Category: Infectious Disease Research

Learn more about recent infectious diseases research from investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital, home to the largest hospital-based research program in the United States.

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On the Hunt for New Strategies to Defeat a Killer Fungus

At first glance, Candida auris (C. auris) seems like the fungus equivalent of a comic book supervillain—at least from a human perspective. A new species of infectious fungus that arrived seemingly out of nowhere a decade ago, C. auris is resistant to all known forms of antifungal drugs, and it sticks to surfaces so well that it resists standard […]

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New Tool for Predicting C. Difficile Infections Shows Promising Results

For patients in hospital and healthcare settings, a Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) infection is a complication that can result in serious complications and even death. C. difficile is caused by a bacterium and the symptoms of infection include diarrhea, fever and severe abdominal cramps. While some cases may be mild, some can be fatal—particularly in elderly, very […]

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A Newly Discovered Link Between Gut Bacteria and Cholera

Researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital, Duke University and the International Centre for Diarrheal Disease Research in Dhaka, Bangladesh, have used machine learning algorithms to find patterns within communities of bacteria living in the human gut. These patterns could indicate who among the approximately one billion people at risk of cholera infection around the globe will […]

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Celebrating Women in Science and Medicine: Interview with Julie Levison

During the month of March, Massachusetts General Hospital is celebrating Women’s History Month by highlighting our outstanding women scientists, physicians and staff members. In the coming weeks we’ll be sharing a few of their profiles, and be sure to visit the women’s history month landing page to see the full series. Julie Levison, MD, MPH, […]

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World AIDS Day 2017

World AIDS Day takes place on the 1st of December each year. It’s an opportunity to highlight the success of worldwide efforts to combat HIV/AIDS, as well as the importance of continued support for these efforts. Researchers and clinicians, including those at Massachusetts General Hospital, acknowledge that although great strides have been made in the clinical […]

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Cuts to NIH Program Could Disrupt Infectious Disease Research at Mass General and Around the World

Mass General researchers working to stop the spread of infectious disease are worried that proposed cuts to the NIH budget would eliminate a key resource for global health efforts. Back in the 1950s, there was a global effort to control mosquito populations with the hope of eradicating mosquito-borne diseases such as malaria and yellow fever. […]

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Faherty Hopes to Stop Shigella from Wreaking Havoc in the Digestive System

A research team at Massachusetts General Hospital is hoping to create new treatments for shigellosis, a potentially fatal digestive disorder, by factoring in genetic changes that occur in Shigella bacteria during the journey through the human digestive system. From a human perspective, there is a lot to dislike about Shigella. The more you learn about these infection-causing microbes, […]

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Adhering to Treatment During Adolescence Keeps HIV-Positive Youth on Healthier Track

As HIV therapies have improved in recent decades, we are now seeing the first generation of youth who were born with the disease, or acquired it shortly after birth, live to adulthood.

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