Moderate Link Between Maternal HBV DNA and Cord Blood HBV DNA

By |2019-03-17T19:43:03+00:00March 17th, 2019|

For mothers with chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV), there is a moderate correlation between maternal HBV DNA and cord blood HBV DNA, according to results published in Pediatrics and Neonatology. However, the results did not indicate that cord blood HBV DNA was linked with an increased rate of vertical transmission. Read more...  

Adopt a moratorium on heritable genome editing

By |2019-03-17T19:29:02+00:00March 17th, 2019|

Eric Lander, Françoise Baylis, Feng Zhang, Emmanuelle Charpentier, Paul Berg and specialists from seven countries call for an international governance framework. We call for a global moratorium on all clinical uses of human germline editing — that is, changing heritable DNA (in sperm, eggs or embryos) to make genetically modified children. By ‘global moratorium’, we [...]

‘Inactive’ ingredients may not be, study finds

By |2019-03-17T13:43:03+00:00March 17th, 2019|

Most pills contain compounds with potential to cause allergic reactions or discomfort in some patients MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY CAMBRIDGE, MA -- Most pills and capsules, whether over-the-counter or prescription, include components other than the actual drug. These compounds, known as "inactive ingredients," help to stabilize the drug or aid in its absorption, and they [...]

Trial data support shorter drug-resistant TB regimen

By |2019-03-17T13:18:00+00:00March 17th, 2019|

Data from a multi-country randomized clinical trial published yesterday in the New England Journal of Medicine provide evidence that a shorter drug regimen works just as well in certain patients with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) as the longer regimen. The results of the first stage of the phase 3 STREAM (Standard Treatment Regimen of Anti-Tuberculosis Drugs for Patients [...]

WHO chief says much larger Ebola outbreak averted

By |2019-03-17T13:13:47+00:00March 17th, 2019|

Today World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, PhD, in a press conference on the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), said, "We have averted a much larger outbreak, and we will not leave when the outbreak ends." Tedros, who goes by his first name, said, "We will stay and [...]

Legionella Outbreaks on the Rise: Could Climate Change Be Responsible?

By |2019-03-16T20:19:45+00:00March 16th, 2019|

Are warming global temperatures responsible for the rise of Legionnaires disease (LD) cases? Some epidemiologists say the problem is multifactorial: lack of plumbing maintenance; aging infrastructure; warm, humid climates; and exposure to the immunocompromised.1 Since 2000, the number of LD cases in the United States has increased by a factor of nearly 4.5.1 In 2016, there were 6141 cases [...]


By |2019-03-16T20:05:11+00:00March 16th, 2019|

Hospitals nationwide have been ordered to set up emergency facilities to deal with a worrying rise in cases of dengue fever since the start of the year.  In January there were four times as many cases of the disease as in the same month last year.   The disease can be fatal in some cases.   [...]

Colistin resistance in Parisian inpatient faecal Escherichia coli as the result of two distinct evolutionary pathways

By |2019-03-16T19:47:26+00:00March 16th, 2019|

Abstract Background Beyond plasmid-encoded resistance (mcr genes) prevalence in strain collections, large epidemiological studies to estimate the human burden of colistin-resistant Escherichia coli gut carriage are lacking.   Credit: CDC Read more...