Infection

  • Harbour seal flu virus can infect humans September 6, 2014

    New York: The avian H3N8 virus that killed more than 160 harbour seals along the New England coast in 2011 can spread through respiratory droplets and poses a threat to humans, says a study. "This study highlights a gainoffunction experiment that occurred in nature and shows us there are avian flu...
  • Living it up: Battling antibiotic resistance and hospital acquired infection August 23, 2014

    In this episode of Living it up, CNNIBN shows how harmful bacteria can prove to be leading to antibiotic resistance and hospital acquired infection. ...
  • Decoded: How Ebola virus disables immune response August 14, 2014

    Washington: Researchers have revealed how Ebola virus blocks and disables the body's natural immune response paving the way for developing a drug to treat the deadly disease that has killed over 1,000 people in West Africa till date. "We have known for a long time that infection with Ebola obstructs...
  • Genetically modified mosquitoes could help wipe out malaria June 11, 2014

    London: Scientists have successfully modified mosquitoes to produce sperm that will only create male offspring, pioneering a fresh approach to eradicating malaria. Researchers from Imperial College London have tested a new genetic method that distorts the sex ratio of Anopheles gambiae mosquitoes, the main transmitters of the malaria parasite, so that...
  • Watch: Nelson Mandela's life and legacy December 6, 2013

    South African antiapartheid hero Nelson Mandela died peacefully at home at the age of 95 on Thursday after months fighting a lung infection, leaving his nation and the world in mourning for a man revered as a moral giant. The former president and Nobel Peace Prize laureate had been frail...
  • Soon, antibiotics may not be effective on infections October 30, 2013

    New Delhi: The US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention has warned that we are at the end of the antibiotic era. So no antibiotics will work for us and many infections that are so far treatable, might not be so anymore. Antibiotic resistance and hospital acquired infections, a trend...
  • Mandela showing 'great resilience', still critical: South Africa August 25, 2013

    Former South African President Nelson Mandela, who has been in hospital since early June with a lung infection, is showing "great resilience" although he remains in a critical but stable condition, the presidency said on Saturday. "While at times, his condition becomes unstable, the doctors indicate that the former president has...
  • Nelson Mandela spends 50th day in hospital July 28, 2013

    Former South African President Nelson Mandela has spent his 50th day in hospital with his condition still critical battling a recurrent lung infection, even as a media report said that he has undergone a "minor" medical procedure and survived two "scares" in the past week. Presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj said on...
  • Mandela's condition not to affect Obama's visit: Zuma June 25, 2013

    Johannesburg: South African President Jacob Zuma said on Monday that the condition of ailing Nelson Mandela will not have any influence on the visiting US President Barack Obama's upcoming visit this week, Xinhua reported. The 94yearold antiapartheid leader is spending his 17th day in a Pretoria hospital due to a recurring...
  • Obama wishes 'speedy recovery' for ailing Mandela June 12, 2013

    Washington: President Barack Obama is wishing for a "speedy recovery" for ailing former South African President Nelson Mandela. The 94yearold Mandela is currently in a Johannesburg hospital, receiving treatment for a recurring lung infection. White House spokesman Jay Carney says Obama, the first lady and everyone at the White House...
  • Nelson Mandela 'comfortable', treated for pneumonia April 1, 2013

    Johannesburg: South Africa's antiapartheid hero Nelson Mandela is comfortable and able to breathe without problems as he continues to respond to treatment in hospital for a recurrence of pneumonia, President Jacob Zuma's office said on Saturday. After the revered 94yearold statesman and former South African president spent a third night in...
  • Cyber security market may reach $870 mn by 2017: Report March 31, 2013

    Mumbai: Global market for cyber security solutions may grow to USD 870 million by 2017, says research firm IDC. Cybercriminals use thousands of networked computers (botnets) to 'jam' a website by directing excessive traffic to it, causing it to crash. Such attacks are often termed as...
  • Nelson Mandela discharged from hospital March 11, 2013

    Johannesburg: Former South African president Nelson Mandela was discharged from hospital on Sunday after undergoing a medical check-up, the presidency said. The 94-year-old was admitted into a hospital on Saturday, for the second time in three months, for a scheduled medical check-up, Xinhua reported. Mandela has returned to his Johannesburg home following...
  • Venezuelan President Chavez's breathing problems worsen March 5, 2013

    Caracas: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's breathing problems have worsened and he is suffering from a "severe" new respiratory infection as he struggles to recover from cancer surgery, the government said in a somber medical update on Monday. The 58-year-old socialist leader has not been seen in public nor heard from...
  • Swine flu kills 3 in Delhi, 1 in Gurgaon February 7, 2013

    New Delhi: Four people have reportedly died because of swine flu in the national capital region. The Delhi government has confirmed that three people have died in its hospitals, while one person has died in Gurgaon. Several other cases have been confirmed of flu or the H1N1 virus as it is...
  • Punjab gangrape: An act of revenge by women accused? January 21, 2013

