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First discovery in United States of colistin resistance in a human E. coli infection

The Multidrug Resistant Organism Repository and Surveillance Network (MRSN) at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) characterized a transferrable gene for colistin resistance in the United States that may herald the emergence of truly pan-drug resistant bacteria.

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Researchers make a key discovery in how malaria evades the immune system

The malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum hijacks an immune system process to invade red blood cells, according to a study led by researchers at Penn State College of Medicine. Understanding how...

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Predicting the spread of the Zika virus

The risk is given as the percentage of observing local transmission by the end of 2016, colored by intensity (0-15, 15-30, 30-45 and 45-60 percent, respectively). The origin country Brazil and countries that have already experienced case importation prior to importation event in Brazil are colored by grey.A new tool by Japan-based researchers predicts the risk of Zika virus importation and local transmission for 189 countries.

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New veterinary research helps distinguish accidents from abuse

Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine students examine patient radiographs during clinical rotations, a process that researchers used for this study.A veterinarian sees a canine patient with severe rib and head injuries whose cause of injury is unknown. Without having witnessed the incident, how can the veterinary professional distinguish an...

Higher salt intake may increase risk of CVD among patients with chronic kidney disease

In a study appearing in the May 24/31 issue of JAMA, Jiang He, M.D., Ph.D., of the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, New Orleans, and colleagues...

Harvard chemists develop simple new platform for development of macrolide antibiotics

Professor Andrew G. Myers, whose Harvard lab has developed a new platform for the simpler development of macrolide antibiotics.Harvard researchers have created a new, greatly simplified, platform for antibiotic discovery that may go a long way to solving the crisis of antibiotic resistance.

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Making injectable medicine safer

Drug particles, minus excess surfactant, suspended in an injectable solution.Bring the drugs, hold the suds.

Common antimicrobial agent rapidly disrupts gut bacteria

A new study suggests that triclosan, an antimicrobial and antifungal agent found in many consumer products ranging from hand soaps to toys and even toothpaste, can rapidly disrupt bacterial communities...

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USF scientists discover Antarctic sponge extract can help kill MRSA

This is <i>Dendrilla membranosa</i>, near Palmer Station, Antarctica.A serious and sometimes fatal bacterial infection, known as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), may soon be beatable thanks to the efforts of University of South Florida scientists who have isolated...

Neurological complications of Zika virus

A review article published online by JAMA Neurology details what is currently known about Zika virus (ZIKV), its neurological complications and its impact on global human health.

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Study shows GMU's Lyme disease early-detection test is effective

George Mason University researchers Alessandra Luchini, Lance Liotta, and Ginny Espina in university's Applied Proteomics & Molecular Medicine lab are applying technology used in Lyme disease test to tackle other diseases.After three years and 300 patients, George Mason University researchers have proof that their early-detection urine test for Lyme disease works.

Women may be able to reduce breast cancer risk predicted by their genes

Women with a high risk of developing breast cancer based on family history and genetic risk can still reduce the chance they will develop the disease in their lifetimes by following a healthy lifestyle, new research led by the Johns...

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Study identifies risk factors associated with eye abnormalities in infants with presumed Zika virus

In a study published online by JAMA Ophthalmology, Rubens Belfort Jr., M.D., Ph.D., of the Federal University of Sao Paulo and Vision Institute, Sao Paulo, Brazil, and colleagues assessed and...

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Human amyloid-beta acts as natural antibiotic in the brains of animal models

A new study from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators provides additional evidence that amyloid-beta protein - which is deposited in the form of beta-amyloid plaques in the brains of patients...

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Dialing up chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer with ultrasound

A microbubble (2micon in diameter) is excited by an ultrasound wave (A), which in turn interacts with a cell in many different ways allowing increased drug uptake (B). When performing this in patients, more treatment can be performed, survival increases (C) and tumour recession can be observed (D).Researchers at Haukeland University Hospital in Bergen, Norway have combined a laboratory ultrasound technique called "sonoporation" with the commercially-available chemotherapy compound Gemcitabine to increase the porosity of pancreatic cells with...

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1 in 4 patients develop heart failure within 4 years of first heart attack

24 May 2016: One in four patients develop heart failure within four years of a first heart attack, according to a study in nearly 25 000 patients presented today at...

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Can a healthy lifestyle prevent cancer?

A large proportion of cancer cases and deaths among U.S. individuals who are white might be prevented if people quit smoking, avoided heavy drinking, maintained a BMI between 18.5 and...

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A tool to support public health decisions on Zika virus predicts most planned interventions to be cost-effective

This is an <i>Aedes albopictus</i> female mosquito obtaining a blood meal from a human host. Under experimental conditions the <i>Aedes albopictus</i> mosquito, also known as the Asian tiger mosquito, has been found to be a vector of West Nile virus. Aedes is a genus of the Culicine family of mosquitos.A study published in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases presents a cost-effectiveness tool that can help guide decisions regarding resource allocation to fund interventions targeted at curtailing the ongoing Zika virus...

Hot tubs and swimming pools are not as clean as you may think

Whether water is hot in a tub or cold in a pool, it can bring immediate relief from stress or summer heat. But hot tubs and swimming pools are not...

Mille-feuille-filter removes viruses from water

The sheet made of cellulose nanofibers in the mille-feuille filter which can remove resistant viruses from water. Research led by Albert Mihranyan, Professor of Nanotechnology at Uppsala University, Image by Simon Gustafsson.A simple paper sheet made by scientists at Uppsala University can improve the quality of life for millions of people by removing resistant viruses from water. The sheet, made of...

NIH study confirms benefits of intensive blood pressure management among seniors aged 75 and older

WHAT: NIH-supported researchers are reporting additional details about a widely-publicized study that linked a systolic blood pressure target under 120 mm Hg (millimeters of mercury) with reduced cardiovascular disease and...

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The Lancet Psychiatry: Magic mushroom compound psilocybin could provide new avenue for antidepressant research

Psilocybin - a hallucinogenic compound derived from magic mushrooms - may offer a possible new avenue for antidepressant research, according to a new study published in The Lancet Psychiatry today.

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