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Infectious Diseases News
October 28, 2016

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October 28, 2016

First-Time Reconstruction of Infectious Bat Influenza Viruses

Oct. 26, 2016 — All known Influenza A viruses originate from aquatic birds that serve as virus reservoirs in nature. Avian viruses can cause severe disease and may lead to devastating pandemics when introduced into ... read more

Personalized Prescription Tool Could Help to Combat Antibiotic Resistance

Oct. 24, 2016 — A new device is under development to diagnose viral and bacterial infections. The device uses genetically engineered bacteria to detect bacterial infections in blood samples. The new tool could lead ... read more

Inflammation Triggers Unsustainable Immune Response to Chronic Viral Infection

Oct. 21, 2016 — Scientists have discovered a fundamental new mechanism explaining the inadequate immune defense against chronic viral infection. These results may open up new avenues for vaccine development, say ... read more

New Nanomedicine Approach Aims to Improve HIV Drug Therapies

Oct. 21, 2016 — New research aims to improve the administration and availability of drug therapies to HIV patients through the use of ... read more

TB Tricks the Body's Immune System to Allow It to Spread

Oct. 20, 2016 — Tuberculosis (TB) tricks the immune system into attacking the body’s lung tissue so the bacteria are allowed to spread to other people, new research. The concept proposes that current ideas about ... read more

Oct. 20, 2016 — Large swaths of DNA and its lesser-known cousin RNA are dotted by chemical tags that act like Post-It notes, providing additional instructions to the underlying genetic code. The most abundant of ... read more

Gene Deletion Points Way to Flu Treatment

Oct. 19, 2016 — Researchers kept mice from getting the flu by removing a gene that regulates their immune system. According to the study, mice missing the gene Trim29 eliminated human influenza virus within 48 ... read more

Oct. 18, 2016 — Information could be the key to winning the race against antibiotic resistance. If we lose, a new analysis predicts a frightening future where drug resistant bacterial infections kill more people ... read more

Oct. 18, 2016 — The HIV virus increases the potency of the tuberculosis bacterium (Mtb) by affecting a central function of the immune system. This discovery helps to explain why infection with HIV greatly increases ... read more

Scientists Uncover New Facets of Zika-Related Birth Defects to Help Develop Treatment

Oct. 17, 2016 — In a study that could one day help eliminate the tragic birth defects caused by Zika virus, scientists have elucidated how the virus attacks the brains of newborns, information that could accelerate ... read more

New Candidate Vaccines Against the Plague

Oct. 13, 2016 — New potential vaccines have been developed that protect animals against the bacteria that causes the deadly plague. The plague of Black Death infamy has had the power to strike fear in people since ... read more

Better Insights Into Drivers of Avian Flu Outbreak

Oct. 13, 2016 — The 2014-15 outbreak of avian flu was likely driven by long-distant migrant birds, a new study reveals. The finding could help inform future efforts to thwart outbreaks. Beginning in 2014, a highly ... read more

First Zika Sequence Isolated from Semen

Oct. 13, 2016 — A team of researchers has obtained the first complete genome sequence of Zika virus that was isolated from a semen sample. The motivation for this investigation was a 2011 case report in the US ... read more

Zika Virus Infection May Prevent Reinfection, Study Finds

Oct. 13, 2016 — People infected with Zika virus may not be susceptible to Zika virus again, according to the latest research. Other findings show that Zika virus is present in the blood very early during infection ... read more

Community Hospitals Use Antibiotics Similar to Large Hospitals, Study Shows

Oct. 13, 2016 — Bolstering antimicrobial stewardship programs to ensure appropriate use of antibiotics in smaller community hospitals is necessary to combat the global threat of antibiotic-resistant bacteria known ... read more

Six Million Dollar Boost to Search for New Antibiotics

Oct. 13, 2016 — The Netherlands will be investing six million euros over the coming four years to boost research on new ... read more

New Analysis Sheds Light on Zika Virus Evolution, Spread

Oct. 12, 2016 — Researchers have modeled the evolutionary development and diversity of the Zika virus to better understand how infection spreads between populations and how the virus reacts with the immune system. ... read more

Research Findings May Lead to Promising Zika Virus Drug Targets

Oct. 11, 2016 — Following recent outbreaks of Zika virus and the potential health dangers of infection, especially during pregnancy, scientists are striving to rapidly develop effective antiviral drugs that can halt ... read more

Healing Effect of Fecal Microbiota Transplantation Lasts for a Long Time

Oct. 11, 2016 — Researchers have studied in detail the intestinal microbiota of 14 patients treated with a fecal microbiota transplant. The patients suffered from recurrent Clostridium difficile -- infection, also ... read more

Oct. 10, 2016 — A new tool that uses a forest-like array of vertically-aligned carbon nanotubes that can be finely tuned to selectively trap viruses by their size can increase the detection threshold for viruses and ... read more

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