Despite a known preventative, polio still maims and cripples 1,000 people annually.
Poliomyelitis—a viral disease that wreaks havoc on motor neurons, often paralyzing sufferers for life—was supposed to be banished from the planet a long time ago. When Jonas Salk unveiled his famed vaccine to ... Read More
Now that older people have prescription drug coverage from Medicare, they are using more antibiotics, a new study from the University of Pittsburgh has found.
That may not sound surprising. But the authors of the study say it could be worrisome.
Among the drugs being taken more often, the ... Read More
"In recent years, pertussis has made an alarming comeback — even among adolescents and adults who were vaccinated as children.
Highly contagious, spread by coughs and sneezes, pertussis is now epidemic in California, with 2,774 confirmed cases in 2010 — a sevenfold increase from last year, pu... Read More
An inexpensive drug currently used to treat and prevent malaria in pregnant women—sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine, or “SP” for short—could reduce malaria infection in infants by 30 percent, recent studies have shown. But health officials in the developing world have held off on recommending SP’s wides... Read More
Researchers from the University of Liverpool and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine have produced a new drug to treat malaria. Click "source" to view the video. Read More
Urinary catheters are often left in place longer than needed, and new research shows that reminder systems that encourage hospital staff to remove catheters promptly can reduce the rate of catheter-associated urinary tract infections by 52 percent.
The review and meta-analysis was published J... Read More
Maps showing the distribution and prevalence of worm infections in every African country are the first of a series of Global Atlas of Helminth Infections which provide a unique, open-access, free information resource vital for planning and implementing deworming programs.
It is estimated that... Read More
Hospitals vary in how they detect and treat drug-resistant staph infections, but most follow national guideline recommendations, according to researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Researchers sent a 61-item questionnaire to pharmacy directors at 263 acute-care hospitals in the... Read More
A special set of sugars found on some disease-causing pathogens helps those pathogens fight the body's natural defenses as well as vaccines, say two Iowa State University researchers.
This discovery may be a first step in understanding a disease family that includes tuberculosis for which the... Read More
The apparently random self-assembly of molecular threads into the proteins that make the body work is far less frantic than previously thought, Michigan State University scientists say. That discovery could be a key to help unlock the nature of some diseases.
How proteins spontaneously “fold”... Read More
A ProMed worldwide update on the status of cholera, diarrhea and dysentery. Read More
Stem cell therapy has proven successful in treating a lethal skin disease affecting children, according to a new international study.
Researchers for the first time have used stem cells from bone marrow to repair the skin of patients with recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa, or RDEB, s... Read More
When it’s made by the stomach ulcer-causing bacterium Helicobacter pylori. A study just released by mBio reveals that the enzymes that synthesize vitamin B6 are important virulence factors for this pathogen, possibly because of the role vitamin B6 plays in building fully-functioning flagella to... Read More
A behind the scenes look at the Microbiology Lab at the Peterborough Regional Health Centre, staffed by highly trained medical laboratory technologists and laboratory technicians. Read More
A new bacteria that has emerged in India — dubbed NDM-1 and which is resistant to even the strongest antibiotics — is quickly spreading worldwide, British researchers say in a report published in the medical journal The Lancet. Click "source " to watch the video. Read More
A slide-cast by Jonathan Eisen, Professor at UC Davis and Academic Editor in Chief of PLoS Biology, about open access publishing given at the Clinical and Translational Science Center at UC Davis (http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/ctsc). Read More
A Brief Introduction to Genetics is a short documentary film created using motion graphics as the main visual component. It is a film that explores the history of genetics & genomics and the underlying concepts that provide the foundational knowledge that today's research is built upon. The film... Read More
A quick animation about genomics, from simple to complex Read More
A short documentary by Daniel Vasquez about a new strategy of combating antibiotic resistance. Read More
Researchers at Rice University have won federal support to develop a genomic test that can quickly determine whether a disease outbreak is caused by a natural pathogen or one that was grown in a lab by terrorists.
The three-year grant—Rice's first from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency—is d... Read More