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Disrupted gut microbiome makes children more susceptible to amoebic dysentery

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:00:00 PDT

Children with lower diversity of microbial species in their intestines are more susceptible to severe infection with the Entamoeba histolytica parasite, according to a new study published in PLOS...

Jumping genes made us human, but can they cause disease?

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Ancient bacteria and viruses left their traces all over our DNA. This may have given us an edge in our quest to become human, but it comes at a price.

Killing bacteria by hacking plastics with silver and electricity

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Researchers at the Swedish Medical Nanoscience Center at Karolinska Institutet have developed an innovative way of hacking conducting plastics so as to prevent bacterial growth using silver...

Chewing gum rapid test for inflammation

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Dental implants occasionally entail complications: Six to fifteen percent of patients develop an inflammatory response in the years after receiving a dental implant.

Epigenetic drugs show promise as antivirals

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Some epigenetic pharmaceuticals have the potential to be used as broad spectrum antivirals, according to a study reported in a recent issue of the journal mBio.

Viruses up their game in arms race with immune system

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PDT

In a classic example of the evolutionary arms race between a host and a pathogen, the myxoma virus - introduced to control the rabbit population in Australia in 1950 - has developed a novel and...

Rotavirus vaccines continue to reduce diarrhea hospitalizations, medical costs in US kids

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Following the introduction of routine childhood vaccination against rotavirus, a common cause of diarrheal illness, more than 380,000 children avoided hospitalization for diarrhea from 2008 to 2013...

How is hepatitis C transmitted?

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PDT

In this article, learn about how hepatitis C is transmitted, the types of hepatitis, their symptoms, and how to prevent transmission of the virus.

Yellow semen: Causes of different semen colors

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 09:00:00 PDT

What are the causes of yellow semen and how can yellow semen be treated? What factors cause other color changes? When should a doctor be consulted?

Chickenpox virus fatal in newly discovered immunodeficiency

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 06:00:00 PDT

A mutation in one of the sensors that the immune system uses to detect viruses can, in rare cases, turn infections with the chickenpox virus into a life-threatening matter.

Scientists develop improved, potentially safer Zika vaccine

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PDT

The worldwide Zika threat first emerged in 2015, infecting millions as it swept across the Americas.

Immune cells promote or prevent cytomegalovirus activity in mice depending on location in the body

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 11:00:00 PDT

New findings could inform development of treatments that manipulate immune cell activityImmune system cells called regulatory T cells appear to promote cytomegalovirus (CMV) latency in the spleen...

Spider peptides battle superbugs and cancer

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 07:00:00 PDT

As antibiotic resistance rises and fears over superbugs grow, scientists are looking for new treatment options.

New ultrafast method for determining antibiotic resistance

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Researchers at Uppsala University have developed a new method for very rapidly determining whether infection-causing bacteria are resistant or susceptible to antibiotics.

MRSA survival chances predicted by DNA sequencing the superbug

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Sequencing the DNA of the MRSA superbug can accurately identify patients most at risk of death and could help medics develop new treatments as we move towards personalised medicine, say scientists...

Even bacteria have baggage - and understanding that is key to fighting superbugs

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 11:00:00 PDT

New research points to treatment strategies for multi-drug antibiotic resistance using currently available drugs.

Paraphimosis: Symptoms, treatment, and prevention

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 03:00:00 PDT

Paraphimosis is a medical emergency that should be treated as soon as possible. What is paraphimosis, how is it treated, and what may the complications be?

New antibiotic class found to be effective against gonorrhoea in the laboratory, and could help curb 'superbug' trend

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Closthioamide, discovered in 2010, might eventually offer an alternative for current drugs that are becoming less effective against gonorrhoea.

Clues about immune resolution identified in blood

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 06:00:00 PDT

New profiling procedure identifies immunoresolvents in coagulated human blood.Stopping a wound from bleeding is essential for human health.

Zika infections unlikely to be passed by kissing, casual contact

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PDT

According to researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who conducted studies with monkeys, casual contact like kissing or sharing a fork or spoon is not enough for the virus to move between...