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  • First WHO Prequalified Hepatitis C Rapid Test Opens Door to Expanded Treatment
    The World Health Organization (WHO) has just prequalified its first hepatitis C virus (HCV) rapid diagnostic test, a tool that will aid diagnosis of HCV in low- and middle-income countries and improve access to treatment. “The fact that we now have very effective new ...More
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  • Survey Shows Only Half of People Plan to Get Flu Shots This Year
    Americans are split on getting an annual flu shot, with four out of 10 having done so in the past year and around half saying they had already received or were planning to get the vaccine this year, according to new national survey data analyzed by University of Georgia ...More
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  • New, More Effective Strategy for Producing Flu Vaccines
    A team of researchers led by Yoshihiro Kawaoka, professor of pathobiological sciences at the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Veterinary Medicine, has developed technology that could improve the production of vaccines that protect people from influenza B. ...More
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  • New Mechanism to Control Human Viral Infections is Discovered
    A team of researchers, co-led by a University of California, Riverside professor, has found a long-sought-after mechanism in human cells that creates immunity to influenza A virus, which causes annual seasonal epidemics and occasional pandemics. The research, outlined in a ...More
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  • Medical Glue Reduces IV Drip Failure, Infection
    Australian researchers have found a new way to make one of the most common medical procedures in the world - placing drips or intravenous (IV) lines - safer, less painful and potentially more cost effective. The researchers, who were funded by the Emergency Medicine ...More
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  • Growing Mosquito Populations Linked to Urbanization, Residual Decay of DDT in the Environment
    Mosquito populations have increased as much as 10-fold over the past five decades in New York, New Jersey, and California, according to long-term datasets from mosquito monitoring programs. The number of mosquito species in these areas increased two- to four-fold in the ...More
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  • Resistance to Drug of Last Resort Found in U.S. Farm Animals
    Carbapenems are one of the most important classes of antibiotics used in humans, and are an important agent against multi-drug resistant bacteria. Now, for the first time, bacteria that carry a transmissible carbapenem resistance gene have been found in agricultural animals ...More
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  • Researchers Find Overwhelming Evidence of Malaria's Existence 2,000 Years Ago
    An analysis of 2,000-year-old human remains from several regions across the Italian peninsula has confirmed the presence of malaria during the Roman Empire, addressing a longstanding debate about its pervasiveness in this ancient civilization. The answer is in mitochondrial ...More
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  • New Compound Targets TB Bacterium's Defense Against the Immune System
    Part of the reason tuberculosis-causing bacteria are so good at colonizing the human body is that they have defenses against the body's immune system. A research team led by a Brown University chemist has developed a new compound that can take down one of those defenses in ...More
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  • Re-Emergence of Syphilis Traced to Pandemic Strain Cluster
    Syphilis has plagued humankind for over 500 years. After the first reported outbreaks struck Europe in 1495, the disease spread rapidly to other continents and swelled to a global pandemic. When treatment with the antibiotic penicillin became available in the mid-twentieth ...More
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