New Research is Final Blow to an HIV Cure That Wasn’t

A series of animal and human studies published this week are providing a sad footnote to a controversial 2016 experiment in monkeys that pointed to a possible cure for HIV but was later flagged for a glaring omission in its design. The animal studies failed to replicate the promising results of the original paper, while a clinical trial in humans using a similar strategy largely failed as well. Read More >>

A Chlamydia Vaccine Shows Promise in Early Human Trial

A vaccine for the most commonly reported sexually transmitted infection in the U.S. – the bacterial disease chlamydia – is now a substantial step closer to reality. On Monday, researchers reported that two of their vaccine candidates were found to be safe in a phase 1 clinical trial of 35 women. Though the trial wasn’t meant to prove their effectiveness, the vaccines also seemed to provoke an immune response to the bacteria in all volunteers. Read More >>

Don’t Shower With Your Contacts In, Man Blinded by Eye Parasites Warns

A reporter’s harrowing story of losing sight in his right eye is sure to terrify anyone who’s been lax about contact lens hygiene. He contracted a rare parasitic infection, likely as a result of showering with his contacts in. The costly mistake required over 18 months of intensive treatments, and there’s a chance he may never see out of his right eye again. Read More >>

Please, Stop Shitting in the Pool

Is there anything we love to do more than dip our diarrhoea-filled bums into recreational sources of water? Apparently not! Because the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is once again warning sick people to please keep their literal arses away from swimming pools, lest they spread a hardy parasite called Crypto. Read More >>

It Took Two Months and Over £600,000 to Save an Unvaccinated 6-Year-Old From Tetanus

A new case report from the Centers for Disease Control released Thursday starkly highlights the costs of not vaccinating children. It details a unvaccinated 6-year-old boy’s encounter with tetanus – and the hugely expensive, two-month-long effort it took to save his life. Read More >>

For the Second Time, Doctors Say They’ve Cleared an HIV Infection Using Stem Cells

Doctors in London  have seemingly accomplished a momentous feat in HIV treatment. They claim to have used a stem cell transplant to successfully clear any traces of the virus in their HIV-positive male patient. It’s the second time such a procedure has appeared to permanently treat the lifelong infection, though the doctors caution it’s not a confirmed cure just yet. Read More >>

NASA Scientists Find Possibly Infectious Superbugs on Board the ISS

No place is safe from the scourge of superbugs, a new study suggests, not even space. According to the study, samples of bacteria resistant to several antibiotics have been found on the International Space Station (ISS). And while the bacteria may not have made any astronauts sick, the authors say it’s pretty likely that they can. Read More >>

You Know About Flu Season, but Did You Know About Gonorrhoea Season?

Like clockwork, the influenza virus rears its ugly head every winter and makes our lives miserable. But the flu isn’t the only germ that likes a particular time of year, according to a new paper published this week in PLOS Pathogens. Seemingly every infectious disease, including polio, gonorrhoea, and even HIV, is seasonal, though not always for the same reasons. Read More >>

Scientists Think They Can Use Silver to Help Kill Brain-Eating Amoebas

In folklore and movies, silver is often one of the best tools against terrifying monsters like vampires and werewolves. But a recent study seems to show that silver could help defeat some real-life horrors, too. Silver nanoparticles loaded with common anti-seizure drugs might be able to safely and effectively treat brain-eating infections caused by amoebas, the study found. Read More >>

US Experts Are Being Kept Away From the Front Lines of the Latest Ebola Outbreak

The latest outbreak of Ebola virus disease to hit the Democratic Republic of Congo is only getting worse. But the US government has pulled its experts from the affected areas of the African country in recent weeks, citing safety concerns. Read More >>

Quarantined Passengers on Flight From Dubai Were Sick With the Flu and Common Cold: Officials

The initially mysterious illness that prompted Emirates Airlines Flight 203 to be quarantined upon its arrival to JFK International Airport in New York Wednesday is likely just a bad case of the flu and cold, health officials said Thursday. Read More >>

Superbugs That Cause UTIs Are Spreading Outside of Hospitals

The bacteria that cause urinary tract infections are not only becoming more resistant to antibiotics, suggests a recent study published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, but they’re starting to spread outside of hospitals. Even worse than that, doctors might be losing their ability to predict when someone has a superbug, raising the chances of treating them with useless drugs that will further promote resistance. Read More >>

Hand Sanitisers Are Becoming Less Effective Against Some Hospital Superbugs

Bacteria are steadily winning the war against even our strongest antibiotics, stoking fears of a future that resembles Victorian-era England in all the worst ways. A new study published Wednesday in Science Translational Medicine is sure to add to this existential terror: It suggests that at least some hospital-spread bugs are also starting to fend off alcohol-based disinfectants. Read More >>

Raw Turkey Is Spreading Superbug Salmonella

Getting a stomach bug is bad enough. But a new outbreak of salmonella bacteria spread by raw turkey that has sickened nearly 100 people across several US states has a troubling wrinkle to it: The germ at fault is likely also resistant to multiple antibiotics. Read More >>

Yet More Evidence that Viruses May Cause Alzheimer’s Disease

For decades, the idea that a bacteria or virus could help cause Alzheimer’s disease was dismissed as a fringe theory. But not so much anymore. On Wednesday, a team of researchers from Harvard Medical School reported in the journal Neuron the latest bit of evidence suggesting herpesviruses can spark the cascade of events that leads to Alzheimer’s disease, a fatal form of dementia that afflicts at least 5 million Americans. Read More >>