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By |2018-02-06T17:39:21+00:00February 6th, 2018|

Genetic resource will help develop new tools to support the campaign against malaria in Africa Populations of Anopheles gambiae mosquitoes sampled in Africa, by country. For full-sized image, please click here. Image: Nature DOI: 10.1038/nature24995 The largest-ever genetic study of mosquitoes reveals the movement of insecticide resistance between different regions of Africa and finds several rapidly evolving insecticide resistance [...]

Angola: WHO Alarm – Zika Virus On the Rise in Angola

By |2017-12-30T17:52:30+00:00December 30th, 2017|

ANALYSIS The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a health emergency alert about a possible Zika outbreak in Angola, urging the Angola Ministry of Health to immediately begin implementing its planned interventions to minimize the impact. The WHO’s alert is particularly alarming because it is issued in response to a growing number of cases of [...]

Largest genetic study of mosquitoes reveals spread of insecticide resistance across Africa

By |2017-12-03T18:27:16+00:00December 3rd, 2017|

Genetic resource will help develop new tools to support the campaign against malaria in Africa Populations of Anopheles gambiae mosquitoes sampled in Africa, by country. For full-sized image, please click here. Image: Nature DOI: 10.1038/nature24995 The largest-ever genetic study of mosquitoes reveals the movement of insecticide resistance between different regions of Africa and finds several rapidly evolving insecticide resistance [...]

Analysis offers an alternative history for ampicillin resistance

By |2017-12-03T18:23:24+00:00December 3rd, 2017|

A new study by French scientists suggests the rise of ampicillin resistance in a strain of Salmonella may have begun before the antibiotic was ever used in humans. Ampicillin, a widely used broad-spectrum, semi-synthetic derivative of penicillin, was first marketed in the United Kingdom in 1961 and introduced in other European countries shortly thereafter. But it wasn't [...]

Health worker firings spark debate on mandating flu vaccine

By |2017-12-03T18:11:40+00:00December 3rd, 2017|

"Whenever you do something new it ruffles feathers." That's how Rajesh Prabhu, MD, an infectious disease specialist and the chief patient safety officer with Essentia Health of Duluth, Minn., explained the company's decision to mandate that all healthcare employees, staff, and volunteers get the seasonal flu vaccine this year, a decision that led to dozens [...]

CALIFORNIA’S HEPATITIS A OUTBREAK IS THE FUTURE POKING US IN THE FACE

By |2017-11-22T15:25:15+00:00November 22nd, 2017|

IT WASN’T JUST that people were getting sick—it was who. And how many. Hepatitis A is a viral disease that primarily attacks the liver, and if it gets serious—as it can in the elderly and immune-compromised people—it can be fatal. But the graph of casesin the US over time looks like the second, fun half of a [...]

Study questions effectiveness of EVS to monitor hospital room cleanliness

By |2017-11-15T20:46:06+00:00November 15th, 2017|

Recently published findings validate the CDC’s recommendation that independent observers provide the most objective approach to monitoring the thoroughness of environmental services staff to clean and disinfect hospital rooms after they are used. The CDC recommends that hospital epidemiologists or infection preventionists who are not part of environmental services (EVS) monitor the environmental cleaning and [...]

EPA Approval Of Bacteria To Fight Mosquitoes Caps Long Quest

By |2017-11-15T20:31:19+00:00November 15th, 2017|

Editor's note: The Environmental Protection Agency has approved the use of mosquitoes infected with Wolbachia bacteria as a "biopesticide" in 20 states and the District of Columbia. The bacteria keep mosquitoes from spreading diseases like dengue and Zika. Back in 2012, NPR's Joe Palca wrote about scientist Scott O'Neill's 20 years of struggle to make [...]

A Clean Slate: Engineering the Gut Microbiome with “Good” Bacteria May Help Treat Crohn’s Disease

By |2017-11-15T20:18:21+00:00November 15th, 2017|

Penn Medicine researchers have singled out a bacterial enzyme behind an imbalance in the gut microbiome linked to Crohn’s disease. The new study, published online this week in Science Translational Medicine, suggests that wiping out a significant portion of the bacteria in the gut microbiome, and then re-introducing a certain type of “good” bacteria that lacks [...]

Scientists surprised to find bacteria inside fallopian tubes and around ovaries

By |2017-11-15T20:10:04+00:00November 15th, 2017|

Scientists and doctors have always thought babies are conceived and developed in entirely sterile surroundings inside the womb, far away from bacteria that live in the vagina. But new research shows – to great surprise – that bacteria are alive and kicking in the womb and inside the fallopian tubes and around the ovaries. Click [...]