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Carbohydrate-binding proteins mitigate parasitic infection in heart tissue
Chagas disease is the main cause of infectious heart disease in Latin America. (Medical News Today)

"The problem of resistance: sexually transmitted infections are becoming more difficult to control"
Almost 400,000,000 people worldwide aged 15-49 years acquire one of four sexually transmitted infections (STIs) each year, as Prof. (Medical News Today)

Genetic variation is key to fighting viruses
Using a genome-wide association study, EPFL scientists have identified subtle genetic changes that can cause substantial differences to how we fight viral infections. (Medical News Today)

One in 8 children at risk for measles, analysis shows
Undervaccination leaves nearly 9 million vulnerable to contagious diseaseGaps in measles vaccination rates place one in eight children at risk for becoming sick from the highly contagious... (Medical News Today)

New protein cleanup factors found to control bacterial growth
UMass Amherst researchers characterize previously mysterious proteolysis factorsUMass Amherst molecular biologists say newly idientified regulatory adaptors work in a step-wise, hierarchical... (Medical News Today)

Is a measles epidemic becoming more likely in the US?
Recent measles outbreaks in the US have led to concerns about the number of children not fully vaccinated. If coverage drops to 98% of its current level, an epidemic is possible. (Medical News Today)

Salmonella unmasked as major killer of young children in Africa
Invasive Salmonella infections in sub-Saharan Africa are a major cause of child illness and deaths, a new body of research into this usually overlooked infectious disease has revealed. (Medical News Today)

Cleaning hospital rooms with chemicals, UV rays cuts superbug transmissions
In a hospital, what you can't see could hurt you.Healthcare facilities continue to battle drug-resistant organisms such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) that loiter on... (Medical News Today)

Wastewater treatment plants not responsible for spreading antimicrobial resistance
New research challenges the common perception that bacteria develop antimicrobial resistance in wastewater treatment plants. (Medical News Today)

Detecting HIV diagnostic antibodies with DNA nanomachines
A nanoscale machine composed of synthetic DNA can be used for the rapid, sensitive and low-cost diagnosis of many diseases, including HIVNew research may revolutionize the slow, cumbersome and... (Medical News Today)

Virus-drug combination shows improved effectiveness against brain tumor cells
A rabbit virus currently being developed for cancer therapy can be paired with one of several existing drugs to deliver a more potent punch to a deadly type of brain tumor cell, researchers have... (Medical News Today)

FMT now available in capsule form: could this be the end of antibiotics in C. difficile?
A new capsule form of faecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) has raised hopes that this effective treatment for Clostridium difficile (C. (Medical News Today)

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)

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