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Sequences of enterovirus D68 circulating in St. Louis
Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have sequenced the genome of enterovirus D68 sampled from patients treated at St. Louis Children's Hospital. (Medical News Today)

FDA approve first US vaccine for meningococcal disease serogroup B
Previously, only four of the five main meningococcal disease subgroups have been covered by vaccines in the US. Now, the FDA have approved a vaccine for the fifth - subgroup B. (Medical News Today)

New database shows global increases in infection outbreaks, unique diseases rising since 1980
Enterovirus. Tuberculosis. Cholera. Measles. Various strains of the flu and hepatitis. (Medical News Today)

Miniature human stomach grown from stem cells
Researchers have grown fully functioning, miniature human stomachs from stem cells, providing a model in which to study diseases such as stomach cancer and metabolic syndrome. (Medical News Today)

Breakthrough technologies adapted to combat parasitic worm infections
Recent breakthroughs may pave the way for vaccines and new drugs for those infected by parasitic helminths. (Medical News Today)

Hot on the trail of the Asian tiger mosquito
Scientists use the new discipline of landscape genetics to follow a 'flying syringe'Aedes albopictus, the Asian tiger mosquito, is an aggressive daytime biter and a potential disease vector. (Medical News Today)

Will overpopulation lead to public health catastrophe?
Overpopulation is a beloved trope of dystopian fiction. But do the findings of a new study projecting that there will be up to 12.3 billion people by 2100 spell doom for humankind? (Medical News Today)

Ancient viruses regenerated from 700-year-old frozen reindeer poop
Our knowledge of long-dead viruses is limited by their poor preservation in ancient specimens. Now, molecular genetics shows it is possible to regenerate them from frozen samples. (Medical News Today)

IDSA statement on involuntary quarantine of healthcare workers returning from Ebola-affected countries
The Infectious Diseases Society of America strongly supports measures to minimize the risk of Ebola Virus disease (EVD) transmission in the US from travelers returning from Ebola-outbreak-affected... (Medical News Today)

Study: Prompt isolation of symptomatic patients is key to eliminating Ebola
Isolating the sickest Ebola-infected individuals before they progress into their late phase of illness can effectively eliminate the Ebola epidemic in Liberia, according to a modeling study being... (Medical News Today)

Vaccine/adjuvant combination against a leading cause of bacterial diarrhea shows great promise for saving children's lives
New results from a safety and immunogenicity study, which included a challenge phase to test efficacy, indicate that a live attenuated enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC) vaccine candidate, given... (Medical News Today)

Gut bacteria byproduct impacts heart failure
A chemical byproduct of intestinal bacteria-dependent digestion, TMAO (trimethylamine N-oxide) - already proven to contribute to heart disease and to be an accurate tool for predicting future heart... (Medical News Today)

Could a Japanese mushroom extract eradicate HPV?
An extract from shiitake mushrooms - AHCC - could help treat HPV infection, according to new research from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. (Medical News Today)

CDC issue interim guidance on Ebola monitoring
CDC's new guidance for people who have been in contact with Ebola patients would restrict the movement of those at high risk but not require them to undergo mandatory quarantine. (Medical News Today)

How microbes build a powerful antibiotic
Researchers report in the journal Nature that they have made a breakthrough in understanding how a powerful antibiotic agent is made in nature. (Medical News Today)

UK healthcare workers to be quizzed about fighting Ebola in west Africa
UK healthcare workers are being encouraged to complete a survey about helping with the Ebola outbreak in west Africa. (Medical News Today)

Drones help show how environmental changes affect the spread of infectious diseases
Unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, can collect detailed information in real time at relatively low cost for ecological research. (Medical News Today)

New York City reports positive test for Ebola in volunteer international aid worker
A hospitalized medical aid worker who volunteered in Guinea, one of the three West African nations experiencing an Ebola epidemic, and since returned to the United States has tested positive for... (Medical News Today)

Success short treatment against drug-resistant tuberculosis confirmed
The result of 10 years of collaboration between the Damien Foundation Belgium and the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp (ITM) could revolutionize global tuberculosis control. (Medical News Today)

Rapid test to diagnose severe sepsis
A new test, developed by University of British Columbia researchers, could help physicians predict within an hour if a patient will develop severe sepsis so they can begin treatment immediately. (Medical News Today)

Ebola control measures in Montserrado, Liberia 'not enough to contain virus'
In a new study, researchers say current control measures in Montserrado, Liberia are not enough to contain the Ebola outbreak, and up-scales of these measures are urgently needed. (Medical News Today)

Trial flu, Ebola drug shows promise against norovirus
An experimental drug currently undergoing trials as a treatment for influenza and Ebola virus disease causes norovirus to mutate itself to death in infected mice, a study shows. (Medical News Today)

Innovative response by Firestone health officials may have limited Ebola spread in a part of Liberia
Innovative measures have limited the spread of Ebola in a part of Liberia where Firestone Liberia Inc. (Medical News Today)

How Nigeria prevented an Ebola epidemic
WHO have declared Nigeria free of Ebola virus transmission and describe the country's successful prevention of an unimaginable epidemic as a spectacular story worth telling. (Medical News Today)

Pediatric Allergology: Fresh milk keeps infections at bay
A study by researchers of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich shows that infants fed on fresh rather than UHT cow's milk are less prone to infection. (Medical News Today)

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