Contaminated Gloves a No-No in Hospitals

June 24, 2016

FRIDAY, June 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Health care workers who wear contaminated gloves can transfer bacteria onto hospital surfaces, a new study warns.
“Infection control is a priority for all hospitals to reduce the spread of [bacteria],” said study author Sae Otani, a master course student at Bunkyo Gakuin University in Japan.
“Gloving is recommended as […]


DNA Tests May Spot Brain Infections

June 24, 2016

FRIDAY, June 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Genetic testing may help diagnose or rule out brain infections, researchers report.
They said their pilot study showed that using computers to rapidly analyze large amounts of genetic and biological information from brain tissue samples could offer a cost-effective addition to pathology lab testing.
The research team from Johns Hopkins […]


Dengue Virus May Bolster Zika’s Attack

June 23, 2016

THURSDAY, June 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Prior exposure to the dengue fever virus may increase the severity of Zika virus, a new study says.
Early stage laboratory findings suggest this connection between the two viruses may help explain the current Zika outbreak in Latin American and Caribbean countries, according to the international team of researchers.
Dengue […]


The FluMist Nasal Flu Vaccine Is Ineffective, CDC Panel Says

June 23, 2016

Americans may have to do without the easier, nasal spray form of flu vaccine next flu season, a panel of experts decided Wednesday.


U.K. Case of Throat Gonorrhea Resists Antibiotics

June 23, 2016

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, June 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) — In an alarming development, British public health experts have confirmed a case of throat gonorrhea that proved untreatable with the standard antibiotic regimen.
The patient, a heterosexual man who had just returned to the United Kingdom from Japan, wasn’t cured by a pair of antibiotics […]


Scratching a Mosquito Bite May Help Zika Virus Spread Faster in the Body

June 22, 2016

The inflammation caused by a mosquito bite helps Zika and other viruses spread through the body more quickly, a new study in mice suggests.


A New Antibiotic to the Rescue?

June 16, 2016

THURSDAY, June 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) — An experimental antibiotic has shown promise against a dangerous drug-resistant bacteria in animals, researchers report.
A combination of the new antibiotic TXA709 and the antibiotic cefdinir successfully treated animals infected with the so-called “superbug” MRSA — methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus.
The results are “important because even though TXA709 is effective on […]


Experts Warn That Zika Could Spread to Southern Europe This Summer

June 15, 2016

The Zika virus could spread in southern Europe this summer if it’s introduced to the region by infected travelers, researchers warn.


Antibiotics May Blunt Breastfeeding’s Benefits

June 14, 2016

Early use of antibiotics may dampen some of the benefits of breast-feeding, a new study suggests.


HIV Infection Seems to Affect Nervous System

June 13, 2016

MONDAY, June 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Many newly infected HIV patients experience neurological problems, but they tend to be mild and they subside after antiretroviral drugs are given, a new study finds.
“We were surprised that neurologic findings were so pervasive in participants diagnosed with very recent HIV infection,” said study author Dr. Joanna Hellmuth. […]



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