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During their final debate for the Oregon’s Governor’s seat last week, one of the topics addressed was vaccines. Democratic Incumbent Governor Kate Brown squared off with...

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The Philippines’ highly politicized response to newly-reported risks of a dengue vaccine led to a dramatic drop in public trust in vaccines overall, according to new research...

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A multi-country research team set out to determine the distribution of Taenia saginata in the Americas in a recent study published in the journal, Parasites and Vectors. Taenia...

High doses of acetaminophen, also known as Tylenol, can damage the liver. This figure shows how acetaminophen (APAP) is broken down into a reactive compound (NAPQI) that binds covalently to proteins at cysteine residues. While this effect is well known, it does not account for all of the changes observed in acetaminophen-induced liver failure. Researchers have reported that binding by the reactive compound NAPQI activates a protein modification pathway called glutathionylation, which impairs protein function. The research illuminates early steps in a cascade of failures that can cause tissue damage, liver failure and sometimes death by acetaminophen overdose.
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Acetaminophen is a common pain reliever found in every pharmacy. However, it is also the No. 1 cause of acute liver failure in the United States. In the liver, acetaminophen is converted...

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In a follow-up on the chikungunya outbreak in Kassala state, Sudan, the Kassala state Ministry of Health reported that the total number of people infected with chikungunya fever was...

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The Hong Kong Centre for Health Protection (CHP) reports investigating a cluster of invasive Burkholderia cepacia infection affecting nine persons who had a history of injecting...

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On today’s show, I look at some various topics popular in the infectious disease news circles including Acute flaccid myelitis (AFM). This story has dominated the news this cycle...

Cyst of Balamuthia mandrillaris
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Balamuthia mandrillarisis a free-living ameba that can cause a serious encephalitis infection of the brain. It is thought to enter the body when soil containing Balamuthia comes in...

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During their final debate for the Oregon’s Governor’s seat last week, one of the topics addressed was vaccines. Democratic Incumbent Governor Kate Brown squared off with...

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Wyoming state veterinarian, Dr. Jim Logan, has been notified by the Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory and the National Veterinary Services Laboratory that there is a new case of Brucellosis...

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The Bolivia Ministry of Health reported this week that 13 military personnel were infected with hantavirus in the military camps of the Joint Task Force of the Yungas, including one...

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The free-living amoeba, Naegleria fowleri was first discovered in the 1960s by Dr. Malcolm Fowler and Dr. Rod Carter in Australia. Several hundred cases have been documented worldwide...