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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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Small molecule may stop infectious biofilms growing on medical implants

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 07:00:00 PDT

Study shows that a small molecule can block the formation of adhesive bonds that help growth of S. aureus biofilms, a cause of implant-related infections.



States can lower risk of measles outbreak by strengthening exemption policies

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 06:00:00 PDT

States with weaker non-medical exemption policies for vaccinations can reduce the likelihood of a measles outbreak 140 to 190 percent by strengthening them, a new study from the University of...



Itchy eyes: Causes and treatment options

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 03:00:00 PDT

How can you relieve itchy or dry eyes? When should you see a doctor? Learn about common causes of this irritating condition and how to manage symptoms.



Anti-bacterial discovery will prevent infections spreading on medical devices

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Microbiologists at Trinity College Dublin have discovered a new way to prevent bacteria from growing on medical devices such as hip replacements or heart valves implanted in the human body.



Physician judgment as good as complex protocol for sepsis finds seven-country collaboration

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 06:00:00 PDT

In a feat of medical and scientific coordination, doctors across 138 hospitals in seven countries shared treatment protocols and harmonized data collection of three clinical trials resulting in the...



Bacterial pathogen demonstrates genome flexibility and diversification during chronic infection of cystic fibrosis patients

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Chronic lung infections can be devastating for patients with cystic fibrosis (CF), and infection by Burkholderia cenocepacia, one of the most common species found in CF patients, is often...



Shortage of drug to treat low blood pressure from septic shock associated with increased deaths

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Patients with septic shock admitted to hospitals affected by the 2011 shortage of the drug norepinephrine had a higher risk of in-hospital death, according to a study published online by JAMA.



New test detects early stage of wasting disease in cattle

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Researchers at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, have identified a more sensitive test for detecting the early...



Trichomonosis: A conundrum in cats

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Over the past two decades, the protozoan Tritrichomonas foetus has come to be recognised as a cause of chronic colitis in cats in many countries worldwide.



Researchers create viruses to selectively attack tumor cells

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Scientists at the IDIBAPS Biomedical Research Institute and at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona) lead a study in which they have designed a new strategy to get genetically...



Old target, new mechanism for overcoming tuberculosis resistance

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

In strains of tuberculosis that have developed drug resistance mutations, researchers have identified a secondary pathway that can be activated to reinstate drug sensitivity.



Empathy from the sick may be critical to halting disease outbreaks

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A little empathy can go a long way toward ending infectious disease outbreaks.



Human antibody for Zika virus promising for treatment, prevention

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Researchers have determined the structure of a human antibody bound to the Zika virus, revealing details about how the antibody interferes with the infection mechanism - findings that could aid in...



To kill ticks, target their animal hosts

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

An emerging tool in the fight against tick-borne disease, host-targeted bait boxes employ a sneaky trick: turning some of ticks' favorite carriers - small mammals like mice and chipmunks - against...



Fighting MRSA with new membrane-busting compound

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Public health officials are increasingly concerned over methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).



Phage therapy shown to kill drug-resistant superbug

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Scientists from the University of Liverpool have shown that phage therapy could offer a safe and effective alternative to antibiotics in the treatment of cystic fibrosis lung infections.



Increased risk of post-op infection when surgery closely follows epidural steroid injection

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Research conducted at the University of Virginia suggests that patients may wish to take a 1 to 3 month break from lumbar epidural steroid injections (LESIs) before undergoing lumbar spinal fusion...



Ebola vaccines provide immune responses after 1 year

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Immune responses to Ebola vaccines at one year after vaccination are examined in a new study appearing in JAMA.



Effects of HIV: What happens to the body?

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 06:00:00 PDT

What are the early effects of HIV and how does HIV affect the immune system? Learn about opportunistic infections and AIDS-defining illnesses.



Early intervention with new treatment enables durable control of HIV-like virus in monkeys

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

There are more than 25 drugs to control HIV, yet the virus remains one of the world's biggest health problems.



Could new 'helper drugs' restore antibiotic susceptibility in superbugs?

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 07:00:00 PDT

New research suggests it may be possible to restore susceptibility to antibiotics in superbugs by locating and inactivating genes that promote resistance.



Vaccines do work for pandemic flu, says study

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Vaccines are successful in preventing pandemic flu and reducing the number of patients hospitalised as a result of the illness, a study led by academics at The University of Nottingham has found.



Investigational vaccine protects cattle from respiratory syncytial virus

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A novel vaccine developed by scientists at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, protected cattle from respiratory syncytial...



How does the immune system know friend from foe in gut bacteria?

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 07:00:00 PDT

New study shows how immune surveillance cells are trained to prevent attack on friendly gut bacteria even though they are clearly not part of host tissue.



HIV swollen lymph nodes: Symptoms, causes, and treatment

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 06:00:00 PDT

What is the link between HIV and swollen lymph nodes, and when should a doctor be consulted? What may be other early symptoms and complications of HIV?