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Fungal Infections

  • Better Diagnosis of Fungal Infections Key to Reducing Antibiotic Resistance
    Poor diagnosis worldwide of fungal disease causes doctors to overprescribe antibiotics, increasing harmful resistance to antimicrobial drugs, according to a paper published today in Emerging Infectious Diseases. "Inadequate attention is paid to fungal infection as the cause ...More
    January 17, 2017 Posted in News
  • Important Element of Immune Defense Against Fungal Infections is Discovered
    Fungal infections are a serious health risk. They can be harmful especially to patients whose immune system is compromised through illness or chemotherapy. A team working at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has discovered an important mechanism in the body's ...More
    December 19, 2016 Posted in News
  • Survey Finds Fungal Skin Infections Commonly Misdiagnosed
    Fungal skin infections may be commonly misdiagnosed, according to a survey published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology by George Washington University (GW) dermatologist Adam Friedman, MD. With colleagues from GW and Therapeutics Clinical Research in San ...More
    November 17, 2016 Posted in News
  • Detecting Potentially Harmful Mycotoxins in Beer
    Beer is one of the world's most popular alcoholic beverages. But, made with barley, brews can contain low levels of mycotoxins, which are produced by fungi that can contaminate grains. Although not a major health threat, the industry needs to minimize the risk of ...More
    November 2, 2016 Posted in News
  • First Outbreak of the Globally Emerging Candida auris in a European Hospital
    Candida auris is a globally emerging multidrug-resistant fungal pathogen causing nosocomial transmission. We report an ongoing outbreak of C. auris in a London cardio-thoracic center between April 2015 and July 2016. This is the first report of C. auris in Europe and the ...More
    October 19, 2016 Posted in News
  • Rutgers Team Awarded Contract by CDC to Better Understand, Combat Fungal Infections
    A team of researchers led by David S. Perlin, PhD, at the Public Health Research Institute (PHRI), a unit of the New Jersey Medical School and Rutgers University, has been awarded a $300,000 contract by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to investigate ...More
    October 7, 2016 Posted in News
  • Team Identifies Fungus in Humans for First Time as Key Factor in Crohn's Disease
    A Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine-led team of international researchers has for the first time identified a fungus as a key factor in the development of Crohn’s disease. The researchers also linked a new bacterium to the previous bacteria associated ...More
    September 27, 2016 Posted in News
  • Fighting Penicilliosis
    Penicilliosis, caused by the fungus Talaromyces marneffei, is a major opportunistic infection in Southeast Asia. A study published in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases reports that the fungal protein Mp1p is responsible for the pathogen's ability to cause disease in mice, ...More
    August 25, 2016 Posted in News
  • Disrupting Mitochondrial Function Could Improve Treatment of Fungal Infections
    By identifying new compounds that selectively block mitochondrial respiration in pathogenic fungi, Whitehead Institute scientists have identified a potential antifungal mechanism that could enable combination therapy with fluconazole, one of today’s most commonly ...More
    August 11, 2016 Posted in News