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  • Scarlet Fever is Making a Comeback
    An international study led by University of Queensland (UQ) researchers has tracked the re-emergence of a childhood disease which had largely disappeared over the past 100 years. Researchers at UQ's Australian Infectious Diseases Centre have used genome sequencing ...More
    3 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Is It Strep Throat? CDC Offers Advice
    Strep throat is a common type of sore throat in children, but it's not very common in adults. Healthcare professionals can do a quick test to determine if a sore throat is strep throat and decide if antibiotics are needed. Proper treatment can help you feel better faster ...More
    October 20, 2015 Posted in News
  • Deadly Bacteria Stiff-Arm the Immune System
    The most severe Group A Streptococcus (strep) infections are often the work of one particularly nefarious strain known as M1T1, named in part for the type of tentacle-like M protein projecting from the bacterium’s surface. While many previous studies proposed ways M1 ...More
    October 14, 2015 Posted in News
  • Scientists Identify a Mechanism of Epidemic Bacterial Disease
    Through identification of increased toxin production by epidemic forms of group A streptococcus (the "flesh-eating" bacterium), for the first time scientists are able to pinpoint the molecular events that contribute to large intercontinental epidemics of disease. The study ...More
    August 11, 2015 Posted in News
  • Scientists Find New Variant of Streptococcal Bacteria
    Scientists have discovered a new variant of streptococcal bacteria that has contributed to a rise in disease cases in the UK over the last 17 years. Group A streptococcus causes around 600 million infections annually worldwide. Severe infections can cause necrotising ...More
    July 15, 2015 Posted in News
  • Scientists Discover Protein That Plays Key Role in Streptococcal Infections
    The effort to identify new ways of fighting infections has taken a step forward now that scientists have identified a key protein involved in the host's response to strep infections. This protein, called "NFAT," appears to play a key role in the body's inflammatory response ...More
    June 1, 2015 Posted in News
  • Group B Streptococcus Breaches the Blood-Brain Barrier
    Bacterial meningitis is a life-threating infection of the central nervous system. Group B Streptococcus (GBS) is the leading cause of meningitis in newborn babies and can cause severe complications in those that survive the infection. GBS must cross the blood-brain barrier ...More
    May 11, 2015 Posted in News
  • Could an HIV Drug Beat Strep Throat, Flesh-Eating Bacteria?
    With antibiotic resistance on the rise, scientists are looking for innovative ways to combat bacterial infections. The pathogen that causes conditions from strep throat to flesh-eating disease is among them, but scientists have now found a tool that could help them fight ...More
    February 25, 2015 Posted in News
  • Group B Streptococcus Incidence Among Newborns Rises Significantly
    The findings suggest that this disturbing trend could be due the emergence of more virulent group B streptococcal strains and call for a renewed evaluation of preventive strategies to reduce neonatal disease. Passed from mother to child during birth, group B streptococcus ...More
    October 20, 2014 Posted in News
  • Researcher Granted $1 Million to Study Deadly Bacteria Passed to Babies From 25 Percent of Mothers
    New research from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry will study the transmission of a bacteria that up to 40 percent of healthy women carry, which becomes deadly when passed on to infants during birth. ...More
    August 22, 2014 Posted in News
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