    Chandigarh: In a shocking twist to the gangrape of a 26yearold nurse in Punjab on Sunday, the police has now claimed that the gangrape victim had been booked in 2012 on charges of injecting an HIVinfected needle into a woman with whose husband she was allegedly having an affair with. The...
  • Nelson Mandela recovers from lung infection: Official January 7, 2013

    Johannesburg: Former South African President Nelson Mandela has recovered from a lung infection and surgery to remove gallstones that kept him in hospital for nearly three weeks, the government said on Sunday. Mandela, 94, who has been in frail health for several years, spent most of December in a Pretoria hospital...
  • Stop touching your face to avoid flu: Study December 3, 2012

    London: Something as innocuous as touching your face could infect you with flu, especially after your hands brush with contaminated surfaces, according to a study. "There are many opportunities in between handwashing episodes for people to recontaminate their hands. If a deadly respiratory virus is around, this is something to...
  • Swine influenza cases on the rise in India October 8, 2012

    New Delhi: The end of the monsoon season has once again resulted in a spurt of cases of swine influenza, also knows as swine flu, across India. Pune is the worse affected city in the country. 226 people were affected by the H1N1 infection killing 9 between June and September...
  • WHO issues guidance on SARS-like virus, gears up for haj September 26, 2012

    Geneva: The World Health Organization on Wednesday urged health workers around the world to report any patient with acute respiratory infection who may have traveled to Saudi Arabia or Qatar and been exposed to a new SARS-like virus confirmed in two people so far. The United Nations agency put out...
  • Chennai: Docs sew woman up with surgical swab inside September 18, 2012

    Chennai: A 30-year-old woman landed up in the Intensive Care Unit of a hospital in Tondiarpet due to severe infection caused by a surgical napkin that found its way inside her during an earlier surgery. The napkin has since been surgically removed. According to Mahesh (31), the husband of the...
  • A few showers and Hyderabad shivers September 11, 2012

    Hyderabad: There is a certain chill in the air. The intermittent rains in the last few weeks coupled with contaminated drinking water has made life miserable for literally thousands of Hyderabadis. A staggering 19,891 cases of viral infections were treated at the Fever Hospital in August alone. These were all...
  • 56 pc drop in HIV infections in India since 2000 August 24, 2012

    New Delhi: The number of new annual HIV infections has declined by around 56 per cent during the last decade in the country, the Lok Sabha was informed Friday. Minister of State for Health S Gandhiselvan said that based on HIV estimations 2010, it is estimated that India had approximately 1.2...
  • Bangalore: Kites die feeding on city's fatal menu July 12, 2012

    Bangalore: Popularly known as Black Kites and formerly as Pariah kites, the Milvus migrans is today a creature of the urban milieu, swooping and hovering over dead carcasses and inedible animal parts and inhabiting the densely populated areas of the city which has a high concentration of slaughterhouses, butcher shops...
  • Ghazal maestro Mehdi Hassan dies after prolonged illness June 13, 2012

    India-born Ghazal legend Mehdi Hassan died on Wednesday following multiple organ failure at the age of 84. ...
  • Blood drive set for flesh-eating bacteria survivor May 15, 2012

    Carrollton, Ga: A blood drive is being held at University of West Georgia for a student fighting a flesh-eating bacteria that threatens her life. Aimee Copeland's left leg has been amputated, and her parents say she will likely lose her fingers as well after the infection spread rapidly through her body. The...
  • Baby Falak's brain infection starts subsiding February 17, 2012

    New Delhi: Two-year-old Falak on Friday showed some signs of improvement with doctors saying the infection in her brain has started subsiding. Doctors are waiting for the infection to come down further to conduct another life saving surgery on her. "Finally the infection in her brain is receding. The sample culture...
  • Falak critical, but responding to treatment February 9, 2012

    New Delhi: Doctors at AIIMS on Thursday said two-year-old Falak continues to remain in a critical state but was responding well to treatment. Admitted in a battered state at the AIIMS Trauma Centre here 23 days ago, her infection levels have receded, neurosurgeon Deepak Agarwal said. "The culture test of the...
  • HIV+ detainee bites cops to avoid interrogation November 25, 2011

    Mumbai: Since Thursday night, cops at the Kurla GRP police station have been quaking with fear. The source of their great apprehension is a man being incarcerated in a cell at the station, on charges of robbery and cheating, who claims he is HIV positive, and pounces on cops to...
  • It's 45 cats vs 850 TB patients at Mumbai hospital November 23, 2011

    Mumbai: It is not just a stubborn, multi-drug resistant form of tuberculosis that patients admitted to the Sewri TB hospital have to battle against every day -- rather, it's full-fledged war between man and beast at the civic-run facility. Daily at the hospital, end-stage TB patients -- weakened by their...