"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 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
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
Now that older people have prescription drug coverage from Medicare, they are using more antibiotics, a new study 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 researchers pointed out, are new ... Read More
For four weeks, my 11-year-old daughter has been coughing. It is not your run-of-the-mill summer cold, but a violent, debilitating cough that takes over her body, usually at night.
During these fits, her face turns red, and tears start streaming from her eyes. She coughs so hard she eventuall... Read More
The Malaysian Institute of Medical Research (IMR) is coordinating bacteria surveillance for the New Delhi Metallo-beta-lactamase (NDM-1) gene, which makes bacteria resistant to almost all antibiotics and thus turning them into “Superbugs”.
Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Mohd Ismail Merica... Read More
Louisiana's agriculture department says Veron Foods LLC of Prairieville is recalling 250 tons of ready-to-eat sausage and hog's head cheese because of possible contamination by bacteria.
The Department of Agriculture and Forestry says investigation of an illness revealed a sample contaminated... Read More
Nickel allergy is the most common contact allergy in the western world, with people affected reacting to costume jewellery, coins and even medical implants. Now we know why: it seems nickel imitates the action of bacteria.
Matthias Goebeler at the University of Giessen in Germany and his coll... Read More
Apparently not, according to food microbiologist at the University of Ballarat Dr Frank Vriesekoop.
The urban legend has been shattered by a global research team led by Dr Vriesekoop after one of his students asked him about sanitation in food outlets and the handling of money.
Similar res... Read More
Hot nights are accelerating panicle blight, a seed-borne bacterial rice disease that can cut yields by up to 60 bushels per acre.
The rod-shaped bacteria responsible for panicle blight destroy or rot the developing rice grains, resulting in what’s known as kernel blanking, or partial blanking... Read More