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  • Framing by Political Advocacy Groups May Jeopardize Public Understanding of Zika
    The public's ability to understand the dangers posed by Zika virus may be jeopardized by advocacy groups linking the virus with culturally charged issues such as illegal immigration and global warming, the authors of a new study warn. ...More
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  • Human Rotavirus Manipulates Immune Response to Maintain Infection
    The gut of a child infected with rotavirus is like a battle ground. On one side, the virus invades the epithelial cells that form the lining of the small intestine. The virus replicates driving havoc in the intestinal environment, which causes severe diarrhea, vomiting, ...More
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  • Hospital Clones of MRSA are Carried by Medical Students Even Before Healthcare Exposure
    Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) strains are prevalent in healthcare and the community, and few studies have examined MRSA carriage among medical students. The aim of this study by Orlin, et al. (2017) is to examine Staphylococcus aureus (SA) ...More
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  • Twitter's Role in the Fight Against HIV
    Twitter isn't just a platform to read news, engage with like-minded individuals, launch insults or give praise. It's also a far-reaching and revealing digital "petri dish" to study human behavior that may help predict disease outbreaks, like HIV, and inform public health ...More
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  • Study Finds Brain Abnormalities in Fetuses Exposed to Zika
    In a study to be presented on Jan. 27, in the oral concurrent session at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine's annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting™, researchers with the Baylor College of Medicine Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, partnered with the ...More
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  • Prenatal Infection May Alter Brain Development Via Epigenetic Changes
    Maternal infection during pregnancy increases the risk for psychiatric disorders in the child, but the path between the two is something of a mystery. In a study published in Biological Psychiatry, senior author Urs Meyer of the University of Zurich-Vetsuisse in Zurich, ...More
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  • Mathematical Model Limits Malaria Outbreaks
    One of the most common infectious diseases in the world, malaria causes public health problems and depresses the economy of infected areas. When untreated or treated improperly, the disease can result in fatalities. Despite impressive control measures and increased ...More
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  • Scientists Decipher a Mechanism in Serious Skin Infections
    Staphylococcus aureus is one of the most feared, multi-resistant pathogens. The bacterium often causes life-threatening infections, particularly in people with a weakened immune system. During the last few years, especially aggressive strains of S. aureus have appeared ...More
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  • UMD Study Explores Race as a Factor in Getting Vaccinated
    African-American adults are less likely than Caucasians to get an annual flu shot (39 percent versus 47 percent), and public health efforts to address this racial disparity have had little impact on increasing vaccination rates to date. A study led by professor ...More
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  • Sepsis Trumps Four Medical Conditions Tracked by CMS for Hospital Readmission Rates
    Sepsis accounts for considerably more hospital readmissions and associated costs than any of the four medical conditions tracked by the federal government to measure quality of care and guide pay-for-performance reimbursements, according to an analysis led by the University ...More
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