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At CDC, scientists fight fungus blamed for meningitis outbreak linked to steroid injections
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Scattered across the carefully landscaped main campus of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta are the staff on the front lines fighting a rare outbreak of fungal meningitis: A scientist in a white lab coat peers through a microscope at fungi on a glass slide. In another room, another researcher uses what looks like a long, pointed eye dropper to suck up DNA samples that will be tested for the suspect fungus. More

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US scientists share chemistry nobel for cell receptors
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Two U.S. scientists won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for discovering receptors, proteins that receive and transmit messages to cells, and are the basis for as much as half of all today's medicines. Robert J. Lefkowitz, 69, of Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C., and Brian K. Kobilka, 57, of Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto, Calif., will share the $1.2 million award, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said at a news conference in Stockholm. More

New antibiotic shows promise for drug-resistant infections
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A new potential class of antibiotics called LpxC inhibitors was recently found to block the ability of bacteria to initiate the septic cascade, saving mice from lethal infection, although agents did not kill the bacteria in vitro, as is the typical mechanism of action of antibiotics. Senior author Brad Spellberg, M.D., from the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and the David Geffen School of Medicine in Los Angeles and colleagues report their findings in an article published online in mBio. More

Bidirectional communication between breast cancer cells, nearby MSCs cause metastasis    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In recent years investigators have discovered that breast tumors are influenced by more than just the cancer cells within them. A variety of noncancerous cells, which in many cases constitute the majority of the tumor mass, form what is known as the "tumor microenvironment." This sea of noncancerous cells and the products they deposit appear to play key roles in tumor pathogenesis. More

Filming bacterial life in multicolor is a new diagnostic, antibiotic discovery tool
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An international team of scientists led by Indiana University chemist Michael S. VanNieuwenhze and biologist Yves Brun has discovered a revolutionary new method for coloring the cell wall of bacterial cells to determine how they grow, in turn providing a new, much-needed tool for the development of new antibiotics. Discovery of the new method is expected to broadly impact both basic and applied research tied to understanding, controlling or preventing bacterial cell growth in specific environments, said the two scientists in IU Bloomington's College of Arts and Sciences. More

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Malaria patterns tracked in Africa through cell phone records
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A study published in the journal Science used millions of cell phone records to document the impact human movement has on malaria disease patterns in the fast-growing nation of Kenya. The study, whose lead author is graduate student Amy Wesolowski of Carnegie Mellon University, also suggests new strategies for handling the malaria epidemic, a mosquito-borne disease that infects an estimated 216 million people worldwide and kills 655,000 a year, most of them children. More

Jamaica steps up efforts to combat dengue fever
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Jamaica is stepping up mosquito eradication across the island and urging school children to stamp out breeding grounds to combat an epidemic of dengue fever, the Caribbean country's health minister said. Health Minister Fenton Ferguson told reporters there have been five suspected deaths from the mosquito-borne virus in Jamaica so far this year. There have been more than 1,200 suspected cases as of Sept. 29, compared to 887 during the same period last year. More

Probiotics for preemies provide no infection protection
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The prophylactic use of probiotics does not reduce the rate of nosocomial infections or mortality in premature babies, according to results from a prospective study of 750 infants. The rate of death or nosocomial infection was similar between infants who received Lactobacillus reuteri and those who received placebo. More

In Montana, 'Dr. Trout' battles the planet's most dangerous diseases
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In his day job, Marshall Bloom is the associate director for scientific management at the Rocky Mountain Laboratories, a cutting-edge federal research campus in an unlikely place: Hamilton, Mont., a town of about 4,500 in the beautiful Bitterroot Valley. Nearly 500 workers in dozens of lab buildings are dedicated to studying "emerging infectious diseases" like the Ebola virus (from Africa), Lassa fever (caused by another African virus) and chronic wasting disease. More

US panel urges more gene privacy protection
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It sounds like a scene from a TV show: Someone sends a discarded coffee cup to a laboratory where the unwitting drinker's DNA is decoded, predicting what diseases lurk in his or her future. A presidential commission found that's legally possible in about half the states – and says new protections to ensure the privacy of people's genetic information are critical if the nation is to realize the enormous medical potential of gene-mapping. More

A 'brain-eating' amoeba has already killed 10 people in Pakistan
Agence France Presse via Business Insider    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Authorities in Pakistan's largest city have launched an urgent investigation after a rare water-borne "brain-eating" amoeba killed 10 people in four months, officials said. The water company and health officials monitoring water in Karachi, home to 18 million people, have been ordered to trace the source of the Naegleria fowleri outbreak. More

Northern California training grant produces first crop of specialized clinical laboratory scientists, MTs, MLTs
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In the San Francisco Bay Area, a healthcare training program has graduated its first students trained as clinical laboratory scientists or medical laboratory technologists. This harvest of clinical laboratory workers is the result of a collaboration of private employers and academia, funded by a federal Labor Department grant. More

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