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  • CDC Flu Update: Activity Remains Widespread
    According to the CDC's  FluView report for the week ending Jan. 28, 2017 (week 4), flu activity continues to increase and is widespread in most of the United States. Also, CDC reported seven additional flu-associated pediatric deaths for the 2016-2017 season. The ...More
    3 weeks ago Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • Zika Virus Blindfolds Immune Alarm Cells
    Gatekeeper immune cells are fighting Zika virus with an arm tied behind their backs, scientists from Emory Vaccine Center report. Dendritic cells are "sentinel" cells that alert the rest of the immune system when they detect viral infection. When Zika virus infects them, it ...More
    3 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Penn Researchers Identify Missing Link for Fighting Viral Pneumonia
    Viral infections that occur in a patient’s lungs are a significant cause of hospitalization and death among children and the elderly. According to the Centers for Disease Control, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) causes about 60,000 hospitalizations of children aged ...More
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  • Scientists Describe Molecular Interactions to Predict Bacterial Battles
    The enemies were thrown together, so the killing began. Brandishing harpoon-like appendages covered in poison, two armies of cholera bacteria stabbed each other, rupturing victims like water balloons. Scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology tracked the battle over ...More
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  • Atomic-Scale View of Bacterial Proteins Offers Path to New TB Drugs
    With the first detailed analysis of a cellular component from a close relative of the pathogen that causes tuberculosis, Rockefeller scientists are suggesting strategies for new drugs to curb this growing health problem. Each year, nearly half a million people around the ...More
    3 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Ebola Grant Expanded From $12 Million to $24 Million for NETEC
    A $12 million grant awarded in 2015 to establish the National Ebola Training and Education Center (NETEC) has been doubled to $24 million to allow for a variety of expanded services, including creation of a special pathogens research network. The grant awarded to the ...More
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  • Salicylic Acid Promotes Nasal Mucosa Colonization
    Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) can colonize the upper respiratory tract of around one quarter of the human population. As an opportunistic bacteria S. aureus usually does not harm its host. If the host is healthy and the bacteria obtain sufficient nutrients, the bacteria ...More
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  • Researchers Awarded Grant to Refine Malaria Drug
    As long as parasites continue to mount resistance to malaria drugs, scientists will be faced with the task of developing new, improved pharmaceuticals. A research team from the Virginia Tech Center for Drug Discovery has received a $431,126 two-year grant from the National ...More
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  • 'Brute Force' Can Overcome Antibiotic Resistance
    Antibiotics can still kill drug-resistant bacteria if they 'push' hard enough into bacterial cells, finds new UCL-led research funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. The study, published in Scientific Reports, opens up a promising new way of ...More
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  • NIH Scientists Study Role of Staph Toxins in Bacterial Sepsis
    Staphylococcus epidermidis bacteria are a significant health concern for hospitalized infants, children and anyone with implanted medical devices. The bacteria -- typically skin dwellers -- can infect the bloodstream and cause a life-threatening condition known as sepsis. ...More
    3 weeks ago Posted in News