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FDA approves a second vaccine to prevent serogroup B meningococcal disease
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Bexsero, a vaccine to prevent invasive meningococcal disease caused by Neisseria meningitidis serogroup B in individuals 10 through 25 years of... (Medical News Today)

SLU scientist aims to improve antibiotics to treat staph infections
Yap discovers evolutionary mechanism that allows bacteria to resist antibioticsIn research published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, assistant professor of biochemistry and... (Medical News Today)

Providing better data on the Ebola virus
Researchers are exploring new and innovative methods to solve the complex mystery that is the Ebola virus. (Medical News Today)

Using viruses to find the cellular Achilles heel
Protein interactions between viruses and cells can illuminate common weak points in human biology and reveal potential new targets for anti-viral treatments. (Medical News Today)

Viruses may play unexpected role in inflammatory bowel diseases
Inflammatory bowel diseases are associated with a decrease in the diversity of bacteria in the gut, but a new study led by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. (Medical News Today)

Immune system promotes digestive health by fostering community of 'good' bacteria
As many as 1.4 million Americans suffer from uncomfortable abdominal cramping and diarrhea that come with ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. (Medical News Today)

Pathogens detected by cell's recycling team
Just as households have garbage disposals and recycling bins for getting rid of everyday waste, the cell has its own system for cleaning up unnecessary or defunct components. (Medical News Today)

Social distancing 'effective for reducing flu risk'
Stay home and watch TV to reduce your risk of flu. This is what the residents of Mexico City did during the 2009 swine flu outbreak, and researchers found it was effective. (Medical News Today)

Exhaled carbon dioxide alerts malaria mosquito to human presence
While human odor guides malaria mosquitoes to human homes, once they take up residence, it is exhaled carbon dioxide that triggers them to land on skin for their next blood meal. (Medical News Today)

You are what you eat - how gut bacteria affect brain health
The hundred trillion bacteria living in an adult human-mostly in the intestines, making up the gut microbiome-have a significant impact on behavior and brain health. (Medical News Today)

Regulating the toxicity of silver nanoparticles
The use of colloidal silver to treat illnesses has become more popular in recent years, but its ingestion, prohibited in countries like the US, can be harmful to health. (Medical News Today)

Communication by bacteria as a therapeutic target for medicines
Bacteria communicate by means of chemical signals and can develop common characteristics through this "agreement" and also develop their potential pathogenic effects in this way. (Medical News Today)

New type of antibiotic resistance discovered
Aggressive infections constitute an increasing health problem all over the world. (Medical News Today)

Immune system response may play a key role in viral therapy's effectiveness against tumors
Viral therapy for childhood cancer could possibly improve if treatments such as chemotherapy do not first suppress patients' immune systems, according to findings published in the journal Molecular... (Medical News Today)

Ebola infection of humans linked to population density and vegetation cover
A new study suggests human population density and green vegetation cover in Ebola-affected African regions are factors in helping the virus spill over from animals to humans. (Medical News Today)

Hospitalization for pneumonia associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease
Hospitalization with pneumonia in older adults was associated with an increased short-term and long-term risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), suggesting that pneumonia may be an important risk... (Medical News Today)

Hypothermia during surgery can affect recovery
Body temperature decreases during the first hour of surgery, even when patients are actively warmed with forced air, reports a new study published in the February issue of Anesthesiology, the... (Medical News Today)

Large EU project to head up global fight against infectious diseases
A large EU project intends to speed up the detection of and response to disease outbreaks among humans and animals worldwide through the use of new genome technology. (Medical News Today)

Why patients with mucolipidosis II suffer from recurrent infections
A group of white blood cells known as B cells, which play a key role in the human immune response, need a protein-targeting signal called mannose 6-phosphate (M6P) in order to proliferate... (Medical News Today)

A common gut bacterium may protect women against MS, study finds
Helicobacter pylori is a gut bacterium responsible for more than 80% of stomach ulcers. But a new study finds that for women, it may have a protective effect against MS. (Medical News Today)

MSF calls on GSK and Pfizer to slash pneumo vaccine price to $5 per child for poor countries ahead of donor meeting
Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has called on pharmaceutical companies GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Pfizer to slash the price of the pneumococcal vaccine to US$5 per child in... (Medical News Today)

Two volunteers with potential exposure to Ebola transported to UK for precautionary monitoring
Public Health England (PHE) can confirm that, as a highly precautionary measure, a volunteer who had potential contact with the Ebola virus while working in Sierra Leone, has been transported to... (Medical News Today)

Geographic clusters of underimmunization in Northern California identified
Researchers used spatial analysis software and electronic medical records to identify clusters of underimmunization and vaccine refusal among Kaiser Permanente members in Northern California... (Medical News Today)

Model predicts public response to disease outbreaks
Part of the job of controlling a disease outbreak is managing the public's response so as to avoid panic and overreaction. A new study describes a computer model that may help. (Medical News Today)

Gut microbes trigger autoimmune disease later in life in mice
Researchers have revealed that the colonization of the gut of young mice by certain types of bacteria can lead to immune responses later in life that are linked to disease. (Medical News Today)

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