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Health News - Infectious Diseases/Bacteria/Viruses

Ebola virus protein offers potential drug target
An Ebola protein that is key to virus replication has a unique and unusual structure not seen in other human viral diseases. Researchers suggest it could be a new drug target. (Medical News Today)

Pitt-developed vaccine proves effective against deadly Middle East virus
A vaccine developed by an international team of scientists led by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine successfully protects mice against a contagious and deadly virus spreading across... (Medical News Today)

Antibiotic from bacteria in the vagina demonstrates that our microbes are a rich source of drugs
Bacteria that normally live in and upon us have genetic blueprints that enable them to make thousands of molecules that act like drugs, and some of these molecules might serve as the basis for new... (Medical News Today)

Ticks that vector Lyme disease spread into North Dakota
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, there are more than 300,000 cases of Lyme disease in the U.S. each year. (Medical News Today)

The importance of commensal bacteria to immune response in lung
Studies in mice demonstrate that signals from the bacteria that harmlessly - and often beneficially - inhabit the human gastrointestinal tract boost the immune system's ability to kill a major... (Medical News Today)

Antibiotics are 'overprescribed' among children for respiratory infections
Up to 11.4 million prescriptions for antibiotics to treat respiratory infections among children each year are 'unnecessary,' according to a new meta-analysis. (Medical News Today)

Findings suggest how swimming cells form biofilms on surfaces
New research findings point toward future approaches to fighting bacterial biofilms that foul everything from implantable medical devices to industrial pipes and boat propellers. (Medical News Today)

New insights in survival strategies of bacteria
Bacteria are particularly ingenious when it comes to survival strategies. They often create a biofilm to protect themselves from a hostile environment, for example during treatment with antibiotics. (Medical News Today)

NHS in the dark about full scale of hospital infections, report reveals
Most NHS Trusts are unaware of the full scale, cost and impact of healthcare-acquired infections, such as sepsis and norovirus, a new report from the Medical Technology Group has revealed. (Medical News Today)

How bacteria resist fluoride toxicity
He's not a dentist, but Christopher Miller is focused on fluoride. Two studies from his Brandeis University lab provide new insights into the mechanisms that allow bacteria to resist fluoride... (Medical News Today)

Relationship between the diversity of gut bacteria and future risk of developing breast cancer
Postmenopausal women with diverse gut bacteria exhibit a more favorable ratio of estrogen metabolites, which is associated with reduced risk for breast cancer, compared to women with less microbial... (Medical News Today)

Vigilance will keep Australian Ebola risk small
The risk of Ebola virus appearing in Australia remains small but continued vigilance and good infection control are critical to keeping it that way, according to a perspective published in the... (Medical News Today)

Discovery of new defence mechanism against viruses
Researchers have discovered that a known quality control mechanism in human, animal and plant cells is active against viruses. (Medical News Today)

Hand hygiene compliance increased by peer pressure in the healthcare setting
Nationally, hand hygiene adherence by healthcare workers remains staggeringly low despite its critical importance in infection control. (Medical News Today)

Inappropriate use of antibiotics responsible for $163 million in potentially avoidable hospital costs
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Premier, Inc. have released new research on the widespread use of unnecessary and duplicative antibiotics in U.S. (Medical News Today)

Veterinarian and pediatrician groups issue reminder about risk of Lyme disease in humans and pets
Even during the last weeks of summer, it's important to remember children and pets are at greater risk of being infected with Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases such as anaplasmosis... (Medical News Today)

The short-term impact of measles on health-related quality of life in England
Measles causes significant absence from school or work and has a much larger impact on people's daily lives than illnesses like flu or chicken pox, according to a new study by researchers from the... (Medical News Today)

Malaria parasites sense and react to mosquito presence to increase transmission
Many pathogens are transmitted by insect bites. The abundance of vectors (as the transmitting insects are called) depends on seasonal and other environmental fluctuations. (Medical News Today)

Viral infection in nose can trigger bacterial infection in the ear
The nose is home to many bacteria that normally cause no problem. Now, a new study shows that a virus can prompt some to travel to the middle ear and cause infection. (Medical News Today)

IDSA, HIVMA call for state Medicaid programs to lift hepatitis C prescribing restrictions from ID and HIV doctors
At a time when curative treatment is available for hepatitis C (HCV), some state Medicaid programs are instituting harmful barriers to the new HCV treatment, including limiting the availability of... (Medical News Today)

Researchers unlock the genetic code of cancer-causing liver fluke parasite
An international team of scientists from Singapore, Thailand, China and Australia has cracked the genetic code of the liver fluke parasite, Opisthorchis viverrini, using a unique DNA analysis... (Medical News Today)

New York Hospital Queens research demonstrates potential cost savings, improved outcomes, wtih Antibiotic Stewardship Programs
Research conducted by New York Hospital Queens (NYHQ) infectious disease experts has demonstrated that antibiotic stewardship programs, which promote the appropriate use of antibiotics in hospitals... (Medical News Today)

The tools that bacteria use to fight antibiotics
The ability of pathogenic bacteria to evolve resistance to antibiotic drugs poses a growing threat to human health worldwide. (Medical News Today)

Central line infections and ventilator pneumonias decline nationwide
Hospitals across the country have seen sharp declines in rates of central line-associated blood stream infections (CLABSIs) and ventilator-associated pneumonias (VAPs) among critically ill neonates... (Medical News Today)

'1 in 5 chance' Ebola will spread to the US by the end of September
Experts consider it likely that isolated cases of Ebola will appear in the US, with a 20% likelihood of it happening before the end of this month. (Medical News Today)

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