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Health News - Infectious Diseases/Bacteria/Viruses

53 Ebola-blocking drugs identified among existing medications
Using high-speed screening technology, researchers have identified 53 drugs - including some antihistamines and antidepressants - that may prevent Ebola from entering human cells. (Medical News Today)

Intravenous vs. oral antibiotics for osteomyelitis, serious bone infections in children
Children with osteomyelitis (a serious bacterial bone infection) who were discharged from the hospital to complete several weeks of outpatient antibiotic therapy with an oral medication did not... (Medical News Today)

Bacterial biofilms found in colon cancer patients could be used as a clinical diagnostic tool
Since the first "catalog" of the normal bacterial makeup of the human body was published in 2012, numerous connections between illness and disturbances in the human microbiota have been found. (Medical News Today)

Ebola expert confident of Australian consensus
The infectious diseases expert charged with finding consensus nationally on Ebola virusguidelines and recommendations says she is pleased with the progress made so far. (Medical News Today)

Universal dengue vaccine steps closer with antibodies discovery
In a move toward a universal dengue vaccine, researchers report finding a class of antibodies that can neutralize all four types of virus produced from human or mosquito cells. (Medical News Today)

Researchers identify method to assess urinary tract infection risk in women after pelvic-floor surgery
Researchers at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine may have identified a way to assess who is at risk for developing a urinary tract infection (UTI) following pelvic-floor surgery. (Medical News Today)

Study highlights importance of nutritional immunity in fighting infectious disease
Examination of DNA from 21 primate species - from squirrel monkeys to humans - exposes an evolutionary war against infectious bacteria over iron that circulates in the host's bloodstream. (Medical News Today)

Better understanding of how viruses replicate and role of telomeres in stopping viruses
A team of scientists, led by researchers at The Wistar Institute, has found that an infection with herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1) causes rearrangements in telomeres, small stretches of DNA that serve... (Medical News Today)

Epidemic status unlikely to be reached by Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus
Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) is an emerging virus, with the first case reported in 2012. (Medical News Today)

How gut bacterial resources are hijacked to promote intestinal illnesses
UT Southwestern Medical Center microbiologists have identified key bacteria in the gut whose resources are hijacked to spread harmful foodborne E. coli infections and other intestinal illnesses. (Medical News Today)

Genes expressed during urinary tract infections suggest next-generation treatment
Urinary tract infections can occur with no apparent cause, and as effectiveness of antibiotics fades, treating them is also becoming less predictable. (Medical News Today)

Lyssavirus notification, treatment guidelines appropriate
The rare but fatal consequences of Australian bat lyssavirus (ABLV) infection means guidelines recommending that all exposures be notified, and describing post-exposure prophylaxis remain... (Medical News Today)

Dental divide harming Australians as decay sets in
It is time medical and dental interests combined to combat a rise in tooth decay and oral diseasein Australians, says the author of a Perspective published in the Medical Journal of Australia. (Medical News Today)

Simple steps can safeguard against Ebola transmission through organ donation
While serious infections can be transmitted from donated organs, the risk of passing Ebola virus disease from an organ donor to a recipient is extremely small. (Medical News Today)

Molecular decoys help overcome drug resistance
Efflux pumps are surface proteins that prevent antimicrobial drugs from getting a foothold in a bacterial cell by identifying and pumping them out of the cell. (Medical News Today)

Tracking neutrophil motility patterns could provide early diagnosis of sepsis in patients with major burns
A team of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators has identified what may be a biomarker predicting the development of the dangerous systemic infection sepsis in patients with serious... (Medical News Today)

Study links Parkinson's disease to gut bacteria
A new study finds that people with Parkinson's disease have a different mix of gut bacteria to healthy counterparts, suggesting this might be useful for diagnosis or treatment. (Medical News Today)

Study indicates target for future drugs for Ebola, measles, RSV
University of Utah researchers ran biochemical analysis and computer simulations of a livestock virus to discover a likely and exotic mechanism to explain the replication of related viruses such as... (Medical News Today)

Drug developed at Pitt proves effective against antibiotic-resistant 'superbugs'
A treatment pioneered at the University of Pittsburgh Center for Vaccine Research (CVR) is far more effective than traditional antibiotics at inhibiting the growth of drug-resistant bacteria... (Medical News Today)

New study shows increase in raw milk-associated outbreaks
A study published in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Emerging Infectious Diseases Journal shows that the average annual number of outbreaks due to drinking raw (unpasteurized) milk... (Medical News Today)

Health care gaps narrow as more patients of all races receive recommended treatment, study finds
Racial and ethnic disparities in the quality of U.S. hospital care for patients with heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia shrank considerably between 2005 and 2010, as more patients of all... (Medical News Today)

Abbott's pioneering, infectious disease testing platform, IRIDICA, now available in Europe
Abbott has announced its innovative diagnostic platform, known as IRIDICA, is now available in Europe and other CE-Mark recognized countries. (Medical News Today)

IDSA applauds new legislation aimed at developing drug approval pathway
The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) applauds Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) for introducing the Promise for Antibiotics and Therapeutics for Health (PATH) Act... (Medical News Today)

Reducing infections by testing for drug-resistant bacteria before prostate biopsy
Some infections after prostate biopsy due to drug-resistant Escherichia coli can be thwarted by simple rectal swab cultures prior to the procedure. The cultures test for antibiotic-resistant E. (Medical News Today)

Potential new active substances for treating the dengue virus
Researchers from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) and the Julius Maximilian University of Wurzburg are proposing potential new active substances for treating the dengue virus. (Medical News Today)

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