Category Archives: Health News

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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Time of Day Influences Our Susceptibility to Infection, Study Finds

We are more susceptible to infection at certain times of the day as our body clock affects the ability of viruses to replicate and spread between cells, suggests new research from the University of Cambridge. The findings, published today in … 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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Could Yellow Fever Virus Cause a Zika-like Epidemic in the Americas

Yellow fever virus (YFV), a close relative of Zika virus and transmitted by the same type of mosquito, is the cause of an often-fatal viral hemorrhagic fever and could spread via air travel from endemic areas in Africa to cause … Continue reading

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Discovery of a New Defense System Against Microbial Pathogens

Antibodies play an important role in host defense against microbial pathogens. However, microbial pathogens seem to have acquired a protease that destroys antibodies in order to evade host immune system. On the other hand, the host immune system appears to … Continue reading

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Staph Risk Runs in Families, Especially Among Siblings

Having a first-degree relative, especially a sibling, with a history of staph infection significantly increases a person’s risk for the disease, regardless of sex of the family member, co-morbid conditions, or direct contamination. The results of a large national study … Continue reading

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Anthrax Capsule Vaccine Shown to Protect Against Lethal Inhalational Anthrax in Primate Model

Vaccination with the anthrax capsule–a naturally occurring component of the bacterium that causes the disease–completely protected monkeys from lethal anthrax infection, according to a study published online this week in the journal VACCINE. These results indicate that anthrax capsule is … Continue reading

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