• Immune Cell Defenders Protect Us From Bacterial Invasion
    An international team of researchers including University of Melbourne staff has identified the exact biochemical key that awakes the body’s immune cells and sends them into fight against bacteria and fungi. The patented work, published in the journal Nature today, ...More
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  • Walking May Help Protect Kidney Disease Patients Against Heart Disease, Infections
    Just a modest amount of exercise may help reduce kidney disease patients' risks of developing heart disease and infections, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN). Heart disease and infection are major ...More
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  • Body Odor Changes Following Vaccination
    Our understanding of the role of body odor in conveying personal information continues to grow. New research from the Monell Chemical Senses Center and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reveals that immunization can trigger a distinct change in body odor. This is ...More
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  • Scientists Develop Light-Activated Antimicrobial Surface That Also Works in the Dark
    Researchers at UCL have developed a new antibacterial material which has potential for cutting hospital acquired infections. The combination of two simple dyes with nanoscopic particles of gold is deadly to bacteria when activated by light -- even under modest indoor ...More
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  • Clearstream Advances Antimicrobial Technology That Actively Provides Long-Term Protection
    Outbreaks of MRSA were once confined to healthcare facilities, but now the bacterium is commonly found in sports facilities, gyms and even NFL locker rooms—a direct result of lax hygiene, disinfection and sanitization methods. In one high-profile NFL case last year, ...More
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  • CDC Offers New Sepsis Fact Sheet
    The CDC's sister agency, the National Institutes of Health, recently announced the findings of large clinical trial about sepsis. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that survival of patients with septic shock was the same regardless of whether ...More
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  • Gastro Outbreaks Hit the Elderly Hardest
    Frail elderly people living in residential care facilities are at increased risk of severe illness or death from outbreaks of viral gastroenteritis. This is the finding from a study led by Craig Davis from Department of Health Queensland, published in the April issue of the ...More
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  • Strain-Specific Lyme Disease Immunity Lasts for Years, Penn Research Finds
    Lyme disease, if not treated promptly with antibiotics, can become a lingering problem for those infected. But a new study led by researchers from the University of Pennsylvania has some brighter news: Once infected with a particular strain of the disease-causing bacteria, ...More
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  • Unvaccinated Infants Act as 'Kindling' to Fuel Epidemics
    Nearly 4 million children under 5 die from vaccine-preventable diseases worldwide each year, and two University of Michigan doctoral ecology students are working to change that. By taking into account seasonal fluctuations in birth rates, massive vaccination campaigns in ...More
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  • Overuse of Blood Transfusions Increases Infection Risk
    Blood transfusions are one of the most common procedures patients receive in the hospital but the more red blood cells they receive, the greater their risk of infection, says a new study led by the University of Michigan Heath System and VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System. ...More
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