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Latent virus and life expectancy
Molecular, cellular and clinical changes that arise from an infection with a latent virus and result in a decrease in longevity. (Medical News Today)

McMaster researchers test fecal transplantation to treat ulcerative colitis
Studies find UC can be controlled by the type of bacteria that inhabits the gutTwo new studies led by researchers from the Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute at McMaster... (Medical News Today)

Stopping Candida in its tracks
Scientists are one step closer to understanding how a normally harmless fungus changes to become a deadly infectious agent. (Medical News Today)

Viral protein in their sights
Advanced imaging reveals key structure of Ebola and other RNA virusesThis is the structure of the L-protein of vesicular stomatitis virus from electron cryomicroscopy. (Medical News Today)

Improved pneumococcal vaccine costs more, but 10-year savings projected
In 2010 the US Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended that the pneumococcal seven-valent conjugate vaccine (PCV7) given routinely to children up to two years old be... (Medical News Today)

Extreme heat and precipitation are increasing Salmonella infections, UMD study shows
Extreme heat and precipitation events, which are expected to increase in frequency and intensity due to climate change, are associated with increased risk of Salmonella infections, according to a... (Medical News Today)

FDA takes action against unapproved prescription ear drop products
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced its intention to take enforcement action against companies that manufacture and/or distribute certain unapproved prescription ear drop products... (Medical News Today)

One small bacterial change 'caused Black Death'
How did Yersinia pestis bacteria transform from a simple GI infection to causing history-changing respiratory plague pandemics? A new study says it took just one gene. (Medical News Today)

Summer vacation: the health risks for travelers
Are you traveling abroad this summer? In this Spotlight feature, we take a look at the health risks that come with a summer vacation and what you can do to prevent them. (Medical News Today)

Engineered particles 'may become antibiotics of the future'
Using synthetic biology, researchers have engineered particles called phagemids that cause harmful bacteria to malfunction and cease replicating without bursting open. (Medical News Today)

Efficacy of topical benzoyl peroxide on the reduction of propionibacterium acnes during shoulder surgery
A new paper to be published in The Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery evaluates the effect that topical benzoyl peroxide (BPO), with chlorhexidine skin preparation, has on the presence of... (Medical News Today)

Vitamin A supplementation may cause the immune system to 'forget' past infections
New research published in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology suggests that vitamin A inhibits trained immunity, leading to tolerance of the innate immune cells upon stimulation with mitogens and... (Medical News Today)

Using bacterial 'fight clubs' to find new drugs
Creating bacterial "fight clubs" is an effective way to find new drugs from natural sources. (Medical News Today)

Research reveals new insights into a key antibiotic target in the fight against TB
Scientists at the University of Sussex in the UK have unraveled a key process in the bacterium that causes tuberculosis (TB), potentially paving the way for new antibiotics to fight the disease. (Medical News Today)

First-ever possible treatments for MERS
Researchers identify 2 promising candidatesAs the South Korean epidemic of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) continues unabated, researchers have raced to find treatments for the deadly... (Medical News Today)

Experts cover MERS outbreak in American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
An overview and analysis of the factors underlying the recent Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) outbreak in Korea has been published online ahead of print in the American... (Medical News Today)

UK lagging behind other nations in managing the most common mother to child viral infection in pregnancy, according to new report
A new report authored by leading experts in pregnancy and infection is calling for urgent action to reduce the number of infections occurring in pregnancy caused by CMV - the so-called 'Stealth... (Medical News Today)

Rare gene variant associated with middle ear infections
Many parents have heard the night-time cry of "my ear hurts." For some children, this might happen frequently beginning in infancy and even persist into adulthood. (Medical News Today)

More people in Florida sickened by toxin in tropical reef fish than previously reported
Public health records may significantly underestimate the number of people in Florida who are sickened by a rare, dangerous food-borne toxin carried by popular sport fish, including barracuda... (Medical News Today)

Universal amplification system allows ultra-sensitive detection of proteins and microbes
Guanine Inc has announced a revolutionary technology for amplifying protein and microbe detection signals. (Medical News Today)

MERS vaccine 'ready for human trials'
Researchers say that a candidate vaccine for the coronavirus that causes Middle East respiratory syndrome has passed preclinical tests and is ready to be trialled in humans. (Medical News Today)

New antibody treatment may protect against Marburg and Ebola viruses
Scripps researchers have designed proteins that elicit an effective antibody response in a mouse model against Marburg virus and its viral cousin, Ebola virus. (Medical News Today)

New study shows higher rates of C. difficile infection in hospitals that use reusable sharps containers
BD Medical, a segment of BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) (NYSE: BDX), a leading global medical technology company, today announced that results from a new independent study of acute care... (Medical News Today)

Daily bathing of pediatric patients with antiseptic: Bloodstream infections cut by 59 percent
Daily bathing of pediatric patients with disposable cloths containing 2 percent chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) reduced central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) by 59 percent and saved... (Medical News Today)

High-res image of Ebola virus reveals how it evades the immune system
Scripps researchers have created a high-resolution image of the Ebola virus, which has revealed how a viral protein helps the virus escape attack from the immune system. (Medical News Today)

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