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Epstein-Barr virus

Progress Toward Epstein-Barr Virus Vaccine

Epstein-Barr is a virus that causes mononucleosis. You might know this disease better by its nickname, “mono.” It’s also the “kissing disease” because of one way you can spread it to someone else. Even though the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) isn’t a household name; you have probably been infected without knowing it. Lots of people carry…

Med School Admissions

Texas Tech Agrees To Stop Using Race in Med School Admissions

In a deal it struck with the US Department of Education, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) School of Medicine says it will stop using race as a consideration when evaluating applicants. The agreement — which includes only Texas Tech’s medical school; is the end result of a complaint lodged in 2005 by anti-affirmative-action…

Outbreak

Prompt Medical Advice If They Suspect Rabies Exposure

There is only a short window of opportunity to seek medical help before rabies becomes almost invariably fatal, but people wait an average of 10 days before seeking medical advice following exposure to potentially rabid animals overseas, according to new research being presented at this year’s European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (ECCMID)…

Hematology

Transplanting Stem Cells From a Non Family Donor.

Nine-year-old Hannah Day has once again been diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia  a type of cancer that affects the blood and bone marrow. However, “her bone marrow is negative and her blood shows no signs of ALL [acute lymphoblastic leukemia],” reads the report. It turns out the rare twists and turns that have marked the…

Family medicine

Childhood Disruptive Behaviour Successful in Primary Health Care

Transferring an evidence-based treatment to practice is not self-evident but requires extensive work. The study published in the open access Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR) examined how evidence-based digital parent training intervention with telephone coaching can be put into practice in primary health care. Implementation study The study compared families that participated in parent training during…

Sri Lank, Bhutan, Nepal

Bhutan Has Achieved in Health Care Services

Much of what Bhutan has achieved in health care services is because of our health workers. While there is little appreciation to their service, there is uproar when healthcare facilities run short of health workers. In what is a desperate attempt; the national referral hospital last week issue a notification freezing extraordinary leave (EOL) for…

Geriatrics

How Our Sense of Taste Changes As We Age

Taste is a complex phenomenon. We do not experience the sensation through a single sense (as we would when we see something using our sense of sight, for example) but rather it is made up of the five senses working together to allow us to appreciate and enjoy food and drink. Initial visual inspection of…

Anesthesiology

Workings of Ketamine in Depressive Illness Decoded

Anaesthetic drug ketamine has been recently studied in depressive illness that has not responded to standard medication. Researchers have now found the exact mechanism of how the drug works in the brains of individuals with depression and can keep the symptoms down for more than a week. The results of the study titled; “Sustained rescue…

Marine fungi

Biotechnological: Marine Fungi From The Sponge Grantia compressa

In the last few decades, antibiotic resistance significantly increased; while the discovery of new molecules suitable for the therapy of infectious diseases slowed down; therefore, finding new antimicrobial compounds became a priority. Natural products of terrestrial origins are the primary sources of bioactive molecules. However, unexplored environments and organisms, such as those inhabiting the sea;…

White blood cells

Neutrophil Lifespan: HIV-Associated Intestinal Inflammation

Gastrointestinal (GI) mucosal damage and immune dysfunction drive chronic inflammation and microbial translocation in HIV infection; which predict and likely contribute to non-infectious comorbidities and mortality. Although long-term antiretroviral therapy (ART) partially restores mucosal damage; a degree of mucosal immune dysfunction and inflammation persists and is with morbidities and mortality. The increased survival of white…

Microbes

Microbes in The Human Body Swap Genes

Bacteria in the human body are sharing genes with one another at a higher rate than is typically seen in nature, and some of those genes appear to be traveling — independent of their microbial hosts — from one part of the body to another, researchers report in the journal Scientific Reports. The findings are the…

Mosquito

Mosquito- and Tick-borne Diseases: Flourish in Warmer Climate

New research presented at this year’s European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) in Amsterdam, Netherlands (13-16 April) shows that the geographical range of vector-borne diseases such as chikungunya, dengue fever, leishmaniasis, and tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) is expanding rapidly. So, spurred on by climate change and international travel and trade; vector-borne disease outbreaks…