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Machine learning helps find mysterious source of a global illness

Tokyo - Kawasaki Disease, which affects thousands of children every year, appears to be on the move around the globe. The disease is difficult to track, although the use of new technology appears to be helping medics.

Essential Science: Year-long survey tracks microbes in hospitals

Understanding the types of microorganisms found in a typical hospital and whether they are pathogens is an important part of good governance. Such investigations need to go further and understand changes over time.

Essential Science: Battling infections with bioelectricity

Is the answer to fighting pathogens connected with bioelectricity? Promising new research suggest this is possible by using drugs to changing electrical charge of cells. Studies have been performed in frogs.

Faster and accurate test for sepsis invented

Tongde - Medical technologists have constructed a test designed to rapidly and reliably diagnose sepsis. Sepsis is a potentially life-threatening complication arising from bacterial infections.

Unnecessary antibiotics still prescribed for colds

Toronto - There has been plenty of publicity about prescribing antibiotics for viral infections, yet the problem continues within the medical community, according to a study of U.S. health sector practices. The problem connects with the antibiotic resistance issue.

Is tricolsan the answer to surgical site infections?

The use of triclosan-coated sutures could be effective for the prevention of surgical site infections, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This takes the form of a new guideline.

Most contaminated places in the home identified

Philadelphia - There's been a lot of coverage about contamination in the environment and microbial risks in hospitals, but how about your home? Two new studies highlight the dirtiest places in the typical house.

Natural defense mechanism against TB discovered

London - A new study from London’s Francis Crick Institute shows how the human body protects itself from the bacterium that causes the disease tuberculosis. This could open up a new way for fighting the disease.

Phage therapy aids man with multidrug-resistant infection

A novel application of bacteriophage therapy has saved the life of a man who contracted a multi-drug resistant bacterial infection. Phage therapy offers a promising new take on the fight against antibacterial resistance.

Essential Science: Bacterium mutates into dangerous pathogen

A microbe has moved from a common resident of the throat and nose to become a potentially worrisome sexually transmitted pathogen. The organism is called Neisseria meningitides and it can cause something a bit like gonorrhea.

Harnessing silver for the antimicrobial fight

The use of silver to fight infections has been in place for thousands of years. Silver can still play a major role in the antibiotic fight. Researchers are using modern gene editing techniques to see how silver poisons pathogens.

Insight into how anthrax evades the immune system

Cells of the bacteria which causes the disease anthrax are able to trigger an unfavorable immune response which allows the organism to evade attack from the body’s defense system. This relates to differences with the bacterium in the spore state.

Understanding why some people spread more germs that others

Atlanta - Looking at how diseases spread from animal to animal, researchers have gained a new understanding into why some individuals are greater ‘spreaders’ of disease within a community than others.

Most cookbooks give bad food safety advice

Cooks beware. A new study has found that many bestselling cookbooks provide readers and would-be chefs with little in the way of useful advice about reducing food-safety risks. Worryingly, where advice is given it is often erroneous.

Medical breakthrough in tuberculosis diagnosis

Birmingham - Scientists have made a significant advance in the rapid detection of tuberculosis. This is based on genome sequencing and allows different strains of the infectious organism to be isolated.

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.

Top dermatological advice for tackling toenail fungus

Fungal nail infections are rarely painful but they are unsightly. There are different ways to avoid getting a fungal infection but these vary in their effectiveness. For the best advice we’ve spoken to a leading dermatologist.

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.

Dirty dozen: The 12 most dangerous bacteria

The World Health Organization (WHO) has named the top dozen of bacteria that pose the greatest risk to humanity. The United Nations health agency also warns that medics are running out of options to treat the diseases.

Bacteria can form potentially deadly prions

Bacteria have been shown to form prions. These are clumps of misfolded protein which have the potential to cause nerve damage in mammals. Some prions have been shown to cause fatal neurodegenerative conditions.

Project underway to map hospital infection zones

Chicago - To better understand the infection risks to patients a plan has been drawn up to map the microbiome of hospitals. This is on the premise that each hospital carries its own, unique microbial signature.

Zika antibodies taken from a patient show success

Neutralizing antibodies against Zika virus, taken from an infected patient, have fully protected mice from infection. These could add to the array of antibodies in development.

New survey examines spread of hospital pathogens

The rooms in which patients are in, be they wards, waiting rooms, or operating theaters, are a source of pathogens, according to a new study. The findings could have implications for patient management.

New insight into bacterial drug resistance

Researchers are investing time and resources trying to understand how pathogenic bacteria function, in a quest to find new ways to inhibit and kill the disease causing organisms.

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.

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.

New model helps to predict future Ebola outbreaks

Scientists have developed a new computer-based model that will help to predict the likelihood of future epidemic and pandemics relating to Ebola and Lassa fever. The model will help to predict disease trajectories.

Sabotaging bacteria to halt infections

Some bacteria have the ability to ‘swim’ in a controlled fashion through the use of appendages called flagella. Researchers think that disabling these flagella is a key step towards infection control.

Monkeys contracted bacterial pathogen from humans

Warwick - There are many cases of zoonotic infections, where pathogens are transferred from an animal to a person (Ebola virus is an example.) However, no cases, until now, have been reported the other way around (human to animal.)

One patient was responsible for half of MERS cases

In 2015 there was a serious incident of the respiratory viral disease MERS. A review of the cases reveals that almost half of the infections were spread by just one person.
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