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AncientBiotics - a medieval remedy for modern day superbugs?

A one thousand year old Anglo-Saxon remedy for eye infections which originates from a manuscript in the British Library has been found ...

Recipe for antibacterial plastic: Plastic plus egg whites

Bioplastics show promise in search for antibacterial packaging ...

Manchester researchers call for antifungal drugs boost

No new antifungal drug has been licensed since 2006, and the last new class of antifungal emerged in 2002. With an estimated 300 million people worldwide with serious fungal disease and 1.3 to 2 million deaths, new agents are desperately needed. ... Full story

Ebola in West Africa: The Importance of “Getting to Zero”

Despite progress, the region remains vulnerable to resurgence of Ebola ... Full story

Study Shows Medication Can Improve Hearing for Children with Viral Infection

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Collaborative Antiviral Study Group has found that treatment with the anti-viral medication valganciclovir for six months improves hearing and developmental outcomes over a two-year period for infants with congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection. Roberta L. DeBiasi, MD, MS, Chief of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Children's National Health System, is co-author of the study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. ... Full story

Ebola test vaccines appear safe in Phase 2 Liberian clinical trial

Liberia–U.S. partnership planning Phase 3 trial and study of Ebola survivors ... Full story

Researchers master gene editing technique in mosquito that transmits deadly diseases

Traditionally, to understand how a gene functions, a scientist would breed an organism that lacks that gene — “knocking it out” — then ask how the organism has changed. Are its senses affected? Its behavior? Can it even survive? ... Full story

NIH study finds no evidence of accelerated Ebola virus evolution in West Africa

The Ebola virus circulating in humans in West Africa is undergoing relatively few mutations, none of which suggest that it is becoming more severe or transmissible, according to a National Institutes of Health study in Science. The study compares virus sequencing data from samples taken from patients in Guinea (March 2014), Sierra Leone (June 2014) and Mali (November 2014). ... Full story

Antibiotic effectiveness imperiled as use in livestock expected to increase 67 percent by 2030

Antibiotic consumption in livestock worldwide could rise by 67 percent between 2010 and 2030, and possibly endanger the effectiveness of antimicrobials in humans, according to researchers from Princeton University, the International Livestock Research Institute, the Université Libre de Bruxelles and the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics and Policy. ... Full story

Global health experts outline lessons to be learned from Ebola epidemic

In the year since the World Health Organization (WHO) was first notified of an outbreak of what proved to be Ebola virus disease in the west African country of Guinea, more than 24,000 cases have been reported and over 10,000 individuals have died – primarily in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Moreover, countless non-Ebola deaths have occurred as a result of the closing of health systems in those countries, and an international aid effort has invested billions of dollars in control efforts. ... Full story

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