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Antibiotic alternatives: ‘We kind of pride ourselves in my research group of doing the crazy stuff’

As the world loses its upper hand in the antibiotic arms race, it raises the specter of un-treatable infections resulting from routine surgeries. But a Canadian scientist has discovered a surprising source of potential antibiotic options. Over the past few months, there’s been grim … Continue reading

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Antibacterial Ingredients in Indoor Dust Could Contribute to Antibiotic Resistance

To better understand the problem of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, researchers have been piecing together its contributing factors. Now in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology, scientists report for the first time a link between antimicrobial substances such as triclosan in … Continue reading

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Pets and Children are a Potential Source of Clostridium difficile in the Community

Household transmission of Clostridium difficile to pets and children may be a source of community-associated C. difficile infections according to findings from a new study published today in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology. The study found that patients with this … Continue reading

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New Zika Clone Could be New Model for Developing Vaccine

Stopping the explosive spread of Zika virus – which can lead to birth defects in babies born to infected mothers – depends on genetic insights gleaned through new tools and models. Researchers at the National Institutes of Health recently cloned … Continue reading

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Clinical Trial Will Examine Investigational Vaccine Against Mosquito-Borne Illness

As world leaders increasingly recognize the Zika virus as an international public health threat, the Center for Vaccine Development at the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Institute for Global Health has been chosen as one of three study sites … Continue reading

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Glucose Transporters Blocked in Bacterial Meningitis

Escherichia coli K1 (E. coli K1) continues to be a major threat to the health of young infants. Affecting the central nervous system, it causes neonatal meningitis by multiplying in immune cells, such as macrophages, and then disseminating into the … Continue reading

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Public Health Officials Investigating Unique Case of Zika in Utah

Utah health officials confirmed today a new case of Zika in Utah and have launched an investigation to determine how the person became infected. The new case is a family contact who helped care for the individual who died from … Continue reading

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Angina Drug Could Inform a New Strategy to Fight Cryptococcosis

A drug more commonly used in the treatment of angina could be the focus of a new strategy in fighting the fatal fungal infection cryptococcosis. Researchers from the University of Birmingham found that the compound fendiline hydrochloride could be used … Continue reading

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Yellow Fever Epidemic Threatens to Spread from Angola to China

This map shows the distribution of Aedes aegypti across Africa and the Asia-Pacific region (areas shaded pink). The red outline delineates yellow fever-endemic regions. Yellow dots represent the location of yellow fever cases related to the Angolan outbreak (source: HealthMap). … Continue reading

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Advancing health research through Canadas fastest supercomputer – Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry – University of Alberta

A partnership between the Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology (LKSIOV) and the Southern Ontario Smart Computing Innovation Platform (SOSCIP) is bringing about a new wave of medical research at the University of Alberta. The partnership, announced April 5, gives … Continue reading

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