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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

An airplane carrying American doctor Kent Brantly who has the Ebola virus, arrives at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta, Georgia on Aug. 2, 2014. The same plane is now carrying the second Ebola patient Nancy Writebol.
American Doctor Dr Kent Brantly Survives Deadly Ebola, Released from Hospital, Sent Home

By IBTimes AU

The experimental drug ZMapp to counter the deadly Ebola virus seemed to be working. Its first human recipients, American missionaries Dr Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, have been discharged by Emory University Hospital. Both have been declared as virus-free, safe for release and ok to go home. (1:22 pm)


Top Health Issues about the Consumption of Noodles

By IBTimes AU (No Google news)

Over consumption of noodles can create higher prevalence of metabolic syndrome in women that consists of high blood pressure, chronic blood sugar, over accumulating abdominal fat and abnormal cholesterol risk. (9:20 am)

HIV Cure: Shock-and-Kill Method Unlocks 'No Remission' Possibility for Future Treatments

By IBTimes AU

New study with 'shock-and-kill' was published in Cell journal that can flush out viral reservoirs in infected cells and later killed by boosted immune system leading to the possibility of no remission. (Aug 21)


Grijns, Dutch Ambassador for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and HIV/AIDS, speaks to delegates at 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne
HIV Breakthrough: Tampon With An Anti-HIV Drug For Women

By IBTimes AU

Researchers from the University of Washington came up with a new product that contains anti-HIV drugs to help protect against HIV. (Aug 19)

Workers from Doctors Without Borders unload emergency medical supplies to deal with Ebola
Ebola Update: Canada to Donate 1,000 Experimental Vaccine Doses VSV-EBOV to WHO

By IBTimes AU

Some 800 - 1,000 doses of an experimental vaccine will be donated by Canada to the World Health Organisation (WHO) to help curb the maddening spread of the Ebola virus in the African region. (Aug 13)

H1N1 Virus or Swine Flu Continues to Spread in Australia; Young and Elderly Vulnerable

By IBTimes AU

The swine flu is back in Australia as it infects those who are young and healthy with a vengeance. Reports said more than 21,000 Australians were affected with the H1N1 virus within the year as cases increased by 36 per cent compared to same period in 2013. (Aug 13)


Swine Flu Returns to Australia, Affecting Children and Young Mothers

By IBTimes AU

Experts said that this year, there has been a rise in those affected by the H1N1 virus or swine flu. (Aug 12)


Health Workers Carry The Body Of An Ebola Virus Victim In Kenema, Sierra Leone
Ebola Outbreak: Vaccine Trials on Humans to Begin Soon, Could Be Marketed By 2015

By IBTimes AU

Clinical tests for possible Ebola vaccine to start in September 2014. (Aug 11)


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
Ebola Infection: Tests on Canadian Man Yield Negative Results

By IBTimes AU

Tests on a Canadian man believed to be showing symptoms of the deadly Ebola virus have yielded negative results. (Aug 11)


New York Stock Exchange
Warwick Links Rise in Google Search for Politics & Business to Stock Market Crashes

By IBTimes AU

There is some link between a surge in Google searches for political and business topics to stock market crashes, according to a study by Warwick Business School. (Aug 08)