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Food Safety Music Video

Dr. Carl Winter at the Univ. of California, Davis wrote this amusing music parody in the name of food safety. Enjoy! Read More

Health Alert Map Mash-up with Infectious Disease

This is a really cool Google Maps mash up that geo-locates breaking health news on a map. You can sort by official government announcements, news wires, infectious disease types, zoom to countries, local areas and more. Great for looking at Swine Flu reporting as it happens. Read More

FDA warns of salmonella in sprouts

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told people on Sunday not to eat raw alfalfa sprouts, saying they may be contaminated with salmonella.

The contamination appears to be in seeds so washing the sprouts may not help, the FDA said in a state... Read More

Swine Flu Update from Mexico - 100+ Deaths and Economic Impact

Bloomberg News via YouTube - news report from mexico City early this morning, April 27, 2009 Read More

UK on Swine Flu Alert

The UK is on alert as WHO has warned countries to look out for unusual flu cases after a deadly outbreak of swine influenza. Read More

Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria in Pig Waste

Researchers at Birmingham and Warwick University have discovered a link between the antibiotics used to treat farm animals - in particular pigs - and the spread drug resistance bacteria in the soil.

In the recently published study 'Is pollution driving antibiotic resistance?' published in the... Read More

TWiV 29 - Swine Flu Returns




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The Season Of Ticks: Could Climate Change Worsen Lyme Disease?

In a finding that suggests how global warming could impact infectious disease, scientists from Yale University, in collaboration with other institutions, have determined that climate impacts the severity of Lyme Disease by influencing the feeding patterns of deer ticks that carry and transmit it... Read More

New Biosensor For Most Serious Form Of Listeria Food Poisoning Bacteria

Scientists in Indiana are reporting development of a new biosensor for use in a faster, more sensitive test for detecting the deadliest strain of Listeria food poisoning bacteria. That microbe causes hundreds of deaths and thousands of hospitalizations each year in the United States, particularl... Read More

Twitter is great for watching uninformed panics unfold live

This is a pretty funny web comic from xkcd on misinformed tweets about the swine flu outbreak. Read More

Texas Senate wants meningitis vaccination for freshmen Starting 2010

Texas senators have passed a bill that would require incoming college freshmen in the state to be vaccinated for meningitis. Since 2002 53 people in Texas have died due to meningitis. Read More

U.S. Declares Public Health Emergency Over Swine Flu

Responding to what some health officials feared could be the leading edge of a global pandemic emerging from Mexico, American health officials declared a public health emergency on Sunday as 20 cases of swine flu were confirmed in this country, including eight in New York City.

Other nation... Read More

Swine Flu: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Outbreak

Concern that the world could be on the brink of the first influenza pandemic in more than 40 years escalated Sunday as France, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Spain reported potential new cases in which people had been infected with swine flu and Canada confirmed several new cases. In the U.S., where... Read More

A Guide to Malaria

In observation of World Malaria Day this April 25, 2009 Scientific American has published a great online resource for people interested in malaria. "The international community has just two years to meet the United Nations's 2010 goal of providing protection and treatment to every person threate... Read More

Canadian man treated for mysterious illness, possible relation to swine flu?

The mysterious Swine Flu is all the rage in the papers today. New report from Canada - A Cornwall Crown attorney who returned from Mexico with a mysterious illness is believed to be one of a handful of people in Ontario who may be linked to an outbreak that is confounding health authorities, pro... Read More

CDC Press Conference at 2:30 p.m. EST April 23, 2009 on Swine Flu

CDC will host a press briefing to discuss an update in the investigation of cases of swine influenza in California and Texas. CDC issued an MMWR dispatch on Tuesday April 21. The briefing will update information included in the dispatch. Read More

A First! Genome of Foodborne Pathogen Arcobacter Exposed

This comes from the ARS... "Agricultural Research Service microbiologist William Miller and colleagues have deciphered the sequence of the bacterium’s genetic material. This scientific coup—a first for any of the world’s Arcobacters—may speed discovery of innovative ways to control the microbial... Read More

Could Llama Blood Save Your Life in a Bioterror Attack?

This week's guest blogger on BoingBoing.net Maggie Koerth-Baker has an interesting post about the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory's research into using specific antibodies from Llama blood as a possible detection measure for Small Pox, Anthrax and other harmful agents. "Llama blood may one day b... Read More

Bacterial biocontrol product improves potato yields

Now if only Ireland had this product in 1845... Injecting beneficial bacteria into the furrow when planting potatoes could help increase marketable yields and decrease skin blemishes, according to trials.

The microbes in Omex's Biomex Starter - a liquid formulation of the naturally-occurring ... Read More

Study Says Cannabinoids Show "Exceptional" Antibacterial Activity Against MRSA

Not sure if I buy into this idea, especially since the press release doesn't definitively say anything. However, it is interesting... Dr. Robert Melamede, PhD., Director and Chief Science Officer, reported to the Board on the current state of research into the use of natural plant cannabinoids t... Read More

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