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Researchers Investigate New Mechanism For Predicting How Diseases Spread PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 05 September 2011 17:24
Northwestern University professor Dirk Brockmann and his group at the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science have investigated the outcomes of a previously ignored mechanism in modeling how humans travel. 
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Potential Vaccine Readies Immune System to Kill Tuberculosis in Mice PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 05 September 2011 17:18

20110905rfid01A potential vaccine against tuberculosis has been found to completely eliminate tuberculosis bacteria from infected tissues in some mice.

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NexBio's DAS181 (Fludase®*) Improves Symptoms In Four Severely Immunocompromised Patients With Life-Threatening Parainfluenza Pneumonitis PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 02 September 2011 01:05
NexBio, Inc. announced publication of "Treatment of Parainfluenza 3 Infection with DAS181 in a Patient after Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplantation" in the Journal Clinical Infectious Diseases.
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Sandfly Saliva Provides Important Clues For New Leishmaniasis Treatments PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 02 September 2011 00:55
For millions of people who live under the constant threat of Leishmania infection, a new discovery by Brazilian scientists may lead to new breakthroughs, preventing these parasites from taking hold in the body or reducing the severity of infections once they occur.
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8 Years On From ASCOT Trial, Statins Found To Reduce Deaths From Infection And Respiratory Illness PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 00:12
The death rate among patients prescribed a statin in a major trial that ended in 2003 is still lower than those given a placebo, even though most participants in both groups have been taking statins ever since.
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New Technologies Improve Understanding Of Bacterial Infections PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 00:05
Understanding how bacteria infect cells is crucial to preventing countless human diseases.
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Cell Receptor Could Allow Measles Virus To Target Tumors PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 29 August 2011 00:52
20110829rfid03Canadian researchers have discovered that a tumor cell marker is a receptor for measles virus, suggesting the possible use of measles virus to help fight cancer.
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Cholera Pandemic's Source Discovered PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 29 August 2011 00:48

20110829rfid02Researchers have tracked the spread of antibiotic resistant strains back to the Bay of Bengal. Researchers have used next generation sequencing to trace the source and explain the spread of the latest (seventh) cholera pandemic.

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Eradicating Dangerous Bacteria May Cause Permanent Harm PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 26 August 2011 01:26

In the zeal to eliminate dangerous bacteria, it is possible that we are also permanently killing off beneficial bacteria as well, posits Martin Blaser, MD, Frederick H. King Professor of Medicine, professor of Microbiology and chair of the Department of Medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center.

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Why HIV Infection Rates Are On the Rise PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 26 August 2011 00:49

20110826rfid02Since HIV infection rates began to rise again around 2000, researchers have been grasping for answers on what could be causing this change, especially in the homosexual community.

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Cryptococcus Infections Misdiagnosed In Many AIDS Patients PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 05 September 2011 17:21
20110905rfid02Most AIDS patients, when diagnosed with a fungal infection known simply as cryptococcosis, are assumed to have an infection with Cryptococcus neoformans, but a recent study from Duke University Medical Center suggests that a sibling species, Cryptococcus gattii, is a more common cause than was previously known. 
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CDC: New H1N1 Strain H3N2 Infected Two Children In Recent Months PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 05 September 2011 00:40
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have made a startling announcement this week.
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Guidelines for Treating Pneumonia in Children PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 02 September 2011 01:02

Immunizations, including a yearly flu vaccine, are the best way to protect children from life-threatening pneumonia, according to new guidelines from the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (PIDS) and the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA).

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New HIV Vaccine Approach Targets Desirable Immune Cells PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 02 September 2011 00:53

20110902rfid01Researchers at Duke University Medical Center, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School have demonstrated an approach to HIV vaccine design that uses an altered form of HIV's outer coating or envelope protein.

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Watching Viruses 'Friend' a Network: Researchers Develop Facebook Application to Track the Path of Infection PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 00:09

From SARS to swine flu, virus outbreaks can be unpredictable -- and devastating. But now a new application through the ubiquitous social networking site Facebook, developed in a Tel Aviv University lab, is poised to serve as a better indicator of how infections spread among populations.

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Infants Being Vaccinated Against Rotavirus Can Prevent Serious Disease In Unvaccinated Older Children And Adults PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 00:04
20110831rfid01According to an investigation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), serious disease in unvaccinated older children and adults can be prevented by infants being vaccinated against rotavirus.
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E. coli In The Countryside: Whose Problem Is It Anyway? PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 29 August 2011 00:50
Reducing the risks of catching E. coli O157 in the countryside is everyone's problem. That means we should all take responsibility - individual residents and visitors, as well as farmers and government - according to researchers working on the Research Councils UK Rural Economy and Land Use Programme (RELU).
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Rare Immune Cell Is Asset and Liability in Fighting Infection PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 29 August 2011 00:45

20110829rfid01The same trait that makes a rare immune cell invaluable in fighting some infections also can be exploited by other diseases to cause harm, two new studies show.

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Commonly Prescribed Antibiotic Reduces Acute COPD Attacks PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 26 August 2011 01:10
A common antibiotic added to the usual treatment plan for some patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease can reduce acute exacerbations sudden onsets of worsened cough, wheezing and labored breathing and improve quality of life, according to findings from the COPD Clinical Research Network reported in the Aug. 25, 2011, issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.
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Discovery Explains Why Influenza B Virus Exclusively Infects Humans: Opens Door for New Drugs PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 26 August 2011 00:46

20110826rfid01Researchers at Rutgers University and the University of Texas at Austin have reported a discovery that could help scientists develop drugs to fight seasonal influenza epidemics caused by the common influenza B strain.

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