Misc. Infections News

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5/2/2014
1st MERS Case Reported in U.S.

Patient had recently been in Saudi Arabia, epicenter of outbreak that has sickened 400 people and killed 93, CDC says

4/29/2014
HPV-Linked Oral Cancers May Not Be 'Contagious'

Kissing doesn't seem to raise rate of viral infection between committed partners, study finds

4/29/2014
'Breast Milk Banks' Gain in Popularity

Experts say they're safer than online milk-sharing sources

4/24/2014
Measles on Upswing Despite Vaccines' Effectiveness: CDC

Vaccination has saved thousands of lives, report says, but outbreaks occurring as some people opt out

4/24/2014
Genetic Code of Tsetse Fly May Help Fight Sleeping Sickness

Scientists spent a decade sequencing its genome, and hope to find new targets for pest control

4/24/2014
Frozen as Good as Fresh for Fecal Transplants for Diarrhea: Study

Researchers looked at recurring infections caused by C. difficile bacteria

4/17/2014
Scientists Map DNA of Deadly Fungus

Cryptococcus neoformans can be especially threatening to people with weak immune systems

4/17/2014
Salmonella Cases Dip in U.S., But Food Poisoning Rates Remain High

New CDC report finds certain contaminants, such as Vibrio and E. coli, on the rise

4/17/2014
Bacteria May Survive Longer in Contact Lens Solution Than Thought

Study suggests manufacturers test for all strains of P. aeruginosa to prevent infection

4/16/2014
Experimental Measles Drug Shows Promise in Animal Trials

If one day approved to treat people with infection, it might reduce their symptoms, researchers say

4/14/2014
As African Ebola Outbreak Spreads, Hopes for Vaccine Remain Years Away

There are promising avenues of research, but sporadic nature of outbreaks makes testing difficult

4/11/2014
Binge Drinking May Slow Wound Healing

Heavy alcohol use lowers level of beneficial immune system cells, animal study shows

4/11/2014
Swine Flu From 2009 Pandemic Also Struck Sea Otters: Study

Scientists say finding shows marine animals may be yet another host of flu viruses

4/10/2014
Kitchen Cutting Boards Can Harbor Drug-Resistant Germs: Study

Poultry prep linked to E. coli found on food equipment in homes, hospitals

4/10/2014
Report Questions Effectiveness of Flu Meds

'Hidden' trial data reveals that some Tamiflu claims were unfounded, researchers say

4/10/2014
Measles Cases Linked to U.S. Adoptions of Chinese Children: CDC

The highly infectious illness is still endemic in China, so adopted kids should get their shots, experts say

4/9/2014
Restaurants Pose Double the Risk of Food Poisoning Compared to Homes: Study

Many cases may be going unreported, consumer advocacy group adds

4/8/2014
Health Care Workers Wash Hands More When Patients Watching

Canadian study enlisted patients to monitor hospital staff

4/4/2014
U.S. Traveler Returning From Africa Has Lassa Fever, CDC Says

The infectious illness is not related to Ebola fever, officials stress

4/3/2014
Walking May Be Good Medicine for Kidney Patients

People with kidney trouble assigned to daily half-hour stroll got a boost in immune function, study found

4/3/2014
Health Tip: Caring for a Hangnail

Don't rip off the skin

3/31/2014
Study Adds to Signs Linking HIV to Heart Trouble

Coronary artery disease seen in men who were taking meds for advanced HIV infection

3/31/2014
HIV-Positive Inmates Benefit From Drug Treatment, Study Says

Suppressing virus during jail time might reduce its spread after release, researchers suggest

3/31/2014
New Clues to Link Between MS Drug Tysabri and Rare Brain Disease

Researchers report drug mobilizes a kind of cell easily infected by a virus that can attack the brain

