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August 1, 2015

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August 1, 2015

Flexible Future of Point-of-Care Disease Diagnostic

July 28, 2015 — The world-wide deployment of biomedical devices for health monitoring, point-of-care diagnostics and environmental sensing is hampered by their high cost that is not readily affordable for developing ... read more

Improved Survival of HIV Patients Facilitates Heart Disease Research

July 27, 2015 — The improved survival rate of HIV patients in sub-Saharan Africa due to effective treatment programs is increasing the ability of researchers in Africa to study the impacts of cardiovascular disease ... read more

July 23, 2015 — A common medication used to treat glaucoma could also be used to treat tuberculosis, even the drug-resistant kind, a new study suggests. It's estimated that 2 billion people, globally, carry the ... read more

Why West Nile Virus Is More Dangerous in the Elderly

July 23, 2015 — West Nile virus (WNV) is particularly dangerous in older people, who account for a large number of severe cases and deaths caused by the virus. WNV infection turns serious when the virus crosses the ... read more

July 23, 2015 — Like a collection of ragtag villagers fighting off an invading army, the mix of bacteria that live in our guts may band together to keep dangerous infections from taking hold, new research suggests. ... read more

Retail Meat Is a Potential Vehicle for Disease-Causing Klebsiella

July 23, 2015 — Chicken, turkey and pork sold in grocery stores harbors disease-causing bacteria known as Klebsiella pneumoniae, according to a new study. The research shows that contaminated meat may be an ... read more

Antiviral Compound Protects Nonhuman Primates Against Marburg Virus

July 22, 2015 — An experimental drug that protected monkeys from the deadly Marburg virus appears to have potential for treating people who have been exposed to the virus, according to a study. Marburg virus is ... read more

HIV Susceptibility Linked to Little-Understood Immune Cell Class

July 22, 2015 — High diversity among certain cells that help fight viruses and tumors is strongly associated with the likelihood of subsequent infection by HIV, researchers have ... read more

Testing for Malaria Reduces Overprescription by More Than 70 Percent

July 22, 2015 — Using malaria rapid diagnostic tests in registered drug shops in Uganda substantially reduced overdiagnosis of malaria, improving the use of valuable malaria drugs, according to a new ... read more

Diagnostic Test Developed for Enterovirus D68

July 22, 2015 — A diagnostic test to quickly detect enterovirus D68, a respiratory virus that caused unusually severe illness in children last year, has been developed by researchers. The outbreak caused infections ... read more

July 22, 2015 — A study of the West Nile virus risk associated with 'dry' water-detention basins in Central Illinois took an unexpected turn when land managers started mowing the basins. The mowing of ... read more

Screening in Pregnancy Key to Eliminating Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission

July 22, 2015 — Canada has almost eliminated mother-to-child HIV transmission, known as vertical transmission, in recent years by ensuring that all women have the opportunity to be screened for HIV in pregnancy and ... read more

Researchers to Map Impact of Infectious Diseases Against Research Spending

July 22, 2015 — Scientists are set to analyze research investments into infectious disease research, particularly pneumonia and maternal and neonatal infections. By studying how research funding is allocated ... read more

HIV Treatment Has Social, Socioeconomic Benefits, as Well as Improved Health

July 21, 2015 — HIV treatment for illicit drug users improves their social and socioeconomic well-being as well as their health, new research shows. While the health benefits of antiretroviral therapy (ART) for HIV ... read more

New Drug Combination Treats Hepatitis C Patients Also Infected With HIV

July 21, 2015 — A new combination of drugs that effectively treats hepatitis C (HCV) patients co-infected with human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV) has been discovered by researchers who report that the novel ... read more

Early Antiretroviral Therapy Prevents Non-AIDS Outcomes in HIV-Infected People, Study Concludes

July 21, 2015 — Starting antiretroviral therapy early not only prevents serious AIDS-related diseases, but also prevents the onset of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and other non-AIDS-related diseases in ... read more

July 21, 2015 — Researchers are studying a antibiotic-resistant pathogen to learn how to better fight it. They have identified several mechanisms bacteria use to share genes and expand their antibiotic ... read more

Comprehensive Global Prevention Can End HIV/AIDS Pandemic, Experts Say

July 21, 2015 — Although much progress has been made in combating the global HIV/AIDS pandemic, to halt new infections and end the pandemic, a combination of non-vaccine and vaccine prevention modalities will be ... read more

Adjuvants Improve Immune Response to H7N9 Flu Vaccine

July 21, 2015 — In a phase 2 trial that included nearly 1,000 adults, the AS03 and MF59 adjuvants (a component that improves immune response of inactivated influenza vaccines) increased the immune responses to two ... read more

Lack of Knowledge on Animal Disease Leaves Humans at Risk

July 20, 2015 — Researchers have painted the most detailed picture to date of major infectious diseases shared between wildlife and livestock, and found a huge gap in knowledge about diseases which could spread to ... read more

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