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Fecal microbiota transplantation now officially recommended for the effective treatment of C. difficile infection
The transplantation of faecal microbiota from a healthy donor has been shown in recent clinical studies to be a safe and highly effective treatment for recurrent Clostridium difficile (C. (Medical News Today)

Hookworms reduce the symptoms of celiac disease
A wriggly solution to a first-world problem. Australian researchers have achieved groundbreaking results in a clinical trial using hookworms to reduce the symptoms of celiac disease. (Medical News Today)

Preventing agonizing rabies deaths
Mass dog vaccination clinics can eliminate a neglected infectious disease that brutally kills tens of thousands of people each yearThe deadly rabies virus - aptly shaped like a bullet - can be... (Medical News Today)

Tiny lesions in the heart remain after pneumonia
The long-observed association between pneumonia and heart failure now has more physical evidence, thanks to research in the School of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San... (Medical News Today)

Transplant recipients infected with BK virus at increased risk of rejection
Kidney transplant recipients infected with BK virus are more likely to develop antibodies against their kidney transplants than uninfected patients, according to a study appearing in an upcoming... (Medical News Today)

Cancer metastatis may be stopped in its tracks with the help of bacterial "communication system"
Cancer, while always dangerous, truly becomes life-threatening when cancer cells begin to spread to different areas throughout the body. (Medical News Today)

1 in 10 antibiotics prescriptions fail, according to new study
A new study analyzes the last 2 decades of antibiotic prescriptions in primary care in the UK and finds rising failure rates, particularly when treating pneumonia and bronchitis. (Medical News Today)

Leading health experts urge European governments to "mobilise all possible resources" to fight Ebola epidemic
Leading health experts have urged EU Member States to "mobilise all possible resources" to assist West Africans in controlling the Ebola epidemic, in an open letter published in The Lancet. (Medical News Today)

Trained immunity in white blood cells is induced by monocyte glycolysis
Cells undergoing trained immunity switch their internal metabolism. BLUEPRINT scientists spearheaded by prof. dr. Netea from the Radboud University Medical Center conclude this in Science. (Medical News Today)

Epigenetic programming of immune system training unravelled
Our immune response is much stronger regulated by environmental factors than was known so far. (Medical News Today)

Dengue fever and malaria in the Himalayas
Research by Nepalese and German scientists from the Nepal Health Research Council, Goethe University and the LOEWE Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre analyzes the current situation of these... (Medical News Today)

Deadly parasite diseases may be treatable following enzyme discovery
An enzyme found in all living things could hold the key to combatting deadly diseases such as sleeping sickness, a study suggests. (Medical News Today)

Camels are primary source of MERS-CoV transmission
National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Colorado State University (CSU) scientists have provided experimental evidence supporting dromedary camels as the primary reservoir, or carrier, of Middle East... (Medical News Today)

Protein controlling gut's protective force field identified: Immune-system receptor encourages growth of bacterial shield during illness
A sugary force field is activated in the gut when our defences are down to encourage the growth of helpful bacteria and fight over-colonisation by harmful micro-organisms, scientists have... (Medical News Today)

Video explains why we need antibiotics
Antibiotics revolutionized health care in the early 20th century, helping kill bacteria that once killed thousands of people. (Medical News Today)

CDC: Ebola cases in West Africa could exceed 550,000 by January
Assuming current trends continue, a CDC model estimates by January, Ebola cases in Liberia and Sierra Leone could reach over 550,000 or 1.4 million, if under-reporting is included. (Medical News Today)

T2 Biosystems receives FDA authorization to market T2Candida and T2Dx for the detection of sepsis-causing pathogens
T2 Biosystems, a company developing innovative diagnostic products to improve patient health, today announced that it has received market authorization from the U.S. (Medical News Today)

Viral infection causes bacteria to colonize privileged sites like the middle ear
Influenza infection can enhance the ability of the bacterium Streptococcus pneumonia to cause ear and throat infections, according to research published ahead of print in the journal Infection and... (Medical News Today)

Gut microbes destroyed in critically ill ICU patients which increases risk of infection and death
Researchers at the University of Chicago have shown that after a long stay in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) only a handful of pathogenic microbe species remain behind in patients' intestines. (Medical News Today)

Lamotrigine stopped ribosomes from being created, may be key to new antibiotics
McMaster scientists have found that an anticonvulsant drug may help in developing a new class of antibiotics. (Medical News Today)

Researchers develop new DNA sequencing method to diagnose tuberculosis
Researchers working in the UK and The Gambia, have developed a new approach to the diagnosis of tuberculosis (TB) that relies on direct sequencing of DNA extracted from sputum (a technique called... (Medical News Today)

An old drug yields a potential new class of antibiotics
Most antibiotics work by inhibiting a vital function in bacteria. Now, a new study shows how an existing anticonvulsant drug can prevent a key part of bacteria from forming. (Medical News Today)

Vital 'on/off switches' that control when bacteria turn deadly
No matter how many times it's demonstrated, it's still hard to envision bacteria as social, communicating creatures. (Medical News Today)

Research milestone in Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever virus virus could help identify new treatments
New research into the Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever virus (CCHFV), a tick-borne virus which causes a severe hemorrhagic disease in humans similar to that caused by Ebolavirus, has identified new... (Medical News Today)

Bubonic plague offers new insights that could improve treatments for infections
Dangerous new pathogens such as the Ebola virus invoke scary scenarios of deadly epidemics, but even ancient scourges such as the bubonic plague are still providing researchers with new insights on... (Medical News Today)

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