• WHO Calls for Worldwide Use of 'Smart' Syringes
    Use of the same syringe or needle to give injections to more than one person is driving the spread of a number of deadly infectious diseases worldwide. Millions of people could be protected from infections acquired through unsafe injections if all healthcare programs ...More
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  • WHO Urges Governments to Tackle Neglected Tropical Diseases
    The World Health Organization (WHO) urges affected countries to scale up their investment in tackling 17 neglected tropical diseases in order to improve the health and wellbeing of more than 1.5 billion people. This investment would represent as little as 0.1 percent of ...More
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  • Virus-Cutting Enzyme Helps Bacteria Remember a Threat
    Bacteria may not have brains, but they do have memories, at least when it comes to viruses that attack them. Many bacteria have a molecular immune system which allows these microbes to capture and retain pieces of viral DNA that they have encountered in the past, in order ...More
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  • Bacteria Connect to Each Other and Exchange Nutrients
    Bacteria usually live in species-rich communities and frequently exchange nutrients and other metabolites. Until now, it was unclear whether microorganisms exchange metabolites exclusively by releasing them into the surrounding environment or whether they also use direct ...More
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  • Flu Activity Continues to Decrease, CDC Reports
    According to this week’s FluView report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), influenza activity is still elevated but continues to decrease in the United States. The number of states with widespread or high flu activity is decreasing, however, ...More
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  • CDC and Partners Investigate Newly Discovered Virus
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is today reporting on the discovery of a new virus that may have contributed to the death of a previously healthy man in eastern Kansas in late spring 2014. A CDC study published today details the progression of the ...More
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  • UCLA Updates Statement on Patient Notification About CRE Exposure
    The UCLA Health System notified 179 patients on Feb. 18 that they may have been exposed last fall to the carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae (CRE) bacteria during an endoscopic procedure to diagnose and treat diseases of the liver, bile ducts and pancreas at Ronald ...More
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  • Powerful Dengue Neutralizing Antibody is Found
    A new Duke-NUS-led study has identified a super-potent antibody which requires a minute amount to neutralize the dengue virus. The study, published online on Feb. 20 in the journal Nature Communications, showed how a newly identified antibody 5J7, is highly effective in ...More
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  • Researchers Study the Influence of Host Organisms on Bacterial Metabolism
    Monika Ehling-Schulz's group from the Institute of Microbiology, together with Mathias Müller's group at the Institute of Animal Breeding and Genetics studied the influence of host organisms on bacterial metabolism. The researchers infected three different lineages of ...More
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  • Needle-Free Vaccination: How Scientists Ask Skin Cells for Help
    Vaccination is an effective method of stimulating the human body's immune system to fight against various pathogens. Worldwide vaccination needs safe, easy-to-use and inexpensive tools for vaccine administration. The skin immune system is a promising target as the skin lies ...More
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