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Flu vaccine reduces hospitalizations and deaths among nursing home residents

When the influenza vaccine is well matched to the prevailing strains of flu in a given season, patients in nursing homes are significantly less likely to be hospitalized or to die of pneumonia and other influenza related causes. The finding comes from a study of more than 1 million Medicare fee-... Read More

Kicking latent HIV: New strategies to reactivate reservoirs of latent infection

In cells with latent HIV infection, the virus is dormant, and such cells are therefore not attacked by the immune system or by standard antiretroviral therapy. To eradicate the virus from the human body and truly cure a patient, reservoirs of latently infected cells need to be activated and elim... Read More

MMP #5: Fruitflies, microbes, and aggression with Jeremy Brownlie

Host: Jeff Fox with special guest, Jeremy Brownlie.

Jeremy Brownlie of Griffıth University in Brisbane, Australia, talks with Jeff Fox about how bacteria influence aggressive behavior in an animal. Fruit flies infected with the wMelPop strain of Wolbachia were less aggressive than the... Read More

Strategies to decrease bacterial colonization

Among the bacterial infections that are most difficult to treat, chronic infections associated with bacterial biofilms are one of the most hazardous. Bacterial biofilms are densely packed communities of microbial cells surrounded with secreted polymers. In her doctoral thesis, chemist Shoghik Ha... Read More

Harmless bacteria may be helpful against meningococcal outbreaks

Nasal drops of harmless bacteria can inhibit a related bug that sometimes causes meningococcal disease, according to new findings published online in Clinical Infectious Diseases. The study--conducted among college students, a group at higher risk for this often serious illness--suggests a new a... Read More

BacterioFiles 213 - Bird Bacteria Bolster Babies

This episode: Hoopoes inoculate their eggs with protective bacteria!

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NYU researchers observe upward trend in hepatitis C infection rates among HIV+ MSM

While sexual contact is not the most efficient means of hepatitis C (HCV) transmission, there have been several reports of outbreaks of sexually transmitted HCV in HIV-positive men who have sex with men (MSM). HCV infections are more likely to become persistent and to lead to progressive liver d... Read More

Gerilizumab IL-6 is Put into Human Trial for Rheumatoid Arthritis

BOC Sciences-Recently, a biotechnology company announced that gerilizumab IL-6 as a drug for rheumatoid arthritis was under trial in healthy people. Once the safety is proved in human trial, gerilizumab will be a better alternative for rheumatoid arthritis both in effect and cost. Read More

NYU research: Severe liver damage in mid/late-adulthood among PWID with chronic HCV

The Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is a chronic blood-borne viral infection that affects an estimated 160 million people, or 2-3% of the population world-wide. Alarmingly, chronic HCV infection accounts for one-quarter of the cases of cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). If HCV is le... Read More

Study adds to evidence that viruses are alive

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- A new analysis supports the hypothesis that viruses are living entities that share a long evolutionary history with cells, researchers report. The study offers the first reliable method for tracing viral evolution back to a time when neither viruses nor cells existed in the fo... Read More

ASM Live at #ICAAC / ICC - Silicone Vaginal Rings Deliver Antiviral Drugs, Protect Women against HIV

Meriam Memmi, PhD candidate at University Jean Monnet of Saint-Etienne, France discusses her research which led the creation of a new birth control device with additional protective properties against sexually transmitted infections (STIs). STIs of viral origin constitute a major public health c... Read More

Ebola virus mutations may help it evade drug treatment

Genetic mutations called "escape variants" in the deadly Ebola virus appear to block the ability of antibody-based treatments to ward off infection, according to a team of U.S. Army scientists and collaborators. Their findings, published online this week in the journal Cell Reports, have implica... Read More

Safer, with more benefits: Parents' vaccine views shifting

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Over the same time period that multiple outbreaks of measles and whooping cough made headlines around the country, parents' views on vaccines became more favorable, according to a new nationally-representative poll. Read More

BacterioFiles 214 - Cable-Chlorophyte Coop Conducts Current

This episode: Cable bacteria and algae set up electric grid in sediments!

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Improved survival of HIV patients facilitates heart disease research

WASHINGTON (July 27, 2015) - The improved survival rate of HIV patients in sub-Saharan Africa due to effective treatment programs is increasing the ability of researchers in Africa to study the impacts of cardiovascular disease in HIV patients, according to a guest editor page published today in... Read More

Funding for viral hemorrhagic fever project

A team from Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry and Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust has received funding of £136,000 from the Health Partnership Scheme to develop a training programme to help the Sierra Leonean Health Service to fight future outbreaks of viral haemorrhag... Read More

Mobile phone records may predict epidemics of mosquito-borne dengue virus

Boston, MA -- A new study led by researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health finds that mobile phone records can be used to predict the geographical spread and timing of dengue epidemics. More people around the world are becoming vulnerable to this deadly virus as climate change exp... Read More

TWiM 92 Letters

Dave writes:

Laurene Mascola's distinctive voice and laugh has won my heart this month. I found that when TWiM came up for the third time in my playlist the last couple weeks, I kept listening just for a fix. She should be a star.

I'm glad you had a good reaso... Read More

The ecology of microbial invasions

University of Groningen scientists have described how microbial invasions follow the same general pattern as invasions by plant or animal species. This is a clear example of how the microbiological world follows general rules of ecology. The discovery demonstrates the value of using microbial sy... Read More

Oysters harbor, transmit human norovirus: Avoid raw ones

Washington DC - August 28, 2015 - Oysters not only transmit human norovirus; they also serve as a major reservoir for these pathogens, according to research published August 28 in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, a journal of the American Society for Microbiology. "More than 80 percent of... Read More
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