Malaria kills between one million and three million people in sub-Saharan Africa every year, most of them children. Disease outbreaks, which also include meningitis and dengue, have only recently been linked to variations in rainfall: more rain or drought can bring harsher epidemics. Using this ... Read More
A vaccine that protects babies against fatal bacterial infections was introduced in Rwanda last week, its first distribution in a third world country. Read More
John Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, houses one of the largest public drug library available to researchers interested in finding new uses for old and often forgotten drugs. "Already, researchers have used the library to discover that itraconazole, a drug used for decades to treat toenail ... Read More
According to the New York Times, the W.H.O. and public-health agencies like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention find themselves in a delicate balance, obliged to provide information about potentially lethal diseases without causing panic.
Although health officials have held exerci... Read More
World health officials have raised the level of alert about a possible swine flu pandemic, since the virus seems to be spreading regularly from person to person. ""It's a significant step towards pandemic influenza, but it is a phase that says we are not there yet," said Keiji Fukada of the WHO.... Read More
At a speech to the National Academy of Sciences, President Obama vowed to increase total US spending on research and development by government and industry to 3% of GDP – up from the current figure of around 2.6%.
New details of the composition and structure of a needlelike protein complex on the surface of certain bacteria may help scientists develop new strategies to thwart infection. Read More
The Infectious Disease Association of California has issued guidelines for clinicians to help them identify possible patients suffering from this strain of swine flu.
Emily Lurie, a student at The University of Western Australia in Perth, has a nice blog called Adopt-a-Microbe in which she illustrates a particular microbe and provides some general information about it. Her work is very attractive and cute, and is ideal for teaching young people about the role... Read More
The American Public Health Association is providing and has collected many resources about the ongoing Swine Flu outbreak and influenza in general on their website www.getreadyforflu.org. Read More
An influenza vaccine that protects against death and serious complications from different strains of flu is a little closer to reality, Saint Louis University vaccine researchers have found.
"This is a significant first step in developing a universal vaccine to help protect against pandemic i... Read More
Mark O. Martin, guest blogger on Small Things Considered, has written an interesting piece on Chlorochromatium aggregatum. "With apologies to the old Turtle’s song (which knocked the Beatle’s “Penny Lane” off the Billboard charts in the spring of 1967), there are many ways that microbes interact... Read More
Researcher Jo Handelsman (recently interviewed for Meet The Scientist) runs microbial observatories in Wisconsin and Alaska and studies underground microbes detrimental to healthy soil. Microbial Observatory is a segment from CSREES' Partners Video Magazine's 19th episode, The Soil Explorers. To... Read More
This is a clip from the best show on TV, Flight of the Conchords. They continue to prove why they are so brilliant...mold farm? Classic. Read More
It seems that Bacteria has its own theme song and here it is. Bacteria rock video. Read More
Picture of Couple Kissing in Mexico City with Surgical masks on During Swine Flu Outbreak. From The Guardian UK. Article link here http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/apr/26/swine-flu-outbreak-mexico-pandemic. Photo by Alfredo Estrella/AFP/Getty Images Read More
Autoimmune diseases have long been regarded as illnesses in which the immune system creates autoantibodies to attack the body itself. But, researchers at the California non-profit Autoimmunity Research Foundation (ARF) explain that the antibodies observed in autoimmune disease actually result fr... Read More
Common sense information from the CDC on how you can prevent flu transmission and prevent getting sick yourself. Read More
This document provides interim planning guidance for state, territorial, tribal, and local communities that focuses on several nonpharmaceutical measures that might be useful during this outbreak of swine influenza A (H1N1) virus aimed at reducing disease transmission and associated morbidity an... Read More