After J & J sale, Cambridge investor sets sights on $175M raise for new medtech VC firm
With the launch of his new company, Miraki Innovation, Velis hopes to expand his reach in medtech, founding more companies in healthcare diagnostics, infectious disease and robotics that will follow Auris ’ lead. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - May 20, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Allison DeAngelis Source Type: news

Julianna Margulies on her shocking Ebola drama: 'I panicked in my hazmat suit!'
The star of ER and The Good Wife is back – as a doctor fighting to save humanity. She gives her bodyguard the slip to talk about our imperilled planet – and her love of Sussex A-roadsBefore I meet Julianna Margulies, I spend three days staring at her bodyguard. He ’s impossible to miss: one of those men whose every attempt to blend in flounders. Margulies and I are in Lille, judges at the Series Mania television festival, although our experiences differ a little. My cloak of anonymity allows me to roam the city unpestered. Margulies, however, has been a TV mainstay for 25 years, with roles in two juggerna...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 19, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Stuart Heritage Tags: Television Drama Ebola Infectious diseases Doctors Culture Society Epidemics Aid US television The Good Wife & radio Health Global development World news Africa Microbiology Science Medical research Source Type: news

Seychelles: Stop Discrimination, Seek Treatment for HIV, President Says
[Seychelles News Agency] That was the message from the Seychelles' President Danny Faure on Friday at the launching of a national strategic plan for HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - May 19, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Can a hands-on model help forest stakeholders fight tree disease?
(North Carolina State University) An aggressive new strain of sudden oak death, a disease that's killed millions of trees, has turned up in Oregon, posing a threat to timber production. Scientists are using a 3D model called Tangible Landscape to help stakeholders work together to find ways to contain the disease's spread. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - May 19, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Big data reveals hidden subtypes of sepsis
(University of Pittsburgh) Much like cancer, sepsis isn't simply one condition, but rather many conditions with varying clinical characteristics that could benefit from different treatments, according to the results of a University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine study involving more than 100,000 patients. These findings, announced today in JAMA, could explain why several recent clinical trials of treatments for sepsis, the number one killer of hospitalized patients, have failed. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - May 19, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Augmentin (Amoxicillin/clavulanate potassium)
Augmentin (amoxicillin/clavulanate potassium) is a prescription medication that ’s used to treat infections caused by bacteria. It belongs to a class of drugs called penicillin antibiotics. Augmentin comes as an oral tablet and an oral liquid suspension. Learn about side effects, warnings, dosage, and more. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - May 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases / Bacteria / Viruses Source Type: news

HIV Vaccine Awareness Day 2019 — May 18, 2019
Statement by Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Maureen M. Goodenow, Ph.D., NIH Associate Director for AIDS Research and Director, Office of AIDS Research (Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases)
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases - May 17, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Guidelines Nix Annual TB Testing for Most Healthcare Workers Guidelines Nix Annual TB Testing for Most Healthcare Workers
Healthcare workers should be tested for tuberculosis when they are hired and should be retested only after an occupational exposure, according to new CDC guidelines.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines)
Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines - May 17, 2019 Category: Allergy & Immunology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Tanzania: 'Invisible' Species of Malaria That Hides Inside Body
[East African] Scientists in Tanzania have discovered that a species of malaria can live in the body for decades without showing any clinical signs, but still manage to contribute to the transmission of malaria in the country. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - May 17, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Uganda: Stigma to Blame for High HIV/Aids Deaths
[Monitor] Kampala -The continued stigma against people living with HIV/aids is responsible for high numbers of the scourge-related deaths despite the introduction of antiretroviral therapy drugs that enable patients to live longer and normally, a senior specialists has said. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - May 17, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: Burden of TB in Nigeria Weighs Heavier, New Data Shows
[Africa Check] In its April 2019 article "The tuberculosis enigma", Nigeria's the Nation newspaper quotes the World Health Organization as saying the country is "first in Africa" for the burden of the disease. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - May 17, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Symptoms, Sites, and Significance of M. genitalium in MSM Symptoms, Sites, and Significance of M. genitalium in MSM
What is the significance of Mycoplasma genitalium in men who have sex with men? Should this population be routinely screened?Emerging Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape Radiology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Radiology Headlines - May 17, 2019 Category: Radiology Tags: Infectious Diseases Journal Article Source Type: news

