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  • Cellphone Data Help Scientists Track Infectious Diseases
    Tracking mobile phone data is often associated with privacy issues, but these vast datasets could be the key to understanding how infectious diseases are spread seasonally, according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. ...More
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  • School Vacations, Humidity Linked to Waves of Influenza in Mexico During the 2009 H1N1 Pandemic
    Scientists studying the 2009 A/H1N1 influenza pandemic have found that the inconsistent regional timing of pandemic waves in Mexico was the result of interactions between school breaks and regional variations in humidity. The research published in PLOS Computational ...More
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  • Biologist Observes a Paradigm Shift in Multi-drug Resistance
    Bacteria are pretty wily creatures. Take for example, an organism such as Salmonella, which which are killed by antibiotics in lab tests, but can become highly resistant in the body. It is an example of what UC Santa Barbara biologist Michael Mahan refers to as the Trojan ...More
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  • Researchers Suggest Approach to Fight Adenoviruses in Immunosuppressed Patients
    Using an animal model they developed, Saint Louis University and Utah State university researchers have identified a strategy that could keep a common group of viruses called adenoviruses from replicating and causing sickness in humans. "The adenovirus can cause colds and ...More
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  • Protect Yourself From West Nile Virus Infection
    Summertime means mosquitoes and West Nile virus season. An infected mosquito bite can make you or a family member sick with West Nile virus. Stay healthy by avoiding mosquito bites, especially from dusk to dawn when the mosquitoes that spread West Nile virus are most ...More
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  • CDC Offers Information on Mumps
    Mumps is a contagious disease caused by a virus. Anyone who has not had mumps or been vaccinated can get the disease. There is no treatment for mumps, and it can cause long-term health problems. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says you can protect ...More
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  • Survey Finds Nearly All Contact Lens Wearers Engage In Risky Eye Care That Can Lead to Infections
    Almost all of the 41 million estimated contact lens wearers in the United States may be engaging in at least one behavior known to increase their risk of eye infections, according to a report published today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Nearly ...More
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  • Scientists Uncover Surprising Mechanism Behind Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria
    Scripps Research Institute professor Floyd Romesberg and research associate Arryn Craney were among the authors of the new study. Photo courtesy of Scripps Research Institute. Every year, more strains of bacteria develop resistance to the antibiotics we use to treat deadly ...More
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  • Multiple Strains of C. difficile Cause Severe Patient Outcomes
    No single genetic strain of the widespread Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) bacteria appears to be any more harmful than other strains, according to new research published online today in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology. The findings contradict previous ...More
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  • Animal Trial to Test Promising Vaccine for H1N1
    An H1N1 vaccine developed at the University of Nebraska Medical Center will enter a definitive round of testing this month, and researchers hope to establish its ability to ward off the virus. Made possible by a licensing deal brokered through UNMC's technology transfer ...More
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