• The Hidden Burden of Dengue Fever in West Africa
    Misdiagnosis of febrile illnesses as malaria is a continuing problem in Africa. A new study shows that in Ghana, dengue fever is circulating in urban areas and going undiagnosed. The authors of the study hope to use the findings to launch a widespread initiative to better ...More
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  • Gorilla Origins of the Last Two AIDS Virus Lineages Confirmed
    Two of the four known groups of human AIDS viruses (HIV-1 groups O and P) have originated in western lowland gorillas, according to an international team of scientists from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Montpellier, the ...More
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  • Pediatricians Face Increasing Pressure to Delay Vaccinations
    Pediatricians are facing increasing pressure from some parents who want to spread out the recommended vaccine schedule for their children by postponing vaccines, pointing to a need for improved programs that support timely vaccinations, according to a new study by ...More
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  • ACP Releases New Guidelines for Preventing and Treating Pressure Ulcers
    The American College of Physicians (ACP) today published two evidence-based clinical practice guidelines in Annals of Internal Medicine for the prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers. Bedsores commonly occur in people with limited mobility, such as those in hospitals ...More
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  • Link Identified Between Virus Recognition, Destruction in Bacterial Immune System
    An immune system that helps bacteria combat viruses is yielding unlikely results such as the ability to edit genome sequences and potentially correct mutations that cause human disease. University of Georgia researchers Michael and Rebecca Terns were among the first to ...More
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  • Johns Hopkins Researchers Identify Key to Tuberculosis Resistance
    The cascade of events leading to bacterial infection and the immune response is mostly understood. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying the immune response to the bacteria that causes tuberculosis have remained a mystery — until now. Researchers at the Johns ...More
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  • Poll Finds U.S. Public Sees Ill Health as Resulting from a Broad Range of Causes
    A new NPR/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health poll finds that more than 6 in 10 people living in the U.S. (62 percent) are concerned about their future health. Nearly 4 in 10 (39 percent) said that they had one or more negative childhood ...More
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  • Disease-Carrying Fleas Abound on New York City's Rats
    In the first study of its kind since the 1920s, rats in New York City were found to carry a flea species capable of transmitting plague pathogens. In research appearing March 2 in the Journal of Medical Entomology, lead author Matthew Frye, an urban entomologist with ...More
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  • Sequencing the Hookworm Provides Researchers with Potential New Drug and Vaccine Targets
    In an advance that may potentially lead to new treatments for parasitic hookworms, scientists at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and Cornell University have sequenced the genome of the hookworm, Ancylostoma ceylanicum. The genome of the nematode that, ...More
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  • UW Researchers Develop Oral Swab to Diagnose TB
    Drawing inspiration from veterinary medicine, researchers at the University of Washington have helped developed a new prospective approach to diagnosing tuberculosis (TB) - easy-to-obtain oral swab samples, greatly improving on standard diagnostics. ...More
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