Diagnosing HIV and other infectious diseases presents unique challenges in remote locations that lack electric power, refrigeration, and appropriately trained health care staff. To address these issues, researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have developed a low-cost, elec... Read More
For many bacteria and parasites looking to get a load of the fresh nutritional bounty inside your body, the skin is the first and most important gatekeeper. Schistosomas, however, and burrow right on through. These waterborne blood flukes, responsible for 200 million total worldwide cases of Sch... Read More
Acremonium kiliense form scraping nail isolated in Messina Policlinic, Laboratory of Mycology . Read More
Natural genetic variation in a protective antiviral enzyme holds promise for new therapies.
Doctors have long been mystified as to why HIV-1 rapidly sickens some individuals, while in others the virus has difficulties gaining a foothold. Now, a study of genetic variation in HIV-1 and in the c... Read More
Viruses are masters at mutating.
So the big concern with deadly viruses, like Ebola and hepatitis C, is that they will evolve into more dangerous forms over time.
It looks like just the opposite is happening with HIV — although it's happening slowly.
"HIV can generate any mutation in th... Read More
For over a century, microbiologists have been using growth media solidified with agar to culture microbes from environmental samples. Individual cells are easily separated on the solid surface, allowing each cell to grow and divide and form a colony of thousands of clones. We can change the nutr... Read More
The tree with E. coli (red), K. pneumoniae (green) and Proteus mirabilis (brown) in chromoagar orientation. Read More
Why not eat locusts? Assuming you can find any fuel to cook em, and apart from deficiency illnesses, I've always wondered why people didn't hunker down and harvest them for emergency food. Did original peoples endure swarms by eating them? Did Euro food ... Read More
Scientists reveal how penicillin deals bacteria a devastating blow – work that may lead to new antibiotics.
Penicillin, the wonder drug discovered in 1928, works in ways that are still mysterious almost a century later. One of the oldest and most widely used antibiotics, it attacks enzymes th... Read More
Presence of Gram-positive, partially acid-fast rods, which have grown in branching chains resembling fungal hyphae. (Gram stain; original magnification, ×100). Image courtesy MicrobeWorld user Kyriakos Zaragkoulias, Specialty Registrar (StR) in Medical Microbiology at General Hospital of Thessal... Read More
New coatings to apply to soft cheese have been developed by researchers. These coatings are totally edible and have an antimicrobial capacity, which increases the lifespan of the cheese. These films incorporate oregano and rosemary essential oils as antimicrobial agents, and chitosan, a by-produ... Read More
Everybody and his uncle, it seems, has an idea of something that might work to cure people infected with the deadly virus.
When it comes to treatments for Ebola, there has been a nearly four-decade-long drought. Nothing in the medical arsenal attacks the virus directly. For the most part, p... Read More
Dec. 1 has been World AIDS Day since 1988 — but though the awareness and activism around the diseases has changed drastically during the years between then and now.
To see just how much our understanding and attitudes have evolved, take a look back at TIME’s coverage of AIDS through these sev... Read More
Researchers at Tufts University, in collaboration with a team at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, have demonstrated a resorbable electronic implant that eliminated bacterial infection in mice by delivering heat to infected tissue when triggered by a remote wireless signal. The si... Read More
Alternaria and other demaziacee normally not change the DTM agar plates colour. This Alternaria isolated into Mycology Laboratory in Policlinic "G. Martino" - University of Messina, change the color on DTM agar. Read More
Sputum specimen from sick of fibrosis cystic can hold many microbes and yeast. This specimen sent to our laboratory Mycobacteriology of Polyclinic University of Messina for mycobacteria research, shows yeast cells with Ziehl-Neelsen stain. Read More
A few months ago the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predicted that up to 1.4 million people in Liberia and Sierra Leone could become infected with Ebola by mid-January. In a recent address to the Senate, CDC director Tom Frieden said that worst-case scenario would not pan out.
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This episode: Bacterial antivirus system could treat chronic herpes virus infections!
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When the World Health Organization recently named blood transfusions from Ebola survivors as its priority experimental therapy for the disease ravaging west Africa there was only one major problem: no data indicating that such transfusions work. Blood plasma from survivors contains antibodies th... Read More