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First Successful Vaccination Against “Mad Cow”-like Disease

December 22, 2014 4:47 pm | News | Comments

Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center and elsewhere say that a vaccination they have developed to fight a brain-based, wasting syndrome among deer and other animals may hold promise on two additional fronts: protecting U.S. livestock from contracting the disease, and preventing similar brain infections in humans.

Tour Agents: N. Korea May Soon Lift Ebola Restrictions

December 22, 2014 9:50 am | by Eric Talmadge - Associated Press | News | Comments

North Korea, never a country to take the threat of foreign invasion lightly, has been under...

Predicting Sepsis

December 16, 2014 11:56 am | by Susan McGreevey, Harvard Medical School | News | Comments

A team of investigators has identified what may be a biomarker predicting the development of...

'Super Bacteria' Found in Rio's Olympic Waters

December 16, 2014 11:21 am | by Jenny Barchfield - Associated Press | News | Comments

A drug-resistant super bacteria that's normally found in hospitals and is notoriously difficult...

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Ebola Fighters Named Time Person of the Year

December 11, 2014 8:30 am | by Kiley Armstrong - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Doctors, nurses and others fighting Ebola through "tireless acts of courage and mercy" have been named Time's 2014 Person of the Year, the magazine announced Wednesday.                       

Sierra Leone Area to Hold Two-week Ebola 'Lockdown'

December 10, 2014 11:58 am | by Clarence Roy-MaCaulay - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities in an eastern district of Sierra Leone launched a two-week "lockdown" on Wednesday, hoping to halt the spread of Ebola after the area recorded seven confirmed cases in a day.                   

Using Genome Sequencing to Track MRSA in Under-resourced Hospitals

December 10, 2014 11:15 am | News | Comments

Whole genome sequencing of MRSA from a hospital in Asia has demonstrated patterns of transmission in a resource-limited setting, where formal screening procedures are not feasible.                    

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Sierra Leone Docs Continue Strike Over Ebola Care

December 9, 2014 8:30 am | by Clarence Roy-MaCaulay and Jonathan Paye-Layleh - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Sierra Leone's junior doctors were on strike for a second day Tuesday to demand better care for medical workers who catch Ebola after a spate of recent deaths.                          

Injectable 3-D Vaccines Could Fight Cancer, Infectious Diseases

December 9, 2014 8:30 am | News | Comments

Researchers have shown a non–surgical injection of programmable biomaterial that spontaneously assembles in vivo into a 3-D structure could fight and even help prevent cancer and also infectious disease such as HIV.          

Q&A: Math, Biological Science Predict Flu Outbreaks

December 8, 2014 2:50 pm | News | Comments

Just as weather forecasting has improved over recent decades, the accuracy of forecasting influenza and other infectious diseases is expected to improve, according to research from a team that placed first in the CDC’s “Predict the Influenza Season Challenge.”

In Ebola Outbreak, Bad Data Adds Another Problem

December 8, 2014 12:04 pm | by Maria Cheng and Sarah Dilorenzo - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

As health officials struggle to contain the world's biggest-ever Ebola outbreak, their efforts are being complicated by another problem: bad data.                              

Drug Development in a Time of Ebola

December 8, 2014 11:44 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

Forbes kicked off the 2014 Healthcare Summit with a session titled, “Drug Development in A Time of Ebola,” where Forbes senior editor Matthew Herper interviewed Edward Cox and Lucianna Borio, two high-ranking officials at the FDA.

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Resistance and Futility

December 5, 2014 1:02 pm | News | Comments

Scientists have revealed how penicillin deals bacteria a devastating blow— which may lead to new ways to thwart drug resistance. Looking beyond penicillin’s known targets in the cell wall, the team showed that these drugs do more than simply block cell-wall assembly.

Flu Vaccine May Be Less Effective this Winter

December 5, 2014 12:11 pm | by Mike Stobbe - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

The flu vaccine may not be very effective this winter, according to U.S. health officials who worry this may lead to more serious illnesses and deaths.                             

Canada Hopes Avian Flu is Contained to 4 Farms

December 5, 2014 11:56 am | News | Comments

Canadian officials hope an avian flu outbreak has been contained to four quarantined poultry farms in British Columbia. The turkeys and chickens that haven't died from the disease will be euthanized - a total of about 35,000 birds.    

