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Infectious Diseases News
February 21, 2017

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February 21, 2017

Feb. 17, 2017 — Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a bacterial scourge that is resistant to most common antibiotics and thus difficult to treat, particularly in children where it commonly causes ... read more

Feb. 16, 2017 — A mutation that impacts changes in the shape of an essential viral protein may influence the infectivity of West Nile and other viruses in the flavivirus family, according to a new ... read more

Complex Neurological Infections Require Team Care

Feb. 16, 2017 — A multidisciplinary approach is important for diagnosis and treatment of healthcare-associated ventriculitis and meningitis, suggest new guidelines. These complex brain and spinal infections can be ... read more

Feb. 15, 2017 — Delivering on the promise of preventing HIV infections with antiretroviral medicines, or pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), requires thinking about PrEP as a nine-step continuum of preventive care, ... read more

Feb. 13, 2017 — Approximately 98 percent of all adults are infected with the Epstein-Barr virus. In rare cases, an infection with this virus causes cancer. Scientists have now discovered that a component of the ... read more

Scientists Isolate New Antibodies to Fight Human Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)

Feb. 13, 2017 — Researchers have developed a new antiviral strategy to fight human respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), a leading cause of lower respiratory tract infections in children. The approach hinges on the use ... read more

Genetics of Both Virus and Patient Work Together to Influence the Course of HIV Infection

Feb. 9, 2017 — Viral and human genetics together account for about one third of the differences in disease progression rates seen among people infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), according to new ... read more

Antibiotic Use for Travelers' Diarrhea Favors Particularly Resistant Super Bacteria

Feb. 9, 2017 — Every year, millions of travelers visit countries with poor hygiene, and approximately one third of them return home carrying antibiotic-resistant ESBL intestinal bacteria. A traveler who resorts to ... read more

How Thailand Eliminated Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission

Feb. 8, 2017 — Thailand has become the first Asian country to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV, thanks to a pragmatic multi-sector response backed by strong political commitment and heavy government ... read more

Feb. 8, 2017 — Mycobacterium tuberculosis hijacks human macrophages to evade immune destruction while preventing the macrophage from undergoing programmed cell death. This niche lets them grow in a protected ... read more

Feb. 8, 2017 — A compound extracted from a deep-water marine sponge collected near the Bahamas is showing potent antibacterial activity against the drug resistant bacteria methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus ... read more

Beliefs About Better Treatment for HIV Leads Gay Men to Engage in Riskier Sex

Feb. 8, 2017 — A survey in the US notes a consistent increase in the occurrence of condomless anal sex among men, as well as a rise in how many sex partners they have. Although antiretroviral therapies (ART) have ... read more

Drought Identified as Key to Severity of West Nile Virus Epidemics

Feb. 7, 2017 — Drought dramatically increases the severity of West Nile virus epidemics in the United States, although populations affected by large outbreaks acquire immunity that limits the size of subsequent ... read more

Feb. 7, 2017 — A new 3D system has been used to study human infection in the laboratory. The team, which includes infection researchers, engineers and bioinformaticians have used an electrostatic encapsulation ... read more

Scientists Find Clue to Why Zika, but Not Its Close Relatives, Causes Birth Defects

Feb. 6, 2017 — The most frightening aspect of Zika virus has been its ability to produce severe fetal birth defects during pregnancy, especially microcephaly—a small head. Now, scientists have uncovered the ... read more

How Geospatial Characteristics Affect Those Most Affected by HIV

Feb. 6, 2017 — Young men who have sex with men, particularly racial/ethnic minorities and youth living in socioeconomically disadvantaged communities, are disproportionately affected by the human immunodefiency ... read more

Missing Link for Fighting Viral Pneumonia Identified

Feb. 3, 2017 — According to the Centers for Disease Control, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) causes about 60,000 hospitalizations of children aged 0 to four, and nearly 200,000 hospitalizations and 14,000 deaths ... read more

Faster Way of Detecting Bacteria Could Save Your Life

Feb. 3, 2017 — A faster way to detect the bacteria causing patients to become sick has now been developed, giving physicians a better chance at saving ... read more

Feb. 3, 2017 — In studying a cousin of the bacterium that causes tuberculosis, scientists have drawn a molecular map of the target for rifampicin, a common antibiotic. They are now using it in an effort to combat ... read more

'Brute Force' Can Overcome Antibiotic Resistance

Feb. 3, 2017 — Antibiotics can still kill drug-resistant bacteria if they 'push' hard enough into bacterial cells, finds new research. The study opens up a promising new way of overcoming antibiotic ... read more

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