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Avian influenza expert raises concerns as USDA stockpiles vaccines
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is creating a stockpile of avian influenza vaccines, but an expert suggests careful consideration of the strategy and cautions that the strain of the next... (Medical News Today)

Study uncovers key step in malaria parasite's invasion of the liver
A new study shows malaria parasites prefer to set up replication compartments in liver cells that express EphA2. Cells low in the receptor appear to be less prone to infection. (Medical News Today)

Post-Ebola: how can the WHO get back its teeth?
A post-Ebola panel has drawn up 10 recommendations for informing a better response to a future epidemic, largely focusing on the WHO. We look at some of the recommendations. (Medical News Today)

India stands with Asia Pacific nations in drive for malaria‚Äźfree region
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has joined other Asia Pacific Leaders in taking a concrete step closer to defeating malaria. (Medical News Today)

Researchers assess use of drug-susceptible parasites to fight drug resistance
Researchers at the University of Georgia have developed a model for evaluating a potential new strategy in the fight against drug-resistant diseases. (Medical News Today)

Penn researchers discover why E. coli move faster in syrup-like fluids than in water
Swimming in a pool of syrup would be difficult for most people, but for bacteria like E. coli, it's easier than swimming in water. (Medical News Today)

Mosquito-borne chikungunya virus causes severe brain inflammation
Mosquito-borne virus chikungunya can cause encephalitis, leading to disability and death, especially in infants and over 65. One locally transmitted case has occurred in the US. (Medical News Today)

Neglected Tropical Diseases disproportionately found in areas of poverty and decreased human development in Islamic Nations
The Organisation of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is an inter-governmental organisation of 57 Muslim-majority countries with a mission to promote human rights and advance science and technology... (Medical News Today)

Nanoparticles simplify DNA identification and quantification
In an article published in Small, researchers successfully applied a new qualitative and quantitative method for the detection of a DNA sequence characteristic of Leishmania infantum kinetoplast, a... (Medical News Today)

Postoperative Clostridium difficile infection in the Veterans Health Administration
The overall postoperative rate of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI), a bacterium that can cause severe diarrhea and life-threatening intestinal conditions, was 0. (Medical News Today)

Physician leaders call for health to be protected in climate change agreement
A sustainable global agreement on climate change with a strong emphasis on the protection and improvement of health has been called for by the World Medical Association on the eve of the climate... (Medical News Today)

Tuberculosis: Daily antibiotics recommended to prevent resistant strains
A computer model of tuberculosis has shown that approved treatments prescribing antibiotic doses once or twice a week are more likely to lead to drug resistant strains than are daily antibiotic... (Medical News Today)

Winter season reverses outcome of fruit fly reproduction
Male fruit flies could find their chances of fathering offspring radically reduced if they are last in the queue to mate with promiscuous females before winter arrives, according to new University of... (Medical News Today)

Safety last? Consumers' response to food safety risks are altered due to prior commitment and preference
With the globalization of our food supply, food safety issues are a major concern for both public health and for the food industry. (Medical News Today)

FDA approves vaccine for use after known or suspected anthrax exposure
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new indication for BioThrax (Anthrax Vaccine Adsorbed) to prevent disease following suspected or confirmed exposure to Bacillus anthracis, the... (Medical News Today)

The risk of developing leishmaniasis multiplies a hundredfold in transplant patients
Researchers from Spain have analysed the prevalence of leishmaniasis among the population of organ transplant recipients. (Medical News Today)

Complex hospital infection data confuses consumers
Patients have difficulty deciphering complex numeric data on healthcare-associated infections used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to help consumers choose hospitals... (Medical News Today)

A tick that feeds on birds may increase the range of Lyme disease
Blacklegged ticks (Ixodes scapularis) are the primary vector of Lyme disease to humans, but researchers at Old Dominion University in Virginia are focusing on another tick, Ixodes affinis, even... (Medical News Today)

Use of antivirals in retrovirus-infected cats
A number of antiviral drugs are licensed and widely used for the treatment of specific viral infections in humans. (Medical News Today)

Scientists 'see' detailed make-up of deadly toxin for the first time
Scientists from the University of Leicester have for the first time created a detailed image of a toxin - called pneumolysin - associated with deadly infections such as bacterial pneumonia... (Medical News Today)

Cheesy products - Some online-purchased cheeses are of low quality
Online shopping saves time and provides an enormous product choice, which can be especially convenient during the Christmas shopping season. (Medical News Today)

Early childhood bronchiolitis increases asthma risk in adulthood
Persons who have had bronchiolitis in early childhood have an increased risk of asthma at the age of 28-31 and a weaker health-related quality of life than their peers. (Medical News Today)

TSRI scientists reveal potential treatment for life-threatening viral infections
Scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have shown for the first time how a previously unknown process works to promote infection in a number of dangerous viruses... (Medical News Today)

How the body stops the type 2 innate immune response from triggering allergic disease
The innate immune response, which is the body's non-specific response to pathogens, was once believed to be a simple system relying on short-lived effector cells alone, but it is now known to be more... (Medical News Today)

Ancient viral molecules essential for human development, Stanford researchers say
Genetic material from ancient viral infections is critical to human development, according to researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine. (Medical News Today)

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