How do gut microbes affect norovirus? It depends

Gut microbes can tamp down or boost the severity of norovirus infection, depending on where along the intestine the virus takes hold.

Julia Evangelou Strait-WUSTL | Dec. 4, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine gut-bacteria immune-systems infections viruses

Common cold virus sneaks in to infect placenta

The placenta acts as a gatekeeper during pregnancy, but a study that shows how RSV can infect the fetus suggests it's not as impenetrable as once thought.

Keith Brannon-Tulane | Dec. 3, 2019 | futurity
~2 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine infections pathogens placenta pregnancy rsv

Best defense against MRSA at home: Wash your hands

Drug-resistant MRSA easily spreads at home but the best protection is pretty simple: Wash your hands.

Kristina Sauerwein-Washington University | Dec. 2, 2019 | futurity
~7 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine childrens-health families infections mrsa pets

Proton pump inhibitors for babies up infection risk

New research on proton pump inhibitors for babies finds that "being exposed to these drug levels actually puts the child at risk for having an extra infection event."

Vanderbilt U. | Nov. 7, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine acid-reflux babies childrens-health infections medications metabolism side-effects

1 protein may shield women from herpes ‘neuroinvasion’

A protein called IL-36g could keep the herpes virus from spreading to the nervous system in women, researchers have discovered.

U. Arizona | Nov. 5, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine herpes immune-systems infections proteins sexually-transmitted-diseases viruses

Drones keep an eye on tropical disease hotspots

To track schistosomiasis, researchers used to count snails—home to the worms that cause the disease. Drones might offer a better way.

Michelle Ma-Washington | Oct. 31, 2019 | futurity
~8 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine infections parasites schistosomiasis snails water

Infections during pregnancy may hamper fetal brain development

Infections during pregnancy are a risk factor for offspring developing disorders like schizophrenia and autism. Now researchers have figured out why.

Mathias Traczyk-Copenhagen | Oct. 31, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine uncategorized brains infections neurodevelopment neurons pregnancy

Most positive TB infection tests won’t lead to disease

Tuberculosis infection is "rarely life-long and in 90% or more of infected people, there is no possibility of TB development..."

John Infanti-Penn | Oct. 28, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine immune-systems infections lungs tuberculosis

Many older adults return to the hospital with same infection

"We found that as many as 5% of patients leaving the hospital with an infection have a readmission for that preexisting infection—that's bad."

Laura Bailey-Michigan | Oct. 24, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine hospitals infections older-adults

‘Vaccine’ shields tomato plants from pathogen invaders

A natural chemical may offer a way to vaccinate tomato plants and boost defenses against a pest that makes their leaves shrivel up and die.

Tom Abate-Stanford | Oct. 23, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology food infections pathogens plants vaccines

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