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Infections Research: Team discovers how bacteria exploit a chink in the body’s armor

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(SOURCE: UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS URBANA-CHAMPAIGN) – Scientists have discovered how a unique bacterial enzyme can blunt the body’s key weapons in its fight against infection. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Newcastle University in the U.K. are investigating how infectious microbes can survive attacks by the body’s immune system. By better understanding the bacteria’s […]

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Infections Research Discovery: Infant’s prolonged infection reveals mutation that helps bacteria tolerate antibiotics

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(SOURCE: ST. JUDE CHILDREN’S RESEARCH HOSPITAL) – A life-threatening infection in an infant with leukemia led to a St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital discovery of how prolonged infection sets the stage for bacterial persistence despite antibiotic susceptibility. The quest to understand a prolonged infection in an infant being treated for leukemia has led to the St. Jude […]

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SUNLIGHT OFFERS SURPRISE BENEFIT – IT ENERGIZES INFECTION FIGHTING T CELLS

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(SOURCE: GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER) – Sunlight allows us to make vitamin D, credited with healthier living, but a surprise research finding could reveal another powerful benefit of getting some sun. Georgetown University Medical Center researchers have found that sunlight, through a mechanism separate than vitamin D production, energizes T cells that play a central role in […]

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Lab Study Shows Genetic Changes in a Protein May Help Predict Risk of Cytomegalovirus Infection

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(SOURCE: JOHNS HOPKINS MEDICINE) – Experimenting with human cells and mice, Johns Hopkins researchers have found that a genetic mutation that alters a protein called NOD1 may increase susceptibility to human cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection. CMV is a common pathogen that infects almost 60 percent of adults in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and […]

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Study identifies a way to prevent burn injury infection – without antibiotics

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(SOURCE: UT SOUTHWESTERN MEDICAL CENTER) – A new way to fight multidrug-resistant bacteria by blinding them rather than killing them proved highly effective in a model of burn injuries, UT Southwestern Medical Center research shows. “In the United States, there are more than 1 million burn injuries and 100,000 hospitalizations annually. Up to 75 percent of the mortality […]

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Infections Research: New key players found in fighting fungi

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(SOURCE: TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF MUNICH) – Important element of immune defense against fungal infections discovered. Fungal infections are a serious health risk. They can be harmful especially to patients whose immune system is compromised through illness or chemotherapy. A team working at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has discovered an important mechanism in the body’s defenses […]