New findings could lead to improved vaccinations against sexually transmitted infections
(King's College London) In a study published today in the Nature Communications, researchers from King's College London have shown how skin vaccination can generate protective CD8 T-cells that are recruited to the genital tissues and could be used as a vaccination strategy for sexually transmitted infections (STIs). (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - May 17, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Early dengue virus infection could " defuse " zika virus
(German Center for Infection Research) The Zika virus outbreak in Latin America has affected over 60 million people up to now. The infection can have potentially fatal consequences for pregnant women and their unborn children: many children have subsequently been born with malformations of the head (microcephaly). A particularly high incidence of these Zika-associated malformations exists in northeastern Brazil. DZIF scientists from Charit é -- Universit ä tsmedizin Berlin tried to find out the reasons for this regional cluster and discovered a surprising protective factor. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - May 17, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Scientists capture first-ever video of body's safety test for t-cells
(University of Texas at Austin) For the first time, immunologists have captured on video what happens when T-cells undergo a type of assassin-training program before they get unleashed in the body. A new imaging technique that allowed for the videos, described today in the journal Nature Communications, holds promise for the fight against autoimmune disorders such as Type 1 diabetes. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - May 17, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nonprofit Generic Drug Venture to Start With Two Antibiotics Nonprofit Generic Drug Venture to Start With Two Antibiotics
Civica Rx, a nonprofit generic drug company formed by health systems, announced the first drugs it will produce are the intravenous antibiotics vancomycin and daptomycin.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - May 17, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
From 9 through 30 April 2019, the National International Health Regulations (IHR) Focal Point of Saudi Arabia reported nine additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection, including three deaths. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - May 17, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Cochrane expresses thanks to Professor Prathap Tharyan for leading Cochrane South Asia for over 14 years
After leading Cochrane South Asia since 2005, first as a Branch of the Australasian Cochrane Centre, and from 2008 as a standalone Cochrane South Asia Centre, Professor Prathap Tharyan is retiring from his role as Director.Under Prathap ’s leadership, Cochrane South Asia, based at the Prof BV Moses Centre for Evidence Informed Health Care and Health Policy at CMC, Vellore, has contributed enormously to Cochrane's global efforts to increase the uptake of reliable evidence to inform health decisions. In the early years of the Centre, Prathap organized several very successful annual conferences on evidence-based health ...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - May 16, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Lydia Parsonson Source Type: news

UPMC's new infectious-disease firm will provide care for smaller hospitals
It's that short supply of infectious-disease doctors — who treat all types of infectious diseases from the flu and measles to hospital-acquired infections to ebola. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - May 16, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Paul J. Gough Source Type: news

