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Optical 'dog's nose' may hold key to breath analysis
University of Adelaide researchers are developing a laser system for fast, non-invasive, onsite breath analysis for disease, potentially enabling screening for a range of diseases including diabetes... (Medical News Today)

Societal challenges and new treatments for Ebola virus disease
Since Ebola was first described in 1976, there have been several outbreaks, but all have been self-limiting. In a new Journal of Internal Medicine review, Dr. (Medical News Today)

C. difficile needs iron, but too much is hazardous: new insights into maintaining it "just right"
Those bacteria that require iron walk a tightrope. Iron is essential for their growth, but too much iron can damage DNA and enzymes through oxidation. (Medical News Today)

Study provides new insights into the genetics of drug-resistant fungal infections
Researchers at WPI, the Broad Institute, and Tel Aviv University show how virulent fungi adapt to fight the effects of anti-fungal medications, gaining insights that may provide clues to new ways to... (Medical News Today)

Blacklegged tick populations have expanded via migration, Penn biologists show
Lyme disease cases are on the rise, with diagnoses occurring in areas that were historically Lyme-free. (Medical News Today)

Temple-led research team finds bacterial biofilms may play a role in lupus
Lupus, multiple sclerosis, and type-1 diabetes are among more than a score of diseases in which the immune system attacks the body it was designed to defend. (Medical News Today)

Researchers develop world's most sensitive test to detect infectious disease, superbugs
Infectious diseases such as hepatitis C and some of the world's deadliest superbugs--C. (Medical News Today)

Safer, with more benefits: Parents' vaccine views shifting
A quarter of parents believe vaccines are safer now than they thought a year ago; a third more supportive of school and daycare immunization requirementsOver the same time period that multiple... (Medical News Today)

Why are doctors so guilty of working while sick?
Although 95% of clinicians agree that working while sick puts patients at risk, 83.1% admit that they do so themselves. A new study investigates why. (Medical News Today)

Universal flu vaccine steps closer
Researchers have revealed a mechanism within the immune response that could be exploited by scientists to improve existing vaccines against influenza. (Medical News Today)

Latent HIV cells only 'wake up' once a week following antiretrovirals
A new study finds that following antiretroviral therapy for HIV, latent HIV cells only awake once a week, rather than the four to five times a week previously suggested. (Medical News Today)

New hope for dengue vaccine
Researchers have discovered an antibody that prevented dengue infection in mouse models, bringing us a step closer to a vaccine for the potentially deadly virus. (Medical News Today)

Latent virus and life expectancy
Molecular, cellular and clinical changes that arise from an infection with a latent virus and result in a decrease in longevity. (Medical News Today)

McMaster researchers test fecal transplantation to treat ulcerative colitis
Studies find UC can be controlled by the type of bacteria that inhabits the gutTwo new studies led by researchers from the Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute at McMaster... (Medical News Today)

Stopping Candida in its tracks
Scientists are one step closer to understanding how a normally harmless fungus changes to become a deadly infectious agent. (Medical News Today)

Viral protein in their sights
Advanced imaging reveals key structure of Ebola and other RNA virusesThis is the structure of the L-protein of vesicular stomatitis virus from electron cryomicroscopy. (Medical News Today)

Improved pneumococcal vaccine costs more, but 10-year savings projected
In 2010 the US Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended that the pneumococcal seven-valent conjugate vaccine (PCV7) given routinely to children up to two years old be... (Medical News Today)

Extreme heat and precipitation are increasing Salmonella infections, UMD study shows
Extreme heat and precipitation events, which are expected to increase in frequency and intensity due to climate change, are associated with increased risk of Salmonella infections, according to a... (Medical News Today)

FDA takes action against unapproved prescription ear drop products
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced its intention to take enforcement action against companies that manufacture and/or distribute certain unapproved prescription ear drop products... (Medical News Today)

One small bacterial change 'caused Black Death'
How did Yersinia pestis bacteria transform from a simple GI infection to causing history-changing respiratory plague pandemics? A new study says it took just one gene. (Medical News Today)

Summer vacation: the health risks for travelers
Are you traveling abroad this summer? In this Spotlight feature, we take a look at the health risks that come with a summer vacation and what you can do to prevent them. (Medical News Today)

Engineered particles 'may become antibiotics of the future'
Using synthetic biology, researchers have engineered particles called phagemids that cause harmful bacteria to malfunction and cease replicating without bursting open. (Medical News Today)

Efficacy of topical benzoyl peroxide on the reduction of propionibacterium acnes during shoulder surgery
A new paper to be published in The Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery evaluates the effect that topical benzoyl peroxide (BPO), with chlorhexidine skin preparation, has on the presence of... (Medical News Today)

Vitamin A supplementation may cause the immune system to 'forget' past infections
New research published in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology suggests that vitamin A inhibits trained immunity, leading to tolerance of the innate immune cells upon stimulation with mitogens and... (Medical News Today)

Using bacterial 'fight clubs' to find new drugs
Creating bacterial "fight clubs" is an effective way to find new drugs from natural sources. (Medical News Today)

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