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New antibiotic synthesized

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 00:00:00 PDT

A fortuitous collaboration at Rice University has led to the total synthesis of a recently discovered natural antibiotic.


Asthma sufferers at risk from indoor mould

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 00:00:00 PDT

Damp and mould in homes could pose a significant health risk to people with asthma according to a new study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.


In nature's antibiotic factory, small molecule acts as on-off switch

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 00:00:00 PDT

Scientists have identified the developmental on-off switch for Streptomyces, a group of soil microbes that produce more than two-thirds of the world's naturally derived antibiotic medicines.


Effective peer counseling programs needed for breastfeeding

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 00:00:00 PDT

The support of peer groups and clinicians is critical to the development of effective breastfeeding programs, according to recent University of Georgia research.


Breakthrough in RSV research

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 00:00:00 PDT

The New England Journal of Medicine has published research results from a clinical trial of a drug shown to safely reduce the viral load and clinical illness of healthy adult volunteers intranasally...


Promising results in mice from synthetic drug for Sudan strain of Ebola

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 00:00:00 PDT

Researchers from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and other institutions have developed a potential antibody therapy for Sudan ebolavirus (SUDV), one of the two most lethal...


Possible bacterial drivers of IBD identified

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 00:00:00 PDT

Yale University researchers have identified a handful of bacterial culprits that may drive inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) such as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, using patients' own...


Recently identified cell-cycle controls are targets for new drugs that fight infections by shutting down division

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 01:00:00 PDT

A cell is not a soap bubble that can simply pinch in two to reproduce. The ability to faithfully copy genetic material and distribute it equally to daughter cells is fundamental to all forms of life.


Home Microbiome Project announces results of study on household microbes

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 01:00:00 PDT

A person's home is their castle, and they populate it with their own subjects: millions and millions of bacteria.


Up to 3,000 times the bacterial growth found on hollow-head toothbrushes

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 01:00:00 PDT

Solid-head power toothbrushes retain less bacteria compared to hollow-head toothbrushes, according to researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of...


Scientists develop 'electronic nose' for rapid detection of C-diff infection

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 01:00:00 PDT

A fast-sensitive "electronic-nose" for sniffing the highly infectious bacteria C-diff, that causes diarrhoea, temperature and stomach cramps, has been developed by a team at the University of...


Leading Ebola researcher at UTMB says there's an effective treatment for Ebola

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 01:00:00 PDT

A leading U.S. Ebola researcher from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston has gone on record stating that a blend of three monoclonal antibodies can completely protect monkeys against...


Researcher finds income, education disparity in reasons for not vaccinating

Sun, 31 Aug 2014 00:00:00 PDT

Not all students returning to school this month will be up to date on their vaccinations.


Contaminated blood cultures can serve as diagnostic predictor for more targeted antibiotics

Sat, 30 Aug 2014 00:00:00 PDT

Some 30 percent of all positive hospital blood culture samples are discarded every day because they're "contaminated" - they reflect the presence of skin germs instead of specific disease-causing...


Respiratory infection controls being used for ebola patients are unnecessary and may contribute to public panic

Sat, 30 Aug 2014 00:00:00 PDT

Respiratory infection control measures - which have been adopted by most health agencies to deal with the Ebola epidemic in west Africa - are unnecessary, and may heighten panic and fear among the...


Ebola gene study traces origin of current outbreak

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 03:00:00 PDT

The genomes of Ebola currently raging in West Africa likely began with one leap to humans, and differ from genomes of previous outbreaks by over 300 mutations, says a new study.


Infant immunization rates 'are stable or increasing,' say CDC

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 02:00:00 PDT

Data from the 2013 National Immunization Survey shows that the 'vast majority' of parents are following vaccination recommendations for their infant children.


Artificial virus improves delivery of new generations of pharmaceuticals

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 02:00:00 PDT

Researchers from Wageningen UR, together with colleagues from the University of Leiden, Eindhoven University of Technology and Radboud University Nijmegen, have successfully developed an artificial...


Some future Ebola outbreaks may be contained by potential therapy for the Sudan Ebola strain

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 01:00:00 PDT

Ebola is a rare, but deadly disease that exists as five strains, none of which have approved therapies. One of the most lethal strains is the Sudan ebolavirus (SUDV).


From bite site to brain: how rabies virus hijacks and speeds up transport in nerve cells

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 01:00:00 PDT

Rabies (and rabies virus, its causative agent) is usually transmitted through the bite of an infected animal into muscle tissue of the new host.