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We’ve all heard of antibiotic resistance. The same thing is happening with other causes of infections in humans: fungi, viruses and parasites. This is making thrush and other infections hard to treat.
Surface proteins on a virus enable it to attach to and get inside a cell to start replicating.
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Viruses can get into cells in several ways. Figuring out how to stop them from entering in the first place is a key to developing better vaccines and stopping future pandemics.
The satellite virus MiniFlayer (purple) infects cells by attaching itself to the neck of its helper virus, MindFlayer (gray).
Researchers discovered a satellite virus latching onto the neck of another virus called MindFlayer. Studying the viral arms race between similar viruses could lead to new ways to fight infections.
Mosquitoes are the primary medium for contracting dengue.
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The Sahel region is grappling with an outbreak of the deadly mosquito-borne disease.
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New and innovative thinking is needed to deal with the reality on the ground in South Africa.
Blocking viruses from replicating their RNA is one way antivirals work.
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The human body has been making antivirals for eons, long before scientists did. A protein in your cells called viperin produces molecules that work similarly to the COVID-19 antiviral remdesivir.
It can be difficult to an appointment to see your GP. So when should you make the effort to see a GP for a prescription for influenza antivirals? And how effective are they?
Health workers who picked their noses were more likely to contract COVID, according to a new study. But here’s what the study means for the rest of us.
COVID, the flu and RSV spread from person to person through respiratory droplets when someone coughs, sneezes or talks. Here’s how our body fights them off.
Researchers simulated thousands of scenarios of an ancient pathogen being released into modern ecosystems. In the worst cases, up to one-third of host species were destroyed.
Even otherwise healthy children can end up in hospital with this winter respiratory virus.
Most people have heard of the gut microbiome, but the lungs, skin, mouth and genitals all have their own unique microbiome.
Strep is most common in children between the ages of 5 and 15.
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Despite an abundance of research on strep, there is still a great deal of debate in the scientific community over whether and when people should get tested and treated for it.
Yep, when you’ve finished, both of those need to go in the wash.
A microbiologist on the deadly germs lurking in your kitchen and why you need to wash tea towels and dishcloths more often.
Machine learning can spot patterns in patient data and help detect hepatitis B earlier, which could save lives.
Cytomegalovirus belongs to the same virus family,
Herpesviridae, as cold sores and chickenpox.
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Although testing for CMV during pregnancy isn’t routine and there isn’t universal screening for infants, there are steps pregnant people can take to protect themselves and their newborns.
Micrograph of RSV virions.
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The first vaccine against respiratory syncytial virus is 83% effective.
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Babies guts found to have ten times as many viral species as bacterial species.
Certain factors can disrupt the gut microbiota. These include our diet, alcohol consumption, antibiotics and inflammatory bowel disease.
A new study shows that the gut microbiota has little or no effect on our weight, metabolism and risk of developing chronic diseases.
Using your phone when you’re on the toilet is a horrid habit.
Your mobile phone is 10 times dirtier than a toilet seat. Here’s what to do about it.