Dec 14 2018 Genetically diverse bacterial strains that cause urinary tract infections differ in their ability to trigger protective immune responses in mice, potentially explaining why these infections frequently recur in many patients, according to a study published December 13 in the open-access journal PLOS Pathogens by Thomas Hannan and Scott Hultgren of Washington University […]Continue Reading ...
Home healthcare workers’ beliefs about infection prevention influence whether they comply with prevention protocols more than their actual knowledge of how to comply, according to new research published in the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC), the journal of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). Based on these findings, the researchers […]Continue Reading ...
Dengue and Zika are transmitted by the same mosquito species and their distribution now overlaps in many tropical regions of the world. Credit: Jenna Hambrick, La Jolla Institute for Immunology To say that the immune system is complex is an understatement: an immune response protective in one context can turn deadly over time, as evidenced […]Continue Reading ...
Antibiotic prophylaxis regimens are becoming less effective at preventing surgical site infections following colorectal surgery, researchers at the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy and Princeton University determined through a systematic review of available literature. The researchers also found that the efficacy of antibiotic prophylaxis in preventing infection following appendectomy, cesarean section, and transrectal […]Continue Reading ...
Scientists from the VIB-UGent Center for Inflammation Research identified the mechanisms by which the bacterial pathogen Clostridium difficile kills intestinal epithelial cells (IECs), thus destroying the protective mucosal barrier of the intestinal tract. The researchers demonstrate the physiological relevance of this process during infection and have published their findings in Nature Communications. The bacterial Gram-positive […]Continue Reading ...
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 31, 2018 — You’re less likely to pick up a nasty infection during a hospital stay in the United States than you were just a few years ago, a new report finds. Between 2011 and 2015, a patient’s risk of catching a hospital-acquired infection dropped 16 percent, researchers said. “The findings are encouraging. […]Continue Reading ...
A cluster of factors may help predict which patients are likely to develop Clostridioides difficile, a potentially life-threatening disease commonly known as C. difficile or C. diff, a new study has found. And that could help in efforts to prevent infection, according to the researchers. Reduced immune function, recent antibiotic use, current or recent hospitalization […]Continue Reading ...
The most common source of a bloodstream infection acquired during a hospital stay is not a nurse’s or doctor’s dirty hands, or another patient’s sneeze or visitor’s cough, but the patient’s own gut, Stanford University School of Medicine investigators have found. Most patients who spend longer than a few days in a hospital acquire infections. […]Continue Reading ...
We know that the bladder is a poorly understood organ, critical for storing metabolic waste. What we don’t know is how this unique environment impacts bladder immunity to common diseases such as urinary tract infections (UTI) and bladder cancer. With UTI being second only to respiratory infection in prevalence, and bladder cancer being the fifth […]Continue Reading ...
Adherence to proven protocols for disinfecting surgeons’ hands, patients’ skin, and operating room surfaces could help to halt the spread of dangerous Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) pathogens in the operating room and beyond, according to new research published in the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC), the journal of the Association for Professionals in Infection […]Continue Reading ...
A human protein associated with asthma is key to how hantaviruses infect the lungs and sometimes cause a life-threatening pulmonary condition known as hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS), according to researchers supported by the National Institutes of Health. They say the most prevalent hantaviruses in North America (Sin Nombre virus) and South America (Andes virus) can […]Continue Reading ...
The researchers’ anti-integrin therapy using the approved medication vedolizumab (VDZ) reduced aggregates of immune cells (green) in intestinal biopsies from a patient with HIV and IBD. Credit: M. Uzzan et al., Science Translational Medicine (2018) In a study published today in Science Translational Medicine, Mount Sinai researchers describe for the first time a mechanism that […]Continue Reading ...
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Infection Control Team Sent to NJ Rehab Facility Where 9 Children Died Infection control experts are being sent to a New Jersey rehabilitation facility where an adenovirus outbreak has killed nine children, state health officials said Monday. “A […]Continue Reading ...
A multi-site research collaboration supported by a Technology Strategy Board Grant has shown that immune response signatures could be used as an early warning test for the serious condition sepsis in patients attending emergency departments with suspected infection. Dr Manu Shankar-Hari, Reader and Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine from the Peter Gorer Department of Immunobiology, […]Continue Reading ...
October 2018 Print this issue Fending off Ear Infections Being up all night with a child crying from the pain of an ear infection can be a nightmare. But it’s not uncommon. Most children in developed countries get at least one ear infection by the age of five. Most ear infections happen in the middle […]Continue Reading ...
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