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Health News - Infectious Diseases/Bacteria/Viruses

Forget the handshake: fist bumps are 'more hygienic'
Greeting someone by knocking fists together spreads fewer germs than shaking hands, according to a new study. Should this be the new way we greet each other? (Medical News Today)

UF Health granted $12 million to establish comprehensive sepsis research center
University of Florida Health has been awarded a $12 million, five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to create a one-of-a-kind center to help generate treatments and prevention... (Medical News Today)

Drugs used to treat lung disease work with the body clock
Scientists from The University of Manchester have discovered why medication to treat asthma and pneumonia can become ineffective. (Medical News Today)

Study reveals potential for development of an alternative to antibiotics
Research published in PLOS Pathogens reveals how viruses called bacteriophages destroy the bacterium Clostridium difficile (C. (Medical News Today)

The "stemness" of individual immune memory cells: a fundamental finding with implications for clinical cell therapy
Researchers in Germany and the U.S. have proven for the first time that specific individual cells of the immune system, termed central memory T cells, have all the essential characteristics of adult... (Medical News Today)

Next-generation sequencing uncovers one route to malaria drug resistance
Researchers have uncovered a way the malaria parasite becomes resistant to an investigational drug. The discovery, at Washington University School of Medicine in St. (Medical News Today)

Researchers scrutinize a rare but fatal pathogen
The drought that has the entire country in its grip is affecting more than the color of people's lawns. (Medical News Today)

Analyzing the composition of bacterial communities found in the body
Trillions of bacteria live in each person's digestive tract. Scientists believe that some of these bacteria help digest food and stave off harmful infections, but their role in human health is not... (Medical News Today)

Studies reveal success of new oral drug regimens for hepatitis C
Two new studies published in The Lancet reveal new, simpler oral drug regimens that could increase treatment uptake for hepatitis C, as well as improve their success. (Medical News Today)

Could a probiotic prevent obesity?
Researchers from Vanderbilt University genetically modified a bacterial strain to produce a compound that was found to reduce obesity and related complications in mice. (Medical News Today)

Previously unknown virus that lives in half the world's population could play a major role in obesity and diabetes
Odds are, there's a virus living inside your gut that has gone undetected by scientists for decades. (Medical News Today)

Controlled parasite infections suggested as medical treatment for Crohn's disease
Intestinal parasites such as tapeworms, hookworms and a protist called Blastocystis can be beneficial to human health, according to a new paper that argues we should rethink our views of organisms... (Medical News Today)

New methods of detecting Salmonella in pork meat processing
Infections caused by foodborne microorganisms are an increasing public health burden. (Medical News Today)

Mouth bacteria invade the gut in liver cirrhosis patients
Scientists from INRA in collaboration with a Chinese team found that the gut microbiota of individuals with liver cirrhosis differ notably from healthy individuals', showing a high proportion of... (Medical News Today)

Promise for HIV vaccine as researchers find way to make 'neutralizing' HIV antibodies
Researchers from Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, NC, say an HIV vaccine may be in the cards after they have discovered a way to make neutralizing HIV antibodies. (Medical News Today)

Less than 1% of UK public research funding spent on antibiotic research in past 5 years
Less than 1% of research funding awarded by public and charitable bodies to UK researchers in 2008-13 was awarded for research on antibiotics, according to new research published in The Lancet... (Medical News Today)

C. diff to be treated with 'bacteria-eating viruses'
Researchers have found that viruses called 'bacteriophages' are able to destroy the problematic Clostridium difficile bacterium and could lead to new treatment methods. (Medical News Today)

China lifts plague quarantine
Following the death of a man who died of plague after handling an infected animal, the Chinese authorities sealed off part of a city for 9 days. (Medical News Today)

Study examines postoperative pneumonia prevention program in surgical ward
A postoperative pneumonia prevention program for patients in the surgical ward at a California Veterans Affairs hospital lowered the case rate for the condition, which can cause significant... (Medical News Today)

Study provides new perspectives on the current clostridium difficile epidemic
More than 80 percent of hospitalized patients who tested positive for Clostridium difficile were tested outside the hospital or within the first 72 hours of hospitalization, suggesting that... (Medical News Today)

Pathogen behavior influenced by communication between nostril/skin microbiome bacteria
A team of scientists has made an important discovery about the molecular interactions that occur between generally benign species of Propionibacterium bacteria and the pathogenic bacterium... (Medical News Today)

Air samples found to contain Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus in Saudi Arabian camel barn
Saudi Arabian researchers have detected genetic fragments of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in the air of a barn holding a camel infected with the virus. (Medical News Today)

New diagnostic tool for valley fever, spread by desert dust
On July 5, 2011, a massive wall of dust, ("haboob," in Arabic), blanketed Phoenix, Arizona, creating an awesome spectacle, (or stubborn nuisance, depending on your perspective). (Medical News Today)

Pharmacomicrobiomics: new research from Africa
The Human Microbiome Project (HMP) is a global initiative to identify and characterize the microorganisms present at multiple sites in the human body. (Medical News Today)

The human parasite Leishmania is a probiotic for the fly that carries it
The Leishmania parasite, which causes the human disease leishmaniasis, acts as a probiotic in the insect that transmits it to humans, protecting them from bacterial disease. (Medical News Today)

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