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Health News - Infectious Diseases/Bacteria/Viruses

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)

Research reveals how bacteria are adapted to swim in certain conditions
When it comes to swimming, the bodies of some bacteria are more than just dead weight, according to new research from Brown University. (Medical News Today)

New TB drugs likely following mycobacteria metabolism discovery
The mystery of why mycobacteria - a family that includes the microbe that causes TB - are extraordinarily hardy organisms is being unravelled by University of Otago, New Zealand, research that offers... (Medical News Today)

HIV 'eliminated' from cultured human cells for the first time
A potential breakthrough in a cure for HIV/AIDS may come from a new molecular tool designed to hunt down and 'snip out' the HIV genome from patients' cells. (Medical News Today)

Targeted virus could boost chemo's effects for arm and leg cancer
A genetically engineered version of a virus used for smallpox vaccination increases the effects of chemotherapy for patients with cancer of the arm or leg. (Medical News Today)

Researchers prove the effectiveness of a new drug against malaria using synchrotron light
Researchers from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech (UPC), the Instituto de Química Mèdica (IQM-CSIC) and the University of Glasgow have proved that the CD27 drug is a... (Medical News Today)

Novel mechanism for invasion of EV71 virus demonstrated (major causative agent of hand, foot and mouth disease)
A new study determines glycosylation and pH-dependent conformational changes of virus receptor SCARB2 as crucial for EV71 attachment, entry and uncoating. (Medical News Today)

Cinnamon essential oil kills several strains of E. coli
Seeking ways to prevent some of the most serious foodborne illnesses caused by pathogenic bacteria, two Washington State University scientists have found promise in an ancient but common cooking... (Medical News Today)

For the first time all seven UK research councils unite to fight AMR
The Medical Research Council (MRC) is to lead a cross-council initiative backed by eight government bodies and the Wellcome Trust to tackle antimicrobial resistance (AMR) on all fronts. (Medical News Today)

First Chikungunya case acquired in the United States reported in Florida
Seven months after the mosquito-borne virus chikungunya was recognized in the Western Hemisphere, the first locally acquired case of the disease has surfaced in the continental United States. (Medical News Today)

Engineered gene drives may control spread of insect-borne disease
A cross-disciplinary team is calling for public discussion about a potential new way to solve longstanding global ecological problems by using an emerging technology called "gene drives. (Medical News Today)

How H. pylori exploits sites of small injury in the stomach
Helicobacter pylori infection promotes stomach ulcers and cancer. How H. pylori initially interacts with and irritates gastric tissue is not well understood. (Medical News Today)

Carbs turned into colorectal cancer by gut microbes in those predisposed to the disease
Colorectal cancer has been linked to carbohydrate-rich western diets, but the underlying mechanisms have been unclear. (Medical News Today)

Researchers study cheese to unlock secrets of how microbial communities form
Go ahead and call Rachel Dutton's research cheesy if you must. As far as she's concerned, it's anything but an insult. (Medical News Today)

Significant rise in cases of dangerous drug-resistant superbug in southeastern US
Cases of the highly contagious, drug-resistant bacteria, carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), have increased fivefold in community hospitals in the Southeastern United States, according to... (Medical News Today)

Researching cancer's 'footprint' on our evolution
Cancer has left its 'footprint' on our evolution, according to a study which examined how the relics of ancient viruses are preserved in the genomes of 38 mammal species. (Medical News Today)

Strategies for improving adherence to hand hygiene measures in healthcare settings
Expert guidance just released offers updated evidence reviews and recommendations for hand hygiene in healthcare facilities. (Medical News Today)

Could cat feces help cure cancer?
A new study by researchers at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH, finds that a parasite commonly found in cat feces - Toxoplasma gondii - holds promise for a vaccine against cancer. (Medical News Today)

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