growth and death inside our guts

Tue, 01 Dec 2015 01:00:00 PST

Precise measurement of microbial populations in gastrointestinal tracts could be key to identifying novel therapies.

New and presumably tick-borne bacterium discovered in an Austrian fox

Tue, 01 Dec 2015 00:00:00 PST

Adnan Hodzi from the Institute of Parasitology at the Vetmeduni Vienna is searching for pathogens transmitted by ticks.

Avian influenza expert raises concerns as USDA stockpiles vaccines

Fri, 27 Nov 2015 05:00:00 PST

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is creating a stockpile of avian influenza vaccines, but an expert suggests careful consideration of the strategy and cautions that the strain of the next...

Study uncovers key step in malaria parasite's invasion of the liver

Fri, 27 Nov 2015 03:00:00 PST

A new study shows malaria parasites prefer to set up replication compartments in liver cells that express EphA2. Cells low in the receptor appear to be less prone to infection.

Post-Ebola: how can the WHO get back its teeth?

Thu, 26 Nov 2015 08:00:00 PST

A post-Ebola panel has drawn up 10 recommendations for informing a better response to a future epidemic, largely focusing on the WHO. We look at some of the recommendations.

India stands with Asia Pacific nations in drive for malaria‐free region

Thu, 26 Nov 2015 05:00:00 PST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has joined other Asia Pacific Leaders in taking a concrete step closer to defeating malaria.

Researchers assess use of drug-susceptible parasites to fight drug resistance

Thu, 26 Nov 2015 03:00:00 PST

Researchers at the University of Georgia have developed a model for evaluating a potential new strategy in the fight against drug-resistant diseases.

Penn researchers discover why E. coli move faster in syrup-like fluids than in water

Thu, 26 Nov 2015 03:00:00 PST

Swimming in a pool of syrup would be difficult for most people, but for bacteria like E. coli, it's easier than swimming in water.

Mosquito-borne chikungunya virus causes severe brain inflammation

Thu, 26 Nov 2015 00:00:00 PST

Mosquito-borne virus chikungunya can cause encephalitis, leading to disability and death, especially in infants and over 65. One locally transmitted case has occurred in the US.

Neglected Tropical Diseases disproportionately found in areas of poverty and decreased human development in Islamic Nations

Wed, 25 Nov 2015 11:00:00 PST

The Organisation of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is an inter-governmental organisation of 57 Muslim-majority countries with a mission to promote human rights and advance science and technology...

Nanoparticles simplify DNA identification and quantification

Wed, 25 Nov 2015 09:00:00 PST

In an article published in Small, researchers successfully applied a new qualitative and quantitative method for the detection of a DNA sequence characteristic of Leishmania infantum kinetoplast, a...

Postoperative Clostridium difficile infection in the Veterans Health Administration

Wed, 25 Nov 2015 08:00:00 PST

The overall postoperative rate of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI), a bacterium that can cause severe diarrhea and life-threatening intestinal conditions, was 0.

Physician leaders call for health to be protected in climate change agreement

Wed, 25 Nov 2015 06:00:00 PST

A sustainable global agreement on climate change with a strong emphasis on the protection and improvement of health has been called for by the World Medical Association on the eve of the climate...

Tuberculosis: Daily antibiotics recommended to prevent resistant strains

Wed, 25 Nov 2015 04:00:00 PST

A computer model of tuberculosis has shown that approved treatments prescribing antibiotic doses once or twice a week are more likely to lead to drug resistant strains than are daily antibiotic...

Winter season reverses outcome of fruit fly reproduction

Wed, 25 Nov 2015 03:00:00 PST

Male fruit flies could find their chances of fathering offspring radically reduced if they are last in the queue to mate with promiscuous females before winter arrives, according to new University of...

Safety last? Consumers' response to food safety risks are altered due to prior commitment and preference

Wed, 25 Nov 2015 00:00:00 PST

With the globalization of our food supply, food safety issues are a major concern for both public health and for the food industry.

FDA approves vaccine for use after known or suspected anthrax exposure

Tue, 24 Nov 2015 10:00:00 PST

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new indication for BioThrax (Anthrax Vaccine Adsorbed) to prevent disease following suspected or confirmed exposure to Bacillus anthracis, the...

The risk of developing leishmaniasis multiplies a hundredfold in transplant patients

Tue, 24 Nov 2015 09:00:00 PST

Researchers from Spain have analysed the prevalence of leishmaniasis among the population of organ transplant recipients.

Complex hospital infection data confuses consumers

Tue, 24 Nov 2015 09:00:00 PST

Patients have difficulty deciphering complex numeric data on healthcare-associated infections used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to help consumers choose hospitals...