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  • Talking Turkey ... and Superbugs
    Just in time for Thanksgiving, some scientists are making noise about the ways turkeys may be implicated in the development of antibiotic-resistant superbugs and that turkey farming may be bad for public health. Check out this news item from The Los Angeles Times by ...More
    November 24, 2008 Posted in Blogs
  • Researchers Develop New Strategy for Broad-Spectrum Antiviral Drugs
    Bavituximab, an antiviral drug developed by UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers, shows promise as a new strategy to fight viral diseases, including potential bioterrorism agents. In a study appearing in the December issue of Nature Medicine, groups of guinea pigs ...More
    November 24, 2008 Posted in News
  • Researchers Discover Strategy for Predicting the Immunity of Vaccines
    In the first study of its kind, researchers at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center and Emory Vaccine Center, Emory University, have developed a multidisciplinary approach involving immunology, genomics and bioinformatics to predict the immunity of a vaccine without ...More
    November 24, 2008 Posted in News
  • Scientists Discover 21st Century Plague
    Bacteria that can cause serious heart disease in humans are being spread by rat fleas, sparking concern that the infections could become a bigger problem in humans. Research published in the December issue of the Journal of Medical Microbiology suggests that brown rats, the ...More
    November 24, 2008 Posted in News
  • Stomach Ulcer Bug Causes Bad Breath
    Bacteria that cause stomach ulcers and cancer could also be giving us bad breath, according to research published in the December issue of the Journal of Medical Microbiology. For the first time, scientists have found Helicobacter pylori living in the mouths of people who ...More
    November 24, 2008 Posted in News
  • Scientists Identify Blood Component that Turns Bacteria Virulent
    Scientists from the Scripps Research Institute have discovered the key chemical that signals Bacillus anthracis, the bacterium that causes anthrax, to become lethal. This finding opens up new avenues of exploration for the development of treatments for bacterial infections. ...More
    November 24, 2008 Posted in News
  • Iowa and Nebraska Hospitals Partner to Prevent Pressure Ulcers
    Hospitals in Nebraska and one in Iowa are working to improve clinical quality by preventing and reducing pressure ulcers. The hospitals have joined a Rapid Adoption Network (RAN), a virtual network that allows them to share information about clinical practices to accelerate ...More
    November 24, 2008 Posted in News
  • Study of Ancient and Modern Plagues Finds Common Features
    In 430 B.C., a new and deadly disease—its cause remains a mystery—swept into Athens. The walled Greek city-state was teeming with citizens, soldiers and refugees of the war then raging between Athens and Sparta. As streets filled with corpses, social order broke ...More
    November 21, 2008 Posted in News
  • Report Shows Growing Industry Effort on “Most Neglected” Diseases
    The International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations (IFPMA) has published a new edition of its Status Report on Pharmaceutical Industry R&D for Diseases of the Developing World. The new report shows that the number of medicine and vaccine ...More
    November 21, 2008 Posted in News
  • Scientists Discover New Ebola Virus
    The Nov. 21 issue of the open-access journal PLoS Pathogens features a paper by Jonathan S. Towner and colleagues, “In the Newly Discovered Ebola Virus Associated with Hemorrhagic Fever Outbreak in Uganda,” in which the authors describe their discovery of a new ...More
    November 21, 2008 Posted in News