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Coronavirus spreads quickly and sometimes before people have symptoms, study finds

Infectious disease researchers at The University of Texas at Austin studying the novel coronavirus were able to identify how quickly the virus can spread, a factor that may help public health officials in their efforts at containment. They found that... Continue Reading →

Chest CT findings in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pneumonia

A multi-center study (n=101) of the relationship between chest CT findings and the clinical conditions of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pneumonia -- published ahead-of-print and open-access in the American Journal of Roentgenology (AJR) -- determined that most patients with COVID-19 pneumonia have ground-glass... Continue Reading →

How measles wipes out the body’s immune memory

Over the last decade, evidence has mounted that the measles vaccine protects in not one but two ways: Not only does it prevent the well-known acute illness with spots and fever that frequently sends children to the hospital, but it... Continue Reading →

Bacterial lifestyle alters the evolution of antibiotic resistance

How bacteria live -- whether as independent cells or in a communal biofilm -- determines how they evolve antibiotic resistance, which could lead to more personalized approaches to antimicrobial therapy and infection control. University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine researchers... Continue Reading →

DEET gives humans an ‘invisibilty cloak’ to fend off mosquito bites

Since its invention during the Second World War for soldiers stationed in countries where malaria transmission rates were high, researchers have worked to pinpoint precisely how DEET actually affects mosquitos. Past studies have analyzed the chemical structure of the repellent, studied... Continue Reading →

Antimicrobial resistance is drastically rising

The world is experiencing unprecedented economic growth in low- and middle-income countries. An increasing number of people in India, China, Latin America and Africa have become wealthier, and this is reflected in their consumption of meat and dairy products. In... Continue Reading →

Can we feed 11 billion people while preventing the spread of infectious disease?

Within the next 80 years, the world's population is expected to top 11 billion, creating a rise in global food demand -- and presenting an unavoidable challenge to food production and distribution. But a new article published in Nature Sustainability describes how... Continue Reading →

Researchers find new treatment for Chlamydia

Researchers at the University of Waterloo have developed a new way to prevent and treat Chlamydia, the most common sexually transmitted bacterial infection in the world. The new treatment differs from the traditional anti-biotic treatment as it is a type... Continue Reading →

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