Microbiology
Swine flu outbreak in India raises concern

Swine flu outbreak in India raises concern

Washington: Since December, an outbreak of swine flu in India has killed more than 1,200 people, and a new MIT study suggests that the strain has acquired mutations that make it more dangerous than previously circulating strains of H1N1 influenza. more

Genetic factors behind surviving or dying from Ebola shown in mouse study

Genetic factors behind surviving or dying from Ebola shown in mouse study

Washington: A newly developed mouse model suggests that genetic factors are behind the mild-to-deadly range of reactions to the Ebola virus. more

Study: Viral Infection in Nose Can Trigger Middle Ear Infection

Study: Viral Infection in Nose Can Trigger Middle Ear Infection

Washington: Middle ear infections, which affect more than 85 per cent of children under the age of 3, can be triggered by a viral infection in the nose rather than solely by a bacterial more

GeneXpert test gives false outcomes of major drug-resistant TB cases

GeneXpert test gives false outcomes of major drug-resistant TB cases

New Delhi: In a setback that could thwart the ambitious plans of Indian government and other health agencies to control the occurrence and spread of tuberculosis (TB), the recently introduced GeneXpert test, in a research, has been found to miss out significant number of cases of drug resistant TB. more

Popular disinfectants do not kill HPV, say researchers

Popular disinfectants do not kill HPV, say researchers

Washington: Commonly used disinfectants do not kill human papillomavirus (HPV) that makes possible non-sexual transmission of the virus, thus creating a need for hospital policy changes, according to researchers from Penn State College of Medicine and Brigham Young University. more

Study reveals high prevalence of TB infection among young children

Study reveals high prevalence of TB infection among young children

Washington: A small study by investigators from the Johns Hopkins Children’s Centre and Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Government Medical College (BJMC), Pune in India reveals high prevalence of tuberculosis (TB) infection among young children, troubling rates of disseminated disease and alarming patterns of drug resistance. more

Discovery may aid vaccine design for common form of malaria

Discovery may aid vaccine design for common form of malaria

Washington: A form of malaria common in India, Southeast Asia and South America attacks human red blood cells by clamping down on the cells with a pair of proteins, new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis has revealed. more

How invariant natural killers keep tuberculosis in check

How invariant natural killers keep tuberculosis in check

Washington: Mycobacterium tuberculosis is a major cause of death worldwide, and a formidable foe. Most healthy people can defend themselves against tuberculosis, but they need all parts of their immune system to work together. A study published in PLOS Pathogens reveals how a special class of immune cells called “invariant natural killer T cells” make their contribution to this concerted effort. more

Waste water treatment facilities hotspot for spread of antibiotic resistance

Waste water treatment facilities hotspot for spread of antibiotic resistance

New Delhi: Our environment, including waste water treatment facilities, is key in the spread of antibiotic resistance, say the authors of a new report published in Lancet Infectious Diseases. more

Two-pronged approach could lead to a universal shot against flu

Two-pronged approach could lead to a universal shot against flu

Washington: Scientists have shown that a combination of immune cells and antibodies could pave the way for a universal vaccine against influenza, says a study. more