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CDC resumes tuberculosis laboratory transfers halted after anthrax mishap
Reuters
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lifted a moratorium on transfers of inactivated materials from its clinical tuberculosis laboratory, after a bioterror laboratory mishap potentially exposed workers to live anthrax, prompting the halt of transfers from other high-containment laboratories. The tuberculosis laboratory, which processed more than 500 specimens from around the U.S. in 2013, is the first of the CDC's high-containment laboratories to be cleared to resume transfers of biological materials.
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Linking microbial, immune environment in semen to HIV viral load, transmission
PLOS via ScienceDaily
HIV infection reshapes the relationship between semen bacteria and immune factors which in turn affects viral load, suggesting that the semen microbiome plays a role in the sexual transmission of HIV, researchers report. While HIV is found in many body fluids, sexual transmission through semen is the most common route of infection.
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Chikungunya virus spreading across the US
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The Chikungunya virus — an arthropod-borne virus transmitted to humans by the Aedes mosquito — was discovered in Tanzania, Africa, more than 60 years ago. Until recently, this virus was found primarily in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Indian and Pacific Oceans. But late last year, cases began popping up in the Caribbean. And with many Americans vacationing in the Caribbean islands, cases are now being reported in the U.S. — and at what some experts consider an alarming rate.
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C-diff to be treated with 'bacteria-eating viruses'
Medical News Today
The potentially fatal Clostridium difficile bacterium is a serious problem in hospitals due to its resistance to antibiotics. However, a team of scientists from the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Hamburg, Germany, may have found a new way to treat these difficult bacteria — by using viruses to "eat" them.
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Link between ritual circumcision procedure and herpes infection in infants examined
Penn Medicine Center for Evidence-based Practice via Infection Control Today
A rare procedure occasionally performed during Jewish circumcisions that involves direct oral suction is a likely source of herpes simplex virus 1 transmissions documented in infants between 1988 and 2012, a literature review conducted by researchers and published online in the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Society found. The reviewers, from the Penn Medicine Center for Evidence-based Practice, identified 30 reported cases in New York, Canada and Israel.
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New gut virus lives in half the world's population
Nature World News
A newly discovered virus is harboring inside the guts of more than half of the world's population and has gone undetected by scientists or decades, according to a new study. The crAssphage virus infects one of the most common types of gut bacteria, Bacteroidetes, and is reportedly connected with obesity, diabetes and other gut-related diseases.
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Research: Time of day crucial to accurately test for diseases
Health Canal
A new study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has found that time of day and sleep deprivation have a significant effect on our metabolism. The finding could be crucial when looking at the best time of day to test for diseases such as cancer and heart disease, and for administering medicines effectively.
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How a computational model could make testing new breast cancer treatments cheaper and faster
VentureBeat via MedCity News
Scientists waging war against breast cancer have a new reason to smile. Researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Carnegie Mellon University have developed a sophisticated computational method to determine how gene networks are rewired at the moment healthy breast cells turn malignant. It also can determine how the cells respond to potential cancer therapy treatments.
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CDC resumes tuberculosis laboratory transfers halted after anthrax mishap
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lifted a moratorium on transfers of inactivated materials from its clinical tuberculosis laboratory, after a bioterror laboratory mishap potentially exposed workers to live anthrax, prompting the halt of transfers from other high-containment laboratories.

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Debilitating case of mosquito-borne chikungunya reported in US
CNN
Chikungunya — a tropical disease with a funny name that packs a wallop like having your bones crushed — has finally taken up residence in the U.S. Ever since the first transmission of chikungunya was reported in the Americas in 2013, health officials have been bracing for the arrival of the debilitating, mosquito-borne virus in the U.S.

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HIE use rises along with adoption of EHRs, but full interoperability remains elusive for hospitals, physicians, clinical laboratories and pathology groups
DARK Daily
Pathologists tracking the adoption of electronic health record systems by hospitals and physicians will be interested to learn that, according to the federal government, more than 80 percent of hospitals and 50 percent of physicians now use these products.

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Test increases odds of correct surgery for thyroid cancer patients
University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences via Medical Xpress
The routine use of a molecular testing panel developed at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center greatly increases the likelihood of performing the correct initial surgery for patients with thyroid nodules and cancer, report researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, partner with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center CancerCenter.
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