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October 4, 2015

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October 4, 2015

Flu Infection Reveals Many Paths to Immune Response

Sep. 28, 2015 — A new study of influenza infection in an animal model broadens understanding of how the immune system responds to flu virus, showing that the process is more dynamic than usually described, engaging ... read more

Infections in Childhood Could Provide Clues to Disease Development in Later Life

Sep. 27, 2015 — The interaction between infections and the microbiota during infancy in the lungs could help provide clues to disease development later in life, according to the findings of a new ... read more

Researchers Discover a New Mechanism of Proteins to Block HIV

Sep. 28, 2015 — There is little doubt that the Human Immunodeficiency Virus, or HIV, is devastating. More than 1.2 million people in the United States are living with HIV and more than 47,000 people are diagnosed ... read more

Sep. 25, 2015 — Yeasts are unicellular microorganisms classified within the Fungi kingdom. They are well known for their use in baking, winemaking and beer brewing fermentation, but some species of yeast are ... read more

Rapidly Assessing the Next Influenza Pandemic

Sep. 24, 2015 — Influenza pandemics are potentially the most serious natural catastrophes that affect the human population. New findings suggest that with both timely and accurate data and sophisticated numerical ... read more

Sep. 24, 2015 — Viral persistence and chronic inflammation are two key features of HIV-positive patients on antiretroviral therapy. A new study reports results from macaques and humans that suggest an important role ... read more

'Immune Camouflage' May Explain H7N9 Influenza Vaccine Failure

Sep. 24, 2015 — The avian influenza A (H7N9) virus has been a major concern since the first outbreak in China in 2013. Due to its high rate of lethality and pandemic potential, H7N9 vaccine development has become a ... read more

This Year's Flu Vaccine Expected to Be a 'Good Match'

Sep. 24, 2015 — Every year at this time, we hear it's time to get the flu shot. After last year's vaccine missed the mark, how does the Center for Disease Control regain the public's confidence that ... read more

Sep. 24, 2015 — Researchers reveal possible new treatment methods for a rare, usually fatal brain disease. Thanks to their discovery that specific antibodies play a key role in combating the viral infection, a ... read more

Drug Disarms Deadly C. Difficile Bacteria Without Destroying Healthy Gut Flora

Sep. 23, 2015 — Scientists have successfully defeated a dangerous intestinal pathogen, Clostridium difficile, with a drug targeting its toxins rather than its life. C. difficile is responsible for more than 250,000 ... read more

Sep. 23, 2015 — The implantation of medical devices is not without risks. Bacterial or fungal infections can occur and the body's strong immune response may lead to the rejection of the implant. Researchers ... read more

Sep. 22, 2015 — A novel mechanism for one 1918 flu virus protein has been discovered that may help explain the virulence of that unusually deadly pandemic. That outbreak killed 50 million to 100 million ... read more

Old Vaccine Trains Immune System

Sep. 22, 2015 — Not only the acquired immune system but also the innate immune system has a memory. And the BCG vaccine against tuberculosis can stimulate this memory, researchers report. After a BCG vaccination, ... read more

Researchers Find Novel Signature in Brains of Children With Cerebral Malaria

Sep. 22, 2015 — Cells associated with inflammation and blood clotting accumulate in the brain blood vessels of children affected by a potentially fatal form of malaria called cerebral malaria, potentially ... read more

Prion Disease Detected Soon After Infection, in Surprising Place in Mouse Brains

Sep. 22, 2015 — Prion diseases -- incurable, ultimately fatal, transmissible neurodegenerative disorders of mammals -- are believed to develop undetected in the brain over several years from infectious prion ... read more

Sep. 21, 2015 — Biological engineers have developed a modular system of proteins that can detect a particular DNA sequence in a cell and then trigger a specific response, such as cell ... read more

Monitoring the Microbiome in Leukemia Patients Could Reduce Infections During Chemotherapy

Sep. 21, 2015 — Researchers report that a patient's microbial diversity, even before they start cancer treatment, can be linked to risk of infection during induction ... read more

Phase 3 Women-Only HIV Study Sheds Light on Safe and Effective Antiretroviral Treatments

Sep. 21, 2015 — Results from the first phase 3 HIV study to enroll only women show improved safety and efficacy of the drug Stribild over multi-pill antiretroviral drug ... read more

Rotavirus and Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccines Reduce Pediatric Hospital Burden

Sep. 21, 2015 — Researchers show that the introduction of both pneumococcal conjugate vaccines and rotavirus vaccines led to the rapid and dramatic reduction in hospital burden of both winter diarrhea and ... read more

Silicone Vaginal Rings Deliver Antiviral Drugs, Protect Women Against HIV

Sep. 21, 2015 — Researchers have succeeded in developing a vaginal silicone ring that delivers molecules that act on both HIV and herpes ... read more

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