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TWiV 199: Of mice, ticks, and pigs

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Sugary Drinks Increase Bad Bacteria in Gut, Risk of Diabetes

Sugary drinks help bad microbes grow in the human gut, according to a study published in the journal Obesity Reviews. This increase leads to many health complications like obesity and metabolic syndrome, raising risk of diseases associated with metabolic syndrome like diabetes.

The study says... Read More

Feeding microbials to chickens leads to mysterious immune response

A paper recently published in the Journal of Animal Science helps researchers further understand how microbials and probiotics affect poultry health.

Researchers at the North Carolina State University and Chung Jen College of Nursing, Health Sciences and Management (Taiwan) conducted a study ... Read More

Estimating influenza-related sick leave in Norway: Was work absenteeism higher during the H1N1 pandemic?

The impact of influenza on work absenteeism is poorly documented. Researchers used data from the national registry and Norway Post AS (>14,000 employees) to explore sickness absence patterns from 2005/06 through 2009/10 in Norway. Annually, an estimated 2.868% (mean 95% confidence interval (CI):... Read More

TWiV 274: Data dump

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Danger in the blood: U-M scientists show how antibiotic-resisting bacterial infections may form (Press Release)

New research may help explain why hundreds of thousands of Americans a year get sick – and tens of thousands die – after bacteria get into their blood. It also suggests why some of those bloodstream infections resist treatment with even the most powerful antibiotics.

In a new paper in the Jou... Read More

TWiV 203 Letters

Suzanne writes:


Your most recent TWIV in Nebraska made me want to add a few verses to that old kids’ song…


“There’s a virus in the alga in the paramecium on the speck on the flea on the wart on the frog on the bump on the log in the hole in th... Read More

TWiP 43 Letters

Robin writes:

http://www.websters-online-dictionary.org/definitions/Trematoda


Trematodes are commonly referred to as flukes. This term can be traced back to the Saxon name f... Read More

TWiV 204 Letters

Tom writes:


In case this didn’t make the news in the city, I thought you might be interested in this report of Hantavirus in the Adirondacks. It looks like a wooden lean-to was the “scene of the crime” again!


Tom


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Sea bacterium solves lactose intolerance

A new species of bacteria living 1,200 metres deep at freezing temperatures in the Bay of Bengal is all set to solve the universal problem of lactose intolerance in human beings. Lactose is a type of sugar present in milk. Two-thirds of people around the world cannot digest lactose, which may ca... Read More

TWiM #47 transcript

Here is a transcript of TWiM episode #47, "Resistance on the surface". Thanks to Raphael Fernandez and Steve Stokowski for transcription.


The transcript is also available as a pdf file - click here to download.


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Microbiologists Will Watch As Bacteria Take Over This Hospital

We often think of the world around us as sterile and static, especially when we are in a hospital. In reality, every surface on earth is literally teeming with millions of bacteria.

Jack Gilbert, a microbiologist from the University of Chicago, has spent his career investigating these invisib... Read More

Endospore Stain Bacillus cereus

B. cereus was grown on urea agar for 6 days at 37 degrees C to induce spore formation.
The endospore stain was done using malachite green as the primary stain and safranin as counter the stain. Malachite green was applied to the smear and set over a steaming water bath for 10 min (stain was no... Read More

BacterioFiles 186 - Matched Mice, Mismatched Microbiota

This episode: Gut microbes can be different even in genetically identical mice in similar conditions!


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BacterioFiles 167 - Gut Grows Gluten Gluttons

This episode: Some bacteria in the guts of healthy volunteers are able to break down gluten!


(9.7 MB, 10.5 minutes)


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Super Gonorrhea Bacteria Spur New Treatment Regimen in Europe

Pfizer Inc.’s Zithromax or a generic version of the antibiotic pill should be added to the standard treatment for gonorrhea to fight multidrug-resistant strains of the sexually transmitted bacterium, doctors in Europe said.

New European guidelines for sexually transmitted infections recommend... Read More

Bacteria on Binkies: A Recipe for Crankiness

Pacifiers are among the most aptly named baby paraphernalia, but what if, instead of curing crankiness, they are actually causing babies to be more unruly?

That’s what the latest research suggests: that binkies can be teeming with bacteria, yeast and mold that can actually sicken babies rathe... Read More

Mundo de los Microbios - Episodio 107 - Delfina Urbina

Uno de los patógenos más importantes en América Latina y seguramente el mundo entero, el rotavirus, es discutido en este episodio de La Radio El Mundo de los Microbios. La Prof. Delfina Urbina, con una larga trayectoria en diferentes áreas de la Microbiología nos visita hoy. Fué Profesora Tit... Read More

This Christmas, Give a Holiday Germ Card

We've all been there. The holidays are approaching and there's that one person on our list for whom we have no idea what to give. It's a common problem that is usually resolved with the purchase of a gift card from a local retailer. From hardware stores to electronic shops to the bookstore, cons... Read More

Parasite Nippostrongylus brasiliensis

Nikon Small World Image of Distinction 2011 photomicrography competition, Sinclair Stammers, Science Photo Library, UK

Nippostrongylus brasiliensis (rat nematode parasite) (560x)
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