3/28/2014
Mice Study Sees Link Between Gut Bacteria, Immune Cell Production

Role of antibiotics in reducing beneficial microbes also highlighted

3/26/2014
Hospital-Related Infections Hit Nearly 650,000 Patients in 2011: CDC

Specific source of dangerous germs still unclear in about half of cases

3/23/2014
College Women: Have a Healthy Spring Break

FDA has tips on sun safety, medication, staying hydrated and more

3/21/2014
Gut Bacteria in Preemies Could Lead to Life-Threatening Infections

Study looked for alternate sources of sepsis, a bloodstream infection sometimes linked to hospital care

3/20/2014
More Drug-Resistant Infections Seen in U.S. Children

Although still uncommon, certain bacteria may need stronger treatment than oral meds, study says

3/19/2014
Hepatitis C Patients With HIV May Face Higher Risk of Liver Disease

Study's finding held true even for those doing well on treatment for AIDS-causing virus

3/18/2014
Many Hospitals Ineffectively Treat Bloodstream Infections, Study Suggests

Researchers identify common risk factors doctors should watch for

3/18/2014
Pregnant Women May Be More Vulnerable to Potentially Dangerous Infection: Study

Screening for H. influenzae not recommended for now, expert says

3/18/2014
Same Meningitis Strain Behind Drexel, Princeton Outbreaks: CDC

Drexel student recently died from the bacterial infection

3/17/2014
Offices With Open Floor Plans Tied to More Sick Days

Swedish researchers say risk of infection, privacy issues may contribute

3/16/2014
Flu Can Infect Many Without Causing Symptoms: Study

British researchers call those who get physically sick 'tip of iceberg' in terms of total cases each year

3/13/2014
HIV Transmission Between Women Rare, But Possible: CDC

Case report shows uninfected woman was infected with the virus by her female partner

3/13/2014
'Five-Second' Food Rule May Be Real, Study Finds

Microbiology professor and students test the theory, find it isn't just a myth

3/12/2014
Vaginal Gel Might Prevent HIV Hours After Exposure

Lab tests with monkeys look promising, study says

3/7/2014
Antibiotics May Be Linked to Serious Infections in Children

Nearly three-quarters of C. difficile cases associated with prescriptions written at doctor visits

3/6/2014
Doctors Cautiously Optimistic About 'Cure' for HIV-Infected Babies

Report on second child raises hope that early, aggressive treatment may be game changer for these infants

3/5/2014
Gene Therapy for Controlling HIV Shows Early Promise

Small study hints treatment could someday help patients fight AIDS virus without drugs

3/4/2014
U.S. Hospitals Overuse, Misuse Antibiotics, CDC Says

To fight drug resistance, agency seeks $30 million more, recommends hospitals improve prescription practices

3/3/2014
Nearly 3 Million Americans Living With Hepatitis C

Many aren't aware they carry the liver-destroying virus, experts say

3/2/2014
Eye-Catching Labels Urged for Fast-Tracked Antibiotics

Letter to Congress from medical groups focuses on 'superbug' threat

2/28/2014
Hand Hygiene Lacking in Many U.S. Health Care Facilities: Study

Missing hand sanitizer, gaps in staff training may jeopardize efforts to stem spread of infection, researchers say

2/27/2014
Doctors' Germ-Laden Stethoscope May Spread Nasty Bacteria

Cleansing after each use should be part of good patient care, study says

2/27/2014
Vinegar May Be Cheap, Safe Way to Kill TB Germ

Accidental discovery might help labs, clinics disinfect, especially in cash-poor countries

2/27/2014
Getting Teeth Pulled Before Heart Surgery May Pose Serious Risks

Study found 8 percent of those who did suffered a heart attack, stroke, kidney failure or death

2/26/2014
Common Strep Bacteria May Be Morphing Into 'Superbug'

Doctors report on antibiotic resistance in two unrelated cases

2/25/2014
On-time Use of Routine Vaccine Keeps Kids Out of Hospital

Illnesses rose when measles-mumps-rubella shot was given out of order, Danish study found