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In ongoing Ebola epidemic, doctors worldwide should stay current on developments
Doctors in hospitals and emergency rooms around the world should be prepared to recognize Ebola virus infection and isolate patients if necessary, infectious disease specialists recommend. (Medical News Today)

Treating catheter infections with free fatty acids
Researchers at Rhode Island Hospital, Veterans Affair Medical Center in Providence and University of Rhode Island have found that a free fatty acid, made up of compounds similar to those naturally... (Medical News Today)

Commonly prescribed antibiotic 'could increase risk of cardiac death'
Researchers from Denmark have linked ongoing use of a common antibiotic - clarithromycin - with a higher risk of cardiac death. They say their findings need 'urgent confirmation.' (Medical News Today)

Two Ebola virus commentaries
1. Opinion: Ebola-stricken American volunteers deserve special treatmentAmerican missionary workers stricken with the deadly Ebola virus while aiding infected patients in West Africa deserve... (Medical News Today)

Scientists win race to find structure of rare nematode virus
Rice University scientists have won a race to find the crystal structure of the first virus known to infect the most abundant animal on Earth. (Medical News Today)

New method shows how bacteria become dangerous pathogens
Using a combination of genome analysis and family tree reconstruction, researchers uncover two very different routes through which bacteria succeed at causing disease. (Medical News Today)

Wiley to provide emergency access to biomedical literature to aid Ebola outbreak relief efforts
John Wiley & Sons will provide free access to biomedical literature in support of the Ebola outbreak relief efforts in West Africa, aiding responders across the affected population . (Medical News Today)

Scientists in hospital superbugs breakthrough
Scientists at Queen's University Belfast have made a breakthrough in the fight against the most resistant hospital superbugs. (Medical News Today)

Increased lung cancer risk associated with previous pulmonary disease
Links between a number of common respiratory diseases and an increased risk of developing lung cancer have been found in a large pooled analysis of seven studies involving more than 25,000... (Medical News Today)

In an ecosystem within us, microbes evolved to sway food choices
Do gut bacteria rule our minds?This image illustrates the relationship between gut bacteria and unhealthy eating. (Medical News Today)

Slowly growing bacteria to blame for long antibiotic treatments
Whether pneumonia or sepsis - infectious diseases are becoming increasingly difficult to treat. One reason for this is the growing antibiotic resistance. (Medical News Today)

Tumors shrink following bacteria injection
Tumors in rats, dogs and one human patient shrank after being injected with spores of a mutant version of a soil bacterium that thrives only in oxygen-poor environments. (Medical News Today)

FDA warns consumers about fraudulent Ebola treatment products
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is advising consumers to be aware of products sold online claiming to prevent or treat the Ebola virus. (Medical News Today)

Olfaction likely plays an important role in parasitic worms for host location
It has been speculated that soil-dwelling parasitic worms use their sense of smell to find suitable hosts for infection. (Medical News Today)

Improved understanding of bacteria's sophisticated immune system
Bacteria's ability to destroy viruses has long puzzled scientists, but researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health say they now have a clear picture of the bacterial immune... (Medical News Today)

Global disparities in health-care resources highlighted by Ebola outbreak
The outbreak of Ebola virus disease that has claimed more than 1,000 lives in West Africa this year poses a serious, ongoing threat to that region: the spread to capital cities and Nigeria ... (Medical News Today)

Early, more accurate detection of potentially deadly fungus can improve patient outcomes
The fungal infection invasive aspergillosis (IA) can be life threatening, especially in patients whose immune systems are weakened by chemotherapy or immunosuppressive drugs. (Medical News Today)

Daily antiseptic baths for patients in intensive care units may become less effective
Bacteria that cause life-threatening bloodstream infections in critically ill patients may be growing increasingly resistant to a common hospital antiseptic, according to a recent study led by... (Medical News Today)

Clues to how TB drug attacks its target could lead to improved medications
Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health say they have discovered a new clue to understanding how the most important medication for tuberculosis (TB) works to attack dormant... (Medical News Today)

Study finds newborns' genetic code sends infection distress signal
Babies suffering from life-threatening bacterial infections such as sepsis could benefit from improved treatment, thanks to a ground-breaking study. (Medical News Today)

Bacterial meningitis incidence drops in the United States
Advances in the prevention and treatment of an often fatal condition called bacterial meningitis appear to be paying dividends in the United States, report infectious disease experts at The... (Medical News Today)

Major step towards personalised medicine against hereditary autoimmune deficiency
Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have found a method to repair the gene mutation causing agammaglobulinemia, an autoimmune deficiency disease that almost exclusively affects boys and... (Medical News Today)

Dangerous sepsis controlled in animal models by treatment with lymph node cells
An immune-regulating cell present in lymph nodes may be able to halt severe cases of sepsis, an out-of-control inflammatory response that can lead to organ failure and death. (Medical News Today)

C. noyvi-NT shrinks tumors when injected into rats, dogs and humans
A modified version of the Clostridium novyi (C. noyvi-NT) bacterium can produce a strong and precisely targeted anti-tumor response in rats, dogs and now humans, according to a new report from Johns... (Medical News Today)

Supercomputers reveal that mouth bacteria can change its diet
Bacteria inside your mouth drastically change how they act when you're diseased, according to research using supercomputers at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC). (Medical News Today)

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