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Herpangina: Symptoms, causes, and treatment

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Herpangina is a condition that mainly affects children, and causes small blisters in the mouth and throat. Learn about its symptoms and how it is treated.


Failures in stethoscope hygiene can lead to patient infections

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 00:00:00 PDT

You can lead a doctor to disinfection, but how do you get them to clean...or wipe ....or swab a stethoscope?


New test distinguishes Zika from similar viral infections

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A new test is the best-to-date in differentiating Zika virus infections from infections caused by similar viruses.


MRSA emerged years before methicillin was even discovered

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) emerged long before the introduction of the antibiotic methicillin into clinical practice, according to a study published in the open access journal...


Ehrlichiosis: Symptoms, treatment, and prevention

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Ehrlichiosis is a type of bacterial infection commonly transmitted by the lone star tick. Learn about the symptoms of ehrlichiosis and how it is treated.


Experimental Zika virus vaccines restrict in utero virus transmission in mice

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Two experimental vaccines can restrict Zika virus transmission from pregnant mice to their fetuses and can prevent Zika virus-induced placental damage and fetal demise, according to new findings...


Newly identified genetic marker may help detect high-risk flu patients

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Researchers led by St. Jude Children's Research Hospital have identified a genetic variation associated with influenza severity and the supply of killer T cells that help patients fight the infection.


HIV infection boosted by seized cell signaling

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Research on the fusion stage of HIV concludes that a component of cell membranes facilitates infection, but also provides pathway to blocking transmission.


Diabetes causes shift in oral microbiome that fosters periodontitis, Penn study finds

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A new study led by University of Pennsylvania researchers has found that the oral microbiome is affected by diabetes, causing a shift to increase its pathogenicity.


Calcium could be the answer to C. difficile infection

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Calcium is key in allowing Clostridium difficile to germinate, a new study finds, but it might also be the answer to stopping or slowing down its spread.


Scientists stumble across new method of making antibiotics

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Cancer researchers in the UK may have stumbled across a solution to reverse antibiotic drug resistance and stop infections like MRSA.


Study tracks leishmaniasis in dogs, wild animals and sand flies in Brazil

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 11:00:00 PDT

In the past, leishmaniasis - a parasitic infection that can be fatal in humans - has been confined to rural areas of the developing world.


Green, yellow, or brown phlegm: What does it mean?

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 08:00:00 PDT

The color of phlegm can reveal important things about the state of health a body is in. In this article, learn what the different colors of phlegm mean.


Eye microbiome trains immune cells to fend off pathogens

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Microbe living on the surface of the eye protects cornea from infections.Bugs in your eyes may be a good thing.


Enterococcus faecalis: Infections, transmission, and treatment

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 06:00:00 PDT

In this article, learn about the bacterium Enterococcus faecalis, the infections it may cause, how it can be transmitted, and how to treat it.


How many cells are in the human body?

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 00:00:00 PDT

The human body has more than 50 different cell types, before bacteria are even added to the mix. Find out what scientists know about the total number.


Malaria drug protects fetal mice from Zika virus, NIH-funded study finds

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Blocking a key placental defense may limit maternal-fetal transmission of the virus.


First vaccine to show protection against gonorrhoea suggests new avenue for vaccine development

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Some strains of gonorrhoea are now resistant to all available drugs, making vaccine development an urgent global health priority.


Experts urge action to cut child deaths from deadly lung virus

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Vaccines to combat a virus that can lead to fatal lung infections are urgently needed to help prevent child deaths worldwide, research suggests.


Manuka honey: Is it really a superfood?

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 03:00:00 PDT

Manuka honey has become highly popular, mainly because it's being called a superfood. Learn about the reported benefits, uses, and risks of Manuka honey.