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Does sepsis keep killing months later?
Researchers set out to discover if the risk of death from sepsis continues even after the acute infection has been cured.It's known that many patients die in the months and years after sepsis. (Medical News Today)

Home Remedies for the Stomach Flu
Learn all about five home remedies for stomach flu that can be used to relieve some of the symptoms of this illness, such as dehydration and diarrhea. (Medical News Today)

Gut flora may lead to better diagnosis tool for liver disease and open new avenues for treatment
Primary sclerosing cholangitis, also known as PSC, is a liver disease with no effective medical treatment. (Medical News Today)

Zika virus protein could be vaccine target
A viral protein known as NS5 is a promising target for vaccines against Zika and related viruses, according to National Institutes of Health (NIH) scientists and colleagues at Mount Sinai's Icahn... (Medical News Today)

A tool to support public health decisions on Zika virus predicts most planned interventions to be cost-effective
A study published in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases presents a cost-effectiveness tool that can help guide decisions regarding resource allocation to fund interventions targeted at curtailing the... (Medical News Today)

Probiotic bacteria could provide some protection against cadmium poisoning
Oral administration of certain probiotics reduced uptake of the heavy metal, cadmium, in the intestines of mice, and in a laboratory experiment using human intestinal cells. (Medical News Today)

Temperature influences gene expression, life cycle in vibrio cholerae
Vibrio cholerae infects roughly four million people annually, worldwide, causing severe diarrheal disease, and killing an estimated 140,000 people. (Medical News Today)

Syphilis nearly eliminated, except in Africa
The discovery of penicillin has led to a sharp decline of syphilis around the world, except in Africa. In a new study, Prof. (Medical News Today)

To treat or not to treat: Antibiotic treatment speeds up spread of resistance in the gonorrhea superbug
Neisseria gonorrhoeae is a sexually transmitted bacterium that has developed broad resistance against antibiotics. (Medical News Today)

The effects of laxatives may provide new clues concerning Parkinson's disease
In a recent retrospective analysis, investigators discovered that the year-on-year increase in rigidity found in Parkinson's disease flattened off with the regular use of laxatives to manage... (Medical News Today)

Antimicrobial in common toothpaste doesn't impact gut, oral microbiome
Personal hygiene products such as soaps and toothpastes that contain the antibiotic triclosan do not have a major influence on microbial communities or endocrine function, according to a small... (Medical News Today)

USF scientists discover antarctic sponge extract can help kill MRSA
New findings may provide opportunity for developing new drugs to fight dangerous bacteria currently highly resistant to treatment. (Medical News Today)

Pro-inflammatory gut bacteria levels higher in children with MS
Compared with unaffected peers, children with multiple sclerosis show increased levels of gut bacteria linked to inflammation and lower levels of anti-inflammatory species. (Medical News Today)

Type 1 diabetes may be triggered by bacteria
Some forms of bacteria may cause killer T cells to destroy insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas, leading to type 1 diabetes, a new study suggests. (Medical News Today)

Children with and without multiple sclerosis have differences in gut bacteria
In a recent study, children with multiple sclerosis had differences in the abundance of specific gut bacteria than children without the disease. (Medical News Today)

Experimental drug against hepatitis C slows down Zika virus infection in mice
Virologists from KU Leuven, Belgium, have shown that an experimental antiviral drug against hepatitis C slows down the development of Zika in mice. (Medical News Today)

Two-minute video boosts pneumonia vaccinations
Many older adults don't get pneumococcal vaccination. A simple two-minute video about pneumococcal vaccination sent to patients before a primary care visit tripled the likelihood they would get... (Medical News Today)

Fatal attachment: How pathogenic bacteria hang on to mucosa and avoid exfoliation
Mucous surfaces in the nose, throat, lungs, intestine, and genital tract are points of first contact for many pathogens. (Medical News Today)

HIV testing during early infection may reduce new cases in high-risk communities
Detecting HIV earlier, through screening programs that can identify the virus shortly after infection, may lead to lower rates of HIV transmission in local epidemics, suggest findings from a new... (Medical News Today)

What the Disneyland measles outbreak of 2014-15 can teach us about how stories go viral
New Study Examines What Makes News Articles About Vaccination Compelling.New research published Wednesday in the journal Vaccine revealed a key factor for what it takes to make an article about... (Medical News Today)

An old new weapon against emerging Chikungunya virus
Researchers utilize existing drugs to interfere with host factors required for replication of Chikungunya virus. (Medical News Today)

Fighting hospital germs with sugar
A synthetic sugar-based molecule activates the immune system and could serve as a vaccine against C. difficile bacteria. (Medical News Today)

Pertussis vaccination in pregnancy is safe, study finds
Tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine is recommended for all pregnant women in the U.S. as the key medical intervention to protect newborn infants from pertussis (whooping cough). (Medical News Today)

Twin study finds that gut microbiomes run in families
A genome-wide association analysis of over 1,000 twins in the UK supports that some parts of our microbiomes are inherited and shaped - not through a spread of microbes from parent to child, but... (Medical News Today)

Mouse models show how Zika infects a fetus during pregnancy
Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis (WashU) have established the first models of Zika virus transmission from a pregnant mouse to her fetus. (Medical News Today)

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