Artificial intelligence algorithm to predict and prevent spread of infectious diseases

Team of researchers from USC Viterbi School of Engineering has created an algorithm that can help policymakers reduce the overall spread of disease. The algorithm is optimized to make the most of limited resources, such as advertising budgets, thus helping cash strapped public health agencies.To create the artificial intellegence algorithm, the researchers used behavioral, demographic … Continue reading Artificial intelligence algorithm to predict and prevent spread of infectious diseases

New approach to tuberculosis treatment: targeting LD-transpeptidase enzyme

Researchers at Johns Hopkins report they have laid the foundation to develop novel antibiotics that work against incurable, antibiotic-resistant bacteria like tuberculosis by targeting an enzyme essential to the production and integrity of bacterial cell walls. The findings, they say, suggest that antibiotic drugs specifically targeting the recently discovered LD-transpeptidase enzyme, which is needed to … Continue reading New approach to tuberculosis treatment: targeting LD-transpeptidase enzyme

Role of TB specific antibodies in Tuberculosis infection found

A study led by investigators from the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT, and Harvard finds evidence that antibody protection may help control infection with the bacteria that causes tuberculosis. In their study receiving online publication in Cell, the research team describes finding consistent differences in both the structure and function of antibodies targeting the TB … Continue reading Role of TB specific antibodies in Tuberculosis infection found