Africa: Fights to End Polio, Contain Ebola Made Tougher By Violence - Researchers
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] New York -Documented attacks on health workers in conflict areas increased dramatically last year, endangering both children waiting for polio vaccines and efforts to contain the latest outbreak of Ebola, research showed on Wednesday. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - May 16, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Preventive measures can reduce foot parasite in children, study says
(PLOS) Tungiasis is a neglected tropical disease caused by penetrated sand fleas which burrow into the skin of the feet. Public health policies such as sealing house and classroom floors and daily feet washing with soap could cut the number of tungiasis cases in school-aged children, researchers now report in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - May 16, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Current vaccination policies may not be enough to prevent measles resurgence
(BioMed Central) Current vaccination policies may not be sufficient to achieve and maintain measles elimination and prevent future resurgence in Australia, Ireland, Italy, the UK and the US, according to a study published in the open access journal BMC Medicine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - May 16, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Could better tests help reverse the rise of drug-resistant infections?
(Duke University) Faster, more accurate tests for drug-resistant infections are hailed as a promising tool in the fight against antibiotic resistance, so much so that the US and Britain are offering millions in prize money for their development. A modeling study led by Duke University game theorist David McAdams shows that better tests could, in theory, change the game and put drug-resistant bacteria at a reproductive disadvantage relative to more easily-treated strains -- but with a caveat. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - May 16, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Human antibody reveals hidden vulnerability in influenza virus
(NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) The ever-changing 'head' of an influenza virus protein has an unexpected Achilles heel, report NIAID-funded scientists. The team discovered the structure of a naturally occurring human antibody that recognizes and disrupts a portion of the hemagglutinin (HA) protein that the virus uses to enter and infect cells. The investigators determined that the antibody, FluA-20, binds tightly to an area on the head of the HA protein that is only briefly accessible to antibody attack. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 16, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo
Although the security situation has subsided mildly into an unpredictable calm, the transmission of Ebola virus disease (EVD) continues to intensify in North Kivu and Ituri provinces with more than 100 confirmed cases reported this week. The main drivers behind the continued rise in cases stems from insecurity hampering access to critical hotspot areas, persistent pockets of poor community acceptance and hesitation to participate in response activities, and delayed detection and late presentation of EVD cases to Ebola Treatment Centres (ETCs)/Transit Centres (TCs). (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - May 16, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Monkeypox – Singapore
On 9 May 2019, the Ministry of Health (MOH) in Singapore notified WHO of one laboratory-confirmed case of monkeypox. The case patient is a 38 year old Nigerian man who arrived in Singapore on 28 April 2019 and attended a workshop from 29-30 April. Prior to his travel to Singapore, he had worked in the Delta state in Nigeria, and had attended a wedding on 21 April 2019 in a village in Ebonyi State, Nigeria. The patient developed fever, muscle aches, chills and skin rash on 30 April. He reported that he had remained in his hotel room most of the time between 1 and 7 May. He was transferred to a public hospital by ambulance o...
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - May 16, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Infectious Causes of Stroke Infectious Causes of Stroke
Which infectious conditions may be implicated in the risk for or causation of stroke?Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - May 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases Journal Article Source Type: news

Awareness of Chronic Viral Hepatitis in the United States Awareness of Chronic Viral Hepatitis in the United States
How cognizant are US individuals of their status regarding HBV or HCV infection? How does infection awareness differ by demographics?Journal of Viral Hepatitis (Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines)
Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines - May 15, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Gastroenterology Journal Article Source Type: news

NYU Tandon & Global Public Health researcher receives Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Exploration
(New York University) Rumi Chunara, assistant professor of computer science and engineering and global public health at New York University, has won a Grand Challenges Explorations grant -- an initiative funded by the Bill& Melinda Gates Foundation. Chunara will pursue an innovative global health and development research project focused on smart immunization targeting in Pakistan using artificial intelligence (AI) and mobile tools. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - May 15, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Reanalysis of Tenofovir Study Changes Some Findings Reanalysis of Tenofovir Study Changes Some Findings
A reanalysis of a study comparing outcomes with tenofovir and entecavir for chronic hepatitis B has yielded different results, with some findings no longer statistically significant, researchers from South Korea report.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - May 15, 2019 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Political Games Hinder Efforts to End Ebola Outbreak in Congo: WHO Political Games Hinder Efforts to End Ebola Outbreak in Congo: WHO
Attempts to end the second worst Ebola outbreak on record are being hampered by"political games" and distrust of outsiders in two towns in Democratic Republic of Congo, a senior World Health Organization official said on Monday.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - May 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Novel Test Quickly Identifies Five Common Bacteria in BSIs Novel Test Quickly Identifies Five Common Bacteria in BSIs
Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - May 14, 2019 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Mozambique: Treating HIV In The Cyclone-Devastated City of Beira
[MSF] When Cyclone Idai struck the port city of Beira in Mozambique on 15 March, it damaged or destroyed buildings and infrastructure and ripped the roofs off most health centres, rendering many completely unusable. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - May 14, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

New Roche test aids clinicians in accelerating tuberculosis diagnosis and treatment by detecting antimicrobial resistance within the world ’s leading cause of infectious disease deaths
Roche today announced the CE-IVD launch of the cobas ® MTB-RIF/INH test to detect resistance to antibiotics within tuberculosis DNA. (Source: Roche Investor Update)
Source: Roche Investor Update - May 14, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

