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CDC: Cases of Legionnaires Disease on the Rise in U.S.

July 29, 2016

Xray image of chestCases of Legionnaires disease, a serious, often fatal form of pneumonia, nearly quadrupled from 2000 to 2014, according to a recent report from the CDC. The most common source of recent outbreaks was potable (drinkable) water used for common purposes, such as showering, followed by cooling towers, hot tubs, and decorative fountains. Photo source: CDC, Betty Partin

FDA Approves First ‘Liquid Biopsy’ to Guide Treatment of Cancer

July 15, 2016

DNA diagramThe FDA has approved the first blood-based genetic test to guide the treatment of a common type of lung cancer called non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The test is less invasive, requiring only a blood draw instead of a traditional tissue biopsy, and detects mutations that could indicate that the tumor is more likely to respond to the drug erlotinib. Photo source: NHGRI, Ernesto del Aguila III

Bacteria with Antibiotic Resistance MCR-1 Gene Found for the First Time in U.S. Patient, Raises Concern

July 11, 2016

E.coli plasmidWorry about antibiotic resistance recently intensified when it was discovered for the first time that a strain of the bacteria infecting a patient in the U.S. carries the gene called mcr-1. The gene makes the bacteria resistant to colistin, a polymyxin, which is a class of antibiotics considered to be a "last resort" to treat patients with multidrug-resistant infections. Photo source: NHGRI, Darryl Leja

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July 29, 2016
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Immunotherapy Resistance
July 24, 2016
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