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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.

Seriousness of fungal infections neglected by medical services

There are many pathogens that pose risks to human populations. Despite fungal infections killing more people than malaria, or from certain cancers like breast cancer, the level of research into combating fungal diseases is relatively low in comparison.

Shifts in environment help track disease spread

London - British scientists have developed a model to predict outbreaks of certain diseases, including Ebola and Zika viruses. The model is based on factors like changes in climate, population growth and land use.

Essential Science: Linking infections and Alzheimer’s disease

There are several possible causes of Alzheimer’s disease. One are being looked at by medical researchers is a possible connection between the neurodegenerative disease and certain infections.

CDC sanctioned for mishandling pathogens

Washington - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has received a sanction due to several weaknesses relating to its handling of pathogens and infected material.

New medicines for rare, but serious, childhood illnesses

In Europe advances have been made for children with Crohn's disease and with idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura. Both represent advances in the treatment of serious childhood illnesses.

New model for predicting Zika virus infection rates

Zika virus disease is easily transmitted. However, in the majority of people the disease is asymptomatic — symptoms appear in only one in four people, mostly as a mild fever. To find out why, a new study has been running.

Essential Science: Gum infections can lead to a range of other diseases

Having a gum diseases can cause problems enough, leading to redness, soreness and discomfort. This, however, can be just the beginning. New research is connecting gum disease to a host of other infections.

Spinal cord injury linked to immune system paralysis

A study has shown spinal cord injuries can also cause a “paralysis” of the immune system. The consequence of this is that patients are left more susceptible to pneumonia and other pathogenic infections.

The dangers of human fungal diseases

Fungal diseases are ever-present and millions of people around the world are at risk from different types of fungi. Yet research into fungal disease and preventative measures receives lower funding, according to a new report.

Pathogen fighting cloth shows success

An anti-bacterial cloth, effective against a range of pathogenic bacteria, has been developed. In studies the cloth has proven to be effective in avoiding wound contamination. Applications include bandages and face masks.

Does a new study prove the Zika-microcephaly link?

Rio - A new study appears to draw a firm connection between the Zika virus and microcephaly. However, the World Health Organization recommends caution until the results are confirmed.

Seaweed provides an unusual treatment process for wounds

To accelerate the treatment of wounds, scientists have experimented with adding stem cells to plasters and bandages. The optimal method for this is locking stem cells into a matrix fashioned from seaweed.

Link between autoimmune disease and processed food

Washington - Researchers have drawn a possible connection between the increase in the rate of autoimmune diseases and the increasing amount of food additive used in certain processed foods.

Link between autoimmune disease and processed food

Washington - Researchers have drawn a possible connection between the increase in the rate of autoimmune diseases and the increasing amount of food additive used in certain processed foods.

Rats pose serious health threat to people and poultry

Vancouver - Rats pose serious health threats to communities and farms, according to a new study. This is because rats readily pick up diseases from one environment and spread them to another. Most at risk are humans and poultry.

Helping California's grape and wine industries with vine disease

San Fransisco - Researchers have pinpointed how Pierce's disease is transmitted from insects to grapevines. The disease costs California's grape and wine industries in excess of $100 million each year.

Gonorrhoea set to become 'untreatable'

Leeds - Gonorrhoea could become the first bacterial disease to shift from "once treatable" to "untreatable," in the U.K., the nation's most senior medical officer has warned. This follows a highly resistant strain being detected in the northeast of England.

Chikungunya virus can lead to brain infection

The virus chikungunya, transmitted by mosquitoes, could lead to a dangerous brain infection. Those at greatest risk are infants and those aged over 65. This is based on a new study into past incidences.

Review: Microbiologists from Europe discuss keeping medicines safe Special

Nottingham - This week the U.K.'s biggest conference dedicated to pharmaceutical microbiology took place in Nottingham. The key themes were risk assessment, coping with aging facilities, and addressing contamination issues.

Dressing senses infection with color change

A dressing has been devised which senses infections by changing color. People who suffer with burns are very vulnerable should the wound become infected; the new bandage is a way to signal medics.

Do antibiotics to treat MRSA make patients sicker?

New evidence suggests certain antibiotics intended to treat patients with MRSA infections are actually causing more harm than good.

Sierra Leone is officially Ebola free

Freetown - Some good news with the battle against the Ebola virus in West Africa — Sierra Leone, which has experienced the second highest level of incidences, has been declared free of the virus.
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