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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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Breast rashes: Which symptoms suggest cancer?

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 04:00:00 PDT

Breast rashes or changes do not usually indicate breast cancer, but can be symptoms of two rare but aggressive types. When should you see a doctor?



Drug-resistant bacteria in patients' urine or stools raise risk of drug-resistant sepsis

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

People who have recently been found to have drug-resistant bacteria in their urine or stool samples have a greatly increased risk of developing a bloodstream infection that is also resistant to...



New chlamydia drug targets discovered using CRISPR and stem cells

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Scientists at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and their collaborators at the University of British Columbia have created an innovative technique for studying how chlamydia interacts with the...



Malaria sickening thousands in US and racking up millions in healthcare costs, new study finds

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Though transmission of malaria was wiped out in the United States decades ago and infections are falling in parts of the developing world, malaria hospitalizations and deaths in the U.S.



Gut bacteria may turn common nutrient into clot-enhancing compound

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Gut bacteria can produce a clot-enhancing compound when people eat a nutrient found in a variety of foods including meat, eggs and milk, according to new research in the American Heart...



Study of bacteria's DNA fingerprint suggests it could be spreading around Europe via food distribution

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Foods should be investigated as a potential source of spread of Clostridium difficile, according to research presented at the 27th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases...



Giardiasis may be a disease of the ecology of the GI tract

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Colonization by the human and animal parasite, Giardia, changed the species composition of the mouse microbiome in a way that might be harmful.



Testing urine for particular proteins could be key to preventing kidney transplant failure

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Testing for molecular markers in the urine of kidney transplant patients could reveal whether the transplant is failing and why, according to research presented at the 27th European Congress of...



New test can identify dangerous bacteria with resistance to last-resort antibiotic

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

New research suggests it is possible to quickly and accurately diagnose some the most dangerous and drug-resistant types of bacterial infections, using equipment already owned by most hospitals.



Severe gum disease strongly predicts higher mortality in cirrhosis

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Results presented from a prospective study in patients with irreversible scarring of the liver (cirrhosis) demonstrates that severe periodontitis (an inflammatory gum disease) strongly predicts...



Itchy throat: Causes and remedies

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 03:00:00 PDT

What are the causes of itchy throat, what symptoms may accompany itchy throat, can home remedies help, and how may an itchy throat be prevented?



Armpit lumps: Causes, diagnosis, and treatment

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Armpit lumps are usually harmless and caused by a swollen lymph node or gland, but sometimes they indicate a more serious condition. Learn more.



Gut bacteria may protect infants from intestinal infection

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

New research in mice offers evidence that Clostridia gut bacteria could protect against the complications of gastrointestinal infections in infants.



Scientists uncover mechanism allowing bacteria to survive the human immune system

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Researchers have uncovered molecular details of how pathogenic bacteria fight back against the human immune response to infection.



New mechanism to fight multi-resistant bacteria revealed

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

In recent years scientists, clinicians and pharmaceutical companies have been struggling to find new antibiotics or alternative strategies against multi-drug resistant bacteria that represent...



Inhaled steroids may increase pneumonia risk in people with asthma

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Use of inhaled corticosteroids was linked with an increased risk of pneumonia in a study of individuals with asthma.



Fungi have enormous potential for new antibiotics

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Fungi are a potential goldmine for the production of pharmaceuticals. This is shown by researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, who have developed a method for finding new antibiotics from...



New study explains extraordinary resilience of deadly bacterium

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Researchers at the University of Maryland have identified how the pathogenic bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa uses tension-activated membrane channels to stop itself from swelling up and bursting...



Diet tips for gastritis and stomach ulcers

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 09:00:00 PDT

Gastritis is commonly caused by an infection of the bacteria H.pylori. Learn about which foods to eat and which to avoid in order to minimize symptoms.



Common antibiotic azithromycin not linked to increased risk of abnormal heartbeat

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

The commonly used antibiotic azithromycin is not linked to an increased risk of ventricular arrhythmia, an often life-threatening rapid, irregular heartbeat, according to a large study published in...



Hints for a healthier lifestyle in your oscillating salivary microbiome

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A group of Japanese researchers became the first in the world to discover that bacteria in the salivary microbiome exhibit circadian rhythm and act as if it were a part of the human body, just like...



Study examines effectiveness of steroid medication for sore throat

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

In patients with a sore throat that didn't require immediate antibiotics, a single capsule of the corticosteroid dexamethasone didn't increase the likelihood of complete symptom resolution after 24...



Chaining up diarrhea pathogens

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Vaccinations are known to protect against pathogens such as bacteria or viruses.



Gonorrhea bacterium manipulates an anti-infection mechanism in the female reproductive tract

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

The bacterium that causes gonorrhea infects the female reproductive tract by breaking connections between cells in the tract's protective lining, according to new research published in PLOS...



Frog skin compound destroys flu virus

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Researchers have identified a compound secreted from the skin of the South Indian Hydrophylax bahuvistara frog that may kill some strains of the flu virus.