The World Health Organization will start vaccinating in April to help stem the cholera epidemic in Haiti, which has killed over 3300.
The vaccine hasn't been used before, partly to focus medical resources on treating cases, but also because little is available, as vaccination is not standard ... Read More
Europe and North America are braced for a surge in flu cases as schools resume after the holidays.
Schoolchildren are the main carriers of seasonal flu, and epidemics often reflect school schedules. The winter flu that is already pushing intensive care services to capacity in the UK has been ... Read More
It's a tale that has all the trappings of a cult 1960s sci-fi movie: Scientists bring back ancient salt crystals, dug up from deep below Death Valley for climate research. The sparkling crystals are carefully packed away until, years later, a young, unknown researcher takes a second look at the ... Read More
The odds of developing chicken pox are 95 percent lower in children who have received two doses of the vaccine, compared to those who have received only one.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) began recommending a single dose of chicken pox (varicella) vaccine for children a... Read More
Here's a link to the abstract of the recent BP methane study in Science Express:
Methane was the most abundant hydrocarbon released during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Beyond relevancy to this anthropogenic event, this methane release simulates a rapid and relat... Read More
This episode: A study of the bacteria-hunting Bdellovibrio life cycle!
A new study concludes that the vast quantity of methane gas that spewed from the BP oil well in the Gulf of Mexico was gobbled up rapidly by bacteria.
About a third of the material that gushed into the ocean from the BP blowout was in gas form, not oil, and the new study is the latest attempt... Read More
Read a piece that detailed the idea that the world could effectively "run out" of antibiotics as "a nightmare scenario".
Considering how often each worknight we're reaching for the appropriate antibiotic to knock out a case of Strep or a wicked Otitis Media, the possibility that all t... Read More
Walter and Eliza Hall Institute researchers have discovered how a key viral gene helps viruses evade early detection by the immune system. Their finding is providing new insights into how viruses are able to establish chronic infections, leading scientists to reevaluate their approaches to viral... Read More
Here's what Katie Roche expected when she went into the hospital for spine surgery: two titanium rods, a bone graft, 17 screws in her vertebrae, eight hours in the operating room, and a week's stay in the hospital to recover.
Here's what she didn't expect on top of all that: sharing a hospita... Read More
A new study of UK tuberculosis (TB) patients has shown that, for those with a certain genetic profile (genotype), supplementation of vitamin D to their standard antibiotic regimen reduces the time needed for TB bacteria to clear from sputum culture by almost a week for the population studied. Th... Read More
Genetic resistance to antibiotics is not the only trick bacteria use to resist eradication - they also have a second defence strategy known as persistence that can kick in.
Researchers reporting in the Journal of Medical Microbiology have now demonstrated for the first time that interplay occ... Read More
A 13-member Expert Panel of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) has published guidelines for the treatment of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) to assist health care providers in treating adult and pediatric patients afflicted with MRSA infections.
The guideline... Read More
The first study to link a childhood vaccine to autism was based on doctored information about the children involved, according to a new report on the widely discredited research.
The conclusions of the 1998 paper by Andrew Wakefield and colleagues was renounced by 10 of its 13 authors and lat... Read More
New York Times article by David Tuller, a journalism professor at Berkeley, on chronic fatigue syndrome and the retrovirus XMRV. The main focus of the article are four papers published in the journal Retrovirology at the end of 2010 which pointed to contamination as a potential issue for those a... Read More
Jonathan M. Rothberg fancies himself the Steve Jobs of biotechnology. While much less known than the Apple leader, Dr. Rothberg is also a wealthy entrepreneur with a reputation as a visionary, a masterful promoter and a demanding boss.
But what Dr. Rothberg really means is that he wants to d... Read More
Have you ever seen a person with smallpox? We rejoice that probably you haven’t. In 1977 the disease was eradicated. Only two known research collections of smallpox virus remain, in laboratories in Russia and the United States.
This month, the World Health Organization is debating whether to ... Read More
When an antibiotic is consumed, researchers have learned that up to 90% passes through a body without metabolizing. This means the drugs can leave the body almost intact through normal bodily functions.
In the case of agricultural areas, excreted antibiotics can then enter stream and river en... Read More
About one-third of the human population is infected with a parasite called Toxoplasma gondii, but most of them don't know it. Though Toxoplasma causes no symptoms in most people, it can be harmful to individuals with suppressed immune systems, and to fetuses whose mothers become infected during ... Read More
When men learn the HPV vaccine—which protects women from cervical cancer—can prevent anal cancer, they’re more willing to get vaccinated, a new study shows.
Last month the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, Gardasil, to prevent anal cancer and a... Read More