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

Lab tests may misdiagnose 50% of diarrhea’s bacterial causes in kids

Conventional culture-based lab tests may misdiagnose as many as half of the microbial causes of diarrhea diseases in children

John Toon-Georgia Tech | Nov. 25, 2019 | futurity
~8 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine childrens-health digestive-system e-coli microbes microbiomes pathogens

Salmonella strains are getting harder to treat

Salmonella is getting really good at antibiotic resistance. And it's moved beyond small children and the elderly to affect otherwise healthy adults, too.

Layne Cameron-Michigan State | Nov. 25, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine antibiotics drug-resistance pathogens salmonella

‘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

Knocking out 1 protein may cure the common cold

"Our grandmas have always been asking us, 'If you're so smart, why haven't you come up with a cure for the common cold?' Now we have a new way to do that."

Bruce Goldman-Stanford | Sept. 17, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine immune-systems infections pathogens viruses

Invasive pests kill enough trees to hamper carbon storage

Invasive pests kill so many trees each year, they cut the carbon storage of forests by the equivalent of emissions from 5 million cars.

Brian Wallheimer-Purdue | Aug. 15, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment forests insects invasive-species pathogens trees

Worms show the danger of lacking vitamin B12

Research with roundworms shows a direct link between a diet lacking B12 and an increased risk of infection from two deadly pathogens.

Jade Boyd-Rice | March 15, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine infections pathogens vitamin-b

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