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Health News - Infectious Diseases/Bacteria/Viruses

Trypanosomes and renal insufficiency: APOL1 induces a double permeabilization
Prof Etienne Pays and his team from the ULB's Laboratory of Molecular Parasitology (Faculty of Science) sheds further light on the way human APOL1 kills the trypanosmoeThe African trypanosome... (Medical News Today)

Man sheds deadly polio virus in feces for 28 years
Researchers from the UK have reported on a man who they believe has been shedding a mutated form of a vaccine-derived polio virus in his feces for 28 years. (Medical News Today)

Scientists identify possible key in virus, cancer research
Florida State University researchers have taken a big step forward in the fight against cancer with a discovery that could open up the door for new research and treatment options. (Medical News Today)

Modified bacteria become a multicellular circuit
Rice University scientists have made a living circuit from multiple types of bacteria that prompts the bacteria to cooperate to change protein expression. (Medical News Today)

A new virus in liver cancer
More than a cause of a simple infection, viruses are often involved in the development of serious diseases. (Medical News Today)

A patient shedding poliovirus for 28 years -- possible challenges for polio eradication
With all but two countries worldwide, Pakistan and Afghanistan, declared polio-free, the eradication of the devastating viral disease in the near future is a real possibility. (Medical News Today)

The DNA damage response goes viral: A way in for new cancer treatments
Every organism--from a seedling to a president--must protect its DNA at all costs, but precisely how a cell distinguishes between damage to its own DNA and the foreign DNA of an invading virus has... (Medical News Today)

Bacterial warfare
UCSB researchers demonstrate how gram-negative bacteria deliver toxins to kill neighboring bacteriaIt's bacteria against bacteria, and one of them is going down. (Medical News Today)

Ebola may persist in wastewater for at least 8 days
New research suggests procedures for handling liquid waste contaminated with Ebola may underestimate the virus' ability to survive in wastewater. (Medical News Today)

Study in bats and rodents offers insights on how viruses spread across species
Bats are natural reservoirs of several important emerging viruses, and because cross-species transmission appears to be quite common among bats, it's important to study bats in a community context... (Medical News Today)

Flu remedies help combat E. coli bacteria
Trillions of bacteria populate the human gut - which makes them more common than any other cells in our body. The composition of this bacterial population is very variable and influenced by our diet. (Medical News Today)

Hepatitis A-like virus identified in seals
Scientists in the Center for Infection and Immunity at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health have discovered a new virus in seals that is the closest known relative of the human... (Medical News Today)

Researchers identify signature of microbiomes associated with schizophrenia
Studying microbiomes in throat may help identify causes and treatments of brain disorderIn the most comprehensive study to date, researchers at the George Washington University have identified a... (Medical News Today)

Medical terms lead to divide between parents and doctors
When discussing a child's symptoms, labels such as 'pink eye' can dictate how medical decisions are madeFew things are more stressful than dealing with a sick child. (Medical News Today)

New vaccine candidates may lead toward universal flu vaccine
Two studies have developed influenza vaccine candidates designed to target an area of the virus that is less prone to mutation compared with traditional vaccine targets. (Medical News Today)

Personal clothing may spread respiratory infections within the NICU
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), which is the leading cause of childhood respiratory hospitalizations among premature babies, can be detected from the clothes worn by caregivers/visitors who are... (Medical News Today)

Is MERS another SARS: The facts behind Middle East Respiratory Syndrome
Experts show that while Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV), a viral respiratory illness, is infecting less people, it has a higher mortality rate and affects a specific target population... (Medical News Today)

Chestnut leaves yield extract that disarms deadly staph bacteria
The extract shuts down staph without boosting its drug resistanceLeaves of the European chestnut tree contain ingredients with the power to disarm dangerous staph bacteria without boosting its... (Medical News Today)

Immune system: Help for killer cells
Scientists at the University of Bonn, together with colleagues from the USA and Japan, have shed light on an important immune mechanism. (Medical News Today)

Vomiting machine reveals throwing up could send norovirus airborne
A machine developed specifically to simulate vomiting has revealed that throwing up could send enough virus particles airborne to transmit infection. (Medical News Today)

RI Hospital researchers: US hospitals flout CDC recommendations that prevent infections
Fewer than half of clinicians surveyed comply with guidelines protecting patients from infections associated with arterial cathetersAccording to a survey conducted by Rhode Island Hospital... (Medical News Today)

How can we improve data sharing of biomedical research across the globe?
Special issue of the Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics focuses on the ethical implications of sharing health research data in low and middle income settingsWith the... (Medical News Today)

New diagnostic tools for dehydration severity in children
System may improve intake of cholera, diarrhea casesDehydration from diarrhea, either from viral infection or cholera, accounts for 10 percent of all child deaths worldwide. (Medical News Today)

Long distance travelers likely contributing to antibiotic resistance's spread
Swedish exchange students who studied in India and in central Africa returned from their sojourns with an increased diversity of antibiotic resistance genes in their gut microbiomes. (Medical News Today)

Multiple strains of C. difficile cause severe patient outcomes
No single strain associated with the worst cases of infectious diarrheaNo single genetic strain of the widespread Clostridium difficile (C. (Medical News Today)

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