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AFRICA: A teabag that could save millions

A cheap and effective filtering device developed by a South African university could provide safe drinking water to millions of people, drastically reducing the incidence of waterborne illnesses such as cholera and other diarrhoeal diseases.

The device resembles a teabag in both size and shap... Read More

Targeting Hit-and-Run Cancer Viruses

Viruses that can invade host cells, initiate cancer and then flee from their own trail of destruction could be stopped in their tracks, say researchers writing in the September issue of the Journal of General Virology.

Scientists at the University of Cambridge have not only provided the first... Read More

MTS56 - Susan Golden - Clocks for Life

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Investigation Announcement: Multistate Outbreak of Human Salmonella Enteritidis Infections Associated with Shell Eggs

In May 2010, CDC identified a nationwide increase in the number of Salmonella Enteritidis isolates with PFGE pattern JEGXX01.0004 uploaded to PulseNet, the national subtyping network made up of state and local public health laboratories and federal food regulatory laboratories that performs mol... Read More

White nose syndrome could kill off U.S. Northeast's little brown bats in 20 years

A brief article in Scientific American by writer John Platt looks at the dim future for little brown bats who are at risk of becoming extinct due to white nose syndrome.

"As we have previously reported, 95 percent of Vermont's bats have been killed by the deadly fungal infection known as whi... Read More

Polio: A Conquered Disease Still Clings to Life

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

Medicare Coverage Drives Antibiotic Use among Elderly

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

Despite vaccination, Pertussis is making a comeback

"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

Old Malaria Drug Blamed for Resistance Gets a New Reputation

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

Scientists develop new drug treatment for malaria

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

Reminding healthcare staff to remove catheters reduces infections by half

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

This Wormy World

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

MRSA policies differ among hospitals, study shows

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

ISU researchers discover cause of immune system avoidance of certain pathogens

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

Protein assembly is far less frantic than previously thought

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

Cholera, Diarrhea and Dysentery Update 2010

A ProMed worldwide update on the status of cholera, diarrhea and dysentery. Read More

Stem cells wrestle fatal skin disease

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 can a vitamin be bad for you?

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

New superbug resistant to strongest antibiotics found in Canada

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

Developing a rapid test for cultivated pathogens

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
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