First comprehensive structural data on a key flu protein—it’s central to infection

Influenza A viruses spawn epidemics, global pandemics and sweeping outbreaks that kill millions of birds, yet only now have flu scientists obtained comprehensive, high-resolution structural data on a protein that is key to the very survival of an influenza virus. The highlighted protein is RNA polymerase, which transcribes and replicates the viral genome in the nucleus of host cells. Dr. […]

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Researchers identify barriers to fungal infection diagnosis

There are several barriers that prevent the consistent use of fungal diagnostic preparations to correctly identify cutaneous fungal infections, according to a survey from a team at the George Washington University (GW). The study is published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology. Cutaneous fungal infections account for between 3.5 and 6.5 million dermatologist office visits per year. Despite their […]

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Scientists pinpoint new mechanism that impacts HIV infection

A team of scientists led by Texas Biomed’s Assistant Professor Smita Kulkarni, Ph.D. and Mary Carrington, Ph.D., at the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research, published results of a study that pinpointed a long noncoding RNA molecule which influences a key receptor involved in HIV infection and progression of the disease. This newly-identified mechanism could open up a new avenue […]

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How to tell if your upset stomach is a viral infection

An upset stomach can be a result of many things. When symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea and fever, chances are it’s a viral infection. “A viral gastroenteritis, which we sometimes call ‘a stomach bug’ or ‘a stomach flu,” is a common reason for having an acute onset of vomiting and diarrhea, and sometimes with fever,” says Dr. Tina Ardon, a Mayo […]

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Florida woman dies after contracting flesh-eating bacteria infection at beach, family says

Woman dies after allegedly contracting flesh-eating bacteria at a Florida beach Florida woman dies after falling into the ocean and suffering a cut which allegedly led to necrotizing fasciitis. A family’s trip to the beach ended in tragedy after their 77-year-old grandmother fell into a small hole in the water and cut her leg, providing an opening for a deadly flesh-eating […]

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Flesh-Eating Bacteria on New Jersey Beaches Linked to Horrifying Deadly Infection

You’ve probably heard of flesh-eating bacteria, which can cause a deadly infection called necrotizing fasciitis. The technical term for this flesh-eating bacteria is Vibrio vulnificus, or V. vulnificus and there are two ways you can be exposed to it: By coming into contact with it in the water or by eating seafood that’s been contaminated with it. Up until very […]

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Adults at high risk for HIV infection have low rates of vaccination against human papillomavirus

Adults who are at high risk of becoming infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which causes AIDS, were less likely than the general population to be vaccinated against human papillomavirus (HPV), which can cause anal and cervical cancer, according to results presented at the AACR Annual Meeting 2019, held in Atlanta March 29-April 3. HPV infection is common, and […]

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Risk factors ID’d for site infection after orthopedic surgery in seniors

(HealthDay)—Five risk factors are independently associated with surgical site infection among geriatric patients undergoing elective orthopedic surgery, according to a study published online Feb. 20 in the International Wound Journal. Zhiquan Liang, from the First Hospital of Jilin University in Changchun, China, and colleagues retrospectively reviewed medical records (January 2014 through September 2017) for 4,818 patients ≥60 years old undergoing […]

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Researchers discover how sleep can fight infection

Researchers in Germany have discovered why sleep can sometimes be the best medicine. Sleep improves the potential ability of some of the body’s immune cells to attach to their targets, according to a new study that will be published February 12 in the Journal of Experimental Medicine. The study, led by Stoyan Dimitrov and Luciana Besedovsky at the University of […]

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