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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

Mithcell Johnson Considering to Quit One Cricket Format

By IBTimes AU

Australia's pace-man Mitchell Johnson would like to concentrate on his Test career by quitting from at least one format of international cricket (Apr 16)

MORE TOPICS: CRICKET, AUSTRALIA, SOUTH AFRICA

WHO Releases Global Hepatitis C Treatment Guidelines, Urges Cure Pills Should be Made Affordable

By IBTimes AU

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday urged global governments as well as the world's numerous pharmaceuticals to lower down and make affordable the prices of cure pills for the hepatitis C virus (HCV) as the agency released its first ever global Hepatitis C treatment guidelines. (Apr 10)

MORE TOPICS: HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, CANCER

Ian Thorpe
Australian Swimmer Ian Thorpe Admitted to Intensive Care Due to Infection

By IBTimes AU

Legendary Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe was admitted to intensive care unit following contraction of lethal infections that may result to bid final adieu from competitive swimming. (Apr 09)

MORE TOPICS: GOLD, AUSTRALIA

A health worker sprays disinfectant in a house belonging to someone suspected of coming into contact with Ebola virus in Macenta March 26, 2014 in this picture provided by Plan International. Authorities in Guinea scrambled on Friday to halt the spread of
Fighting and Eradicating Ebola in West Africa Could Take Months, No Travel Restrictions Yet to Guinea – WHO

By IBTimes AU

The Ebola virus outbreak now enveloping West Africa could take months before it gets totally eradicated, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday. (Apr 09)

MORE TOPICS: UNITED NATIONS

Ian Thorpe
Ian Thorpe Hopes To Compete For The Olympics

By IBTimes AU

Australia's Olympic swimming champion Ian Thorpe still hopes on competing for the Olympics in Rio come summer 2016. He has won five Olympic gold medals right off the start of his career in 2000 and two more at Athens 2004. (Apr 09)

MORE TOPICS: GOLD

Workers from Doctors Without Borders unload emergency medical supplies to deal with an Ebola outbreak in Conakry, Guinea, March 23, 2014. Health officials fighting an outbreak of Ebola in Guinea on Sunday dispatched specialised medical equipment, imposed
Ebola Outbreak in Africa Kills Hundred; Things to Know About Ebola Virus Disease

By IBTimes AU

Ebola virus disease (EVD) has started to spread in Africa after its outbreak earlier this year in forested areas in southeastern part of Guinea. (Apr 08)

MORE TOPICS: SUDAN, GHANA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO, MALI

HIV Cure: Transplant Drugs to Replace Antiretroviral Therapy Due to Higher Chances of Curing AIDS

By IBTimes AU

New study has revealed strategies to create new defense against AIDS-causing HIV in the form of a transplant drug which is normally used to prevent rejection of transplanted organs that could unlock a working cure. (Apr 07)

MORE TOPICS: CALIFORNIA, AIDS, AUTISM, SARCOMA

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HIV, AIDS Treatment: Cytodyn's PRO 140 Shows Big Potential

By IBTimes AU

A new innovation in medical practice is nearing the finish line in finding a treatment for AIDS and HIV. A small-cap biotechnoogy firm, CytoDyn, is advancing in finding a treatment and prevention of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). (Apr 04)

MORE TOPICS: AIDS, MANUFACTURING

da Vinci Surgical System Gets FDA Approval for Minimally Invasive Surgeries
da Vinci Surgical System Gets FDA Approval for Minimally Invasive Surgeries

By IBTimes IN

Intuitive Surgical Inc., the global leader in minimally invasive surgery using surgical robots, received clearance from U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the latest model of da Vinci surgical robot - da Vinci® XiTM Surgical System. (Apr 02)

MORE TOPICS: ARCHITECTURE

Workers from Doctors Without Borders unload emergency medical supplies to deal with an Ebola outbreak in Conakry, Guinea, March 23, 2014. Health officials fighting an outbreak of Ebola in Guinea on Sunday dispatched specialised medical equipment, imposed
World Health Organization Rules Out ‘Ebola-like Symptoms’ in Canada, Disease a Threat to National Security

By IBTimes AU

The World Health Organization has ruled out that the Ebola-like symptoms of a Canadian traveler who recently went to Liberia in West Africa. (Mar 26)