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Newborn babies can pick up GBS from their mother's vaginal tract during childbirth.

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One of the scourges of hospital infections – biofilms formed by bacteria that stick to living tissue and medical instruments – can be tricked into dispersing with the targeted application of nanoparticles and heat.

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The use of cloth masks by healthcare workers may actually put them at increased risk of respiratory illness and viral infections and their global use should be discouraged, according to a UNSW study. 

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For many people in Australia, the annual observance of World AIDS Day may be the only regular reminder of the HIV epidemic, writes Professor John Kaldor from UNSW's Kirby Institute. 

Sick genes inside

People with certain high-risk gene combinations are eight times more likely to suffer from a severe and prolonged illness when they have an infection.