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  • C. difficile Doubles Hospital Readmission Rates, Lengths of Stay
    Patients with Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) are twice as likely to be readmitted to the hospital as patients without the deadly diarrheal infection, according to a study published in the April issue of the American Journal of Infection Control. Researchers from the ...More
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  • NIH Study Finds No Evidence of Accelerated Ebola Virus Evolution in West Africa
    The Ebola virus circulating in humans in West Africa is undergoing relatively few mutations, none of which suggest that it is becoming more severe or transmissible, according to a National Institutes of Health study in Science. The study compares virus sequencing data from ...More
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  • Ebola Whole Virus Vaccine Shown Effective, Safe in Primates
    An Ebola whole virus vaccine, constructed using a novel experimental platform, has been shown to effectively protect monkeys exposed to the often fatal virus. The vaccine, described March 26, 2015 in the journal Science, was developed by a group led by Yoshihiro Kawaoka, a ...More
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  • Researchers Master Gene-Editing Technique in Mosquito That Transmits Deadly Diseases
    Traditionally, to understand how a gene functions, a scientist would breed an organism that lacks that gene then ask how the organism has changed. Are its senses affected? Its behavior? Can it even survive? Thanks to the recent advance of gene editing technology, this gold ...More
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  • Antibiotic Effectiveness is Imperiled as Use in Livestock is Expected to Increase
    Antibiotic consumption in livestock worldwide could rise by 67 percent between 2010 and 2030, and possibly endanger the effectiveness of antimicrobials in humans, according to researchers from Princeton University, the International Livestock Research Institute, the ...More
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  • Could the Severity of Seasonal Influenza Be Related to Our Genetic Background?
    While most of us recover from influenza after a week, it can be a very severe disease, and even fatal in rare cases, with no reason for physicians to have expected such an outcome. By analyzing the genome of a little girl who contracted a severe form of influenza at the age ...More
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  • Novel Nanoparticle Therapy Promotes Wound Healing
    An experimental therapy developed by researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University cut in half the time it takes to heal wounds compared to no treatment at all. Details of the therapy, which was successfully tested in mice, were published online ...More
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  • Chikungunya Virus May be Coming to a City Near You, Expert Warns
    The mosquito-borne chikungunya virus has been the subject of increasing attention as it spreads throughout South America, Central America, the Caribbean and Mexico. This painful and potentially debilitating disease is predicted to soon spread to the U.S. The University of ...More
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  • How the Human Immune System Keeps TB at Bay
    A new tissue culture model using human white blood cells shows how people with a latent - or symptom-free - tuberculosis infection are protected from active disease by a critical early step in their immune response, researchers say.The model also shows, however, that some ...More
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  • Harmless Bacteria May be Helpful Against Meningococcal Outbreaks
    Nasal drops of harmless bacteria can inhibit a related bug that sometimes causes meningococcal disease, according to new findings published online in Clinical Infectious Diseases. The study -- conducted among college students, a group at higher risk for this often serious ...More
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