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Nurse delivers first baby from commercial frozen donor egg bank
Wendy and Jared Kennedy found it hard to take their eyes off their new daughter, Avery Lee, born in the early morning hours of Dec. (2006-01-03)
New honorary doctors at Karolinska Institutet 2016
The Board of Research at Karolinska Institutet, Sweden, has appointed three new honorary doctors -- Sir Richard Peto, Bob Langer and Alimuddin Zumla -- who will have their doctorates formally conferred at a ceremony in the Stockholm City Hall on May 13, 2016. (2016-04-21)
Researchers compare anthrax genomes
In a pioneering use of genomics as a tool for the forensic analysis of microbes, scientists at The Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR) in Rockville, Md., and at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff have found new genetic markers that distinguish the Bacillus anthracis isolate that was used in last fall's bioterror attack in Boca Raton, Florida, from closely related anthrax strains. (2002-05-09)
Peanut therapy shows promise in treating peanut allergy
A new study suggests that sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) can reduce the allergic response to peanut in adolescents and adults. (2013-01-07)
Why belly fat isn't all bad
A fatty membrane in the belly called the omentum appears to play an important role in regulating the immune system. (2012-06-06)
Gene sequencing center to receive $156 million
The Genome Sequencing Center at Washington University School of Medicine in St. (2006-11-20)
NIH begins testing investigational Zika vaccine in humans
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases launched a clinical trial of a vaccine candidate intended to prevent Zika virus infection. (2016-08-03)
Among US children, more infections caused by drug-resistant bacteria
Infections caused by a concerning type of antibiotic-resistant bacteria are on the rise in US children, according to a new study published in the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society and available online. (2014-03-20)
NIAID unveils bioterrorism research agenda
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases today released the NIAID Counter-Bioterrorism Research Agenda for CDC Category A Agents, a document describing the Institute's accelerated research plan for the most threatening agents of bioterrorism. (2002-03-14)
Alzheimer's drug may help battle antibiotic resistance
Dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria could soon be targeted with a drug initially developed to treat Alzheimer's disease. (2018-12-11)
How well do vaccines work? Research reveals measles vaccine efficacy
'What we found was a bit of a shock -- there are a very small number of studies that test whether vaccines are effective across multiple pathogen doses ...' said Langwig. (2019-03-07)
Breakthrough may impact flu vaccination
An analysis of 10 years' worth of data on human influenza B viruses has shed new light on the pathogen which can cause the seasonal flu. (2015-01-20)
Diabetes drug may be useful in treating AIDS-related syndrome
A pilot study using metformin, a drug used to treat type 2 diabetes, indicates that the medication may be useful in treating HIV lipodsytrophy, a disorder of fat metabolism that occurs in people with AIDS, particularly those taking combination antiretroviral treatment. (2000-07-25)
Risk of HIV transmission highest early in infection
New evidence suggests that the risk of HIV transmission may be highest in the early stages of infection. (2007-03-05)
Cold-adapted attenuated polio virus -- towards a post-eradication vaccine
With only 74 cases reported worldwide in 2015, poliomyelitis eradication is in sight. (2016-03-31)
Yale gastroenterologist and collegues receive $1 million grant to study infectious diseases in developing countries
Henry J. Binder, M.D., professor of medicine and of cellular and molecular physiology in the Yale School of Medicine, and collaborators, are recipients of a Wellcome Trust and Burroughs Wellcome Fund research award to study diarrheal diseases. (2001-10-12)
Genome sequencing sheds light on bacterium harmful to newborns
Scientists completed sequencing the genome of Ureaplasma urealyticum, a sexually transmitted bacterium commonly found in adults but, if passed on to newborn infants, can cause in them meningitis, pneumonia, and even death. (2000-10-10)
In a bad flu season, high-dose flu vaccine appeared better at preventing deaths in seniors
Older adults are at high risk for serious complications from flu and account for a majority of flu-related deaths and hospitalizations. (2017-03-02)
Gene-specific Ebola therapies protect non-human primates from lethal disease
Scientists have developed a successful strategy for interfering with Ebola virus infection that protected 75 percent of nonhuman primates exposed to the lethal disease. (2006-01-12)
Abnormal immune cells may cause unprovoked anaphylaxis
Two new clinical reports shed light on why some people suffer from recurrent episodes of idiopathic anaphylaxis -- a potentially life-threatening condition of unknown cause characterized by a drop in blood pressure, fainting episodes, difficulty in breathing, and wheezing. (2007-11-09)
Infection with toxoplasmososis increases the risk of being involved in a road traffic accident
A new study published in BMC Infectious Diseases reveals that people with latent toxoplasmosis (a harmless form of the disease) are more likely to be involved in a road traffic accident. (2002-08-05)
