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October 1, 2016

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October 1, 2016

Antibiotics Developed in 1960s Show Promise for TB Therapy

Sep. 28, 2016 — First generation cephalosporins—antibiotics introduced as a treatment against bacterial infections in 1963—now show promise for tuberculosis (TB) therapy, according to new research. Tuberculosis, ... read more

Ancient Remedy Becomes Novel Approach to Treating Clostridium Difficile Infection

Sep. 22, 2016 — The epidemiology of Clostridium difficile (C. diff) infection, clinical presentation of infection, diagnosis and various therapies including fecal microbiota transplant have been the focus of recent ... read more

Researchers Take a New Step Towards Non-Antibiotic Bladder Infection Therapies

Sep. 22, 2016 — Cystitis is a common infection, particularly in women. Although usually treatable with antibiotics, patients can be plagued with recurrent and chronic infections. When ascending to the kidneys, ... read more

Culex Mosquitoes Do Not Transmit Zika Virus, Study Finds

Sep. 22, 2016 — Important results in the fight against Zika virus has been identified by researchers: Culex mosquitoes do not appear to transmit Zika ... read more

Researchers Find a Potential Signature of Cognitive Function in People Living With HIV

Sep. 20, 2016 — A unique epigenetic footprint has been found in specific types of immune cells from blood that can identify individuals with HIV that have a range of impairments in cognitive function. Reliable ... read more

A Protein in Mosquito Spit Can Keep Dengue Virus in Check

Sep. 20, 2016 — Mosquito saliva influences transmission of viruses to a bitten mammalian host. For example, it contains factors that dampen the host immune response and so facilitate infection. A study reports on a ... read more

New Study Compares Approaches to Prevent Malaria in Pregnancy

Sep. 19, 2016 — A screen and treat strategy for pregnant women in sub Saharan African does not reduce adverse outcomes compared with standard preventative treatment for malaria, say ... read more

Sep. 19, 2016 — The discovery of a novel, advanced technique to identify the rare cells where human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) hides in patients taking antiretroviral therapy (ART). This is an important step ... read more

Scientists Enhance Ability of Antibiotics to Defeat Resistant Types of Bacteria Using Molecules Called PPMOs

Sep. 17, 2016 — Researchers have developed a strategy to overcome a key defense that drug-resistant bacteria use to fend off antibiotic attack. Antibiotic resistance has become a major public health problem; the ... read more

Increase in Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Hinders Treatment of Kidney Infections

Sep. 16, 2016 — Researchers use hospital emergency room data from around the country to document emergence of E. coli strain that fights medication. They recommend development of new antibiotics and treatment ... read more

Sep. 16, 2016 — Why do some foodborne bacteria make us sick? A new study has found that pathogens in the intestinal tract cause harm because they benefit from immune system responses designed to repair the very ... read more

Repurposed Deworming Drugs Could Combat C. Difficile Epidemic, Study Suggests

Sep. 16, 2016 — Scientists have discovered a potential new weapon against Clostridium difficile, a bacterium that causes hundreds of thousands of severe intestinal infections in the U.S. every year and is frequently ... read more

Microcephaly Case-Control Study Confirms Zika Virus Causality

Sep. 15, 2016 — The relation between Zika virus and microcephaly is widely assumed to be causal because of strong evidence of an association. However, evidence so far comes from case reports, case series, modelling ... read more

Sep. 15, 2016 — Researchers have identified a patient in Haiti with a serious mosquito-borne illness that has never before been reported in the Caribbean ... read more

Researchers Identify How Hepatitis a Virus Causes Liver Injury

Sep. 15, 2016 — Investigators have discovered how hepatitis A virus causes liver injury as well as how the virus could jump from primates to mice. Hepatitis A virus is a vaccine preventable form of infectious ... read more

Female Sex Hormone May Protect Women from Worst Effects of the Flu

Sep. 15, 2016 — Progesterone – a female sex hormone contained in most forms of hormone-based birth control – appears to stave off the worst effects of influenza infection and, in an unexpected finding, help ... read more

Study Explores Potency of Antibodies to Combat HIV Infection

Sep. 15, 2016 — A clinical trial underway – known as the AMP study (for Antibody Meditated Prevention) – will determine whether infusing an experimental antibody (VRC01) into HIV-negative men and transgender ... read more

Team Discovers, Successfully Treats New Variant of Antibiotic-Resistant Bacterium

Sep. 15, 2016 — Researchers have discovered a new mutation in a highly antibiotic-resistant strain of E. coli that resists clearance by the body's own immune system by inhibiting white blood cells that ... read more

Research Provides Clues to How Zika Virus Breaches the Placental Barrier

Sep. 15, 2016 — New research reveals that in pregnant women, Zika virus infection damages certain cells that affect placental formation and function. Furthermore, herpes simplex virus-2 (HSV-2) infection augments ... read more

New Analysis Explores the Geographical Origins of the Flu

Sep. 14, 2016 — A computer model shows that small increases in transmission rates of the seasonal influenza A virus (H3N2) can lead to rapid evolution of new strains that spread globally through human ... read more

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