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Researchers take further steps toward development of a vaccine against tick-transmitted disease

Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine researchers have made an important advancement toward developing a vaccine against the debilitating and potentially deadly ...

More emphasis on microbes required in food safety

Current concepts regarding food safety and security may be inadequate for fully addressing what is an increasingly complex issue. ...

Report on Viruses Looks Beyond Disease

WASHINGTON, DC – In contrast to their negative reputation as disease causing agents, some viruses can perform crucial biological and evolutionary functions that help to shape the world we live in today, according to a new report by the American Academy of Microbiology. ... Full story

Promising New Antibiotic Defies Conventional Wisdom on Treating Superbug

A new antibiotic being developed at the University of Virginia School of Medicine to combat the dangerous C. difficile superbug also appears effective against a wide array of other pathogens, including the Helicobacter pylori bacterium, a new study suggests. With antibiotic resistance a growing concern – and an alarming shortage of new antibiotics in development – the drug is notable because it works in a way that prevents microbes from becoming resistant to it. ... Full story

Team spots trigger for rare diarrheal disease in infants

Researchers at Vanderbilt University, the University of Arizona and Phoenix Children’s Hospital have discovered what triggers a rare but devastating diarrheal disease in newborns that is fatal without intravenous feeding or intestinal transplant. ... Full story

One route to malaria drug resistance found

By Julia Evangelou Strait - Researchers have uncovered a way the malaria parasite becomes resistant to an investigational drug. ... Full story

Less than 1% of UK public research funding spent on antibiotic research in past 5 years

Less than 1% of research funding awarded by public and charitable bodies to UK researchers in 2008–13 was awarded for research on antibiotics, according to new research published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases. ... Full story

Fighting bacteria – with viruses

Study reveals promising information for developing an alternative to antibiotics ... Full story

How viruses kill diarrhoea bacteria

X-ray study reveals workings of potential alternative to antibiotics ... Full story

Link Between Ritual Circumcision Procedure and Herpes Infection in Infants Examined by Penn Medicine Analysis

PHILADELPHIA — A rare procedure occasionally performed during Jewish circumcisions that involves direct oral suction is a likely source of herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) transmissions documented in infants between 1988 and 2012, a literature review conducted by Penn Medicine researchers and published online in the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society found. ... Full story

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