Community ecology can advance the fight against infectious diseases
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Despite continued medical advances, infectious diseases kill over 10 million people worldwide each year. The ecological complexity of many emerging disease threats—interactions among multiple hosts, multiple vectors and ...
Cellphone data can track infectious diseases
Aug 20, 2015
Tracking mobile phone data is often associated with privacy issues, but these vast datasets could be the key to understanding how infectious diseases are spread seasonally, according to a study published in the Proceedings ...
Synthetic DNA vaccine against MERS induces immunity in animal study
Aug 19, 2015
A novel synthetic DNA vaccine can, for the first time, induce protective immunity against the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus in animal species, reported researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine ...
Toilet waste provides knowledge about diseases' global transmission routes
Aug 19, 2015
Analysis and genome sequencing of disease-causing microorganisms and antimicrobial resistance bacteria in toilet waste from international aircraft could be a first step towards global surveillance of infectious diseases and ...
Expression of a single gene lets scientists easily grow hepatitis C virus in the lab
Aug 18, 2015
Worldwide, 185 million people have chronic hepatitis C. Since the late 1980s, when scientists discovered the virus that causes the infection, they have struggled to find ways to grow it in human cells in the lab—an essential ...
Biologists find malaria parasites lost drug resistance after health policy changes
Aug 13, 2015 report
(Medical Xpress)—Chloroquine (CQ) is a first-line treatment for Plasmodium falciparum infections, which like many other malaria treatments, eventually resulted in the selection of parasites with resistance to the drug. ...
Vaccine combo shows promise against common, dangerous infection
Aug 12, 2015
Researchers report they are closer to finding a vaccine for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), a common illness that few recognize by name but one that's a major cause of lower respiratory infection in babies and the elderly.
Could flu someday be prevented without a vaccine?
Aug 11, 2015
Researchers have discovered a way to trigger a preventive response to a flu infection without any help from the usual players - the virus itself or interferon, a powerful infection fighter.
Scientists identify a mechanism of epidemic bacterial disease
Aug 10, 2015
Through identification of increased toxin production by epidemic forms of group A streptococcus (the "flesh-eating" bacterium), for the first time scientists are able to pinpoint the molecular events that contribute to large ...
Single dose Ebola vaccine is safe and effective in monkeys against outbreak strain
Aug 06, 2015
National Institutes of Health (NIH) scientists report that a single dose of an experimental Ebola virus (EBOV) vaccine completely protects cynomolgus macaques against the current EBOV outbreak strain, EBOV-Makona, when given ...