Microbiology

2016/08/18MEDICAL UPDATE

Risk of fans catching dengue fever during Olympics ‘very low’

The risk of sports fans catching dengue fever during the Rio Olympics is very low, according to a new study involving mathematicians at the University of Strathclyde.

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2016/06/24MEDICAL UPDATE

World Health Matters: Finland: Computer model estimates true impact of flu pandemic

by Gary Finnegan: Researchers in Finland have used computer modelling to estimate the true impact of infectious diseases, such as H1N1 (swine flu). Underreporting of cases means traditional surveillance systems miss the vast majority of infections that occur in the population.

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2015/10/21MEDICAL UPDATE

World Health Matters: New superbug test could limit outbreaks

by Gary Finnegan: Sweden: Rapid identification of superbugs can help to speed up patient recovery, contain outbreaks, and save healthcare resources, according to Swedish researchers. 

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2015/05/14MEDICAL UPDATE

Faecal microbiota transplant cures C. diff, blocks multi-drug resistant pathogens

A faecal microbiota transplant (FMT) not only cured a case of Clostridium difficile (C. diff) infection in a 66 year old man; it eliminated populations of multi-drug resistant organisms both in the patient's gastrointestinal tract, and several other body sites. This case report is published in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology, a publication of the American Society for Microbiology.

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2015/04/13MEDICAL UPDATE

Review of global guidelines for sepsis needed

Experts are calling for a global review of guidelines used to diagnose sepsis, after a study found one in eight patients with infections severe enough to need admission to an Intensive Care Unit in Australia and New Zealand, did not meet current criteria.

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2015/03/09MEDICAL UPDATE

Macrophages target tumour cells following monoclonal antibody therapy

Monoclonal antibodies directed against tumour antigens have proven effective for treating some forms of cancer. Despite the increasing use of monoclonal antibody therapy, it is not clear how these antibodies drive tumour removal.

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2015/03/06MEDICAL UPDATE

How C. difficile bacteria wreak havoc in guts

In a new paper in the journal Infection and Immunity, the researchers lay out for the first time exactly how C. difficile wreaks havoc on the guts of animals in a short time, and causes severe diarrhea and life-threatening disease in humans.

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2015/02/17MEDICAL UPDATE

World Health Matters: Canada: Heart risk linked to pneumonia hospitalisation

by Gary Finnegan: Researchers in Canada have found that the chance having a heart attack or stroke increases significantly if a patient has been hospitalised for pneumonia – even if there is no history of cardiovascular problems.

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2015/02/13MEDICAL UPDATE

World Health Matters: Singapore: Could flu virus be wiped out?

by Gary Finnegan: One of the commonly circulating forms of the flu virus, which is particularly common among children, could be eliminated, according to researchers at the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore.

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2015/02/12MEDICAL UPDATE

World Health Matters: Denmark: Superbug ‘overcoat’ helps evade test

by Gary Finnegan: A superbug present in hospitals across Europe and the US can become resistant to treatment even without undergoing genetic changes, according to a new study from the University of Copenhagen. This could make the standard test of drug-resistant bacteria useless as it relies on detecting DNA mutations.

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