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August 31, 2016

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August 31, 2016

Aug. 29, 2016 — Researchers report their studies on the synthesis of a newly discovered 'game-changing' antibiotic, teixobactin in a new article. This underlies potential application and development of the ... read more

Newly Discovered 'Multicomponent' Virus Can Infect Animals

Aug. 25, 2016 — Scientists have identified a new 'multicomponent' virus --one containing different segments of genetic material in separate particles -- that can infect animals. This new pathogen was ... read more

Hitching a Ride: Misfiring Drugs Hit the Wrong Targets

Aug. 25, 2016 — Researchers have shown how anti-HIV protein inhibitor drugs can bind to the wrong protein, causing unwanted side ... read more

Simulated Patient Study Sheds New Light on Antibiotic Use in India

Aug. 24, 2016 — As a result of the overuse or misuse of antibiotics, antimicrobial resistant superbugs represent an extraordinary threat to global health. This threat is particularly great in India, the world's ... read more

HIV-Infected Adults With Depression Have Increased Risk for Heart Attack

Aug. 24, 2016 — Among more than 26,000 human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected adults, those with major depressive disorder (MDD) were more likely to experience a heart attack than those without MDD, according ... read more

New Small Molecule Compounds Could Treat Ebola Virus Infection

Aug. 24, 2016 — Scientists have found Ebola's Achilles' heel: a new kind of chemical compound can block the protein Ebola uses to break out of cells and infect new cells. The compounds could potentially be ... read more

A New Path for Killing Pathogenic Bacteria

Aug. 24, 2016 — Bacteria that cause tuberculosis, leprosy and other diseases, survive by switching between two different types of metabolism. Scientists have now discovered that this switch is controlled by a ... read more

Very Low Transmission of HIV Within Couples Receiving Both ART, PrEP

Aug. 23, 2016 — Providing HIV medication to both members of a couple may substantially reduce the risk of transmission within that couple, according to a new ... read more

Shortfalls in Laboratory Services May Limit Attainment of Worldwide Targets for HIV

Aug. 23, 2016 — Insufficient capacity to perform laboratory tests used in monitoring HIV infection, and underutilization of existing testing capacity, are limiting the ability to meet the Joint United Nations ... read more

Mutational Tug of War Over HIV's Disease-Inducing Potential

Aug. 23, 2016 — A study from AIDS researchers shows how the expected disease severity when someone is newly infected by HIV reflects a balance between the virus' invisibility to the host's immune system ... read more

New Zika Clone Could Be New Model for Developing Vaccine

Aug. 23, 2016 — Stopping the explosive spread of Zika virus -- which can lead to birth defects in babies born to infected mothers -- depends on genetic insights gleaned through new tools and models. Researchers ... read more

New Understanding of Pulmonary Hypertension Leads to Promising Drug Targets

Aug. 22, 2016 — New compounds that could have robust effects in treating pulmonary hypertension have been identified by researchers. Pulmonary hypertension is an enigmatic but sometimes fatal disease of the blood ... read more

New Types of African Salmonella Associated With Lethal Infection

Aug. 22, 2016 — The first global-scale genetic study of Salmonella Enteritidis bacteria, which is a major cause of blood poisoning and death in Africa and food poisoning in the Western World, has discovered that ... read more

Aug. 22, 2016 — Geographers have completed a large scale data and mapping project to track the flow of internal human migration in low and middle income countries. Researchers have, for the first time, mapped ... read more

Study Finds Better Definition of Homelessness May Help Minimize HIV Risk

Aug. 19, 2016 — Being homeless puts people at greater risk of HIV infection than those with stable housing, but targeting services to reduce risk behaviors is often complicated by fuzzy definitions of homelessness, ... read more

Aug. 18, 2016 — Researchers have identified the protein that norovirus uses to invade cells. Norovirus is the most common viral cause of diarrhea worldwide, but scientists still know little about how it infects ... read more

New Flu Strains and Old Antibodies: How Sinful Is 'Original Antigenic Sin'?

Aug. 18, 2016 — Immune memory ensures a quick, specific response to previously encountered pathogens. However, for rapidly evolving pathogens like influenza virus, there is concern that recalled ('old') ... read more

Emtricitabine/tenofovir Alafenamide in HIV Infection: Added Benefit Not Proven

Aug. 18, 2016 — When investigators reviewed Emtricitabine/tenofovir alafenamide in HIV infection, they found that partly no data were available, and partly the appropriate comparator therapy was not adhered to. The ... read more

Study Identifies How Zika Virus Infects the Placenta

Aug. 18, 2016 — In a new study, researchers demonstrate Zika virus infection of cells derived from human placentas. The research provides insight into how Zika virus may be transmitted from expectant mother to ... read more

How Are Dreaded Multidrug-Resistant Pathogens Brought Into Hospitals?

Aug. 17, 2016 — In largest study of its kind in Europe, scientists investigated this question and discovered that almost ten percent of patients admitted into hospitals already bring these dreaded pathogens along ... read more

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