Infection takes high toll in young children
A new study has found that infectious diseases are the most common reason that children under two years of age are admitted to hospital. (2007-05-01)
Antibiotics developed in 1960s show promise for TB therapy
First generation cephalosporins -- antibiotics introduced as a treatment against bacterial infections in 1963 -- now show promise for tuberculosis therapy, according to new research published in Scientific Reports. (2016-10-03)
BU study: Modified malaria drug proven effective at inhibiting Ebola
Robert Davey, professor of microbiology at Boston University School of Medicine and researcher at Boston University's National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories (NEIDL), discovered that certain derivatives of amodiaquine, a medication typically used to treat malaria, could provide a new therapeutic approach to treating patients infected with Ebola virus disease by blocking the viruses from entering cells. (2018-11-28)
Scientists provide first evidence of diphtheria-like infectious agent in hedgehogs
As cultural successors, hedgehogs reside in close proximity to humans. (2019-03-04)
New insights into HIV vaccine will improve drug development
Four years ago, a potential HIV vaccine showed promise against the virus that causes AIDS, but it fell short of providing the broad protection necessary to stem the spread of disease. (2013-01-10)
Ozone treated water v. lethal microbial material
A University of Alberta research team has discovered that technology commonly used to decontaminate food industry equipment can also rid meat processing plants of lethal microbial material responsible for the human version of the ailment Mad Cow disease. (2012-03-02)
NIAID media availability: Still searching for predictors of asthma attacks
A new study of persistent asthma in inner-city adolescents and young adults finds that an extensive set of clinical tests cannot successfully predict the future risk of asthma attacks in participants who both receive care based on current guidelines and adhere to treatment recommendations. (2009-08-10)
Community spread of trachoma could be stopped by treating all household members
All members of the household need to be treated for trachoma in order to prevent rapid re-infection, according to a new study published in PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. (2009-03-30)
WHO report is 'major step forward' in fight against drug-resistant bacteria
A new report by the World Health Organization lays out, for the first time, which antibiotic-resistant bacteria pose the greatest risk to global health and urgently need new effective treatments. (2017-02-27)
NIH names Johns Hopkins a Center of Excellence for bioethics research
The Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics will lead a university-wide team looking at the ethical, legal and social implications of applying genomics to research on, and prevention and treatment of, infectious disease, funded by the National Human Genome Research Institute. (2016-05-18)
Researchers discover secrets of Anthrax's killer toxin
Researchers announced today key features of how anthrax toxin destroys cells. (2001-10-23)
Scripps research scientists engineer new type of vaccination that provides instant immunity
A team of scientists at the Scripps Research Institute has found a way to use specially programmed chemicals to elicit an immediate immune response in laboratory animals against two types of cancer. (2009-03-02)
Effects of MVA85A vaccine on tuberculosis
The new vaccine was a virus-expressing antigen 85A designed to boost the immunity offered by the existing Bacillus Calmette-Guérin vaccine which has little protective effect in practice. (2015-09-09)
Global, national burden of diseases, injuries among children and adolescents
A new report examines global and national trends in the fatal and nonfatal burden of diseases and injuries among children and adolescents in 188 countries based on results from the Global Burden of Disease 2013 study, according to an article published online by JAMA Pediatrics. (2016-01-25)
Engineered virus provides impetus in search for HIV vaccine
A hybrid gene therapy vector that contains components of two viruses could provide a vehicle for producing a vaccine against a host of diseases, including the human immunodeficiency virus, said researchers from Baylor College of Medicine. (2004-04-13)
First-in-man trial of MERS vaccine begins at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research
The Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) began vaccinations Tuesday in a Phase 1 clinical trial to evaluate the safety and immune response in humans to a vaccine candidate to prevent Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). (2016-02-16)
New study identifies emergence of multidrug-resistant strain of salmonella
A new study has identified the recent emergence of a multidrug-resistant strain of Salmonella that has a high level resistance to ciprofloxacin, a common treatment for severe Salmonella infections. (2011-08-02)
Cochrane Review of effectiveness of point of care diagnostics for schistosomiasis
Schistosomiasis, also known as bilharzia, is a parasitic disease classified as a neglected tropical diseases, common in tropical and subtropical regions. (2015-03-11)
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