Researchers at the University of California have discovered how to cut people’s risk of developing a dangerous MRSA infection once they have left hospital. Henrik Dolle | Shutterstock The study found that patients cut their risk of infection if they applied a nasal antibiotic treatment and used mouthwash and antiseptic soap for six months. Approximately […]Continue Reading ...
A prior dengue virus infection could protect children from symptomatic Zika virus infection, according to a study by an international group of researchers including those from the University of Michigan and the University of California, Berkeley. “We don’t think that that dengue immunity protects from being infected (with Zika), or at least it doesn’t look […]Continue Reading ...
Home News Consumer News Health Tip: Understanding Whooping Cough — Whooping cough is an infection of the respiratory system caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis, the Nemours Foundation says. The highly contagious infection, typically affecting children. can trigger coughing spells that can last more than a minute. The child’s face may turn red or purple, […]Continue Reading ...
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 ...
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 ...
Fungal infections are emerging as a major medical challenge, and a team led by researchers at Baylor College of Medicine has developed a mouse model to study the short-term consequences of fungal infection in the brain. The researchers report in the journal Nature Communications the unexpected finding that the common yeast Candida albicans, a type […]Continue Reading ...
When people seek help at a drug treatment center for an opioid addiction, concerns about having contracted hepatitis C are generally low on their list. They’ve often reached a crisis point in their lives, said Marie Sutton, the CEO of Imagine Hope, a consulting group that provides staff training and technical assistance to facilitate testing […]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 ...
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