infectious diseases

Sepsis killing more people than AIDS: Experts (Sep 13 is World Sepsis Day)


September 12th, 2012 - 8:42 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Sep 12 (IANS) Sepsis, a condition caused by infections leading to multiple organ failure, is among the leading causes of deaths in India - killing more people than ... Read more...

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Indian scientists find safe drug against kala azar


September 10th, 2012 - 5:41 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, Sep 10 (IANS) Indian scientists have found a safe orally-administered drug against kala azar, a disease that puts at risk an estimated 165.4 million people in Bihar, Jharkhand, West ... Read more...

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New tactic to disarm superbugs


August 24th, 2012 - 4:26 pm ICT by IANS
Toronto, Aug 24 (IANS) A new tactic to disarm harmful bacteria may permit the body's immune system to destroy them, rather than use drugs to kill them.Christian Baron, professor of ... Read more...

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Infectious diseases killed nearly 1,700 Chinese in July


August 7th, 2012 - 11:15 pm ICT by IANS
Beijing, Aug 7 (IANS) Infectious diseases killed a total of 1,669 people in China last month, with AIDS accounting for 70 percent of the deaths, the health ministry said Tuesday.As ... Read more...

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HLL launching affordable diagnostic kits


August 7th, 2012 - 6:55 pm ICT by IANS
Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 7 (IANS) HLL Lifecare Limited, a mini-Ratna public sector undertaking headquartered here, is soon coming out with cheap and affordable duplex test kit for 'chikungunya' and 'dengue' fever ... Read more...

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Strategy needed to tackle zoonotic diseases, say experts


July 31st, 2012 - 6:38 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, July 31 (IANS) Zoonotic diseases, or diseases that transmit from animals to humans, like rabies, chikunguniya and Japanese Encephalitis, comprise a majority of the diseases afflicting humans today ... Read more...

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Iftar party: 2 kids dead, 400 hospitalised with food poisoning


July 31st, 2012 - 4:37 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, July 31 (IANS) Two children died of food poisoning and over 400 people have been hospitalised after consuming food at an Iftar party in West Bengal, an official said ... Read more...

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Viral illness kills 17, affects 35,000 in China


July 15th, 2012 - 8:12 pm ICT by IANS
Beijing, July 15 (IANS) A hand, foot and mouth disease has killed 17 people and affected nearly 35,000 in China's Hunan province this June as high temperatures helped it to ... Read more...

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Understanding networks to find how diseases spread


June 3rd, 2012 - 3:35 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, June 3 (IANS) Vastly dissimilar yet complex networks ranging from global air traffic to neural networks -- share very similar features, a study says. The findings could be ... Read more...

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AIIMS-II launched in Haryana village


May 31st, 2012 - 12:01 am ICT by IANS
Gurgaon, May 30 (IANS) The construction of the second campus of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS-II), perhaps bigger than the one in Delhi, began in a village in ... Read more...

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Breast milk antibodies help neutralize HIV


May 23rd, 2012 - 3:07 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, May 23 (IANS) Antibodies isolated from infected mothers' breast milk can inhibit the virus that causes AIDS, says a new discovery. HIV-1 can be transmitted from mother to child ... Read more...

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Now a portable tool to detect dengue mosquitoes!


May 23rd, 2012 - 1:57 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, May 23 (IANS) A new portable tool will now help doctors detect dengue virus-carrying mosquitoes and help reduce the likelihood of human infections around the world. Every year, almost ... Read more...

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Scientists identify molecule that flicks on immune system


May 21st, 2012 - 5:24 pm ICT by IANS
Singapore, May 21 (IANS) Researchers have identified the molecular 'switch' that directly triggers the body's first line of defence against pathogens, more accurately known as the body's "innate immunity". They ... Read more...

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Hyderabad foundation gets $100,000 grant for polio vaccine


May 10th, 2012 - 2:15 pm ICT by IANS
Hyderabad, May 10 (IANS) Ella Foundation has won a $100,000 Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE) grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to develop a virus against polio after the ... Read more...

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Sparrow decline indicates serious environmental change: Experts


May 9th, 2012 - 4:30 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, May 9 (IANS) House sparrows are an indicator of the environmental health of an area, and their disappearance could be linked to a rise in infectious diseases and ... Read more...

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Scientists close to finding meningococcal B shot


May 8th, 2012 - 2:23 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, May 8 (IANS) Researchers are close to finding a shot that protects against many strains of meningococcal B, the most prevalent cause of a rare but serious infection affecting ... Read more...

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Intensify immunisation efforts: WHO


April 21st, 2012 - 3:36 am ICT by IANS
New Delhi, April 21 (IANS) The World Health Organisation (WHO), which is observing the year of intensification of routine immunisation in Southeast Asia, has said the region will adopt a ... Read more...

