• A Person's Diet, Urine Acidity May Affect Susceptibility to UTIs
    The acidity of urine -- as well as the presence of small molecules related to diet -- may influence how well bacteria can grow in the urinary tract, a new study shows. The research, at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, may have implications for treating ...More
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  • Wistar Scientists Pinpoint Mutations Responsible for Ineffective 2014-2015 Flu Vaccine
    Viruses such as influenza have the ability to mutate over time, and given that the flu vaccines administered during the 2014-2015 season were largely ineffective at preventing the spread of the flu, it appears the virus that recently circulated had taken on mutations not ...More
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  • TSRI Team Gets New Close-up View of Key Part of Ebola Virus Life Cycle
    The Scripps Research Institute team's high-resolution image revealed how a viral protein called VP35 helps protect the Ebola virus from the body's immune system. Image courtesy of the Scripps Research Institute.   A new study led by scientists at the Scripps Research ...More
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  • Needle Exchanges Can Prevent More HIV Outbreaks
    Congress needs to immediately lift the ban on federal funding for needle exchange programs to counter the threat of HIV outbreaks among injection drug users like the one that has seen an alarming number of new cases erupt in a single rural Indiana county. So say Johns ...More
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  • New Target Identified for Inhibiting Malaria Parasite Invasion
    A new study led by researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health finds that a malaria parasite protein called calcineurin is essential for parasite invasion into red blood cells. Human calcineurin is already a proven target for drugs treating other illnesses ...More
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  • AASLD Updates Guidance for Use of Hepatitis C Drugs
    The American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD), in partnership with the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and in collaboration with the International Antiviral Society-USA (IAS-USA), created online Recommendations for Testing, Managing, and ...More
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  • Requiring Documentation of Antibiotic Indication Improves Overall Usage, Pilot Program Shows
    A pilot antibiotic stewardship program at a pediatric long-term care facility brought about a 59 percent decrease in use of a topical antibiotic and an 83 percent decrease in orders for antibiotics without proper documentation during a six-month period, according to a new ...More
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  • New Breath Test for Pneumonia is Developed
    Researchers from the University of Manchester are part of a team that has identified an important new approach to diagnose infections in critically ill patients rapidly and accurately. A study by colleagues in Salford and Manchester found that chemically analyzing breath ...More
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  • OSHA Adds Key Hazards for Investigators' Focus in Healthcare Inspections
    Targeting some of the most common causes of workplace injury and illness in the healthcare industry, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced the agency is expanding its use of enforcement resources in ...More
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