Seeking Answers from a Mysterious Parasite

December 3, 2014 11:07 am | News | Comments

Toxoplasma gondii is a common parasite often spread by cats. Most people who are infected in Europe or North America show no symptoms at all, and only a few suffer from encephalitis or ocular toxoplasmosis, which can cause blindness. However, in South America, toxoplasmosis is associated with much more severe symptoms. Read more...

Tool Explores Cells in 3-D

December 2, 2014 12:14 pm | News | Comments

Researchers can now explore viruses, bacteria and components of the human body in more detail than ever before with newly developed software. The researchers demonstrated how the software, called cellPACK, can be used to model viruses such as HIV.

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WHO Says Liberia, Guinea Meeting Ebola Targets

December 1, 2014 4:19 pm | by John Heilprin - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Liberia and Guinea have met a Dec. 1 target for isolating 70 percent of people infected with Ebola and safely burying 70 percent of those who die but Sierra Leone has not, the World Health Organization said Monday.           

WHO Misses Ambitious Ebola Targets

November 30, 2014 9:58 am | by Maria Cheng - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Two months ago, the WHO launched an ambitious plan to stop the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa, aiming to isolate 70 percent of the sick and safely Ebola 70 percent of the victims in the three hardest-hit countries by Dec. 1.      

Be Thankful: Turkeys May Someday Be Lifesavers

November 26, 2014 8:30 am | News | Comments

While the turkey you eat on Thursday will bring your stomach happiness and could probably kick-start an afternoon nap, it may also save your life one day.                           

Salmonella in 10 States Linked to Raw Sprouts

November 24, 2014 2:58 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Raw sprouts are linked to dozens of cases of food poisoning - again. The CDC said 63 people from 10 states concentrated on the East Coast fell ill with salmonella linked to bean sprouts.                   

Merck, Iowa Firm Sign Ebola Vaccine Licensing Deal

November 24, 2014 1:58 pm | by Linda A. Johnson - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Merck & Co., a top creator and seller of vaccines, has joined the fight against Ebola, the often-fatal hemorrhagic virus that's been ravaging parts of West Africa for months.                     

U.S. Looking Past Ebola to Prepare for Next Outbreak

November 23, 2014 8:57 am | by Lauran Neergaard - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

The next Ebola or the next SARS. Maybe even the next HIV. Even before the Ebola epidemic in West Africa is brought under control, public health officials are girding for the next health disaster.               

Plague Outbreak Kills 40 in Madagascar

November 22, 2014 5:57 am | by Lynsey Chutel - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

A plague outbreak has killed 40 people on the island nation of Madagascar, with 119 people diagnosed with the bacterial disease since August. Two people have been diagnosed and one has died in the capital, Antananarivo.        

Researchers Tease Out Glitches in Immune System's Self-Recognition

November 21, 2014 10:06 am | News | Comments

Immunity is a thankless job. Though the army of cells known as the immune system continuously keeps us safe from a barrage of viruses, bacteria and even precancerous cells, we mainly notice it when something goes wrong: “Why did I get the flu this year even though I got vaccinated?” Read more...

How Mosquitoes Home In

November 20, 2014 10:27 am | News | Comments

They have been a scourge for thousands of years, responsible for the spread of lethal diseases such as malaria and dengue fever, and, much less urgently, a threat to barbecues around the globe. What if there was a way to render humans invisible to mosquitoes?

WHO: Ebola Transmission 'Intense' in Sierra Leone

November 20, 2014 5:57 am | by Clarence Roy-Macaulay – Associated Press – Associated Press | News | Comments

The spread of Ebola remains "intense" in most of Sierra Leone even as things have improved somewhat in the two other countries hardest hit, the World Health Organization says.                     

Study Will Test Survivors' Blood to Treat Ebola

November 18, 2014 10:57 pm | by Marilynn Marchione - AP Chief Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

A coalition of companies and aid groups announced plans Tuesday to test experimental drugs and collect blood plasma from Ebola survivors to treat new victims of the disease in West Africa.                 

Study Shows Bed Bugs Transmit Parasite That Causes Deadly Disease

November 18, 2014 10:28 am | News | Comments

A new study from Penn Medicine researchers demonstrated that bed bugs can transmit one of the most prevalent and deadly diseases in the Americas. Read more...                 

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