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Common parasite linked to severe birth defects


April 15th, 2012 - 2:00 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, April 15 (IANS) Scientists have identified specific strains of the Toxoplasma gondii parasite, which may account for premature births and severe birth defects in the US. Pregnant women can ... Read more...

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Antibiotics ineffective against viral sinus infections


March 22nd, 2012 - 8:02 pm ICT by IANS
Toronto, March 22 (IANS) As antibiotics are ineffective against a vast majority of sinus infections caused by viruses, they should not be used in their treatment, new guidelines released by ... Read more...

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New device can detect infectious disease quickly


March 1st, 2012 - 5:01 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, March 1 (IANS) Infectious diseases can spread very rapidly and identifying them promptly takes hours and days. Scientists have now developed a device which can detect infections within minutes.A ... Read more...

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After no polio, India aims to eradicate measles: Azad


February 26th, 2012 - 7:26 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Feb 26 (IANS) After registering a zero-polio period in the last one year, India will now be aiming at eradicating measles, Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said here ... Read more...

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Climate change precipitates food shortages, unrest


February 2nd, 2012 - 2:24 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Feb 2 (IANS) Long-term climate change has often destabilized civilizations through food shortages, hunger, infectious disease and unrest, a study reveals.Historical records foreshadow a grim picture for a future ... Read more...

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Vaccines to boost immunity where it counts


January 23rd, 2012 - 12:40 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Jan 23 (IANS) Researchers have created synthetic nanoparticles that greatly bolster vaccine responses by targeting lymph nodes, where most immune reaction occurs.Currently, all other adjuvants (compounds added to boost ... Read more...

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How E. coli triggers urinary infections


January 19th, 2012 - 8:22 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Jan 19 (IANS) Researchers have unravelled the process by which an E. coli strain triggers urinary tract infections and also induces the bladder to shed cells. A-hemolysin (HlyA), a ... Read more...

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Anthrax shot protects simians from lethal infection


January 13th, 2012 - 5:20 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Jan 13 (IANS) A new vaccine designed as a bacterial capsule confers protection on monkeys against lethal anthrax infection, reveals a study. Bacterial capsules are commonly used in licensed ... Read more...

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Compound that halts poxvirus replication


January 4th, 2012 - 1:25 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Jan 4 (IANS) Scientists have isolated a compound that inhibits poxviruses from replicating and causing infections such as smallpox, vaccinia and monkeypox. Study co-author Ken Dower, post-doctoral fellow in ... Read more...

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Statins could cut mortality rate for flu patients


December 18th, 2011 - 3:52 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Dec 18 (IANS) Cholesterol-busting drugs or statins offer a ray of hope for people infected with severe flu by keeping mortality at bay, a study reveals. "We may be ... Read more...

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China to train 35,000 medical staff for disaster situations


November 18th, 2011 - 12:23 pm ICT by IANS
Beijing, Nov 18 (IANS) China has plans to prepare thousands of medical staff who could be helpful in emergency situations caused by disasters.According to health authorities, over 35,000 emergency response ... Read more...

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International meet on vaccines to begin Monday


November 13th, 2011 - 9:44 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Nov 13 (IANS) In one of the first events of its kind, India will host a four-day long international symposium on vaccines here from Monday where issues of ... Read more...

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US to give $35 mn to Cambodia


October 25th, 2011 - 11:39 pm ICT by IANS
Phnom Penh, Oct 25 (IANS) The US will provide about $35 million to Cambodia to help improve the country's health and the education sector, the US embassy here said Tuesday.Agreements ... Read more...

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Deceased Steinmen to remain Nobel Laureate: Nobel foundation


October 4th, 2011 - 6:55 am ICT by IANS
Stockholm, Oct 4 (IANS) Canadian-born cell biologist Ralph Steinman, who passed away three days before being awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, will remain as Nobel Laureate, the ... Read more...

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Nobel medicine laureate Steinman dead: Rockefeller University


October 3rd, 2011 - 10:58 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Oct 3 (IANS) The US' Rockefeller University said its Canadian-born cell biologist Ralph Steinman died three days before being awarded the Nobel Prize Monday as the Nobel committee was ... Read more...

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Infectious diseases killed 1,400 in China


August 10th, 2011 - 10:37 pm ICT by IANS
Beijing, Aug 10 (IANS) Infectious diseases led to the death of at least 1,419 people in China in July, the health ministry said Wednesday.More than 770,000 cases of infections were ... Read more...

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Bihar has not utilised sanitation funds: CAG report


July 21st, 2011 - 1:48 pm ICT by IANS
Patna, July 21 (IANS) The Bihar government has failed to utilise the huge funds allocated for the total sanitation programme, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has revealed in its ... Read more...

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Loss of large predators hits ecosystem


July 17th, 2011 - 4:26 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, July 17 (IANS) The loss of large predators at the top of the food chain has hit ecosystems across the world.An analysis of research from a wide range of ... Read more...

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