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Toddler survives smallpox vaccine reaction | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A two-year-old boy who developed a serious reaction to his father’s smallpox vaccination has recovered but disease detectives found infectious virus all over his house, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Thursday.<p>A two-year-old boy who developed a …

Breaking Up the Superbug Party

This bacteria produces an armoury of virulence factors and is resistant to many conventional antibiotics. It is almost impossible to eradicate <i>P.</i> …

The Immune System Response to Helminths

Immune System

Will we cure all ills?

Viruses come in an enormous number of shapes and forms. As we begin to understand them more, the hope is we might be able to control them better, says Carl Zimmer. And who knows, the day might come where we can treat them as friends not enemies.<p>Science writer Carl Zimmer says that in his utopia …

Novel bacterial 'language' discovered

(Phys.org) —LMU researchers have identified a yet unknown bacterial cell-cell communication system.<p>In nature, bacteria are no mavericks but live in …

4 Parasites That Want To Invade Your Brain

They just want a nice home! And to destroy you.<p>In the past month, two different 12-year-olds have made headlines after being hospitalized with an extremely rare, horrifying infection: the brain-eating amoeba.<p>Found mostly in warm freshwater lakes, rivers and hotsprings, <i>Naegleria fowleri</i> can travel …

Convert microscope into billion-pixel imager for $200 - Futurity

CALTECH (US) — Engineers have devised a way to convert a conventional microscope into a …

Adaptive bacteria makes psychedelic art worthy of The Grateful Dead

A professor at Tel Aviv University is studying bacteria to move the world of science forward, but he's creating some breathtaking art as well. As <i>FastCo.Design</i> explains, Professor Eshel Ben-Jacob decided to study the adaptive behavior of wild bacteria strains some 20 years ago. The idea was to put …

Vaccinating Babies For Rotavirus Protects The Whole Family

A 7-year-old vaccine that has drastically cut intestinal infections in infants is benefiting the rest of America, too.<p>A study published Tuesday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that vaccinating infants against rotavirus has also caused a striking decline in serious …

Ebola Treatment Works In Monkeys, Even After Symptoms Appear

Ebola, your days as one of the world's scariest diseases may be numbered.<p>A team of U.S. government researchers has shown that deadly Ebola hemorrhagic fever can be vanquished in monkeys by an experimental drug given up to five days after infection — even when symptoms have already developed.<p>An …