10 interesting clinical research findings to know this week

Here are 10 articles on some of the most interesting medical research study findings from the week of Feb. 15.

1. Together, researchers from University of California, San Francisco and Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins Medicine discovered a distinctive genetic signature that could help diagnose Lyme disease. Read more.

2. A study conducted by the National Institutes of Health, University of California-Riverside and Plymouth University in the U.K., found the vaccine based on a common herpesvirus called cytomegalovirus may also provide protection against the Ebola virus. Read more.

3. New pain management approaches prove more effective than traditional methods in pain control while minimizing medicinal side effects post-total knee replacement procedures, according to a study in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Read more.

4. University of California researchers developed an algorithm to help identify undiagnosed Type 2 diabetes patients based on data found in EHRs. Their work is published in the Journal of Biomedical Informatics. Read more.

5. A key gene that generates influenza antibodies and helps ward off the flu is influenced by individuals' ethnic backgrounds, according to findings published in Scientific Reports. Read more.

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6. An early-stage vaccine for Zika virus developed by Inovio Pharmaceuticals showed promising results in a mouse study. Read more.

7. Scientists from Penn State in University Park, Pa., found the long-term and seasonal dynamics of parasite infections are affected by climate change and the immune response of those infected. Read more.

8. A review of cases of antibiotic-associated encephalopathy, which can result in confusion, delirium and hallucinations for some patients, found the link between antibiotics and these symptoms to be much more common than previously thought. Read more.

9. New findings published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases suggest the link between Zika virus and microcephaly is real. The findings were based on amniotic fluid from two pregnant women in Brazil whose ultrasound scans suggested their infants had microcephaly. Read more.

10. A new study finds common genetic variants frequently documented in African Americans that doubles their risk of blood clots, according to Blood, the journal of the American Society of Hematology. Read more.

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