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Multiple vaccines don’t make kids prone to infection: study

NEW YORK: Even though children are given far more vaccines than prior generations, the practice does not appear to weaken their immune systems or make them more prone to other infections, a US study said Tuesday. The report in the Journal of the American Medical Association marks the first time researchers have probed a link between the current recommended immunization schedule -- which includes up to 16 vaccinations -- and the rate of infections and illnesses that are unrelated to vaccines among children in the United…

1 in 9 people infected after gut surgery: study

PARIS: More than 12 percent of people who have gastrointestinal surgery become infected within 30 days of going under the knife, researchers said Wednesday in a study covering 66 countries. For low-income nations, the incidence of so-called surgical site infection was double the global average, according to the results, based on data compiled by a consortium of 2,500 doctors and researchers. In wealthy countries, the rate of post-op infection was nine percent, and for middle-income nations it was 14 percent. In…

Test can detect HIV within a week of infection: researchers

MADRID: Spain's top research institution said Thursday it has patented an HIV test that can detect the AIDS-causing virus within a week of infection, the fastest yet. A "biosensor" developed by scientists of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) detects the p24 antigen, a protein attached to the HIV virus, in human blood, the council said in a statement. The technology "detects the protein at concentrations 100,000 times lower than in current techniques," it said, and "during the first week after infection."…