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Bacterial Infections

  • Flu Helps Spread Pneumonia
    Bacteria that cause pneumonia and meningitis are only able to spread when individuals are infected with flu, says a scientist reporting at the Society for General Microbiology's spring conference. The work could have implications for the management of influenza pandemics ...More
    April 11, 2011 Posted in News
  • Phlegm Color is an Erroneous Indicator for Antibiotics Need, Study Asserts
    Prescribing antibiotics for patients with discoloured phlegm caused by acute cough has little or no effect on alleviating symptoms and recovery, a Cardiff University study has found. Acute cough is one of the common reasons why people visit their general practitioner (GP) ...More
    March 24, 2011 Posted in News
  • Why are the Elderly so Vulnerable to Pneumonia?
    A study featured on the cover of the March 15 Journal of Immunology is providing insight into why the elderly are so vulnerable to pneumonia and other bacterial infections. The study has been published online in advance of print. Compared with younger adults, the elderly ...More
    March 14, 2011 Posted in News
  • Scientists Discover Key to Effective Meningitis Vaccine
    A study conducted by Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland and University of Massachusetts Medical Center scientists identifies a new mutant vaccine antigen for Neisseria meningitidis (also called meningococcus) that has the potential to improve vaccine ...More
    March 9, 2011 Posted in News
  • Group B Strep is Still Main Cause of Bacterial Meningitis in Newborns
    Group B Streptococcus (GBS) is still the most common cause of bacterial meningitis in newborns, concludes a seven-year French study in the March issue of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal. Group B strep remains predominant despite the recent introduction of GBS ...More
    March 2, 2011 Posted in News
  • Neisseria Meningitidis Disseminates Itself by Sending Out Scouts
    Although, in the majority of cases, the localized presence of Neisseria meningitidis in the throat has no consequence, it can sometimes lead to meningitis or septicemia. The seriousness of these two infections is driving researchers from around the world to improve their ...More
    February 17, 2011 Posted in News
  • Host Genetics Plays Unexpected Role in Dance with Pathogen
    A new study suggests that differences in the host's genetics can make a big difference in susceptibility bacterial infection. In a study in the February 2011 Infection and Immunity, Virginia L. Miller of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and her collaborators ...More
    February 16, 2011 Posted in News
  • Increasing Antibiotic Resistance, Patient Population Affect Growth of Drug Market
    A new report from Research and Markets, "Hospital Acquired Bacterial Infections Market to 2016 - Increasing Antibiotic Resistance and Increasing Population of Critically Ill Patients To Drive Growth,"provides in-depth analysis of the drivers and barriers that affect the ...More
    February 7, 2011 Posted in News
  • New Method Attacks Bacterial Infections Associated With Contact Lenses
    Researchers at National Jewish Health and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center have discovered a new method to fight bacterial infections associated with contact lenses. The method may also have applications for bacterial infections associated with severe ...More
    January 25, 2011 Posted in News
  • Children with Bacterial Meningitis Suffer Long-Term Consequences
    Nearly half of children who survive an episode of bacterial meningitis experience persistent behavioral, intellectual, or other complications, reports a study in the January issue of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal. "While neurologic deficits may resolve over time, ...More
    January 14, 2011 Posted in News