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Synthetic Mucus Could Battle Bacteria

Posted 26 Apr 2017 by

TUESDAY, April 25, 2017 – Snot, phlegm and other forms of mucus may not be everyone's favorite subject, but scientists say synthetic mucus might help save lives. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology said the lab-made goo could help combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria. By replicating mucus' natural ability to control dangerous bacteria, the hope is to find new ways to fight ...

Drug Duo Cures a Tick-Borne Disease -- in Mice

Posted 6 Jun 2016 by

MONDAY, June 6, 2016 – Babesiosis is a sometimes serious illness transmitted to humans by ticks. Now, researchers say a two-drug combo seems to have cured the illness in mice. Babesiosis – transmitted by the same ticks that transmit the bacteria behind Lyme disease – is caused by the B. microti parasite, which can develop resistance to current treatments. "This is the first radical cure ...

One Tick Bite Can Equal Two Infections

Posted 3 Jul 2014 by

THURSDAY, July 3, 2014 – If you're planning to spend quality time outdoors this summer, new research may give you another reason to guard against ticks. In a New York state study, about one in 10 deer ticks were found to be harboring at least two harmful germs, and the tiny bloodsuckers could pass both infections to a human host through a single bite. "A third of ticks around here are infected ...

Tick-Borne Illness Babesiosis a Hazard for Seniors: FDA

Posted 2 Jul 2013 by

TUESDAY, July 2 – A tick-borne illness that can be severe or fatal among seniors, newborns and people with weakened immune systems is becoming more common in certain parts of the United States, federal health officials warn. Babesiosis can cause flu or malaria-like symptoms, but young, healthy adults may have no symptoms. The illness is treated with a combination of antibiotics and anti-malaria ...

Tick Safety Tips for Kids at Summer Camp

Posted 30 Jun 2013 by

SATURDAY, June 29 – When children head off to outdoor camps this summer, they need to be protected from ticks and tick-borne illnesses such as Lyme disease, experts say. Youngsters aged 5 to 14 have the highest incidence of Lyme disease in the United States, according to the Tick-Borne Disease Alliance (TBDA). Lyme disease is spread by deer ticks, which are found in many types of settings at ...

Yet Another Tick-Borne Illness Emerges in U.S.

Posted 29 Aug 2012 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 29 – Scientists have identified a new tick-borne illness in the United States – which hospitalized two men in Missouri – adding to the steadily creeping number of diseases known to be transmitted by various species of the seed-sized parasites. In a new study, researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the new "phlebovirus," a distant cousin to one ...

New Tick-Borne Illness Infects Midwesterners

Posted 3 Aug 2011 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 3 – First they spread Lyme disease, and then babesiosis. Now, deer ticks carrying a newly identified bacterium are infecting residents of the midwestern United States with a disease called ehrlichiosis, and experts say it will likely appear in other areas of the country. The still unnamed bacterium, which causes fever, body aches and fatigue, has been identified in 25 people in ...

A Deadly New Reason to Avoid Deer Ticks

Posted 6 Jul 2011 by

WEDNESDAY, July 6 – Move over, Lyme disease: Another tick-borne illness is on the rise in various parts of the country, and this one can kill. Known as babesiosis, the disease is caused by a microscopic parasite that attacks blood cells, causing flu-like symptoms that can make it difficult to accurately diagnose. Like Lyme disease, which is caused by bacteria, babesia microti parasites are ...

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