With the amount of bottles of alcohol-based hand sanitizer available for public use at hospitals, schools, day-care facilities and malls now outnumbering the billions of viruses and bacteria on even the dirtiest of human hands, you may be wondering if this stuff actually works.
Is it better t... Read More
Animals are now picking up human diseases, possibly as a result of globalisation, a study suggests.
Researchers from the Roslin Institute in Edinburgh said a strain of bacteria had jumped from humans to chickens.
The team believes the Staphylococcus Aureus bacteria crossed between species ... Read More
Guest blogger William C. Summers, Yale University School of Medicine, authors a post at Small Things Considered about the potential for a new rabies vaccine as evidenced in a recent PLoS paper titled "Effective preexposure and postexposure prophylaxis of rabies with a highly attenuated recombina... Read More
Mayo Clinic researchers have found that a sometimes deadly stomach bug, Clostridium difficile, is on the rise in outpatient settings. Clostridium difficile is a serious bacteria that can cause symptoms ranging from diarrhea to life-threatening inflammation of the colon. These findings were prese... Read More
The probiotic, Bacillus polyfermenticus, can help mice recover from colitis, a new study has found. Mice treated with B. polyfermenticus during the non-inflammatory period of the disease had reduced rectal bleeding, their tissues were less inflamed and they gained more weight than mice that did ... Read More
Stinking lagoons of pig manure created by thousands of animals in giant hog farms can pollute rivers, poison groundwater and pump out clouds of methane and carbon dioxide. So finding alternative uses for the slurry - to generate electricity, say - makes a lot of sense. The problem was that no on... Read More
Blastomyces dermatitidis. Yeast from tissue smear. Gomori methenamine silver nitrate stain. (400x) Read More
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.
"Human population growth and urbanization have accelerated dramatically... Read More
Responding to a request from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved emergency use of the experimental intravenous antiviral drug peramivir to treat hospitalized patients with pandemic H1N1 influenza.
Tamiflu, the primary drug used ... Read More
The Teachers' Corner of Elio Schaechter and Merry Youle's Small Things Considered blog includes a collection of posts suitable for teaching purposes. The posts are organized into subject areas geared for a typical microbiology course. According to the blog this material has been used for various... Read More
This short article from the New York Times scientifically examines the popular belief that garlic can prevent golds and cold-related illnesses. What do you think they found? Read More
A month ago, Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, warned that the flu vaccination drive soon to begin would be “a little bumpy.”
That was an understatement.
Good and bad news have alternated in the twice-weekly briefings from Dr. Frieden’s ... Read More
New research shows that cutting down the amount of fat particles in cells may be an effective way to prevent the dengue fever virus from replicating and spreading.
Howard Hughes Medical Institute international research scholar Andrea V. Gamarnik and her colleagues have shown that the dengue ... Read More
The National Institutes of Health plans to update its policies on sharing genomic and sequence-related data, and is now discussing changes that could affect how data sets are used, organized, and prioritized, how they are made available, and how privacy is protected.
The plans were spurred by... Read More
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Monday the swine flu vaccine "is coming out the door as fast as it comes off the production line."
But at the same time, she acknowledged delays in getting a sufficient supply for all those demanding it.
"We were relying on the man... Read More
Mucus is more than gross — it's a critical barrier against disease, trapping many of the germs that want to invade your body. A wet mesh of proteins, antiseptic enzymes and salts, mucus is what keeps all but a few microbes from wreaking havoc on many of our most exposed tissues.
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Microsoft has licensed an online H1N1 self assessment test from Emory University.
"During flu season this year, emergency rooms and doctors' offices might become crowded with patients seeking help for flu symptoms. This assessment is based on material licensed from Emory University. It is mea... Read More
An interesting, and sure to be controversial, article in November's Atlantic magazine asks:
"What if everything we think we know about fighting influenza is wrong? What if flu vaccines do not protect people from dying—particularly the elderly, who account for 90 percent of deaths from seasona... Read More