- C. Difficile's Shell Discovery Mean Mean Superbug Drug
The detailed structure of a protective 'jacket' that surrounds cells of the Clostridium difficile superbug, and which helps the dangerous pathogen stick to human host cells and tissues, is revealed in part in the 1 March issue of Molecular Microb ...
Article - News Staff - Feb 27 2009 - 10:03am
- Monocytes And TH1 Response- A New Path For Vaccine Science
An immune system response that is critical to the first stages of fighting off viruses and harmful bacteria comes from an entirely different direction than most scientists had thought, according to a finding by researchers at the Duke University Medical Ce ...
Article - News Staff - Mar 1 2009 - 3:04pm
- Environmental Engineers Want Your Sofa To Tell An Epidemiology Tale
Most college students will admit to searching their couch cushions for extra coins to do laundry. But Jon McKinney's cushion hunt isn't about finding money. He wants to help epidemiologists identify what's triggering diseases like asthma in ...
Article - News Staff - Mar 4 2009 - 1:24pm
- Synthetic Biology To The Rescue In Anti-Malaria Treatment
Artemisinin is the most powerful anti-malaria drug in use today and it commonly obtained by extracting the drug from Artemsisia annua, the sweet wormwood tree. ...
Article - News Staff - Mar 6 2009 - 4:36pm
- Scientists Unveil New Path To Better Immune Responses
The immune response can protect us from basically any invader but it can also create disease- like it happens in autoimmunity where it attacks the own body- so to understand its regulation is an important tool to assure its proper functioning. In a Nature ...
Article - Catarina Amorim - Mar 12 2009 - 5:57pm
- Animal Immunization Success- Progress Toward AIDS Vaccine
Rutgers AIDS researchers Gail Ferstandig Arnold and Eddy Arnold and colleagues say they may have turned a corner in their search for a HIV vaccine. The researchers say they have been able to take a piece of HIV that is involved with helping the virus enter ...
Article - News Staff - Mar 12 2009 - 11:22am
- When E. Coli Goes Intestine Surfing, Bad Things Can Happen
The bacterium Escherichia coli is part of the healthy human intestinal flora. However, E. coli also has pathogenic relatives that trigger diarrhea illnesses: enterohemorrhagic E.coli bacteria. During the course of an infection they infest the intestinal mu ...
Article - News Staff - Mar 19 2009 - 9:23am
- Preventing MRSA Through Positive Deviance
One of the largest health threats facing our society today is not some super-virus spread from birds, or a tropical parasite spread by mosquito. Instead, it is the increasing resistance of common bacteria to antibiotics and even severe antibacterial treatm ...
Article - Erin Richards - Mar 25 2009 - 4:00am
- Bioengineered Proteins May Help Prevent Tumor Spread
Re-engineering a protein that helps prevent tumours spreading and growing has created a potentially powerful therapy for people with many different types of cancer. In a study published in the first issue of EMBO Molecular Medicine, Canadian researchers mo ...
Article - News Staff - Mar 26 2009 - 6:55am
- End Coming For Immunosuppressive Drugs? Transplantation Immunity Gets A Breakthrough, Says Study
Australian scientists say they have made a discovery that may one day remove the need for a lifetime of toxic immunosuppressive drugs after organ transplants. ...
Article - News Staff - Apr 7 2009 - 9:27am