The hunt for protective correlates of immunity to Plasmodium falciparum malaria
BMC Medicine 2014, 12:134 (8 August 2014)
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Ann Moormann and Ann Stewart comment on a study showing that opsonic phagocytosis of malaria parasites contributes to protective immunity, and describe how understanding the mechanisms of protection will inform malaria vaccine design.
Opsonic phagocytosis of Plasmodium falciparum merozoites: mechanism in human immunity and a correlate of protection against malaria
BMC Medicine 2014, 12:108 (1 July 2014)
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Opsonic phagocytosis in Plasmodium falciparum malaria parasites contributes to protective immunity in infected individuals, suggesting that phagocytosis could be measured to assess vaccine response and population immunity.
Accuracy of epidemiological inferences based on publicly available information: retrospective comparative analysis of line lists of human cases infected with influenza A(H7N9) in China
BMC Medicine 2014, 12:88 (28 May 2014)
Analyses of publicly-available data on influenza A (H7N9) virus infection provide reliable estimations of transmissibility but limited information on disease severity, suggesting these data could be useful to analyze the spread of infection.
B. anthracis associated cardiovascular dysfunction and shock: the potential contribution of both non-toxin and toxin components
BMC Medicine 2013, 11:217 (9 October 2013)
Peter Eichacker and colleagues describe the contribution of toxins and non-toxins to cardiovascular dysfunction and shock following B. anthracis infection, and discuss how better understanding of the mechanisms could help improve anthrax management.
A low-cost method to assess the epidemiological importance of individuals in controlling infectious disease outbreaks
BMC Medicine 2013, 11:35 (12 February 2013)
A low-cost ranking method for modeling the spread of influenza in schools identifies subpopulations at higher risk of early infection than randomly selected communities, which could be effective for predicting and preventing epidemics.
How well do clinical prediction rules perform in identifying serious infections in acutely ill children across an international network of ambulatory care datasets?
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BMC Medicine 2013, 11:10 (15 January 2013)
Clinical prediction rules to recognize infections in children do not show perfect diagnostic accuracy in high and low prevalence ambulatory care settings, suggesting that additional laboratory tests should be used to increase certainty.