New Roche test aids clinicians in accelerating tuberculosis diagnosis and treatment by detecting antimicrobial resistance within the world ’s leading cause of infectious disease deaths
Roche today announced the CE-IVD launch of the cobas ® MTB-RIF/INH test to detect resistance to antibiotics within tuberculosis DNA. (Source: Roche Media News)
Source: Roche Media News - May 14, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Novel study discovers 'metabolic fingerprint' to help treat, diagnose and prevent cervical cancer
(University of Arizona Health Sciences) UA Researchers identified 'metabolic signatures' to distinguish HPV, pre-cancerous cervical conditions and cancer. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - May 14, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Researchers identify faster, more effective drug combinations to treat tuberculosis
(University of California - Los Angeles Health Sciences) Study describes a way to reduce the duration of tuberculosis treatment by using an approach called 'artificial intelligence-parabolic response surface' that allows researchers to quickly identify three or four drug combinations among billions of possible combinations to treat TB up to five times faster than current therapies. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - May 14, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

How proteins help influenza A bind and slice its way to cells
(eLife) Researchers have provided new insight on how two proteins help influenza A virus particles fight their way to human cells. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - May 14, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Gilead to Donate Truvada to CDC to Help With HIV PrEP in US Gilead to Donate Truvada to CDC to Help With HIV PrEP in US
While the Trump administration praised the donation, activists maintained their call for a reduction in the cost of the antiviral treatment, now pegged at more than $20,000 a year.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines)
Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines - May 14, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: HIV/AIDS News Source Type: news

Transgender Females Have Lower Tenofovir Diphosphate Concentrations Transgender Females Have Lower Tenofovir Diphosphate Concentrations
Transgender females taking feminizing hormone therapy (FHT) have lower effective rectal tissue concentrations of tenofovir diphosphate active metabolites, compared with cisgender women and men, researchers report.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines)
Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines - May 13, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology News Source Type: news

Mexican Official Resigns as HIV Drug Shortage Sparks Outcry Mexican Official Resigns as HIV Drug Shortage Sparks Outcry
Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines)
Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines - May 13, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: HIV/AIDS News Source Type: news

Looking at the efficacy of rosemary, pomegranate, and misty plume bush against MRSA
(Natural News) Researchers from the State University of Maringa in Brazil have found that rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), pomegranate (Punica granatum), and misty plume bush (Tetradenia riparia) have antibacterial properties, especially against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). The study, which appeared in the Journal of Herbal Medicine, investigated the efficacy of these plants against planktonic and biofilm cells of S.... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - May 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Metabolic Syndrome and Neurocognitive Deficits in HIV Metabolic Syndrome and Neurocognitive Deficits in HIV
Is there a link between metabolic syndrome and neurocognitive impairment? What role might these conditions have in HIV?JAIDS: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes (Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines)
Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines - May 13, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: HIV/AIDS Journal Article Source Type: news

Infectious Disease Consultant - Doha
(Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates)
Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates - May 13, 2019 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: helenfindon Source Type: news

Educational Clinical Fellow - Infectious Diseases
(Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates)
Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates - May 13, 2019 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: helenfindon Source Type: news

Infectious Diseases - Clinical Fellow
(Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates)
Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates - May 13, 2019 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: helenfindon Source Type: news

Researchers identify faster, more effective drug combination regimens to treat tuberculosis
Tuberculosis is a potentially deadly though curable disease. Each year about 10 million people develop active cases, and 1.6 million people die. In addition, about 1.7 billion people around the world are infected with TB bacteria, which can lie dormant for weeks to years, then become active and cause disease in up to 10 percent of those who are infected.Today, people who contract tuberculosis typically take a course of drugs for six to eight months. However, the length of treatment means some patients don ’t stick with the therapy or may develop adverse effects from drug toxicity. Some may develop resistance to the d...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - May 13, 2019 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

5th conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity
Date: Monday, May 13, 2019Year: 2019Location: Sheraton Hotel Ladi Kwali Way Wuse 2 Abuja NigeriaContent-type: current_conferences (Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates)
Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates - May 13, 2019 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: helenfindon Source Type: news

Tanzania: Region Gets 10bn/ - to Address HIV/Aids On Increase
[Daily News] MWANZA Region has received 10bn/- for intensification of massive HIV/AIDS interventions with researches further showing increase in the disease in the area. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - May 13, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Mozambique: Cyclones Fuel HIV Spread in Mozambique
[CAJ News] Maputo -SUCCESSIVE cyclones that have destroyed health infrastructure have left thousands of individuals living with HIV/AIDS at high risk (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - May 13, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news