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Health News - Infectious Diseases/Bacteria/Viruses

Chewing your food could protect against infection
New research finds that chewing food can trigger the oral release of Th17 cells - a type of immune cell that can help to protect against infection. (Medical News Today)

New technique could enable safer production of polio vaccines
A new method to produce a stable fragment of poliovirus could enable safer production of vaccines, according to a study published in PLOS Pathogens. (Medical News Today)

Time to put TB on a diet!
Global Tuberculosis Report, the disease kills over 1.5 million people a year. (Medical News Today)

Rabies viruses reveal wiring in transparent brains
Scientists under the leadership of the University of Bonn have harnessed rabies viruses for assessing the connectivity of nerve cell transplants: coupled with a green fluorescent protein, the... (Medical News Today)

Dental implant with slow-release drug reservoir reduces infection risk
A dental implant with a built-in reservoir allows the slow release of antimicrobial drugs that prevent and eliminate biofilms to reduce risk of infection. (Medical News Today)

Why hospital antibiotic management strategies do little to curb resistance
With an alarming growth in antibiotic resistance and doctors increasingly having to resort to last-chance antibiotics to save patients, is there a better way for hospitals to manage antibiotic... (Medical News Today)

Baker's yeast enzyme could help treat leukemia, study suggests
Researchers reveal how an enzyme found in baker's yeast could offer a safer, more effective treatment option for acute lymphoblastic leukemia. (Medical News Today)

Antimicrobial sutures can prevent surgical site infections and save money
New analyses of the published clinical studies indicate that antimicrobial sutures are effective for preventing surgical site infections (SSIs), and they can result in significant cost savings. (Medical News Today)

New insights in genetic defect allow prevention of fatal illnesses in children
A team of scientists led by prof. Adrian Liston (VIB-KU Leuven) and prof. Isabelle Meyts (UZ Leuven - KU Leuven) were able to characterize a new genetic immunodeficiency resulting from a mutation... (Medical News Today)

Community-acquired pneumonia can spread year-round
New research indicates that community-acquired pneumonia should not be regarded as a seasonal disease, as it occurs throughout all seasons; however, the pathogens that cause the condition are... (Medical News Today)

Study shines light on how to build better bacteriophage therapies
Researchers have discovered that a subset of bacteriophages, dubbed "superspreaders," potentially play a major role in transmitting antimicrobial resistance. (Medical News Today)

Study: HIV therapy could be contributing to syphilis outbreak
Drugs used to treat HIV could affect how the body responds to syphilis, inadvertently contributing to a current outbreak, a new study suggests. (Medical News Today)

Every meal triggers inflammation
When we eat, we do not just take in nutrients - we also consume a significant quantity of bacteria. (Medical News Today)

Nanoparticle exposure can awaken dormant viruses in the lungs
Nanoparticles from combustion engines can activate viruses that are dormant in in lung tissue cells. (Medical News Today)

Bloodstream infections: Most common type of health care-associated infections in children
A study published by The Lancet Infectious Diseases establishes the prevalence and type of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) in children in Europe and describes risk factors for infection in... (Medical News Today)

Drug-resistant 'nightmare bacteria' show worrisome ability to diversify and spread
A family of highly drug-resistant and potentially deadly bacteria may be spreading more widely - and more stealthily - than previously thought, according to a new study from Harvard T.H. (Medical News Today)

Researchers find that certain anti-influenza compounds also inhibit Zika virus infection
Researchers from the University of Helsinki have shown that three anti-influenza compounds effectively inhibit Zika virus infection in human cells. (Medical News Today)

Wearable biosensors can flag illness, Lyme disease, risk for diabetes, low oxygen on aircraft
Can your smart watch detect when you are becoming sick? A new study from Stanford, publishing in PLOS Biology, indicates that this is possible. (Medical News Today)

Cholera bacteria infect more effectively with a simple twist of shape
The bacteria that cause the life-threatening disease cholera may initiate infection by coordinating a wave of mass shapeshifting that allows them to more effectively penetrate the intestines of... (Medical News Today)

Malaria transmission may increase when more parasites are transferred via mosquito bite
Mosquitos carrying a greater number of malaria-causing parasites may be more likely to cause infection in the people they bite, according to a new study published in PLOS Pathogens. (Medical News Today)

Viruses in the genome important for our brain
Over millions of years retroviruses have been incorporated into our human DNA, where they today make up almost 10 per cent of the total genome. (Medical News Today)

Genetically engineered mosquitos resist dengue fever virus
After decades of research and countless control attempts, dengue fever - a mosquito-borne viral disease - continues to infect an estimated 390 million people around the world each year. (Medical News Today)

Malaria elimination: Vaccines should be tested on larger groups of volunteers
To find an effective vaccine against malaria it is crucial to test candidate vaccines on larger groups of people than previously thought - according to a new study published in PLOS Computational... (Medical News Today)

For viral predators of bacteria, sensitivity can be contagious
Is bacterial sensitivity contagious? Scientists show for the first time how bacteria that are entirely resistant to a bacteriophage, or bacterial virus, can become susceptible to it after spending... (Medical News Today)

Using E. coli to detect hormone disruptors in the environment
Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) have been implicated in the development of obesity, diabetes and cancer and are found in a wide array of products including pesticides, plastics and... (Medical News Today)

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