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Fighting Super-Bugs with
"Super-charged" Antibiotics

Scientists at the University of Queensland in Australia are attacking antibiotics-resistant bacteria by teaching an old drug new tricks. The drug is the antibiotic vancomycin, and the team has early evidence that their revamped version could be used to treat methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) and Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci (VRE).

The scientists took vancomycin and re-engineered it to make it bind to the membranes of bacteria, rather than to human cells, according to a press release from the university. The technique resulted in a series of "supercharged" antibiotics, dubbed vancapticins.

This Flu Season Is the Worst In Nearly A Decade

This year's flu season is now more intense than any since the 2009 swine flu pandemic and still getting worse, federal health officials said on Friday.

Nationally, the number of people falling ill with flu is increasing. More worrying, the hospitalization rate - a predictor of the death rate - has just jumped.

Scientists Discover a Bone-Deep Risk for Heart Disease

It's been one of the vexing questions in medicine: Why is it that most people who have heart attacks or strokes have few or no conventional risk factors?

These are patients with normal levels of cholesterol and blood pressure, no history of smoking or diabetes, and no family history of cardiovascular disease. Why aren't they spared?
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How To Protect Your Dog From The Flu

As Americans take caution through this year's deadly flu season, there's one family member that should not be forgotten: the dog.

As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports widespread human flu activity in 49 U.S. states, Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine has reported an uptick in cases of the canine influenza virus H3N2, most notably in California, Kentucky and Ohio.  
  Your Brain Reveals Who
Your Friends Are

You may perceive the world the way your friends do, according to a new study finding that friends have similar neural responses to real-world stimuli and these similarities can be used to predict who your friends are.

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