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Cellular Scissors Chop Up HIV

March 11, 2015 9:50 am | by Salk Institute for Biological Studies | News | Comments

Salk scientists re-engineered the bacterial defense system CRISPR to recognize HIV inside human cells and destroy the virus, offering a potential new therapy.                 

First Look at Hospitalized Ebola Survivors' Immune Cells Could Guide Vaccine Design

March 10, 2015 10:29 am | by Emory University | News | Comments

In the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa, whose death toll is approaching 10,000, little information has been available about how the human immune response unfolds after infection. Researchers have now obtained a first look at the immune responses in four Ebola virus disease survivors who received care at Emory University Hospital in 2014, by closely examining their T cells and B cells during the acute phase of the disease.

Liberia Removes Ebola Crematorium as Outbreak is Contained

March 9, 2015 10:07 am | by Jonathan Paye-Layleh, Associated Press | News | Comments

Marking the progress in controlling its Ebola outbreak, the Liberian government dismantled a crematorium and removed drums containing the ashes of more than 3,000 Ebola victims cremated during the height of the epidemic, whose last patient was discharged last week.

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Mobile Health Tools on the Rise

March 3, 2015 3:56 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Three startups are taking advantage of new technology to help patients get treatment for various diseases all over the world.                     

UN Warns Against Complacency as Ebola Fight Enters New Phase

March 3, 2015 10:23 am | by Lorne Cook, Associated Press | News | Comments

The United Nations is urging donors, organizations and countries fighting Ebola in West Africa not to give in to complacency as the death toll from the virus climbs toward 10,000.             

Researchers Identify Key to Tuberculosis Resistance

March 3, 2015 9:46 am | by Johns Hopkins | News | Comments

Mouse studies may lead to development of human therapies.                                  

Team Shows How Rare Antibody Targets Ebola and Marburg Viruses

March 2, 2015 10:37 am | by TSRI | News | Comments

Future treatments could bind to vulnerable site in viruses causing a variety of diseases.                            

Sierra Leone's Vice President in Quarantine for Ebola

March 2, 2015 9:34 am | by Clarence Roy-Macaulay, Associated Press | News | Comments

Sierra Leone's vice president has put himself in quarantine following the death from Ebola of one of his security guards.                       

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Researchers Discover New Clues for Treatment of Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

February 25, 2015 10:08 am | by James Hataway, UGA | News | Comments

Researchers have identified a previously unknown process that many bacteria, including those that cause disease in humans, use to survive. Their discovery could lead to new therapies for bacterial infections like MRSA and tuberculosis that are resistant to current antibiotic treatments.

2 Dead, Over 170 Potentially Exposed in 'Superbug' Outbreak

February 19, 2015 11:21 am | by Robert Jablon, Associated Press | News | Comments

Contaminated medical instruments are suspected in a "superbug" outbreak at a Los Angeles hospital that has infected at least seven patients, two of whom died. More than 170 others may have been exposed to the antibiotic-resistant bacteria.   

Severe Sore Throat Linked to Forgotten Bacterium

February 17, 2015 4:03 pm | by Bob Shepard, UAB | News | Comments

New research suggests that this bacterium causes more often causes severe sore throats in young adults than streptococcus — the cause of the much better known strep throat.             

Health Groups Say AIDS No. 1 Killer of Adolescents in Africa

February 17, 2015 3:47 pm | by Tom Odula, Associated Press | News | Comments

Global health organizations said Tuesday that AIDS is now the leading cause of death for adolescents in Africa, and the second leading cause of death among adolescents globally.              

Ebola Victims Infectious for a Week After Death, Nonhuman Primate Study Finds

February 13, 2015 4:32 pm | by Elizabeth Doughman, Editor-in-Chief, ALN Magazine | News | Comments

The Ebola virus remains viable for at least seven days after death in non-human primates. A new study, published in Emerging Infectious Diseases, suggests that Ebola transmission from deceased individuals may be possible for an extended period of time after death, underscoring the importance of using safe practices for handling corpses.  

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CDC: Nasty Flu Season has Peaked

February 13, 2015 3:41 pm | by Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

This winter's nasty flu season has peaked and is clearly retreating, a new government report shows.                           

Aggressive Form of HIV Uncovered in Cuba

February 12, 2015 2:42 pm | by University of Leuven | News | Comments

Engaging in unprotected sex with multiple partners increases the risk of contracting multiple strains of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Once inside a host, these strains can recombine into a new variant of the virus.       

Microbes Prevent Malnutrition in Fruit Flies - Maybe Humans, too

February 12, 2015 2:33 pm | by The Scripps Research Institute | News | Comments

Microbes, small and ancient life forms, play a key role in maintaining life on Earth. As has often been pointed out, without microbes, we’d die—without us, most microbes would get along just fine.           

Scientists Overturn Dogma on Bubonic Plague

February 12, 2015 9:40 am | News | Comments

For decades, scientists have thought the bacteria that cause the bubonic plague hijack host cells at the site of a fleabite and are then taken to the lymph nodes, where the bacteria multiply and trigger severe disease. But UNC School of Medicine researchers discovered that this accepted theory is off base. The bacteria do not use host cells; they traffic to lymph nodes on their own and not in great numbers.

Persevering Past Roadblocks to Build Promising Ebola Vaccine

February 10, 2015 9:08 am | by Lauran Neergard - AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Ebola has claimed nearly 9,000 lives in West Africa over the past year, although new infections have dropped dramatically in recent months.                    

Evaluating Strategies for HIV Vaccinations

February 6, 2015 12:08 pm | by Anne Trafton, MIT | News | Comments

Researchers have revealed new insights into possible ways to vaccinate people to generate potent antibodies of the type that are predicted to offer protection against diverse strains of the highly mutable HIV.         

A Look at Some Vaccine-Related Legislation in Several States

February 6, 2015 11:50 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Several state legislatures are debating vaccine-related measures as dozens of people have fallen ill from a measles outbreak that started at Disneyland in December and spread beyond the theme park.           

New Source of Cells for Modeling Malaria

February 5, 2015 2:29 pm | by MIT | News | Comments

In 2008, the World Health Organization announced a global effort to eradicate malaria, which kills about 800,000 people every year. As part of that goal, scientists are trying to develop new drugs that target the malaria parasite during the stage when it infects the human liver, which is crucial because some strains of malaria can lie dormant in the liver for several years before flaring up.

7 Myths About the Measles Vaccine

February 5, 2015 2:25 pm | by Columbia Univ. | News | Comments

Since December, more than 100 people in 14 states have been infected with measles in an outbreak traced to Disneyland, Melissa Stockwell, MD, MPH, assistant professor of pediatrics and of population & family health, has spoken out to debunk seven myths about the measles vaccine.

Disneyland Measles Outbreak Isn't Largest in Recent Memory

February 5, 2015 2:23 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The largest U.S. measles outbreak in recent history isn't the one that started in December at Disneyland. It happened months earlier in Ohio's Amish country, where 383 people fell ill after unvaccinated Amish missionaries traveled to the Philippines and returned with the virus.

Ebola Drug Study Canceled Due to Declining Cases

February 4, 2015 2:54 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The drop-off in Ebola infections is good news for Liberia, but it means there are not enough sick people to take part in the study.                      

Federal Health Officials Face Tough Questions on Flu Vaccines

February 4, 2015 2:51 pm | by Lauran Neergard - AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Federal health officials faced tough questions from lawmakers Tuesday about why they didn't take steps to produce a better flu vaccine as it became clear that this year's version wasn't going to offer much protection.       

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