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T-Bet Tackles Hepatitis

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A single protein may tip the balance between ridding the body of a dangerous hepatitis virus and enduring life-long chronic infection, according to researchers in Germany.

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Take Your Best Shot at Avoiding the Flu This Season

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At the doctor’s office, the focus is on you and what is going on with your health. This is your time to talk about concerns to improve your wellbeing beyond the flu season,” says Jorge Parada, MD, MPH, the medical director of the Infection Prevention and Control Program at Loyola University Health System. “You trust your store employee to help you locate items you want to buy, not to diagnose what’s causing a persistent symptom, schedule other annual health maintenance exams such as mammograms or offer expert medical advice.”

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Puerto Ricans Who Inject Drugs, both in the Northeast U.S. and in Puerto Rico, Among Latinos at Highest Risk of Contracting HIV

The study, “Addressing the HIV/AIDS epidemic among Puerto Rican people who inject drugs: the Need for a Multi-Region Approach,” published in the American Journal of Public Health (on-line ahead of print, September 11, 2014) described the epidemic and the availability of HIV prevention and treatment programs in areas with a high concentration of Puerto Ricans, in order to provide recommendations to reduce HIV in the population.

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Penn Medicine Bioethicists Call for Greater First-World Response to Ebola Outbreak

Amid recent discussion about the Ebola crisis in West Africa, Penn Medicine physicians say that high-income countries like the United States have an obligation to help those affected by the outbreak and to advance research to fight the deadly disease — including in the context of randomized clinical trials of new drugs to combat the virus.

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How Bacteria Battle Fluoride

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Two studies from Christopher Miller's lab at Brandeis University provide new insights into the mechanisms that allow bacteria to resist fluoride toxicity, information that could eventually help inform new strategies for treating harmful bacterial diseases.

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UCSF, Google Earth Engine Making Maps to Predict Malaria

UC San Francisco (UCSF) is working to create an online platform that health workers around the world can use to predict where malaria is likely to be transmitted using data on Google Earth Engine.

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For Ebola Health Care Workers, How Protective Gear Is Removed Poses Risk of Deadly Exposure, Experts Caution

A team of American infectious disease and critical care experts is alerting colleagues caring for Ebola patients that how they remove their personal protective gear can be just as crucial as wearing it to prevent exposure to the deadly virus.

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Whooping Cough Vaccine Recommended for Pregnant Women Amid Spike in Cases

Expectant moms should be vaccinated for pertussis, or whooping cough, during their third trimester, according to obstetricians at Loyola University Health System. Those in close contact with the infant also should be up to date with their whooping cough vaccine.

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Global Virus Network Experts Answer Questions on Mankind’s Worst Ebola Outbreak

On Friday, September 12 between 1 pm EDT to 2 pm EDT the Global Virus Network, with support from UST Global as a technology partner, will host a WebEx conference including three GVN world-renowned Ebola experts and journalists from across the globe.

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‘Missouri Medicine’ Turns to SLU for Vaccine Research Insights

Internationally recognized for vaccine research, Saint Louis University faculty wrote about their efforts to protect people from infectious diseases in Missouri Medicine, which is the journal of the Missouri state medical society.

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