• Ebola's Evolutionary Roots More Ancient Than Previously Thought
    A new study is helping to rewrite Ebola’s family history. The research shows that filoviruses — a family to which Ebola and its similarly lethal relative, Marburg, belong — are at least 16-23 million years old. Filoviruses likely existed in the Miocene ...More
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  • Shorter TB Treatment Not a Successful Alternative
    A clinical drug trial conducted in five Sub-Sahara African countries shows that a shortened (four month) treatment for tuberculosis (TB) is well tolerated and may work well in subsets of TB patients, but overall could not be considered as an alternative to the current six ...More
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  • Real-Time Tracking System Developed to Monitor Dangerous Bacteria Inside the Body
    Combining a PET scanner with a new chemical tracer that selectively tags specific types of bacteria, Johns Hopkins researchers working with mice report they have devised a way to detect and monitor in real time infections with a class of dangerous Gram-negative bacteria. ...More
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  • Scientists Develop Rapid Rest to Diagnose Severe Sepsis
    A new test, developed by University of British Columbia researchers, could help physicians predict within an hour if a patient will develop severe sepsis so they can begin treatment immediately. Sepsis, a syndrome caused by infection, leads to organ failure and is ...More
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  • Breath Test Shows Promise for Diagnosing Fungal Pneumonia
    Many different microbes can cause pneumonia, and treatment may be delayed or off target if doctors cannot tell which bug is the culprit. A novel approach—analyzing a patient’s breath for key chemical compounds made by the infecting microbe—may help detect ...More
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  • Lessons From the Spanish Flu, Nearly 100 Years Later
    A new Michigan State University study of “the mother of all pandemics” could offer insight into infection control measures for the flu and other epidemic diseases. Siddharth Chandra, director of MSU’s Asian Studies Center and professor in MSU’s James ...More
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  • Skin Patch Could Replace the Syringe for Disease Diagnosis
    Drawing blood and testing it is standard practice for many medical diagnostics. As a less painful alternative, scientists are developing skin patches that could one day replace the syringe. In the ACS journal Analytical Chemistry, one team reports they have designed and ...More
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  • Flexibility in Disease Outbreak Management Could Save Lives and Money
    Research by a team of epidemiologists from the UK and the U.S. has proposed a new approach for responding to and managing disease outbreaks. They say lives and money could be saved if decisions are adapted to relevant information about the dynamics of the current crisis and ...More
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  • Automated Tracking Increases Compliance of Flu Vaccination for Healthcare Personnel
    New research found tracking influenza vaccination of healthcare personnel through an automated system increased vaccination compliance and reduced workload burden on human resources and occupational health staff. The study is published in the November issue of Infection ...More
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  • Proper Dental Care Linked to Reduced Risk of Respiratory Infections in ICU Patients
    New research shows vulnerable patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) who received enhanced oral care from a dentist were at significantly less risk for developing a lower respiratory tract infection (LRTI), like ventilator-associated pneumonia, during their stay. The ...More
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