Infectious Diseases / Bacteria / Viruses News

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Infectious Diseases News -- ScienceDaily
  1. The quantum sensing abilities of nanodiamonds can be used to improve the sensitivity of paper-based diagnostic tests, potentially allowing for earlier detection of diseases such as HIV, according to a new study.
  2. It is largely unknown why influenza infections lead to an increased risk of bacterial pneumonia. Researchers have now described important findings leading to so-called superinfections, which claim many lives around the world every year.
  3. None of the mutations currently documented in the SARS-CoV-2 virus appear to increase its transmissibility in humans, according to a new study.
  4. Researchers used a variety of advanced drug screening techniques to test out more than 10,000 compounds in search of a cure. To their surprise, they found that the widely used antibiotic methacycline was effective at preventing brain infections and reducing neurological problems associated with the virus in mice.
  5. Scientists have developed a lung-on-chip model to study how the body responds to early tuberculosis (TB) infection.
  6. A team has demonstrated the effectiveness of an inexpensive molecule to fight antibiotic-resistant strains of the bacteria responsible for gonorrhea and meningococcal meningitis. These two infections affect millions of people worldwide.
  7. Engineers reveal how zinc oxide nanoneedles and droplet hydrodynamics can stop pathogens.
  8. In order for the SARS-CoV2 virus to enter host cells, its 'spike' protein has to be cleaved by the cell's own enzymes -- proteases. The protease inhibitor aprotinin can prevent cell infection, as scientists have now discovered. An aprotinin aerosol is already approved in Russia for the treatment of influenza and could readily be tested for the treatment of COVID-19.