Infectious Diseases / Bacteria / Viruses News

New Discovery Bonds To Anthrax Spores, Not Just Anthrax Bacteria

A new study has shown previously unseen details of an anthrax bacteriophage - a virus that infects anthrax bacteria - revealing for the first time how it infects its host, and providing an initial blueprint for how the phage might someday be modified into a tool for the detection and destruction of anthrax and other potential bioterror agents.

First Gene To Be Linked To Herpes-Related Cold Sores

A team of researchers from the University of Utah and the University of Massachusetts has identified the first gene associated with frequent herpes-related cold sores.

The findings were published in the Dec. 1, 2011, issue of the Journal of Infectious Diseases.

Following Heart Surgery, Pneumonia Is The Most Common Infection

Pneumonia - not a deep incision surgical site infection - is the most common serious infection after heart surgery, according to new research (Abstract 12247) presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2011.

The study also revealed that most infections occur about two weeks after surgery, not one week as physicians previously thought.

"It's not what we expected to find," said Michael A. Acker, M.D., the study's lead researcher and professor and chief of cardiovascular surgery at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center in Philadelphia, Pa.

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