• GHS Releases Preliminary Results of Investigation Into Surgical Infection Outbreak
    An intensive three-month investigation has prompted Greenville Health System (GHS) to install what may be the state’s first bacteriologic point-of-use water filters in a hospital operating room setting in the wake of a surgical infection that affected 15 ...More
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  • Study Provides New Perspectives on the Current Clostridium difficile Epidemic
    More than 80 percent of hospitalized patients who tested positive for Clostridium difficile were tested outside the hospital or within the first 72 hours of hospitalization, suggesting that settings outside of the hospital may play key roles in the identification, onset and ...More
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  • Ancient Genetic Material from Caries Bacterium Obtained for the First Time
    UAB research concludes that the Streptococcus mutans, one of the principal bacteria causing dental caries, has increased the changes in its genetic material over time, possibly coinciding with dietary changes linked to the expansion of humanity. This is highlighted in ...More
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  • Intestinal Parasites are 'Old Friends,' Scientist Argues
    Intestinal parasites such as tapeworms, hookworms and a protist called Blastocystis can be beneficial to human health, according to a new paper that argues we should rethink our views of organisms that live off the human body. To prove the point, paper co-author Julius ...More
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  • The Number of People Susceptible to Chikungunya is Increasing, Researcher Says
    In just two weeks, the number of Americans infected with the mosquito-borne virus chikungunya has almost doubled and the virus has now been found in mosquitoes in the United States, something that is very concerning to a Kansas State University professor who is a leading ...More
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  • Researchers Create Vaccine for Dust-Mite Allergies
    Researchers at the University of Iowa have developed a vaccine that can combat dust-mite allergies by naturally switching the body’s immune response. In animal tests, the nano-sized vaccine package lowered lung inflammation by 83 percent despite repeated exposure to ...More
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  • Joint Commission Education Module Aims to Reduce Long-Term Care Infections
    The Joint Commission today released an innovative online educational tool designed to apply the principles of high reliability to reducing infections in long-term care settings such as nursing homes and assisted living facilities. The learning module, “Applying High ...More
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  • Report on Viruses Looks Beyond Disease
    In contrast to their negative reputation as disease causing agents, some viruses can perform crucial biological and evolutionary functions that help to shape the world we live in today, according to a new report by the American Academy of Microbiology. "Viruses participate ...More
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  • Anti-Cancer Drug Kicks HIV Out of Hiding
    A pilot study by HIV researchers from Aarhus University and Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark has shown that an anti-cancer drug can activate hidden HIV. The researchers found that the anti-cancer drug romidepsin increased the virus production in HIV-infected cells ...More
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  • MERS-CoV Detected in the Air of a Saudi Arabian Camel Barn
    Saudi Arabian researchers have detected genetic fragments of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in the air of a barn holding a camel infected with the virus. The work, published this week in mBio®, the online open-access journal of the American ...More
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