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Ticks and Lyme disease: how worried should we be?

Tue, 13 Oct 2015 08:00:00 PDT

With recent reports of a rise in Lyme disease cases, we try to find out just how worried should we be about the pesky bugs closely associated with the condition: ticks.

IU scientists find the external environment, oxidation greatest threats to DNA

Tue, 13 Oct 2015 08:00:00 PDT

Bacterium exhibits remarkable ability to repair or prevent DNA damage arising from internal processes, contrary to previous findingsThe rod-shaped bacterium E.

Study finds health care workers frequently contaminate their hands, clothing in removal of gloves, gowns

Tue, 13 Oct 2015 07:00:00 PDT

Contamination of the skin and clothing of health care workers happened frequently during the removal of gloves or gowns in a simulation study published by JAMA Internal Medicine that used...

Breast cancer drug beats superbug

Tue, 13 Oct 2015 05:00:00 PDT

Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences have found that the breast cancer drug tamoxifen gives white blood...

Establishment of systems metabolic engineering strategies to develop microbial strains

Tue, 13 Oct 2015 02:00:00 PDT

Although conventional petrochemical processes have generated chemicals and materials which have been useful to mankind, they have also triggered a variety of environmental problems including climate...

New compound found to cure Ebola in monkeys

Mon, 12 Oct 2015 09:00:00 PDT

Researchers from the US have collaborated on a treatment for Ebola with 100% success in curing primate monkeys, offering hope that a therapy will be developed in the near future.

FDA allows marketing of the first nucleic acid-based test to detect multiple pathogens from a single sample of cerebrospinal fluid

Mon, 12 Oct 2015 05:00:00 PDT

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has allowed marketing of the first cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) nucleic acid-based test for simultaneous detection of multiple pathogens that can cause central...

UV light robots cut c. diff transmissions by 25 percent on cancer patient floors

Mon, 12 Oct 2015 01:00:00 PDT

An estimated $150,000 in annual direct medical costs were averted by preventing infectionsNew research from Penn Medicine infection control specialists found that ultraviolet robots helped...

Researchers use gut bacteria composition to genetically classify colorectal tumors

Mon, 12 Oct 2015 00:00:00 PDT

By analyzing the types of gut bacteria present around colorectal tumors, researchers have found a way to predict key genetic mutations in the tumors themselves, a method that could eventually inform...

Tripped up by a bug: Infection may cause falls, especially in older people, study suggests

Mon, 12 Oct 2015 00:00:00 PDT

People who end up in the emergency room because of a fall often are tripped up by an infection, rather than a loose throw rug or poor eyesight, suggests a study presented at IDWeek 2015™.

Antibiotic stewardship reduces C. diff in hospitalized children

Mon, 12 Oct 2015 00:00:00 PDT

Hospitalized children were three times less likely to become sick with Clostridium difficile (C.

Vaccines: Don't leave home without them

Mon, 12 Oct 2015 00:00:00 PDT

While Americans should be fully vaccinated before travelling internationally to avoid infection with highly contagious diseases such as measles and hepatitis A, many are not, suggest two studies...

Carbohydrate-binding proteins mitigate parasitic infection in heart tissue

Fri, 09 Oct 2015 11:00:00 PDT

Chagas disease is the main cause of infectious heart disease in Latin America.

"The problem of resistance: sexually transmitted infections are becoming more difficult to control"

Fri, 09 Oct 2015 09:00:00 PDT

Almost 400,000,000 people worldwide aged 15-49 years acquire one of four sexually transmitted infections (STIs) each year, as Prof.

Genetic variation is key to fighting viruses

Fri, 09 Oct 2015 03:00:00 PDT

Using a genome-wide association study, EPFL scientists have identified subtle genetic changes that can cause substantial differences to how we fight viral infections.

One in 8 children at risk for measles, analysis shows

Fri, 09 Oct 2015 03:00:00 PDT

Undervaccination leaves nearly 9 million vulnerable to contagious diseaseGaps in measles vaccination rates place one in eight children at risk for becoming sick from the highly contagious...

New protein cleanup factors found to control bacterial growth

Fri, 09 Oct 2015 02:00:00 PDT

UMass Amherst researchers characterize previously mysterious proteolysis factorsUMass Amherst molecular biologists say newly idientified regulatory adaptors work in a step-wise, hierarchical...

Is a measles epidemic becoming more likely in the US?

Fri, 09 Oct 2015 01:00:00 PDT

Recent measles outbreaks in the US have led to concerns about the number of children not fully vaccinated. If coverage drops to 98% of its current level, an epidemic is possible.

Salmonella unmasked as major killer of young children in Africa

Thu, 08 Oct 2015 04:00:00 PDT

Invasive Salmonella infections in sub-Saharan Africa are a major cause of child illness and deaths, a new body of research into this usually overlooked infectious disease has revealed.

Cleaning hospital rooms with chemicals, UV rays cuts superbug transmissions

Thu, 08 Oct 2015 04:00:00 PDT

In a hospital, what you can't see could hurt you.Healthcare facilities continue to battle drug-resistant organisms such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) that loiter on...