Bug vs. Bug: Benign C. difficile Strains Keep Fatal Strains at Bay
WASHINGTON, DC – October 2, 2013 -- In a recent study, two different strains of non-toxigenic Clostridium difficile provided protection against both historic and epidemic C. difficile strains. The research was conducted by researchers at Hines VA Hospital and is published ahead of print in the journal Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy.
Vaccination Campaign Doubles HBV Mutations
WASHINGTON, DC – October 7, 2013 – A universal infant vaccination campaign in China has led the Hepatitis B virus (HBV) to more than double its rate of “breakout” mutations. These mutations may enable the virus to elude the vaccine, necessitating new vaccination strategies. Researchers at the Chinese Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, report their findings in an article published ahead of print in the Journal of Virology.
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Vacuum Dust: A Previously Unknown Disease Vector
WASHINGTON, DC – September 30, 2013 -- The aerosolized dust created by vacuum cleaners contains bacteria and mold that “could lead to adverse effects in allergic people, infants, and people with compromised immunity,” according to researchers at the University of Queensland and Laval University. Their findings are published in the October issue of Applied and Environmental Microbiology.
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