Tag Archives: Infectious diseases

31Mar/15

UK scientists use medieval remedy to kill superbug MRSA

UK (Next Media) – UK Scientists successfully recreated and used a thousand-year-old Anglo Saxon remedy to kill hospital superbug MRSA.

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, otherwise known as the superbug MRSA, is a bacteria resistant to many antibiotics. It can cause skin infections and more severe problems such as bloodstream infections and pneumonia in patients in hospitals or nursing homes, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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25Mar/15

New Liberian ebola case may have been contracted via intercourse

(Next Media) – Health authorities in Liberia believe a woman who last week tested positive for Ebola in the first new case for weeks may have been infected through sexual intercourse with an Ebola survivor, dashing the government’s hopes of declaring the country Ebola-free.
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16Mar/15

Horse dung has scientists on scent of antibiotic success

The key to creating the next generation of antibiotics could lie in horse dung. That’s according to researchers at ETH Zurich and the University of Bonn who have produced copsin, an antibiotic protein compound, in the common inky cap mushroom that grows in manure.
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27Feb/15

Could a $34 Smartphone device improve HIV diagnosis in Africa?

(IVO) – This smartphone dongle could help save lives.

It‎ works with an app to test blood for HIV and syphilis – from finger prick to test takes just 15 minutes.

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24Feb/15

Measles death in Germany sparks vaccination debate

(Next Media Online) – Following the February 23 death of a German toddler from measles, health officials in Berlin are considering making vaccinations mandatory.
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23Feb/15

Freetown neighbourhood sealed off as new Ebola cases emerge

Sierra Leone has imposed a lock down in Freetown’s Aberdeen district, following a spike in Ebola cases, in what is seen as a setback for the country hardest-hit by the virus. Health workers are conducting searches as part of government efforts to contain the virus.
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23Feb/15

North Korea, running scared from Ebola, bans foreigners from marathon

An agency specialising in North Korean tours says that North Korea has banned foreign runners from participating in an international marathon scheduled to be held in Pyongyang this April, citing fears about the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.

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