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Image: Gram stain of Streptococcus agalactiae or group B streptococcus (Photo courtesy of Institut Pasteur).

Mutated Group B Streptococcus Causes Neonatal Sepsis

Streptococcus agalactiae or group B Streptococcus is a commensal of the human gut and genitourinary tract, and a leading cause of neonatal infections, in which vertical transmission from mother to child remains the most frequent route of contamination.  More...
02 Sep 2015
Image: Scanning electron micrograph of Hepatitis C viruses (Photo courtesy of Cardiff University).

Hepatitis C Infection May Increase Cardiovascular Risk

People infected with the Hepatitis C virus are at risk for liver damage, but the infection may also lead to cardiovascular damage.   More...
31 Aug 2015
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Image: Photomicrograph of the herpes simplex virus, within tissue taken from a penile lesion of a patient with genital herpes (Photo courtesy of the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention).

Globally Accurate Diagnostic Test Developed for Herpes

A universally accurate diagnostic test for human herpes simplex viruses may soon be developed and that may also lead to the development of a vaccine that protects against the virus.  More...
25 Aug 2015
Image: Photomicrograph of Giemsa-stained thin blood smear showing Babesia organisms sequestered in erythrocytes (Photo courtesy of the CDC – [US] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).

Neutropenia Found in Congenital and Adult Babesiosis

Anemia and thrombocytopenia are expected hematologic abnormalities in patients with acute babesiosis, whereas neutropenia is not usually considered a feature of this infection.   More...
25 Aug 2015

Microfluidic Device Rapidly Detects Urinary Tract Infections

A polymeric centrifugal microfluidic platform has been developed for the rapid and sensitive identification of bacteria directly from urine, thus eliminating time-consuming cultivation steps.  More...
24 Aug 2015
Image: Photomicrograph of the Balamuthia mandrillaris trophozoite in culture (Photo courtesy of the CDC - US Centers of Disease Control and Prevention).

Novel Culture Medium Developed for Pathogenic Free-Living Amoeba

Balamuthia mandrillaris is an opportunistic protist pathogen and the causative agent of necrotizing hemorrhagic granulomatous encephalitis among other infections, with an estimated fatality rate approaching 98%.  More...
20 Aug 2015
Image: Histopathology of an adult Southeast Asian liver fluke Opisthorchis viverrini in an intrahepatic bile duct, a predisposing condition for intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (Photo courtesy of the International Agency for Research on Cancer).

Levels of 8-OxodG Predict Hepatobiliary Pathology in Opisthorchiasis

Opisthorchis viverrini is distinct among helminth infections as it drives a chronic inflammatory response in the intrahepatic bile duct that progresses from advanced periductal fibrosis to cholangiocarcinoma.  More...
20 Aug 2015


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