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Bacterial Infections

  • 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
  • Researchers Discover Human Immune System Has Emergency Back-up Plan
    New research by scientists at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences reveals that the immune system has an effective backup plan to protect the body from infection when the "master regulator" of ...More
    December 20, 2010 Posted in News
  • ContraFect, Rockefeller University to Commercialize Patents for Lysin Enzymes
    ContraFect Corporation, the company that is pioneering the use of recombinant proteins for the treatment of drug-resistant bacteria, announced that it has licensed from the Rockefeller University a suite of eight patents to lysin (antibacterial) enzymes. Lysins are enzymes ...More
    November 19, 2010 Posted in News
  • Mechanism Allows Host Organism to Outsmart an Invading Bacterium
    New research reveals a clever strategy that enables a host organism to outsmart an invading bacterium by counteracting its efforts to suppress the innate immune response. The study, published in the Nov. 24 issue of the journal Immunity, describes a mechanism by which an ...More
    November 18, 2010 Posted in News