Middle-ear infections, which prompt 12 to 16 million clinical visits annually in the U.S., may one day be quelled by a gel engineered to deliver antibiotics through the eardrum and to the site of the infection.
The HMS Photo of the Week: "This is an image of a mouse's vestibular system in the inner ear. By delivering genes into the hair cells in the inner ear, scientists have managed to restore partial hearing and balance in mice born with a genetic condition that affects both. " ( : Bence Gyorgy)
“By switching certain genes on and off, prions could help bacteria survive environmental stresses rendering them less vulnerable to drugs, chemicals and other environmental assaults,” says professor Ann Hochschild.
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“It’s a testament to the fact that hospitals do respond to financial penalties, in particular when these penalties are also tied to publicly reported performance goals,” said co-senior author Francesca Dominici of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.