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Swine Flu Hit Millions in Spring, Agency Says

There were 1.8 million to 5.7 million cases of swine flu in the country during the epidemic’s first spring wave, according to a new estimate from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released Thursday.

From 9,000 to 21,000 people were hospitalized as a result, and up to 800 died fr... Read More

ASM/SDA Handwashing Webinar


The upcoming cold and flu season may be one of the busiest in years, with the added threat of the H1N1 virus. The Soap and Detergent Association (SDA) hosted a free webinar on Sept. 24 to help community leaders prepare for these potential threats to public health.


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Doctors Kill Parasitic Worms By Poisoning the Bacteria in Their Innards

In some African villages, nearly everyone is infected with Mansonella perstans, a parasitic worm that’s remarkably hard to kill. It’s resistant to standard anti-worm medications, but researchers have learned that an old antibiotic can vanquish the tiny beasts — in a roundabout way.

The parasi... Read More

Gastroenterologists explore relationship between bacteria in the gut and breast cancer

The human body contains billions of microorganisms, and microbial cells found in the human gut are estimated to outnumber human cells by ten-to-one in healthy adults. However, little is known about the ways in which these minute life forms influence health and disease.

That is why gastroenter... Read More

A Petri Dish Dream Vacation

"The famous tropical sunset scene by Nobel Prize-winner Dr. Roger Tsien, University of California San Diego, USA. This image was created using transgenic bacteria expressing fluorescent protein genes."

Via MicrobialArt.com Read More

E.coli Grocery

There is a new set of photographs on the Small Things Considered blog that are quite interesting. All of them look as if they originate from the 1950's to 1960's decades. ... Read More

Could H1N1 take down the Internet?

An article in The Washington Post considers the possible impact the H1N1 pandemic could have on the Internet.

"As the spread of the H1N1 flu keeps more Americans away from work and school, a federal report warns that all those people logging on to the Web from home could overwhelm Internet ne... Read More

Scientists Discover Influenza's Achilles Heel: Antioxidants

In an article appearing in the November 2009 print issue of the FASEB Journal, they show that antioxidants -- the same substances found in plant-based foods -- might hold the key in preventing the flu virus from wreaking havoc on our lungs.

"The recent outbreak of H1N1 influenza and the rapid... Read More

Mycobacterium xenopi

Mycobacterium xenopi. One colony of each three different strains. Read More

Scientists Use World's Fastest Supercomputer To Create The Largest HIV Evolutionary Tree

Supporting Los Alamos National Laboratory's role in the international Center for HIV/AIDS Vaccine Immunology (CHAVI) consortium, researchers are using the Roadrunner supercomputer to analyze vast quantities of genetic sequences from HIV infected people in the hope of zeroing in on possible vacci... Read More

Science and Knitting?

The Manchester Science Festival 2009 is hosting "The Big Microbe Knit." A day of creativity, knitting micro-organisms such as swine flu, salmonella and the common cold. Learn about the microbes we encounter in our everyday lives and some of the more uncommon ones.

But if you can't make it to ... Read More

National Security in the Bio-Era

Global pandemics and war have long shaped human history. But due to our unprecedented ability to intervene in the spread and containment of disease as well as the recovery from injury, national security must increasingly be approached from a cellular and even a molecular level. In this series of... Read More

Rot-resistant Wheat Could Save Farmers Millions

CSIRO researchers have identified wheat and barley lines resistant to Crown Rot -- a disease that costs Australian wheat and barley farmers $79 million in lost yield every year.

Crown Rot, which is a chronic problem throughout the Australian wheat belt, is caused by the fungus Fusarium.

Dr... Read More

Pumpkin Skin May Scare Away Germs

The skin of that pumpkin you carve into a Jack-o'-Lantern to scare away ghosts and goblins on Halloween contains a substance that could put a scare into microbes that cause millions of cases of yeast infections in adults and infants each year. That's the conclusion of a new study.

In the stud... Read More

Swine flu: Eight myths that could endanger your life

With the second wave of the H1N1 pandemic underway around the world, this article is a nice resource for dispelling popular myths that surround the flu and the vaccine. Read More

US swine flu vaccine too late to beat autumn wave

President Barack Obama's decision last week to label swine flu a national emergency will likely increase demand for a vaccine that is already in short supply. Yet by the time large amounts of vaccine arrive, it may be too late to stop most infections.

On 23 October, Tom Frieden, head of the C... Read More

In Pandemic Times Are Worms Man’s Best Friend?

A short blog on the potential for helminths as probiotics and as a potential management tool against pandemic influenza. Read More

Halloween and H1N1

How can you stay safe from the H1N1 virus this Halloween...Jason Tetro offers some tips and advice. Read More

Tuberculosis: A Persistent Threat to Global Health - Part 4

John D. McKinney, Global Health Institute, School of Life Sciences, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), provides an overview of the natural history of TB infection and the global impact of TB on human health.

"All pathogens must acquire and assimilate nutrients from their hosts i... Read More

Tuberculosis: A Persistent Threat to Global Health - Part 3

John D. McKinney, Global Health Institute, School of Life Sciences, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), provides an overview of the natural history of TB infection and the global impact of TB on human health.

"The principal obstacle to successful treatment of tuberculosis is the ... Read More

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