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Disease, Diagnosis, Health, global security

Developing a Universal Biosensor That Could Reduce the Global Threat From Infectious Diseases​

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Colds, Colds And Flu, cold prevention, Summer Cold, Viruses, UCLA, UCLA health, Hand Washing, Upper Respiratory Illnesses, Infectious Disease

No Summer Vacations for Viruses

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Summer colds might seem rare, but you’re actually just as likely to catch one in the summer as in the winter. Why?

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Brian VanderVen, College of Veterinary Medicine, LucA, LucA Mtb, Tuberculosis, Mycobacterium, Cholesterol, Macrophages, Fatty Acids, Microbiology, Infectious Disease, Pathogenesis

Cornell Discovery Holds Potential for Treating Tuberculosis

A recent discovery by Cornell University researchers could lead to a new, effective treatment for persistent tuberculosis infections.

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Antibiotics, Antibiotics resistance, antibiotic overuse, Infections, Bacterial Infections

The Medical Minute: Antibiotics Are Not Always the Answer

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Overuse of antibiotics can cause problems for both individual patients and the general population. That’s why it’s important to take them only for true bacterial infections.

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CMV, CMV vaccine, CMV antibodies

Antibodies Halt Placental Transmission of CMV-Like Virus in Monkeys

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Researchers from Duke University School of Medicine and Tulane National Primate Research Center report findings in monkeys that demonstrates a CMV vaccine approach that appears to be capable of protecting the animal’s fetus from infection.

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HIVAIDS, Alcohol Use, Antiretroviral Therapy, risky drinking, Medication Adherence, Antiretroviral Therapy Adherence

At-Risk Alcohol Use Predicts Lower Adherence to Antiretroviral Therapy among Persons with HIV/AIDS

Advancements in antiretroviral therapy (ART) have allowed people living with HIV/AIDS to maintain a quality of life similar to those without HIV infection. Medication adherence is key, however, as non-adherence to ART can lead to poorer HIV suppression, decreased CD4 cell count, and an increased risk for antiretroviral drug resistance. Prior research has shown that alcohol use is common among persons living with HIV/AIDS, and that the rate of current heavy drinking may be almost double that of the general population. This study examined whether “at-risk” alcohol use – defined as more than three drinks per day for women and more than four drinks per day for men – was associated with ART non-adherence among persons living with HIV/AIDS.

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Infection Control, Superbugs, ultraviolet light

Fighting Back Against Antimicrobial Resistance Using New Technology

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Antimicrobial resistance is a growing problem, as some infections that used to be easily cured are now immune to even our most powerful antibiotics.

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Gastroenterolgy, C Difficile, fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT), Antibiotics, Colon, American Gastroenterological Association

Cases of Recurrent Clostridium difficile Infection Are Soaring

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Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have found evidence that the most difficult C. difficile cases, known as multiple recurring C. difficile infections (mrCDI), are rapidly becoming more common.

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Masculinity, Microbicides, sexual behaviour, HIV, Hiv Prevention, Zambia, microbicide gel

Dominant Male Behaviour Is Preventing Women in Africa From Protecting Their Own Sexual Health

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A gel aimed at preventing HIV, which is being trialled in Africa, is only used by women with their male partner’s approval.

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Antibiotic Resistance, University of Birmingham

New Study Links Antibiotic Resistance to Common Household Disinfectant Triclosan

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Scientists from the University of Birmingham and Norwich Research Park have discovered a link between a major mechanism of antibiotic resistance and resistance to the disinfectant triclosan which is commonly found in domestic products.







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