An outbreak of a parasitic tropical disease has killed more than 300 people in Southern Sudan — and the worst of the health crisis is yet to come, officials say.
The World Health Organization says the outbreak of kala azar, which began in September 2009 and has intensified in recent months, i... Read More
To keep soldiers in the battlefield healthy, the U.S. Army is exploring new ways to detect harmful bacteria in water.
Current techniques for analyzing water in the field can take as long as 24 hours to complete, according to Bart Lipkens of Western New England College in Springfield, Massachu... Read More
The caves and mines where bats hibernate across upstate New York continue to be hit hard by white-nose syndrome, a mysterious fungus killing America's bats, according to a survey released Wednesday.
The state Department of Environmental Conservation said the survey conducted early this year f... Read More
Researchers have developed a process in mice to battle bacteria no longer treatable with prevalent antibiotics. The findings could have significant implications for dealing with hospital-acquired bugs.
Every year, over four million hospital patients in Europe develop an infection during their... Read More
Did a warm body put mammals at the head of the evolutionary rat race? Aviv Bergman and Arturo Casadevall present evidence in an Observation piece in mBio this week that the warm mammalian body is no accident and our relatively high body temperature could represent the perfect evolutionary compr... Read More
While healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs) can come from numerous causative agents and may be carried by numerous modes of transmission, attention should be paid to the role of environmental surfaces throughout the facility – especially those surfaces commonly considered as germ "hot spots."
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A continuación: Las bacterias y la terapia para el Alzheimer, etnia y tuberculosis, los microbios y sus ambientes, y el estímulo de la respuesta inmune a los tumores.
An international team of scientists calls for protecting complementary food for infants in developing countries -- especially those where corn is a staple food -- against fumonisin, a toxin produced by fungi. Until now, physicians thought the growth retardation of children in those regions was t... Read More
This episode: Archaea subsist on extremely little.
A lot of people these days are taking "probiotics" to help with a host of health problems. Probiotics are live microorganisms, such as bacteria. But these bugs supposedly make people feel better instead of making them sick. This may sound odd. But there's some evidence that this approach could b... Read More
Killing microorganisms has become a national obsession. A pair of antimicrobial compounds known as triclosan and triclocarban are lately the weapons of choice in our war of attrition against the microbial world. Both chemicals are found in an array of personal care products like antimicrobial so... Read More
In a neat bit of cellular wizardry, human skin cells have been turned into blood cells.
The research could have huge implications for blood-related diseases such as leukemia and lymphoma, and could also eventually lead to new treatments for other types of tissues inside the human body.
"Th... Read More
A little-known raw material used in the most widely used antiviral flu medicine comes from the fruit of trees native to China. It turns out it also comes from pine trees in Maine's backyard.
Researchers at the University of Maine at Orono say they've found a new and relatively easy way to ext... Read More
Synthetic biology is a science that lies at the intersection of biology and engineering – and is therefore quite an intriguing subject for a microbiologist to venture into. The microbiologist is used to seeing cells as complex and exciting organisms to explore and DNA as the starting point at wh... Read More
Humans have been getting microbes to do our bidding for millennia, but a study appearing in the latest issue of mBio reveals an electrifying new way to get what we want from bacteria: researchers were able to manipulate bacterial metabolism by pulling excess electrons out of the mix and into an... Read More
Preliminary data suggest naturally occurring bacteria in the mouth and intestine might trigger the inflammation that causes rheumatoid arthritis, according to findings presented in a press conference at the annual meeting of the American College of Rheumatology on Nov. 8.
"We are testing an o... Read More
Carlo Ancelotti, the Chelsea manager, has revealed that Didier Drogba has just recovered from a bout of malaria, a disease the club are helping to fight.
The Ivory Coast striker has been on the Chelsea sidelines in recent weeks. This was put down to a virus and the player was only fit enough ... Read More
A new UK study claimed that regular flossing keeps one's health perfect and also reduces the chances of heart attack.
Dental Health Foundation estimated if you are not regularly flossing, your gums and teeth won't be as healthy as they could be and your health might be being suffering.
"Gu... Read More
For years, researchers have wondered about a connection between children getting strep throat and later showing symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a frequently debilitating condition affecting millions of Americans in which those afflicted think ... Read More
While officials in Washington pick apart the sequence of events that led to the release of nearly five million barrels of oil in the Deepwater Horizon disaster, scientists are still trying to figure out where all of that oil went.
Some of it was captured in the spill response, some of it is s... Read More