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Hormonal Acne: Causes, Types, and Treatment
Acne is sometimes called hormonal acne because of how the skin problem develops in response to hormonal changes. Learn about its treatment and symptoms. (Medical News Today)

UTI testing technology cuts screening time to four hours
Researchers using DNA sequencing to profile antibiotic resistance in infection have achieved a turnaround time from 'sample to answer' of less than four hours for urinary tract infections (UTIs). (Medical News Today)

Hookworm Infection: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment
Hookworm is an intestinal parasite that is the cause of millions of infections worldwide. Learn about the symptoms and treatment of these infections here. (Medical News Today)

Cases of childhood diarrhoea linked to pathogens significantly underestimated
The number of cases of childhood diarrhoea attributable to pathogens (bacteria, parasites, viruses or other infections) have been substantially underestimated and may be nearly twice as high as... (Medical News Today)

Smallest-reported artificial virus could help advance gene therapy
Gene therapy is a kind of experimental treatment that is designed to fix faulty genetic material and help a patient fight off or recover from a disease. (Medical News Today)

Speedy bacteria detector could help prevent foodborne illnesses
It seems like almost every week another food product is being recalled because of contamination. One of the more common culprits is a pathogenic strain of E. coli. (Medical News Today)

Study suggests antibodies may offer protection against tuberculosis
Antibodies are one of the body's first lines of defense against infection, but their role in tuberculosis (TB) has gone largely unstudied. (Medical News Today)

Molecular analysis suggests multi-drug-resistant typhoid common in Nigeria
Typhoid fever is a major cause of illness and death worldwide, with more than 20 million estimated cases and over 200,000 deaths per year. (Medical News Today)

First analysis of 'Sustainable Development Goals' published
The Sustainable Development Goals provide solid targets by which to measure global improvement. The first analysis of the data yields surprising results. (Medical News Today)

Purdue scientists have bright idea for detecting harmful bacteria in food products
Scientists looking for traces of E. coli O157:H7 contamination in foods soon could have a new detection method on their hands - turning off the lights to see if the bacteria glow in the dark. (Medical News Today)

High blood pressure drugs have potential to counter leading cause of death in malaria patients
Adding a popular high blood pressure drug to standard malaria treatment more than tripled the survival rate of infected mice. (Medical News Today)

Gut bacteria may affect obesity risk in youth
Children and adolescents who are obese have different populations of gut microbes compared with youths of a normal weight, new research finds. (Medical News Today)

Hepatitis C: Signs and Symptoms
Hepatitis C (HCV) affects thousands of Americans each year. Learn all about the signs and symptoms of the condition here, as well as treatment options. (Medical News Today)

Study examines factors that contribute to antimicrobial resistance, strategies to address problem
Antimicrobial resistance poses significant challenges for current clinical care, and the modified use of antimicrobial agents and public health interventions, coupled with new antimicrobial... (Medical News Today)

HIV: New, powerful technique finds dormant virus hiding in rare cells
Scientists have discovered a highly accurate way to find and reactivate dormant HIV hiding in rare cells in patients on antiretroviral therapy. (Medical News Today)

Protein synthesis, ATP unnecessary for bacterial spore germination
Spores of Bacillus bacteria can survive for years in a dormant state, and then germinate in minutes. (Medical News Today)

Research provides clues to how Zika virus breaches the placental barrier
New research reveals that in pregnant women, Zika virus infection damages certain cells that affect placental formation and function. (Medical News Today)

Deworming drugs could treat deadly C. difficile infection
A class of drugs used to deworm animals may have the potential to treat even the deadliest strains of Clostridium difficile in humans, new study suggests. (Medical News Today)

Zika does cause microcephaly, but questions remain
The preliminary findings of a case control study conclude the microcephaly epidemic is a result of congenital Zika virus infection, but questions remain. (Medical News Today)

Zika virus can be detected in eye's conjunctival fluid
In a study published online by JAMA Ophthalmology, Changwen Ke, Ph.D., of the Guangdong Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Guangzhou, China and colleagues examined whether Zika... (Medical News Today)

Female hormone found to fight flu damage
A fascinating and potentially wide-reaching interaction between influenza, progesterone, and lung repair is unearthed in a landmark study. (Medical News Today)

Multi-drug-resistant TB cure rates higher than expected
Cure rates for multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in Europe have been estimated to be twice as high as previously thought, according to a research team at Queen Mary University of London... (Medical News Today)

Ear infections could be cured with antibiotic gel
A course of antibiotics is currently the best way to treat ear infections in kids. A new bioengineered gel may be the answer parents have been waiting for. (Medical News Today)

Surveillance unlikely to detect European changes in birth defect linked to Zika virus
A study published by The BMJ finds that surveillance systems in Europe could detect increases in microcephaly (babies born with an abnormally small head) due to the Zika virus of a similar... (Medical News Today)

Belgian scientists discover missing link in septic shock
Researchers at VIB and Ghent University have discovered an important mechanism of sepsis, an overreaction of the body's immune system to an infection. (Medical News Today)

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