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Paracetamol (acetaminophen) improves recovery in emergency patients
World first research by The George Institute for Global Health has found paracetamol is safe for treating patients in intensive care and may even help them recover and leave hospital quicker. (Medical News Today)

Adult rashes with fever call for emergency treatment, can signal life-threatening illness
Adults with skin rashes accompanied by a fever of 100.5 or higher warrant a trip to the emergency room because the combination of symptoms can be associated with several life-threatening conditions... (Medical News Today)

CDC unveils redesigned Healthy Pets Healthy People website
CDC has launched its redesigned Healthy Pets Healthy People website, with expanded information about diseases people can catch from pets, farm animals, and wildlife. (Medical News Today)

Schools are underprepared for pandemics and natural disasters: Study
Missouri schools are no more prepared to respond to pandemics, natural disasters, and bioterrorism attacks than they were in 2011, according to a study published in the October issue of the American... (Medical News Today)

Good communication in the operating room prevents patient complications
In a recent study by psychologists and surgeons concerning elective, open abdominal surgeries conducted in 167 patients, communication by the surgical team that was relevant to the procedure was... (Medical News Today)

Three new chigger mite species discovered in Taiwan
Three new species of trombiculid mites, also known as "chiggers," have been discovered in Taiwan, according to a new paper published in the Journal of Medical Entomology. (Medical News Today)

Pitt Public Health leads international team in linking dengue epidemics to high temperatures during strong El Niño season
An international research team led by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health has shown that epidemics of dengue, which is caused by a mosquito-borne virus, across southeast... (Medical News Today)

Antibiotics after knee and hip surgery: Are they effective?
Prescribing antibiotics after joint surgery to prevent infection is common, although there is little evidence to support it, argues a commentary published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association... (Medical News Today)

Report on next generation sequencing for diagnosis and management of infectious diseases published in The Journal of Molecular Diagnostics
The Association for Molecular Pathology (AMP), the premier global, nonprofit organization serving molecular laboratory professionals, announced that The Journal of Molecular Diagnostics has... (Medical News Today)

Colorful caterpillar chemists
Scientists at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama compared the diets of two caterpillar species, expecting the one that exclusively consumed plants containing toxic chemicals... (Medical News Today)

Irrigation of cutaneous abscesses may not be necessary
A procedure commonly performed in emergency departments on cutaneous abscesses may not have any impact on the need for further interventions and therefore may not be necessary, according to a study... (Medical News Today)

Pathogen-carrying neotropical ticks ride migratory birds into US
Tick species not normally present in the United States are arriving here on migratory birds. (Medical News Today)

The ecology of microbial invasions
University of Groningen scientists have described how microbial invasions follow the same general pattern as invasions by plant or animal species. (Medical News Today)

Cell marker enables prognosis about the course of infections
Researchers identify new molecular marker for killer cellsWhen a pathogen invades the body, specific cells in the human immune system are ready to take immediate action in order to destroy it. (Medical News Today)

New predictor of health complications can identify high-risk preemies
Blood eosinophilia predicts deadly complications for preemies with necrotizing enterocolitisPremature infants have heightened risks of deadly diseases because their organs and immune systems are... (Medical News Today)

Researchers profile 4 types of non-vaccinators
While scientists are continuously improving vaccinations to stop the spread of disease, many people continue to opt out. (Medical News Today)

Four gut bacteria decrease asthma risk in infants
New research by scientists at UBC and BC Children's Hospital finds that infants can be protected from getting asthma if they acquire four types of gut bacteria by three months of age. (Medical News Today)

Penn Dental Medicine study blocks inflammatory bone loss in gum disease
Periodontitis, a severe form of gum disease, doesn't just cause soft-tissue inflammation and bleeding. It also destroys the bone that supports the teeth. (Medical News Today)

A single test could detect almost any virus
In the future, one test could detect any virus in a human or animal. Enhanced virome sequencing has already been proven to indicate 52% more viruses than standard testing. (Medical News Today)

New method reveals real-time death risk of Korean MERS outbreak
University of Tokyo researchers have developed a real-time statistical method to estimate death risk (i.e. (Medical News Today)

Your gut development during infancy can have lifelong implications
The suckling period (infancy) in mice is critical for epigenetic changes (changes that affect the way genes are expressed) in the development of stem cells in the intestine, potentially affecting... (Medical News Today)

Islamist insurgency strongly influences where polio occurs
Islamist insurgency has had a strong effect on where polio cases occur since 2011, potentially as a reaction to the use of counterinsurgency strategies, according to new research led by UCL. (Medical News Today)

Humans and monkeys affected by the same malaria parasite in the Amazon region
Research scientists in Tübingen discover indications that two types of parasites are actually one with several host species - this has consequences for the global battle against the... (Medical News Today)

Molecular 'kiss of death' flags pathogens: Pockets of bad bugs marked to summon cleanup crew
Many bugs that make us sick -- bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites -- hide out in our cells in protective little bubbles called vacuoles. (Medical News Today)

Bacteria in ancient flea may be ancestor of the Black Death
About 20 million years ago a single flea became entombed in amber with tiny bacteria attached to it, providing what researchers believe may be the oldest evidence on Earth of a dreaded and historic... (Medical News Today)

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