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Genetic Mutation Explains Why, in Rare Cases, Flu Can Kill

March 27, 2015 10:39 am | by Rockefeller University | News | Comments

Nobody likes getting the flu, but for some people, fluids and rest aren’t enough. A small number of children who catch the influenza virus fall so ill they end up in the hospital — perhaps needing ventilators to breathe — even while their family and friends recover easily. New research helps explain why: a rare genetic mutation.

Study: Ebola Takes Worst Toll On Babies, Other Young Kids

March 26, 2015 10:47 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

Ebola has taken its greatest toll on babies. About 90 percent of children under age 1 who caught the virus in West Africa died from it, the first large study of the epidemic's impact on children suggests.

Study Announces Durable Ebola Vaccine

March 26, 2015 10:40 am | by Andrew Gould, University of Plymouth | News | Comments

A new study shows the durability of a novel CMV based Ebola virus vaccine strategy that may eventually have the potential to reduce ebolavirus infection in wild African ape species. 

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Common Bacteria on Verge of Becoming Antibiotic Resistant Superbugs

March 26, 2015 10:20 am | by Michael C. Purdy, Washington University in St. Louis | News | Comments

Antibiotic resistance is poised to spread globally among bacteria frequently implicated in respiratory and urinary infections in hospital settings, according to new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

Official: Ebola Survivor May Have Infected New Liberia Case

March 25, 2015 10:58 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A woman who tested positive for Ebola in Liberia last week is dating a survivor of the disease, a health official said Tuesday, offering a possible explanation for how she became the country's first confirmed case in weeks.

Tuberculosis Research Takes Off

March 25, 2015 10:53 am | by Max Planck Institute | News | Comments

Scientists call for a global strategy for the development of new tuberculosis vaccines.

Behind the Measles Outbreak

March 24, 2015 11:23 am | by Tom Ulrich, Harvard | News | Comments

Study finds vaccination rate far below what's needed to keep virus in check.

Liberians Overcome Fear to Volunteer For Ebola Vaccine Trial

March 23, 2015 9:47 am | by Jonathan Paye-Layleh, Associated Press | News | Comments

Liberians are overcoming their fears of Ebola to volunteer for a vaccine trial.

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Officials Urge Meningitis Shots at University of Oregon

March 20, 2015 9:21 am | by Jeff Barnard, Associated Press | News | Comments

More than half of the undergraduates at the University of Oregon have not been vaccinated against meningitis, despite the fact that one student has died and five others have been sickened since January.

Spread of Infectious Diseases Could be Linked to Changing Climate

March 19, 2015 10:13 am | by Joe Shust, Editor, Continuity Insights | Articles | Comments

Could a changing climate and changing environments have an impact on the spread of infectious diseases?  At least one zoologist thinks so.

Sierra Leone Plans Another Shutdown to Stop Ebola's Spread

March 19, 2015 9:40 am | by Clarence Roy-Macaulay, Associated Press | News | Comments

Sierra Leone is planning another three-day, countrywide shutdown later this month to ferret out Ebola cases, remind people how to protect themselves from the disease and control its transmission.

Emerging Diseases Likely More Harmful in Similar Species

March 18, 2015 10:46 am | by University of Cambridge | News | Comments

When viruses such as influenza and Ebola jump from one species to another, their ability to cause harm can change dramatically, but research from the University of Cambridge shows that it may be possible to predict the virus’s virulence by looking at how deadly it is in closely-related species.

Gene Discovery Provides Clue to How TB May Evade the Immune System

March 17, 2015 11:08 am | by University of Cambridge | News | Comments

The largest genetic study of tuberculosis (TB) susceptibility to date has led to a potentially important new insight into how the pathogen manages to evade the immune system.

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NBC's Medical Editor Resigns

March 13, 2015 11:06 am | by David Bauder, AP Television Writer | News | Comments

Dr. Nancy Snyderman said Thursday that she's leaving her job as chief medical editor for NBC News, six months after unleashing public anger for failing to observe a quarantine after covering the Ebola epidemic last fall.

American Who Contracted Ebola Arrives at Maryland Hospital

March 13, 2015 9:35 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An American healthcare worker who contracted Ebola while volunteering in a Sierra Leone treatment unit arrived safely at the National Institutes of Health's hospital in Maryland, officials announced early Friday.

Swine Flu Outbreak in India Raises Concern

March 12, 2015 10:20 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT | News | Comments

MIT study finds evidence that a new strain of H1N1 may carry dangerous mutations.

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.

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.                       

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.

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