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Shortened antimicrobial treatment inferior to standard regimen for middle ear infections, study finds

Shortened antimicrobial treatment inferior to standard regimen for middle ear infections, study finds

A five-day antimicrobial treatment regimen for middle ear infections in young children is inferior to the standard 10-day regimen, according to newly published research in The New England Journal of Medicine. [More]
Experts offer tips to mitigate likelihood of food poisoning during Christmas

Experts offer tips to mitigate likelihood of food poisoning during Christmas

Many households around the world will be celebrating Christmas day with a turkey lunch – but the festive meal can be a hidden source of serious food infections unless precautions are taken, according to researchers from the University of Leicester. [More]
Mount Sinai researchers laying groundwork to find effective treatment for Zika virus

Mount Sinai researchers laying groundwork to find effective treatment for Zika virus

Researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai are working on the basic science that lays the groundwork to finding a way to treat and prevent the Zika virus, a global health risk. [More]
UTMB researchers develop new vaccine against salmonella poisoning

UTMB researchers develop new vaccine against salmonella poisoning

Researchers from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston have developed a vaccine against salmonella poisoning designed to be taken by mouth. The findings are detailed in an article published in Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology. [More]
Researchers use CRISPR-based genetic screening to identify three promising HIV treatment targets

Researchers use CRISPR-based genetic screening to identify three promising HIV treatment targets

Investigators from Whitehead Institute, the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard have used CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technology to identify three promising new targets for treatment of HIV infection. [More]
Researchers use DNA markers to differentiate harmless species from deadly bacteria

Researchers use DNA markers to differentiate harmless species from deadly bacteria

The virulent pathogen that causes the disease tularemia, or "rabbit fever," was weaponized during past world wars and is considered a potential bioweapon. [More]
Ancient Chinese medicine for malaria could potentially aid in treatment of tuberculosis

Ancient Chinese medicine for malaria could potentially aid in treatment of tuberculosis

A centuries-old herbal medicine, discovered by Chinese scientists and used to effectively treat malaria, has been found to potentially aid in the treatment of tuberculosis and may slow the evolution of drug resistance. [More]
Portable detection system can rapidly identify virulent, multi-drug resistant pathogens in remote areas

Portable detection system can rapidly identify virulent, multi-drug resistant pathogens in remote areas

A team of researchers has developed a portable detection system that can rapidly identify some of the most virulent, often multi-drug resistant pathogens. [More]
Common bacterium that causes gum infections may trigger rheumatoid arthritis

Common bacterium that causes gum infections may trigger rheumatoid arthritis

Investigators at Johns Hopkins report they have new evidence that a bacterium known to cause chronic inflammatory gum infections also triggers the inflammatory "autoimmune" response characteristic of chronic, joint-destroying rheumatoid arthritis (RA). [More]
Review highlights link between intestinal microbiota and colorectal cancer development

Review highlights link between intestinal microbiota and colorectal cancer development

Recent evidence from animal models suggests a role for specific types of intestinal bacteria in the development of colorectal cancer (CRC). [More]
Combatting Antibiotic Resistance, the role of POC Diagnostics

Combatting Antibiotic Resistance, the role of POC Diagnostics

During the winter months, patients frequently present with respiratory symptoms like coughing, sneezing and fever that could be caused by one of several bacterial and viral infections including influenza, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) or bacterial pneumonia. [More]
Ground-breaking study to explore effectiveness of using pre-hospital blood products

Ground-breaking study to explore effectiveness of using pre-hospital blood products

University of Warwick is collaborating with researchers at the NIHR Surgical Reconstruction and Microbiology Research Centre to support a ground-breaking new study to investigate the effectiveness of giving patients blood products immediately after a major injury or trauma - before they reach hospital. [More]
Researchers create 2-for-1 vaccine that protects mice from MERS and rabies

Researchers create 2-for-1 vaccine that protects mice from MERS and rabies

In a new study, researchers have modified a rabies virus, so that it has a protein from the MERS virus; this altered virus works as a 2-for-1 vaccine that protects mice against both Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and rabies. [More]
UC Riverside scientists identify mechanism that creates immunity to influenza A virus

UC Riverside scientists identify mechanism that creates immunity to influenza A virus

A team of researchers, co-led by a University of California, Riverside professor, has found a long-sought-after mechanism in human cells that creates immunity to influenza A virus, which causes annual seasonal epidemics and occasional pandemics. [More]
Cornell researchers develop chemical probe activated by UV light to control inflammation

Cornell researchers develop chemical probe activated by UV light to control inflammation

Black light does more than make posters glow. Cornell researchers have developed a chemical tool to control inflammation that is activated by ultraviolet (UV) light. [More]
MDR-TB infection rates higher among migrants than general population, study finds

MDR-TB infection rates higher among migrants than general population, study finds

Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) is widespread globally with almost half a million cases documented in 2014. [More]
UL researchers secure funding for new cystic fibrosis device

UL researchers secure funding for new cystic fibrosis device

A medical device for Cystic Fibrosis (CF) sufferers which lessens their exposure to infections resulting in fewer doctors’ visits, reduced antibiotic usage and shorter hospital stays, is expected to be market ready within two years. [More]
Automated systems to aid microbiology departments launched by Beckman Coulter

Automated systems to aid microbiology departments launched by Beckman Coulter

Beckman Coulter has launched two automated systems in the UK to ease rapidly increasing workloads in microbiology and virology departments. The DxN VERIS Molecular Diagnostics system, for same-day molecular viral load testing, and the MicroScan Microbiology Systems for microorganism identification (ID) and antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST), both rapidly and accurately identify therapeutic pathways for patient management. [More]
Early life history and genetics may play crucial role in shaping gut microbiome

Early life history and genetics may play crucial role in shaping gut microbiome

Genetics and birthplace have a big effect on the make-up of the microbial community in the gut, according to research published Nov. 28. in the journal Nature Microbiology. [More]
Molecular chameleons can help track formation of bacterial biofilms

Molecular chameleons can help track formation of bacterial biofilms

Molecules that change colour can be used to follow in real-time how bacteria form a protective biofilm around themselves. [More]
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