Genetics

Rapid DNA analysis helps diagnose mystery diseases

As doctors, we deal with a lot of uncertainty. Often, it is difficult to diagnose what is making a patient sick because symptoms from both infectious and non-infectious diseases can be indistinguishable from each other.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

To fight tuberculosis infection, early protection is crucial

In the first days after the tuberculosis (TB) bacteria infect the body, a flurry of immune cells are activated to fight the infection. Now, researchers have identified a master cell that coordinates the body's immune defenses ...

Health

The nicotine in e-cigarettes appears to impair mucus clearance

E-cigarette vaping with nicotine appears to hamper mucus clearance from the airways, according to new research published online in the American Thoracic Society's American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Q&A: What to know about superfungus Candida auris

The multidrug-resistant fungus Candida auris has disproportionately affected New York health care facilities, raising questions about its origins, whether it's here to stay and which health care facilities have been impacted ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Examining ball pits as a playground for pathogenic germs

Beware the ball pit. Ball pits used in children's physical therapy—similar to those made popular by restaurants catering to families—may contribute to germ transmission between patients, according to new research published ...

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