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Microfluidics Device Helps Diagnose Sepsis In Minutes

A novel sensor designed by MIT researchers could dramatically accelerate the process of diagnosing sepsis, a leading cause of death in U.S. hospitals that kills nearly 250,000 patients annually. Sepsis occurs when the body’s immune response to infection triggers an inflammation chain reaction throughout the body, causing high heart rate, high fever, shortness of breath, […]

Alternate Infection Path For Listeriosis Bacteria Found

An alternate pathway that Listeria uses to enter the bloodstream has been discovered by Purdue University scientists. The finding suggests that forms of the foodborne bacteria considered benign may be more dangerous than once thought. About 600 million people around the world contract listeriosis each year, with 420,000 dying, according to the World Health Organization. […]

Konjac Wound Dressing Kills Bacteria While Accelerating Healing

Researchers in China have recently developed a new wound dressing that has the ability to improve the healing of open wounds. The group developed the dressing using an extract from konjac, a plant native to eastern Asia, and incorporated silver nanoparticles within it. When tested in rabbits, the researchers found that the dressing accelerated healing […]

How Do Immune Cells Remember Infections For Decades?

How can immune cells remember an infection or a vaccination so that they can spring into action decades later? Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, in collaboration with investigators at Emory University, have found that a small pool of the same immune cells that responded to the original invasion remain alive for years, developing […]