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  • Scientist Studies the Infant Resistome to Combat Superbugs
    Gautam Dantas remembers the day in 10th grade when he first wanted to be a scientist. It was the day he had a new biology teacher, a visiting researcher from the U.S. The teacher passionately described his own biochemical studies of how organisms live together in ...More
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  • Protection Against Zika Just as Important During Winter
    Just because temperatures are cooling down as winter approaches, it's no time to let your guard down when it comes to mosquitoes that can carry the Zika virus. James Diaz, MD, DrPH, professor and program director of environmental/occupational health sciences at LSU Health ...More
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  • Microorganisms Isolated in Cave Helps Researchers Understand the Origins of Antibiotic Resistance
    Pioneering work being carried out in a cave in New Mexico by researchers at McMaster University and the University of Akron, Ohio, is changing the understanding of how antibiotic resistance may have emerged and how doctors can combat it in the future. In research published ...More
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  • Oxygen Can Wake Up Dormant Bacteria for Antibiotic Attacks
    Bacterial resistance does not come just through adaptation to antibiotics, sometimes the bacteria simply go to sleep. An international team of researchers is looking at compounds that attack bacteria's ability to go dormant and have found the first oxygen-sensitive toxin ...More
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  • Protein Disrupts Infectious Biofilms
    Many infectious pathogens are difficult to treat because they develop into biofilms, layers of metabolically active but slowly growing bacteria embedded in a protective layer of slime, which are inherently more resistant to antibiotics. Now, a group of researchers at ...More
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  • IDSA Hails Passage of Landmark Bill to Yield New Antibiotics and Other Cures
    The following is a statement from William G. Powderly, MD, FIDSA, president of the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA): "The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) applauds the Senate for passing the 21st Century Cures Act earlier today. The soon-to-be ...More
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  • Researchers Combine MERS and Rabies Viruses to Create Innovative 2-for-1 Vaccine
    In a new study, researchers have modified a rabies virus, so that it has a protein from the MERS virus; this altered virus works as a 2-for-1 vaccine that protects mice against both Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and rabies. Because it uses an already-tested ...More
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  • Scientists Discover How the Immune System Targets TB
    Every 18 seconds someone dies from tuberculosis (TB). It is the world's most deadly infectious disease. Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the causative agent of TB, has infected more than one-third of the entire human population with an annual death toll of approximately 1.5 ...More
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  • 'Pulling' Bacteria Out of Blood to Fight Sepsis
    Blood poisoning, or sepsis, is still fatal in more than 50 percent of cases, but can be cured if treated at an early stage. The highest priority is therefore to act quickly. For this reason, doctors usually administer antibiotics even in the event of a suspicion of blood ...More
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  • Controlling Risk of C. diff Saves Lives, Prevents Infection and Reduces Healthcare Costs
    The constant fear of having an embarrassing bathroom accident paralyzed Judy Post. Mental, physical and emotional stress consumed her. She wondered if her life would ever return to normal. “It was very difficult on me. I kept thinking nothing was going to help ...More
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