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Drugs that Don’t Help Could Hurt

By | October 4, 2013

Physicians continue to overprescribe antibiotics for patients with sore throats, a study finds.

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image: The Leprosy Bacillus, circa 1873

The Leprosy Bacillus, circa 1873

By | October 1, 2013

A scientist’s desperate attempts to prove that Mycobacterium leprae causes leprosy landed him on trial, but his insights into the disease’s pathology were eventually vindicated.

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Trouble in the Heartland

By | October 1, 2013

A new tick-borne disease has emerged in the US Midwest—and the culprit is not a bacterium. 

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Viral in Valencia

By | October 1, 2013

A genetic analysis that tracks the evolution of pathogens helped incriminate a Spanish anesthetist who infected hundreds of patients with hepatitis C.

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Giving Antibiotic Cycling Another Shot

By | September 25, 2013

Switching up the drugs used to treat bacterial infections could help clinicians battle both illness and resistance at the same time.

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Sources of MERS Still Unknown

By | September 23, 2013

As the death toll rises, scientists scour the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus genome for clues as to how it first infected humans.

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image: Week in Review: September 16–20

Week in Review: September 16–20

By | September 20, 2013

Dealing with anonymous misconduct allegations; efficiently generating iPSCs; distinguishing viral infections from non-viral; imaging tau in vivo

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The Ultimate Game of Cat and Mouse

By | September 18, 2013

Toxoplasma gondii seems to cause hard-wired changes in the brains of mice that persist even after the parasite is gone.

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Focus on the Host

By | September 18, 2013

A patient response-based gene expression signature can distinguish respiratory infections caused by viruses from those of bacterial or fungal origin.

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image: CDC Charts Antibiotic Resistance Threat

CDC Charts Antibiotic Resistance Threat

By | September 16, 2013

The agency estimates that at least 23,000 people in the U.S. die each year as a result of antibiotic-resistant infections. 

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