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  • UW-Madison Researchers Begin Work on Zika Virus
    In October, when David O’Connor last visited Brazil as part of a decade-long research program studying drug-resistant strains of HIV, one of his Brazilian collaborators had a request. “He asked about using some of the technologies we have developed to look for ...More
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  • Physics Plays Key Role in How White Blood Cells Fight Infection
    Simple physics may play a larger role than previously thought in helping control key bodily processes – such as how the body fights infection. Using a model blood vessel system built on a polymer microchip, researchers have shown that the relative softness of white ...More
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  • Sneezing Produces Complex Fluid Cascade, Not a Simple Spray
    Here's some incentive to cover your mouth the next time you sneeze: New high-speed videos captured by MIT researchers show that as a person sneezes, they launch a sheet of fluid that balloons, then breaks apart in long filaments that destabilize, and finally disperses as a ...More
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  • Report Describes First Known Case of Zika in U.S. Resident Returning From Costa Rica
    A report published in Annals of Internal Medicine describes the first known case of Zika virus in a U.S. resident following travel to Costa Rica. The author discusses the traveler's symptoms, what his test results showed, and the health status of the family members who ...More
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  • Women, Microcephaly and Zika Virus Disease: WHO Provides a Q&A
    The risk of babies born with microcephaly has raised understandable concerns among women including those who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. There are many unknowns regarding the possible causes of microcephaly. Until scientists and public health officials have ...More
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  • Global Scientific Community Commits to Sharing Data on Zika Virus
    Leading global health bodies including academic journals, NGOs, research funders and institutes, have committed to sharing data and results relevant to the current Zika crisis and future public health emergencies as rapidly and openly as possible. Organizations including ...More
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  • Alcohol Also Damages the Liver by Allowing Bacteria to Infiltrate
    Alcohol itself can directly damage liver cells. Now researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine report evidence that alcohol is also harmful to the liver for a second reason — it allows gut bacteria to migrate to the liver, promoting ...More
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  • APIC Updates Safe Injection Practices Position Paper
    The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) has updated the position paper, "Safe injection, infusion, and medication vial practices in health care (2016)," which replaces the previous 2010 paper. The transmission of bloodborne viruses and ...More
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  • Cranberry Capsules More Effective Than Juice for UTIs
    A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection in any part of the urinary system, kidneys, bladder or urethra. They are more common in women and affect more than 3 million Americans per year. Many in the population will turn to sipping on a cranberry juice cocktail to ...More
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