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Bacteria cause bacterial infections and viruses cause viral infections. Antibiotic drugs usually kill bacteria, but they are not effective against viruses. Infections caused by bacteria include strep throat, tuberculosis and urinary tract infections. Dis

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Chemical mosquito controls ineffective in Zika fight

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 02:00:00 PST

Some existing methods for controlling Zika-carrying mosquitos are not effective and may even be counter-productive, according to research by scientists at the University of East Anglia (UEA).

How the tuberculosis vaccine may protect against other diseases

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PST

The tuberculosis vaccine is well known to help protect against other infectious diseases, as well as cancer, but the exact mechanisms have not been clear.

Re-emergence of syphilis traced to pandemic strain cluster

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PST

Over the last few decades, an age-old infectious disease has been re-emerging globally: Syphilis.

Resistance to drug of last resort found in farm animals in US

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PST

Carbapenems are one of the most important classes of antibiotics used in humans, and are an important agent against multi-drug resistant bacteria.

Researchers find overwhelming evidence of malaria's existence 2,000 years ago

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 06:00:00 PST

An analysis of 2,000-year-old human remains from several regions across the Italian peninsula has confirmed the presence of malaria during the Roman Empire, addressing a longstanding debate about...

New mechanism to control human viral infections discovered

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 06:00:00 PST

A team of researchers, co-led by a University of California, Riverside professor, has found a long-sought-after mechanism in human cells that creates immunity to influenza A virus, which causes...

Immune system cells cause severe malaria complication in mouse brain

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 06:00:00 PST

Movies of immune cells in mice reveal potential mechanism behind fatal malaria-caused brain swelling.

Prevention of RNA virus replication

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 06:00:00 PST

Researchers at Okayama University have successfully cleaved influenza viral RNA to prevent its replication using novel artificial RNA restriction enzymes in laboratory cell cultures.

Digital microbes for munching yourself healthy

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 06:00:00 PST

Hundreds of different bacterial species live in the human gut, helping us to digest our food.

Researchers develop novel wound-healing technology

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PST

A WSU research team has successfully used a mild electric current to take on and beat drug-resistant bacterial infections, a technology that may eventually be used to treat chronic wound infections.

Study suggests handwashing compliance in child care facilities is insufficient

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PST

Child care personnel properly clean their hands less than a quarter of the times they are supposed to, according to a study published in the American Journal of Infection Control, the official...

Dengue vaccine is estimated to reduce the disease burden in settings where dengue infections are common

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 06:00:00 PST

The first available dengue vaccine, CYD-TDV (Dengvaxia), is estimated to reduce the burden of dengue and be potentially cost effective in settings where infections with dengue are common, according...

Scientists make breakthrough in developing MERS vaccines

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 06:00:00 PST

New York Blood Center has announced groundbreaking findings toward the development of vaccines for the prevention of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection.

Survey of New York City soil uncovers medicine-making microbes

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

Microbes have long been an invaluable source of new drugs. And to find more, we may have to look no further than the ground beneath our feet.

CDC supporting Texas investigation of possible local Zika transmission

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 06:00:00 PST

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been informed by Texas health officials that Zika virus infection has been diagnosed in a resident of Brownsville, Texas, without any other...

New Cystic Fibrosis device to reduce antibiotic usage

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

A medical device for Cystic Fibrosis (CF) sufferers which lessens their exposure to infections resulting in fewer doctors' visits, reduced antibiotic usage and shorter hospital stays, is expected...

Diabetes and obesity could be prevented with novel protein

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

Researchers may have found a way to stop diabetes and improve metabolism in mice, potentially leading to major advancement in treatment of human diabetes.

Partners in the Greater Mekong Subregion mobilize around malaria elimination goal

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

Partners gathered in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, to assess progress in the malaria fight across the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS).

Harnessing the power of predatory bacteria as a 'living antibiotic'

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

A naturally occurring predatory bacterium is able to work with the immune system to clear multi-drug resistant Shigella infections in zebrafish, according to a study published in Current Biology.

Among antidementia drugs, memantine is associated with the highest risk of pneumonia

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 06:00:00 PST

A recent study from the University of Eastern Finland shows that among users of antidementia drugs, persons using memantine have the highest risk of pneumonia.

Five fast facts about norovirus

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

Cruise ships, nursing homes, and daycare centers are common breeding grounds for norovirus, a contagious stomach bug that infects 685 million people around the world each year.

CDC, US and Brazilian researchers find evidence of onset of Zika-associated microcephaly and other neurologic complications after birth

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 06:00:00 PST

CDC researchers in collaboration with researchers from the United States and Brazil investigated the first series of infants with laboratory evidence of congenital Zika virus infection documented...

Study examines trends in infectious disease mortality in U.S.

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 06:00:00 PST

In a study appearing in JAMA, Heidi E. Brown, Ph.D., of the University of Arizona, Tucson, and colleagues investigated trends in infectious disease mortality in the United States from 1980 through...

Inverse Psoriasis: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

What is inverse psoriasis? When should a doctor be consulted? Learn about the treatment for inverse psoriasis as well as the causes and symptoms.

Schools remain a potential hotspot for measles transmission, even in the vaccine era

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

Measles, one of the world's most contagious diseases, can spread more quickly in schools than previously thought, according to Princeton University-led research.