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A cure for sepsis? Chance discovery could save lives

A chance discovery by a medic working at Eastern Virginia Medical School could be the basis of a cure for sepsis. The discovery could lead to thousands of lives being saved each year.

Resistance risk for new TB drugs: experts

Paris - New drugs for hard-to-treat tuberculosis strains may be fast rendered ineffective themselves if incorrectly used, a report warned Thursday, on the eve of World TB Day.

Mathematics can help explain our bodies and disease

Understanding how biological systems interact, including how the body responds to disease, is highly complex. To help biomedical scientists to understand the complexity two mathematicians have introduced a new model.

Is it time for a global vaccine compensation scheme?

With a new vaccine for Zika virus in development and a rise with the administration of vaccine in general, is it time to consider a global vaccine compensation scheme? This is in the event of an adverse response.

Brazil yellow fever outbreak 'worst on record'

Bras - Sixty-five people are confirmed so far to have died in Brazil over the last two months in the country's worst yellow fever outbreak on record, the government said.

Spain's Balearic Islands hit by deadly olive tree bacteria

Madrid - A deadly bacteria that infected thousands of olive trees in Italy has been detected in Spain's Balearic Islands where authorities are racing to contain it, a regional government official said Friday.

Red meat link to common bowel disease: study

Paris - A diet rich in red meat has been linked to a heightened risk of a bowel inflammation called diverticulitis, according to a study published Tuesday.

Devastating elephantiasis disease facing elimination

Warwick - The disabling parasitic disease which causes elephantiasis, and threatens around one billion people globally – Lymphatic filariasis - is close to elimination due to new research from the University of Warwick.

Ebola vaccine may be 'up to 100% effective': WHO

Paris - A prototype vaccine for Ebola may be "up to 100 percent effective" in protecting against the deadly virus, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Friday.

Mouthwash may cure gonorrhoea, study says

Paris - In the 19th century, before the advent of antibiotics, Listerine mouthwash was marketed as a cure for gonorrhoea. More than 100 years later, researchers said Tuesday the claim may be true.

Fighting pathogens now involves waking them up

Many pathogenic bacteria are hard to kill because they are resistant to antibiotics. Other bacteria are resistant because they enter into a state of dormancy. Waking microbes up is key to killing them, researchers argue.

Alzheimer’s bone and brain connection

In a breakthrough, medical scientists have drawn a connection between parts of the brainstem and problems associated with bone, in relation to Alzheimer’s disease.

Dutch kill 190,000 ducks to contain bird flu outbreak

Den Haag - Dutch officials have culled 190,000 ducks on a central Netherlands farm where inspectors have confirmed the presence of a highly infectuous strain of bird flu, officials and local media said Sunday.

Rapid response team to tackle major disease outbreaks

London - The British government has established a rapid support team, with the intention to respond to urgent requests from countries around the world to help control disease outbreaks.

Reports warn of explosion in cancer deaths among women

Paris - Two reports have warned of an explosion in cancer deaths among women, with a toll, mainly from breast cancer, of some 5.5 million per year by 2030 -- roughly the population of Denmark.

Disease-causing gut bacteria prevalent in children

A study in Denmark has found an unexpectedly high proportion of a pathogenic gut bacteria present in children. The bacterium is more commonly associated with disease in developing countries.

Rapid test for tuberculosis developed

Austin - A rapid, accurate and inexpensive test for tuberculosis has been developed by a researcher based at the Texas A&M University Health Science Center. The test is called TB Read.

Stretchy optical fibers used to assess for signs of diseases

A special type of optical fiber, made from a hydrogel, has been developed. This rubber-like device can detect diseases early and send an alert signal.

New initiative to reduce bloodstream infections

Washington - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has teamed up with various health bodies in order to reduce the rate of bloodstream infections affecting kidney dialysis patients.

New insight into why anthrax is so deadly

To delve into the toxicity of anthrax, scientists have constructed a three-dimensional map of the anthrax toxin. The model shows how the toxin is efficiently transferred into the cytoplasm of cells.

UN rolls out aid package for cholera-hit Haiti

New York - The United Nations will mobilize $181 million to shore up the emergency response to the cholera epidemic in Haiti and at least an equal amount for the victims and their families, a senior UN official says.

Using computers to spot global pathogen spread

Edinburgh - The digital age is making inroads into microbiology and epidemiology. Researchers have developed software to help track and to predict pathogenic infections around the world.

Studying the guts of babies predicts asthma

Microbiologists are now certain that characterizing the gut microorganisms of new born babies informs about the likelihood of babies going on to develop diseases such as asthma later in life.

UN sets sights on antibiotic-resistant superbugs

New York - World leaders on Wednesday will for the first time tackle the growing scourge of superbacteria, which are resistant to antibiotics and are making illnesses from tuberculosis to sexually transmitted diseases increasingly difficult to treat.

Essential Science: New pathogen causes anthrax like disease

A new report has detected a species of Bacillus, genetically distinct to the bacterium that causes anthrax, which causes a similar disease in chimpanzees, gorillas and other animals in Africa.

Alzheimer's stemmed but not stopped, say experts

Paris - Soaring rates of population growth and ageing have long been seen as portending a global explosion of Alzheimer's, the debilitating disease that robs older people of their memory and independence.But an unexpected, and hopeful, trend may be emerging.

Essential Science: Dragonfly wings help Alzheimer’s detection

Building surfaces as complex as insect wings allows for advanced research into light scattering, techniques that might shine a spotlight on the assessing the developed of Alzheimer’s disease early.

Trial drug shows 'impressive' Alzheimer's action: study

Paris - An experimental drug cleared protein buildup in the brains of people with mild Alzheimer's disease and slowed their mental decline, the results of a preliminary trial showed.

UN promises 'material' aid to cholera victims in Haiti

New York - The United Nations will give "material" aid to cholera victims in Haiti and their families, the secretary general's spokesman said Friday, citing the international body's "moral responsibility.

Disease kills over 30 children in remote Myanmar

Yangon - An undiagnosed disease has killed more than 30 children in a remote part of Myanmar, officials said Thursday, with health authorities struggling to treat victims.
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Kudoa thyrsites (arrow) in body muscle of a yearling Atlantic salmon. M-G G stain. X600.
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Rats do carry a number of diseases, more than we realized.
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Representative image of the region of the brain affected by Huntington Disease.
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