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Infection

An infection is the detrimental colonization of a host organism by a foreign parasite species. Infecting organisms seeks to utilize the host'sresources to multiply, usually at the expense of the host. The infecting organism, or pathogen, interferes with the normal functioning of the host and can lead to chronic wounds, gangrene, loss of an infected limb, and even death. The immune system of mammalian hosts reacts to infections with an innate response, often involving inflammation, followed by an adaptive response. Colloquially, a pathogen is usually considered a microscopic organism though the definition is broader, including macroparasites, fungi, viruses, prions, bacteria, and viroids. Asymbiosis between parasite and host, whereby the relationship is beneficial for the former but detrimental to the latter, is characterised asparasitism. The branch of medicine that focuses on infections and pathogens is infectious disease. "When infection attacks the body,anti-infective drugs can help turn the tide of battle. Four types of anti-infective or drugs exist: antibacterial (antibiotic), antiviral, antitubercular, and antifungal.

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Articles About Infection

A nurse prepares a syringe containing an experimental Ebola virus vaccine next to a volunteer called Marie (L) during a media visit at the Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV) in Lausanne November 4, 2014. A trial is being conducted with a vaccine from Gla
Cure Against Ebola May Already Be Found In 53 Existing Drugs – Researchers

By IBTimes AU

The fatal Ebola virus that has killed some 6,915 could be cured by at least 53 existing drugs, researchers said. (Dec 19)

MORE TOPICS: NEW YORK, CANCER

The mosquitoes that carry the Chikungunya virus are seen through a magnifying glass at a laboratory in Santo Domingo, May 23, 2014. The painful mosquito-borne virus called Chikungunya is spreading quickly through the Caribbean, causing alarm in Haiti and
New Scientific Discovery May Lead To Eradication Of Dengue Fever

By IBTimes AU

A group of Australian scientists have made the vital discovery of an antibody, which could effectively limit the spread of dengue fever around the globe. (Dec 17)

MORE TOPICS: MANUFACTURING

An Ebola Virus Treatment Center In Monrovia
Ebola Update: Australian-Managed Treatment Centre In Sierra Leone Open

By IBTimes AU

Julie Bishop has announced that the operations of the Australian-run treatment centre would commence with five beds being open to the Ebola patients. (Dec 16)

MORE TOPICS: AUSTRALIA

Scientists at the National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg, Manitoba, prepare an experimental Ebola vaccine for shipment to the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva in this undated handout picture released October 18, 2014.
Canadian Ebola Vaccine’s Clinical Trial Suspended In Switzerland : Side Effects Reported In Four Persons

By IBTimes AU

Excess dose can also be a reason as Halifax centre has not reported any side effect so far. (Dec 12)

Ham
5 Dishes That Could Kill You If Not Cooked Correctly

By IBTimes AU (No Google news)

A lot of stuff are edible -- if cooked the right way (Dec 11)

MORE TOPICS: NEW YORK

Cancer Cells
Earliest Case of Malignant Cancer Seen In Siberian Skeleton

By IBTimes AU

Analysis of the skeleton discovered in Siberia proves that cancer was existent during ancient times. (Dec 11)

MORE TOPICS: SUDAN, CANCER, CARCINOMA

A worker places condoms onto a packaging belt at the Chinese condom manufacturer Safedom's factory in the town of Zhaoyuan, located 100 km (62 miles) south of the city of Yantai, Shandong Province February 6, 2012.
Gonorrhea Superbug In Auckland Alarms New Zealand Health Experts

By IBTimes AU

Since the antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea was discovered in Auckland, there has been growing concern over the failure to treat sex superbugs. (Dec 09)

MORE TOPICS: ANTIBIOTIC

An health officer packs dead chickens at a wholesale poultry market in Hong Kong January 28, 2014. Hong Kong began culling 20,000 chickens and suspended imports of fresh poultry from mainland China for 21 days on Tuesday after the discovery of the H7N9 bi
Canada Has Bird Flu Virus, 7 Countries Ban Poultry From B.C.

By IBTimes AU

Canada's poultry products from B.C. has been banned by the United States, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, China, South Africa and Mexico following the recent avian bird flu outbreak in the state. (Dec 08)

MORE TOPICS: CHINA, JAPAN, SOUTH KOREA, MEXICO, SOUTH AFRICA, AVIAN INFLUENZA

Actress Jennifer Lawrence
Natural Ways to Keep Your Face Looking Fresh All Day

By IBTimes AU (No Google news)

How to look like you've just stepped out of the shower 24/7. (Dec 08)

Bacteria
Apocalypse Alert: Scientists Warned of Rising Superbugs that Potentially Could Wipe-out Humanity

By IBTimes AU

Apocalypse or the end of days will not come in the form of a nuclear showdown between Russia and the U.S or an alien attack. Extinction of the human race could start anytime soon as scientists point to the alarming rise of superbugs. (Dec 06)

MORE TOPICS: UNITED KINGDOM, RUSSIA, INDIA, ANTIBIOTIC