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Tattoos may cause years of infection, itching and swelling
A survey of New Yorkers with tattoo-related complications shows high rates of infection, itching and swelling that might last for years, according to NYU Langone researchers. (Medical News Today)

Controlling typhoid bacterium key to prevent gallbladder cancer in India and Pakistan
Controlling bacterial infections responsible for typhoid fever could dramatically reduce the risk of gallbladder cancer in India and Pakistan, according to a study published by Cell Press May 28th... (Medical News Today)

Vulnerability found in some drug-resistant bacteria
Structural analysis of antibiotic resistance enzyme reveals possible chink in chemical armorUsing a complex modeling program that helps analyze the physical dynamics of large, structurally... (Medical News Today)

Lab work discovers bladder cell secret against urinary infection
Scientists have discovered that when bladder cells cannot neutralize bacteria in the usual way, they simply vomit up the encapsulated invaders instead. (Medical News Today)

Major clinical trial supports early treatment for all HIV patients
A major international study finds HIV patients are significantly less likely to develop AIDS and other serious illnesses if they receive early treatment with antiretroviral drugs. (Medical News Today)

Periprosthetic knee infections: major drain on health systems, new therapeutic approaches
Periprosthetic infections are among the most serious complications in the field of endoprosthetics. (Medical News Today)

Europe's orthopaedic experts consult on how to optimize prevention and therapy strategies
Infections following joint-replacement surgeries: Europe's orthopaedic experts consult on how to optimize prevention and therapy strategiesDr Stephen Cannon, President of the European Federation... (Medical News Today)

Diagnosing cancer with help from bacteria
Engineered probiotics can detect tumors in the liverEngineers at MIT and the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) have devised a new way to detect cancer that has spread to the liver, by... (Medical News Today)

Devices designed to identify pathogens in food
The tool could detect whether a product is free of microorganisms like E. coli or salmonella. (Medical News Today)

Fast chip test for antibiotic-resistant bacteria in sight
A simple chip-based test that diagnoses antibiotic-resistant bacteria in hours instead of days promises to allow doctors to pick the right antibiotic first time. (Medical News Today)

World first as viral immunotherapy for skin cancer shows patient benefit in phase III trial
A genetically engineered herpes virus can halt the progression of skin cancer by killing cancer cells and sparking the immune system into action against tumours, a landmark clinical trial has shown. (Medical News Today)

New chip makes testing for antibiotic-resistant bacteria faster, easier
Researchers at the University of Toronto design diagnostic chip to reduce testing time from days to one hour, allowing doctors to pick the right antibiotic the first timeSchematic of the... (Medical News Today)

Groundbreaking treatment uses herpes to combat skin cancer
In a phase 3 trial, researchers showed how a genetically modified herpes virus halted disease progression in patients with advanced melanoma - the deadliest form of skin cancer. (Medical News Today)

'Achilles' heel for Ebola virus infection' protein identified
In a mouse study, researchers have found that the Ebola virus is unable to infect cells unless it attaches to a specific host protein first. (Medical News Today)

Nearly indestructible virus yields tool to treat diseases
By unlocking the secrets of a bizarre virus that survives in nearly boiling acid, scientists at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have found a blueprint for battling human disease using... (Medical News Today)

Lassa fever confirmed in death of U.S. traveler returning from Liberia
The CDC and the New Jersey Department of Health have confirmed a death from Lassa fever which was diagnosed earlier today in a person returning to the United States from Liberia. (Medical News Today)

More than two dozen articles provide insights on mummies
In a special issue, The Anatomical Record ventures into the world of human mummified remains. (Medical News Today)

Scientists reveal how herpes virus hijacks and hides in our cells
A new study of what the cold sore virus does to host cell machinery shows it disrupts host gene transcription termination, advancing our understanding of this and similar viruses. (Medical News Today)

In study, new swab reveals one-third of babies with severe diarrhea had undiagnosed, treatable infection
Innovative 'flocked swab' improves diagnosis, treatment of deadly childhood diarrheal diseases; results could prompt rethink of how to manage second leading cause of death among children under... (Medical News Today)

Measles-flu comparison yields insights for vaccine design
By comparing flu viruses to the virus that causes measles, researchers fine-tuned a tool that may enable faster vaccine design, according to a study led by Mount Sinai researchers and published... (Medical News Today)

Mosquito sex change success may open new avenue against dengue fever
For the first time, scientists locate the part of the yellow fever mosquito's genome responsible for determining sex and manipulate it to result in 'harmless' sex-changed insects. (Medical News Today)

UK artificial intelligence healthcare pioneer helps fight against Ebola and other deadly viruses
UK artificial intelligence pioneer Deontics has developed a breakthrough approach in the treatment of Ebola and similar illnesses that could save lives and halt the spread of disease. (Medical News Today)

Bacteria cooperate to repair damaged siblings
A University of Wyoming faculty member led a research team that discovered a certain type of soil bacteria can use their social behavior of outer membrane exchange (OME) to repair damaged cells and... (Medical News Today)

Infections can affect your IQ
New research shows that infections can impair your cognitive ability measured on an IQ scale. (Medical News Today)

New treatment for middle ear infection found in anti-stroke drug
Animal study shows that topical use of the anti-stroke drug vinpocetine clears middle ear infection - suppressing inflammation and overproduction of mucus and restoring hearing. (Medical News Today)

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