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Infectious Diseases – News and Features

Escherichia coli.

Antibiotics Put Bacteria in Self-Destruct Mode

Researchers studied how the pathogenic bacterium Escherichia coli reacts when exposed to small, non-fatal amounts of the antibiotic Ciprofloxacin.
A man sleeping while wearing a sleep tracker ring.

Your Sleep Tracker Could Reveal Health Secrets

Researchers identified five sleep types; the way people move between these types yields insights about both chronic and acute conditions.
Gut bacteria.

Gut Health Predicts Serious Infections

The composition of the intestinal flora can predict the chances of developing serious infections such as pneumonia. Researchers from Amsterdam UMC and the University of Turku, Finland, followed more than 10,000 people for 6 years.
Tiny fragments of plastic on a person's hand.

Microplastics Detected in Human Penis for the First Time

Tiny fragments of plastic waste have been detected in human penile tissue for the first time, raising new questions about how environmental pollutants may affect sexual and reproductive health.
A SARS-CoV-2 virion, with surface proteins shown in red and orange.

Autoantibodies Contribute to Severe COVID-19 by Impairing Immune Responses

Autoantibodies that target type 1 interferons and impair immune responses could contribute to severe COVID-19, suggests new research.
Fruits and vegetables at a supermarket.

Water Parasite Found in Supermarket Pre-Washed Vegetables

The parasite Cryptosporidium was found in over 17% of samples of pre-washed vegetables from supermarkets in South-East England.
A COVID-19 protein.

Why Don’t Some People Get COVID-19?

Using single-cell sequencing technology, researchers provide the most comprehensive timeline to date of how the body responds to SARS-CoV-2 exposure.
Multiple sperm cells.

Hepatitis E in Sperm Raises Sexual Transmission Possibility

Discovering that hepatitis E virus is associated with sperm in pigs suggests the virus may be both sexually transmitted and linked to male infertility, according to a new study.
A patient sitting with their doctor.

Sepsis Genes Guide Personalized Treatment

New research uncovers how different people respond to sepsis based on their genetic makeup, which could help identify who would benefit from certain treatments and lead to the development of targeted therapies.
Image of a microrobot made of an algae cell (green) covered with drug-filled nanoparticles (orange) coated with red blood cell membranes.

Algae-Based Microbots Deliver Cancer Drugs Directly to Lung Tumors

Combining biology and nanotechnology, researchers have developed algae-based “microbots” to deliver drugs directly to lung tumors in mice – with the approach showing promise for reducing tumor growth and increasing survival.