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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)

Study reveals how 'bacterial sex' leads to antibiotic resistance
Researchers looking into horizontal gene transfer have revealed why it can lead to the spread of traits - including antibiotic resistance. (Medical News Today)

Global response to Ebola outbreak slammed by independent panel
A global panel of experts this week released a report on how the Ebola epidemic was handled. The conclusion: things need to be changed, swiftly. (Medical News Today)

U of T research sheds new light on mysterious fungus that has major health consequences
Researchers at the University of Toronto examined fungi in the mucus of patients with cystic fibrosis and discovered how one particularly cunning fungal species has evolved to defend itself against... (Medical News Today)

Review examines the extent of antimicrobial resistance in bacteria from horses
Bacterial resistance to antimicrobial agents is a significant problem for both human and veterinary medicine, but little research has been done on the prevalence or mechanisms of resistance in horses... (Medical News Today)

MSD in the UK launches new antibiotic to treat complicated intra-abdominal and urinary tract infections, and acute pyelonephritis
MSD has announced the availability of Zerbaxa® (ceftolozane/tazobactam) in the UK, a new intravenous antibiotic for the treatment of complicated intra-abdominal infections (cIAI), acute... (Medical News Today)

Parasitic worms may influence fertility, study finds
From a study of almost 1,000 women in Bolivia, researchers found roundworm infection increased chances of pregnancy, while hookworm infection reduced it. (Medical News Today)

Fighting to eradicate neglected zoonotic diseases in Africa
Neglected zoonotic diseases (NZDs) place a huge burden on society, especially in areas of high poverty, but do not receive the same kind of attention from health organisations as diseases such as... (Medical News Today)

Bird breeds at risk may benefit from chicken cell study
Rare bird breeds that are at risk could be saved from extinction thanks to new research. (Medical News Today)

PHE, Veterinary Medicines Directorate and The Bella Moss Foundation call on pet owners to join the fight against antibiotic resistance
Public Health England (PHE), the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) and leading pet owner awareness charity The Bella Moss Foundation (BMF) are urging animal lovers to join the fight against... (Medical News Today)

Big data and bacteria explain why your diet isn't working
It's so frustrating ­- the latest weight-loss fad works for your best friend, and not you. (Medical News Today)

Virus-host interplay: Transcription of host noncoding DNA elements signals viral intrusion but is hijacked by gammaherpesvirus for its own benefit
Mammalian DNA, including the human genome, contains about 1 million SINEs (short interspersed nuclear elements), noncoding mobile genetic elements that make up about 10% of the total genome. (Medical News Today)

HIV: the ongoing stigma and its impact on testing
In light of actor Charlie Sheen's announcement that he has HIV, we look at the signs and symptoms of the virus and discuss why many people are discouraged from HIV testing. (Medical News Today)

Sound deprivation leads to irreversible hearing loss
Researchers show that chronic conductive hearing loss leads to cochlear degeneration. (Medical News Today)

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