Using MRSA’s strength against it

Antibiotic-resistant infections cause more than 30,000 deaths annually in the U.S. alone. The majority of those are caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, more commonly known as MRSA, which can turn routine medical operations into near-death battles. MRSA evolved to become a deadly killer because it’s wily and resilient. A new Michigan State University study, however, […]

What is necrotizing pancreatitis?

Understanding necrotizing pancreatitis Symptoms Causes Diagnosis Treatment Treating pancreatitis Treating dead or infected pancreatic tissue Treating sepsis Prevention Outlook Necrotizing pancreatitis is a condition where parts of the pancreas die and may get infected. It is a complication of acute pancreatitis. In this article, we look at the symptoms and causes of necrotizing pancreatitis, as […]

This is how HIV decides to become active

HIV latent reservoir HIV exploits ‘gene expression noise’ Inefficient gene splicing Researchers have found the molecular mechanism underpinning HIV’s decision to remain in an active or dormant state. This may lead to new therapies that work by keeping the virus in a permanently dormant state. Learning about HIV’s decision-making process might help us to fight […]

Can you treat elephantiasis?

What are the symptoms? Causes How does the disease spread? Risk factors How is it diagnosed? Treatments Are there any complications? Prevention Takeaway Elephantiasis is a tropical disease caused by parasitic worms that are spread through mosquito bites. The skin gets thick and hard, resembling an elephant’s skin. Although medically known as lymphatic filariasis, the […]

Research may pave way for new C. diff antitoxins and anti-cancer drugs

Researchers from the University of California, Irvine and Harvard University have discovered how the Clostridium difficile toxin B (TcdB) recognizes the human Frizzled protein, the receptor it uses to invade intestinal cells and lead to deadly gastrointestinal infections.The findings, published today in Science, could pave the way for new C. diff antitoxins and also show […]

Study finds rise in multi-drug resistant infections among U.S. children

Antibiotic-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii infections, one of the most common hospital-acquired infections in children across the United States, are on the rise, according to results of a recent study published in the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society on March 22. “Acinetobacter are bacteria known to cause serious infections and notoriously difficult to treat because […]

Weighty issues on dog food safety

People are becoming more aware of what they put into their mouths and shifting from processed foods to natural and home-made foods. As for themselves they are more inclined to give their pet dogs these natural foods as well and are leaning towards a “raw meat” diet. These are often combined with pre-prepared foods that […]

What causes a pneumomediastinum?

What are the symptoms? Causes What are the risk factors? Diagnosis What are the treatment options? Complications Pneumomediastinum in newborns Takeaway Pneumomediastinum is the abnormal presence of air or another gas in the mediastinum. The mediastinum is the center of the chest and is located between the lungs. Air can get stuck in this area […]

Multi-drug resistant infections rising in children

Antibiotic-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii infections, one of the most common hospital-acquired infections in children across the United States, are on the rise, according to results of a recent study published in the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society on March 22. “Acinetobacter are bacteria known to cause serious infections and notoriously difficult to treat because […]