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  • Periodic Model Predicts the Spread of Lyme Disease
    Lyme disease is among the most common vector-borne illnesses in North America, Europe, and some parts of Asia. A spirochete bacterium called Borrelia burgdorferi causes the disease, and blacklegged ticks (Ixodes scapularis) are responsible for the majority of North American ...More
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  • Could Yellow Fever Rise Again?
    Many people might not have heard of the Aedes aegypti mosquito until this past year, when the mosquito, and the disease it can carry – Zika – began to make headlines. But more than 220 years ago, this same breed of mosquito was spreading a different and deadly ...More
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  • Defective HIV Proviruses Hinder Immune System Response and Cure
    Researchers at Johns Hopkins and George Washington universities report new evidence that proteins created by defective forms of HIV long previously believed to be harmless actually interact with our immune systems and are actively monitored by a specific type of immune ...More
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  • Unprecedented Progress Against Neglected Tropical Diseases, WHO Reports
    The World Health Organization (WHO) reports remarkable achievements in tackling neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) since 2007. An estimated 1 billion people received treatment in 2015 alone. “WHO has observed record-breaking progress toward bringing ancient scourges ...More
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  • Researchers Identify the Tactic Dengue Virus Uses to Delay Triggering Immune Response
    For the human body to mount an immune response to a viral infection, host cells must identify the viral invader and trigger a signaling pathway. This signal then prompts the immune system to attack and subdue the pathogen. Using the dengue virus (DENV) as a model, ...More
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  • Bacteriophages Act as Natural Drugs to Combat Superbugs
    Viruses that specifically kill bacteria, called bacteriophages, might one day help solve the growing problem of bacterial infections that are resistant to antibiotic treatment. Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine and the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical ...More
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  • Study Explains Extraordinary Resilience of a Deadly Bacterium
    Pseudomonas aeruginosa cells can survive dramatic changes in the water content of their environment. Courtesy of Çetiner et al., 2017   Researchers at the University of Maryland have identified how the pathogenic bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa uses ...More
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  • Lyme Disease Imposes Significant Cost on the Northeast U.S.
    As people across the northeastern U.S. begin venturing back into the outdoors with the arrival of spring, they will make 1 billion fewer trips than they otherwise would have if Lyme disease didn't exist, a new Yale study concludes. In an analysis published in the journal ...More
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  • Common Antibiotic Azithromycin Not Linked to Increased Risk of Abnormal Heartbeat
    The commonly used antibiotic azithromycin is not linked to an increased risk of ventricular arrhythmia, an often life-threatening rapid, irregular heartbeat, according to a large study published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). Azithromycin is an antibiotic ...More
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  • Study Examines Effectiveness of Steroid Medication for Sore Throat
    In patients with a sore throat that didn't require immediate antibiotics, a single capsule of the corticosteroid dexamethasone didn't increase the likelihood of complete symptom resolution after 24 hours, and although more patients taking the steroid reported feeling ...More
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