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April 23, 2019

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April 23, 2019

How Enterococcus Faecalis Bacteria Causes Antibiotic Resistant Infection

Apr. 17, 2019 — A new study describes how bacteria adapted to the modern hospital environment and repeatedly cause antibiotic-resistant bloodstream infections. This study examined one of the first sustained hospital ... read more

National Handwashing Campaign Reduces Incidence of Staphylococcus Aureus Infection in Australia's Hospitals

Apr. 15, 2019 — Since its implementation in 2009, the National Australian Hand Hygiene Initiative (NHHI) has seen significant, sustained improvements in hand hygiene compliance among Australian healthcare workers, ... read more

Longer Neutrophil Lifespan May Contribute to HIV-Associated Intestinal Inflammation

Apr. 11, 2019 — The increased survival of white blood cells called neutrophils is associated with alterations in the intestinal microbiome of HIV-infected individuals, according to a new ... read more

Apr. 11, 2019 — A new method can prevent transmission of diseases to organ recipients. The number of transplants could be higher if organs could be ... read more

Apr. 10, 2019 — The anti-cancer drug pembrolizumab has shown promise in slowing or stopping the progression of progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML), a typically fatal infection of the brain caused by the ... read more

New Imaging Reveals Previously Unseen Vulnerabilities of HIV

Apr. 10, 2019 — Imagine that HIV is a sealed tin can: if you opened it, what would you find inside? For the first time, scientists have visualized what the 'open can' of the human immunodeficiency virus ... read more

Sexual Behavior May Influence Gut Microbiome

Apr. 10, 2019 — A person's sexual behavior could affect their microbiome and immune system, potentially elevating their risk of HIV infection, according to a new ... read more

New Non-Antibiotic Strategy for the Treatment of Bacterial Meningitis

Apr. 10, 2019 — With the increasing threat of antibiotic resistance, there is a growing need for new treatment strategies against life threatening bacterial infections. Researchers may have identified such an ... read more

Apr. 9, 2019 — A research team has determined how several antibodies induced by Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), a herpesvirus that causes infectious mononucleosis and is associated with certain cancers, block infection ... read more

Apr. 8, 2019 — A team tested how well current water and wastewater disinfecting methods affect antibiotic resistance genes in bacterial DNA. While these methods work well to deter bacterial growth, they had varied ... read more

Discovery of a Restriction Factor for Hepatitis B Virus

Apr. 8, 2019 — Hepatitis B is a viral liver infection that can lead to acute or chronic conditions. Although there is a vaccine that offers protection against the virus, current treatments which prevent the virus ... read more

Apr. 7, 2019 — Researchers are reporting new findings on how bacteria involved in gum disease can travel throughout the body, exuding toxins connected with Alzheimer's disease, rheumatoid arthritis and ... read more

Food Additive May Influence How Well Flu Vaccines Work

Apr. 7, 2019 — Scientists have linked a common food preservative to an altered immune response that possibly hinders flu ... read more

Gut Microbiome May Contribute to HIV Transmission in High-Risk Men

Apr. 4, 2019 — Gut microbes from high HIV-risk men who have sex with men drive immune activation in mice and HIV infection in cells, according to a new ... read more

Supporting HIV-Affected Couples Trying to Conceive

Apr. 4, 2019 — Timed vaginal insemination is a safe, effective way to help HIV-affected couples conceive, finds a new pilot study in Kenya led by a Michigan Medicine ... read more

Capturing Mosquito Waste Could Speed Up Virus Detection

Apr. 4, 2019 — Public health officials could soon be able to detect viruses in mosquitoes in the wild much more quickly and easily -- thanks to the insect equivalent of a urine test. A new study shows that two ... read more

Immunotherapy Kicks and Kills HIV by Exploiting a Common Virus

Apr. 4, 2019 — In a first on the quest to cure HIV, scientists report that they've developed an all-in-one immunotherapy approach that not only kicks HIV out of hiding in the immune system, but also kills it. ... read more

Opioid Epidemic Is Increasing Rates of Some Infectious Diseases

Apr. 3, 2019 — The US faces a public health crisis as the opioid epidemic fuels growing rates of certain infectious diseases, including HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, heart infections, and skin and soft tissue infections. ... read more

Apr. 2, 2019 — Researchers have identified Bombali ebolavirus in an Angolan free-tailed bat captured in the Taita Hills, southeast Kenya. No ebolaviruses have been previously reported from wildlife in countries ... read more

Apr. 2, 2019 — Acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) presents significant challenges not only to patients but also to researchers, and efforts must be accelerated to learn more about the ... read more

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