Even otherwise healthy children can end up in hospital with this winter respiratory virus.
M pneumoniae can cause flu-like symptoms.
Infections caused by this bacterium are most common in school-aged children – and can lead to pneumonia.
The fungus Aspergillus fumigatus. This fungus can cause a number of disorders in people with compromised immune function or other lung diseases.
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Africa is suffering from a silent, but costly, epidemic of fungal infections.
Antimicrobial resistance is now a leading cause of death worldwide due to drug-resistant infections, including drug-resistant strains of tuberculosis, pneumonia and Staph infections like the methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus shown here.
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Drug-resistant microbes are a serious threat for future pandemics, but the new draft of the WHO’s international pandemic agreement may not include provisions for antimicrobial resistance.
Human metapneumovirus, or HMPV, peaks in North America from February to May, just on the heels of flu season.
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Similar to the patterns seen with COVID-19, flu and RSV, HMPV is making a comeback after years of being repressed by people wearing masks and social distancing.
Red mitochondria in airway cells become coated with green SARS-COV-2 proteins after viral infection: Researchers discovered that the virus that causes COVID-19 damages lungs by attacking mitochondria.
COVID-19 causes lung injury and lowers oxygen levels in patients because the SARS-CoV-2 virus attacks cells’ mitochondria. This attack is a throwback to a primitive war between viruses and bacteria.
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Problems arise when there are too many unwarranted visits to GPs for cold symptoms. Occasionally, though, a cold might turn into something that needs specific diagnosis and treatment.
Of the 20 million people living with sickle cell disease globally, more than 66% are in sub-Saharan Africa.
Sepsis begins with infection by bacteria or a virus. This panoramic ilustration inside a blood vessel shows rod-shaped bacteria, red blood cells and immune cells called leukocytes.
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Sepsis onset can be difficult to recognize, in part because its symptoms can mimic those of many other conditions. A treatment delay of even a few hours can make the difference between life and death.
A lot has changed in COVID treatment since the pandemic began. Here are the treatments you can expect — from being diagnosed, to going to hospital, and for those who need to be cared for in ICU.
The freedom of going mask-free is still a ways off for kids under age 12.
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As many teens and adults in the US restart their social lives, parents of children under the age of 12 wonder when their kids will also be able to experience the freedom that comes with vaccination.
Relax, humans! I’m not going to start the next pandemic.
The risk of coronaviruses jumping species is low, but if you look for it, you will find it.
Family members of COVID-19 infected patients stand in a queue with empty oxygen cylinders outside the oxygen filling centre in New Delhi, India.
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An effective oxygen system requires prompt recognition of who needs oxygen, a reliable oxygen supply and safe delivery to those who need it.
Public health measures have helped control COVID-19 in Australia. But they’ve affected other winter viruses, too.
Digital participatory surveillance allows the community to share in the responsibility of disease surveillance and contribute to the control and prevention of respiratory disease outbreaks.
The device was tested at Addenbroke’s hospit.
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It takes around 61 hours to identify the pathogen causing a patient’s pneumonia. A new test reduces that to four hours.
More and more studies are revealing the cognitive effects of COVID-19.
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Many patients suffering from COVID-19 exhibit neurological symptoms, from loss of smell to delirium to a higher risk of stroke. Down the road, will COVID-19 survivors face a wave of cognitive issues?
Industrial premises being disinfected in Kazakhstan’s capital, Nur-Sultan city.
How Kazakhstan failed to deal with COVID-19 and became the first country to enter a second national lockdown.
Queue of seated outpatients, waiting patiently inside Provincial Hospital corridor in Port Elizabeth.
Dangerous delays may happen at three points: the patient deciding to seek care, reaching a healthcare facility, or receiving quality care at that facility.
Geoffrey McKillop (front) with his partner Nicola Dallet McConaghie as they left the hospital where he was discharged after surviving coronavirus.
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Is it possible that people who recover from COVID-19 will be plagued with long term side effects from the infection? An infectious disease physician reviews the evidence so far.