Common stomach pathogen may protect against tuberculosis

(DAVIS, Calif.) — It’s been implicated as the bacterium that causes ulcers and the majority of stomach cancers, but studies by researchers at UC Davis, Stanford University and the University of Pittsburgh have found that Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) also may play a protective role, against the worldwide killer, tuberculosis (TB).

The Bowels of Infection

Atlanta, GA – Current research suggests that latent cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection may exacerbate inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The related report by Onyeagocha et al, “Latent cytomegalovirus infection exacerbates experimental colitis,” appears in the November 2009 issue of The American Journal of Pathology.

Deadly infection more common than realised

Staphylococcus aureus causes far more serious infections than previously realised, with more than 3,000 Swedes affected every year, reveals a thesis from the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Research calls for better assessment of tests for tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and malaria

A rapid and accurate diagnosis is the first step towards treatment in the fight against infectious disease. However, a team headed by Dr. Madhukar Pai at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) and McGill University in collaboration with researchers at the TDR* and the WHO*, has highlighted the poor quality of published studies that evaluate the accuracy of diagnostic tests for 3 major killer infectious diseases (TB, HIV/AIDS and malaria).

Do Three Meals a Day Keep Fungi Away?

(BRONX, NY) — The fact that they eat a lot – and often – may explain why most people and other mammals are protected from the majority of fungal pathogens, according to research from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University.

Infectious Disease and Bioterrorism: A New Model for Protection

UPMC and University of Pittsburgh leaders today proposed an innovative solution to the country’s pressing need to improve its vaccine-producing abilities. As recent events have shown, the spread of infectious diseases poses an ever-increasing threat to the U.S., and nearly every western government recognizes the need to strengthen its response against a bioterrorist attack.