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Scientists ID Gene Required for Recovery from Bacterial Infection

October 24, 2014 10:07 am | News | Comments

Researchers have uncovered the genes that are normally activated during recovery from bacterial infection. The finding could lead to ways to jumpstart this recovery process and possibly fend off autoimmune diseases and chronic inflammatory disorders.

WHO: Millions of Ebola Vaccine Doses Ready in 2015

October 24, 2014 10:00 am | by Maria Cheng - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

The World Health Organization says millions of doses of two experimental Ebola vaccines could be ready for use in 2015 and five more experimental vaccines will start being tested in March.                 

NYC Tries to Ease Ebola Fear After Doctor Infected

October 24, 2014 2:26 am | by Jonathan Lemire and Colleen Long - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials tried to tamp down New Yorkers' fears Friday after a doctor was diagnosed with Ebola in a city where millions of people squeeze into crowded subways, buses and elevators every day.                 

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Study Clarifies How Body Defends Against Harmful Bacteria

October 23, 2014 12:14 pm | News | Comments

Researchers have identified an unusual process by which the body can sense the presence of pathogenic bacteria and destroy them. Rather than detect the microbes directly, individual cells monitor how the bacteria interfere with the functioning of energy-producing cellular structures called mitochondria.

Real-time System Monitors Dangerous Bacteria in the Body

October 23, 2014 11:56 am | News | Comments

Combining a PET scanner with a new chemical tracer that selectively tags specific types of bacteria, 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.

U.S. to Track Everyone Coming from Ebola Nations

October 23, 2014 8:30 am | by Mike Stobbe - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

All travelers who come into the U.S. from three Ebola-stricken West African nations will now be monitored for three weeks, the latest step by federal officials to keep the disease from spreading into the country.            

Red Cross Official: 6 Months to Contain Ebola

October 22, 2014 3:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A top Red Cross official says he is confident the Ebola epidemic can be contained within four to six months. The Ebola outbreak has killed more than 4,500 people since it emerged 10 months ago, with Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone the worst-affected countries.

Why Ebola Kills Some People, Others Survive

October 21, 2014 10:29 am | by Lauran Neergaard - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

People who shared an apartment with the country's first Ebola patient are emerging from quarantine healthy. And while Thomas Eric Duncan died and two U.S. nurses were infected caring for him, there are successes, too: A nurse infected in Spain has recovered, as have four American aid workers infected in West Africa. Even there, not everyone dies.

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CDC Releases Revised Ebola Gear Guidelines

October 21, 2014 8:26 am | by Mike Stobbe - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Health officials have released new guidelines for how health workers should gear up to treat Ebola patients. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the long-anticipated updates on Monday evening.           

Nigeria Declared Ebola-free; 'Spectacular Success'

October 20, 2014 3:26 pm | by Michelle Faul - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Water laced with salt and sugar, and gallons of the nasty-tasting stuff. Doctors who survived Ebola in Nigeria credited heavy doses of fluids with saving their lives as the Who declared the country Ebola-free Monday.          

Cold Sore Virus May Increase Dementia Risk

October 20, 2014 10:33 am | News | Comments

Alzheimer's disease is the most common among the dementia diseases. In recent years research has increasingly indicated that there is a possible connection between the two. Now, two new studies are supporting this link.         

CDC to Revise Ebola Protocol, Pentagon Preps Team

October 20, 2014 8:30 am | by Mike Stobbe - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Revised guidance for health care workers treating Ebola patients will include using protective gear "with no skin showing," a top federal health official said Sunday, and the Pentagon announced it was forming a team to assist medical staff in the U.S., if needed.

Nigeria's Ebola Outbreak is Officially Over

October 20, 2014 7:26 am | by Bashir Adigun - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

The World Health Organization declared on Monday that Nigeria is free of Ebola, a rare victory in the months-long battle against the fatal disease. Nigeria's containment of the lethal disease is considered a "spectacular success story."

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Link Between Viral Infections, Autoimmune Disease Proven

October 17, 2014 11:59 am | News | Comments

Common viral infections can pave the way to autoimmune disease, scientists have revealed in breakthrough new research, which proved a link between the two.                           

UN Admits to Botched Ebola Response

October 17, 2014 10:26 am | by Maria Cheng - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

In a draft document, the World Health Organization has acknowledged that it botched attempts to stop the now-spiraling Ebola outbreak in West Africa, blaming factors including incompetent staff and a lack of information.         

Africa Stems Ebola via Border Closings, Luck

October 17, 2014 7:15 am | by Tom Odula and Lynsey Chutel - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Health officials battling the Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 4,500 people in West Africa have managed to limit its spread on the continent to five countries - and two of them appear to have snuffed out the disease.       

Ebola Comes to Last Safe District in Sierra Leone

October 16, 2014 12:26 pm | by Clarence Roy-macaulay - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

The deadly Ebola virus has infected two people in what was the last untouched district in Sierra Leone, the government said Thursday, a setback in efforts to stop the spread of the disease in one of the hardest-hit countries.       

Existing Protocols Might Not be Enough for Ebola

October 16, 2014 10:27 am | by Martha Mendoza - AP National Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

As Thomas Eric Duncan's health deteriorated, nurses Amber Joy Vinson and Nina Pham were at the Ebola patient's side. They wore protective gear as they inserted catheters, drew blood and dealt with his body fluids. Still, the two somehow contracted Ebola from the dying man.

Nurses in Safety Gear Got Ebola, Why Wouldn't You?

October 16, 2014 10:26 am | by Connie Cass - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

How come nurses wearing protective gear can catch Ebola from a patient, but health officials keep saying you almost certainly won't get it from someone sitting next to you on a plane?                    

New Test Bumps Up Enterovirus Diagnoses

October 15, 2014 1:24 pm | by Mike Stobbe - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

For more than two months, health officials have been struggling to understand the size of a national wave of severe respiratory illnesses caused by an unusual virus. This week, they expect the wave to start looking a whole lot bigger.     

Q&A: How Plasma Transfusions, Antibodies Fight Ebola

October 15, 2014 1:19 pm | by Marilynn Marchione - AP Chief Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

A Dallas nurse being treated for Ebola has received a plasma transfusion from a doctor who beat his own infection with the deadly virus after getting a similar treatment. The reason: Antibodies in the blood of a survivor may help a patient fight off the germ.

2nd Dallas Nurse Tests Positive for Ebola

October 15, 2014 12:58 pm | by Emily Schmall and Nomaan Merchant - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

The second health care worker diagnosed with Ebola in Texas is a 29-year-old nurse who treated the Liberian man who died of the disease in a Dallas hospital.                           

Ebola Death Rate Rises to 70%

October 14, 2014 1:03 pm | by Maria Cheng - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

West Africa could face up to 10,000 new Ebola cases a week within two months, the World Health Organization warned Tuesday, adding that the death rate in the current outbreak has risen to 70 percent.               

Bacterial Defense Policies

October 13, 2014 2:14 pm | News | Comments

A research team has used high-resolution cryo-electron microscopy to obtain novel insights into the ultrastructural changes in an intracellular machine associated with the acquisition of resistance to the antibiotic erythromycin.      

Ebola is Modern Era's Worst Health Emergency

October 13, 2014 7:37 am | by Jim Gomez - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

The World Health Organization called the Ebola outbreak "the most severe, acute health emergency seen in modern times" on Monday but also said that economic disruptions can be curbed if people are adequately informed to prevent irrational moves to dodge infection.

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