Tag: infectious disease

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New Insights Into How Shigella Bacteria Cause Disease

In the battle between bacteria and humans, the best defense may be a good offense. That’s the promising approach being pursued by Cammie Lesser, MD, PhD, a researcher and clinician in the Department of Infectious Disease and a d’Arbeloff MGH Research Scholar at Massachusetts General Hospital. Lesser is using her MGH Research Scholar funding ($500,000 […]

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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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Weekend Links: Our Favorite Science Stories from Across the Web

We’ve hand-picked a mix of Massachusetts General Hospital and other research-related news and stories for your weekend reading enjoyment.

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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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Many U.S. Travelers Don’t Get Measles Shot

A study led by Massachusetts General Hospital investigators found that many U.S adults travel abroad without first getting the full recommended course of measles vaccines. Researchers are now looking to find ways to increase the vaccination rate in order to protect travelers and the people they come in contact with back home. The measles virus […]

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A Flu Scare, 10 Years Later

When Proto Magazine: Dispatches From the Frontiers of Medicine launched its inaugural issue in 2005, researchers were anxiously watching a new flu virus called H5N1, which many were concerned might lead to a global pandemic. Although no global crisis came from the virus, that fear is very much alive. In this video, Dr. Martin Hirsch, a senior physician in […]

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