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  • Methods for Detecting Latent TB Need Further Studies
    Timely and accurate identification of people with latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) is important for controlling Mycobacterium tuberculosis (TB). There is no gold standard for diagnosis of LTBI. Screening tests such as interferon gamma release assays (IGRAs) and ...More
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  • Journal Solicits Research on the Airborne Microbiome, Implications for Infection Control
    Many infectious diseases, such as tuberculosis, whooping cough, aspergillus and other fungal infections, human and avian influenza, measles, chickenpox, and some of the emerging viruses, such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) can be potentially ...More
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  • Preparing for the Next Influenza Pandemic
    The World Health Organization (WHO) provides the following Q&A regarding the PIP Framework.   What is the purpose of the PIP Framework? The Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework (PIP Framework) is helping Member States, laboratories, industry, and civil society ...More
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  • Cell Particles May Help Spread HIV Infection
    HIV appears to enlist the aid of nano-sized structures released by infected cells to infect new cells, according to a study by researchers at the National Institutes of Health. Known as extracellular vesicles (EVs), these bubble-like structures are made by many kinds of ...More
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  • Research Will Help to Refine Treatments for Global Parasitic Disease
    Recently published research from Iowa State University biomedical scientists details new methods for studying a parasitic nematode that sickens millions worldwide, a development that could lead to improved therapies. ...More
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  • Researchers Study How Cells Combat Salmonella
    All bacteria have developed clever mechanisms for survival and propagation within host cells. Salmonella are a typical example: usually they hide in membrane-bound particles with only very few bacteria escaping to the cell's interior. Those escapees are extremely dangerous ...More
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  • Scientists Develop Flu Detector
    The threat of a major flu pandemic is a perennial concern. Now scientists have developed a fast and easy-to-use point-of-care diagnostic test that could one day help doctors and hospitals head off the rapid spread of the flu. They report their new device in ACS' journal ...More
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  • When Malaria Infects the Placenta During Pregnancy, Baby's Future Immunity Can Be Affected
    Mothers infected with malaria during pregnancy can pass more of their own cells to their baby and change the infant's risk of later infection, a new study shows. The study, from researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and their colleagues, suggests that a ...More
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  • Researchers Find Door Handles to Be Signifant Source of MRSA in Hospitals
    Studies have implicated Staphylococcus aureus as the leading cause of septicemia in the Tamale metropolis of Ghana. The aim of this study by Saba, et al. (2017) was to determine the prevalence and antibiotic susceptibility of S. aureus and methicillin-resistant S. ...More
    3 weeks ago Posted in News, Environmental Hygiene
  • Scientists Develop 'Slingshot' to Shoot Drugs Onto the Site of an Infection
    An international team of researchers from the University of Rome Tor Vergata and the University of Montreal has reported, in a paper published this week in Nature Communications, the design and synthesis of a nanoscale molecular slingshot made of DNA that is 20,000 times ...More
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