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Tracking viral epidemics needs to account for evolution

Models for tracking viral outbreaks, as with the current novel coronavirus issue, need to assess the ability of the virus to mutate. Accounting for the evolutionary impact of the virus is essential for accurate modelling, according to new research.

Why the fight against coronavirus is proving so complicated

Many in society are wondering why the novel coronavirus is proving especially challenging to contain. There are several reasons for this complexity, ranging from how infectious it actually is to how it moves through a population.

Artificial intelligence finds new antibiotic

Technologists, working with microbiologists, have made a significant breakthrough in the hunt for new antimicrobials. By using artificial intelligence, a new candidate antibiotic has been identified.

Op-Ed: Myth-busting: The worst of the coronavirus falsehoods

The global preoccupation with the coronavirus pandemic is, unfortunately, leading to a plethora of fake news stories geared around attempts at self-protection and cures. Some are due to ignorance, others more malicious. We look at a few of these.

Bacteria-eating viruses bridge the gap of life and non-life

Bacteriophage are a type of simple virus that infects bacteria, being spread by its bacterial host and being reliant upon the bacterial cell to replicate. New research indicates that some phages are more complex than they first appear.

Why does the flu virus affect some people worse than others?

Influenza affects all people once they become infected. However, the severity of the effects and how long the effects of the virus last for vary between different people. Virologists have been looking into this and now have an answer.

Scientists explore why bat viruses are so deadly

The coronavirus Covid-19, which has been making global headlines is a zoonotic virus (one thought to have transferred from animal to human). The primary source could be from bats. Scientists are looking at what makes bat viruses so deadly.

New model to estimate spread of the novel coronavirus

A new modeling study has been used to estimate the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). The model reveals that up to 75,800 individuals in the Chinese city of Wuhan may have been infected to date.

Essential Science: Biosignatures detect early symptoms of TB

Researchers have developed an advanced method for the detection of biosignature, paving the way for the early detection of tuberculosis. The method allows for TB to be detected in patients, months before symptoms appear.

Is airplane sewage spreading antibiotic-resistant microbes?

Examining sewage from five airports, microbiologists have found that 90 percent of 187 E. coli isolated were resistant to at least one antibiotic.

Is it time for a ‘shocking’ new way to kill microbes?

A new electrochemical approach is being developed to treat infections of metal-based implants, according to a new research study. The technology appears to be able to kill bacteria and fungi and reduce infection risk.

How many pathogens are lurking in hospital washing machines?

Microbiologists have found that many washing machines in hospital setting as are reservoirs of multidrug-resistant bacteria. In one case study pathogens, were transmitted regularly to newborns in a neonatal intensive care unit at a children's hospital.

Why E coli knows how to produce the worst possible infection

Medical microbiologists have established how the bacterium Escherichia coli knows how to cause the worst possible infection. The new insight should assist with preventing the foodborne illnesses.

Europe hit by toxic caterpillar scourge

Several parts of Europe are trying to deal with infestations of oak processionary caterpillars. These caterpillars can be dangerous to people, triggering allergic reactions and skin irritation.

Ebola-like virus is killing millions of pigs in China

A virulent strain of African swine fever spreading across Asia. The virus infects animals, primarily pigs and seems to kill almost every pig it infects by a hemorrhagic illness which is reminiscent of Ebola in humans.

Q&A: Preventing hospital outbreaks with surveillance technology Special

Misdiagnosis of infection strains in hospitals is leading to a public health crisis, as doctors treat these infections unnecessarily and ineffectively with antibiotics. To tackle this, new precision medicine solutions are being tested.

Man develops brain infection after using cotton ear swabs

London - A new warning has been raised about the use of cotton ear swabs (or 'earbuds'), used to clean out ears and dislodge earwax, after a man developed an infection after using ear buds. A portion of cotton became dislodged in the ear.

New materials promote natural healing methods

London - Medical researchers have demonstrated how the use of new materials can be used to treat wounds by enhancing the body's natural healing processes.

Why 2018 was a bad year for food poisoning

Outbreak data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that 2018 was a bad year for food safety outbreaks, one of the worst on record. The CDC investigated 28 outbreaks, much more than the eight outbreaks in 2017.

IBM's fingerprint sensor monitors disease progression

Technology firm IBM has designed an interesting item of medical technology, designed to track the progression of disease. This is in the form of a tiny sensor. The main use will be with assessing the effectiveness of different medicines.

Using AI-led predictive analysis to assess seniors’ health

A new study shows how predictive analytics is capable of reducing seniors’ urinary tract infection rates and sepsis. This is based on an artificial intelligence solution in the form of a wearable device.

Key study seeks to improve skin infection treatment

Washington - Researchers have begun undertaking examination into the effectiveness of treatments for skin diseases. The focus is with skin infections that are resistant to common antibiotics, especially diseases that are multi-drug resistant.

Sleeping wearing contact lenses carries infection risk

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC) has highlighted a rise in health incidences associated with people wearing contact lenses while sleeping. This relates to corneal infections.

Protein could stop HPV virus infection

Birmingham - The crucial role of protein which could stop HPV virus infection has been discovered by medical scientists. This means drugs could soon be produced with the ability to cancel out the HPV virus.

Graphene spikes kill pathogenic bacteria

One of the risks with medical implants is infection from bacteria during the surgical process, leading to post-surgical infections. Researchers have demonstrated that coating implants with graphene can help to kill microorganisms

Spotlight on the recent U.S. E.coli outbreak: Interview Special

On Friday, April 13th, the Center for Disease Control confirmed the cause of a multi-state E.coli O157-H7 related to chopped Romaine lettuce. This was the second major incident in the U.S. his year. A leading researcher provides some insights.

Interview: How concerned should consumers be about Salmonella? Special

In the U.S., more than 200 million cartons of eggs have been recalled across nine states over concerns of Salmonella, with contaminated produce linked to at least 22 illnesses. How concerned should consumers be? Dr. Joseph Galati provides some answers.

Essential Science: Surfers at risk from pathogenic bacteria

Surfers and others who like aquatic sports have been given a new problem to consider. Research indicates that surfers and body-boarders harbor higher levels of potentially dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria in their guts compared with non-surfers.

Essential Science: Cleaning chemicals linked to lung cancer

The association between household cleaning chemicals and respiratory problems has been raised over the past decade. A new study from the University of Bergen in Norway raises concerns about the longer-term impact.

Electric bandages help to fight infection

Medical technologists have created electric bandages that have a mechanism that helps to fight infection. These bandages have recently been put to a practical test and they have successfully challenged biofilms.
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