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Infectious Diseases – News and Features

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Principal Driver of Inflammatory Bowel Disease Discovered

Researchers at the Francis Crick Institute, working with UCL and Imperial College London, have discovered a new biological pathway that is a principal driver of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and related conditions.
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Therapy Brings Hope for Treatment of Nodding Syndrome

A new study suggests that a course of doxycycline may decrease hospitalizations and deaths related to nodding syndrome.
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Enhancing Azole Antifungal Treatment with Bone Loss Drugs

A new study suggests that adding common bone loss drugs to azoles can improve efficacy. In lab tests, combinations of these drugs worked against dermatophyte species and prevented resistance.
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Multiple Pest Treatments Help Honey Bees Survive the Winter

A new study has found that using not one but multiple pest treatments may help bees make it to spring.
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Climate Change Is Boosting the Bacteria That Devour Olive Trees

A disease-causing bacteria that wipes out olive trees benefits from climate change, reports a new study.
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More Cervical Cancer Cases May Be Detected With New Test

A simpler and more effective screening method for cervical cancer has been developed that can detect significantly more cancers and precancerous stages.
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Novel Vaccine Approach Induces Improved Protective Immunity Against COVID-19

A scientific team has engineered a COVID-19 vaccine that induced – in pre-clinical models – very long-lasting, protective immunity against SARS-CoV-2 virus with a single-shot immunisation.
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Researchers Identify “Short Circuits” in Cellular Pathways

A group of researchers at University of California San Diego has identified the cause of a “short-circuit” in cellular pathways, a discovery that sheds new light on the genesis of a number of human diseases.
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Investigational Antiviral Progressing Toward Preparing for Future Pandemics

Obeldesivir (GS-5245), a novel investigational small molecule oral antiviral, represents a new tool in the ongoing effort to prepare for future pandemics.

How the COVID-19 Virus Enters a Host Cell Influences the Outcome of Infection

How exactly do Sars-Cov-2 particles enter host cells? An international team investigated this question. The researchers were able to show how the protein TMPRSS2 acts as a helper to bring the virus into the cell via the receptor ACE2.