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Scientists show that HIV drugs can also target tropical parasites

Scientists have discovered that drugs used to treat HIV may also one day become lifesaving drugs targeted at parasitic diseases such as leishmaniasis and malaria. According to new research published in The FASEB Journal (http://www.fasebj.org), scientists have identified the target of action for... Read More

Washing with Contaminated Soap Increases Bacteria on Hands

People who wash their hands with contaminated soap from bulk-soap-refillable dispensers can increase the number of disease-causing microbes on their hands and may play a role in transmission of bacteria in public settings according to research published in the May issue of the journal Applied an... Read More

SOIL not DIRT - Dr Elaine Ingham talks Soil Microbiology

Dr. Elaine Ingham talks about soil fertility and the role of soil microbial life.

Dr. Ingham is a world-renowned soil biologist who pioneered many of the currently used biological soil amendment techniques and pioneered the testing of soil microbial life as an indicator of soil and plant heal... Read More

Unexpected fungus decimates Australia's pistachio crop

Australia's pistachio farmers were expecting a bumper crop this year, but a fungus has decimated the harvest. Curiously, it had infected the nuts only rarely until now. Is a genetic mutation or a spate of bad weather to blame? Click source for more. Read More

Bacteria: Chemists Monitor Single-Molecule Switching in Action

In various ways, bacteria are one step ahead to us humans. For example, they dispose of "intelligent" RNA molecules, so-called riboswitches, which help to regulate many of their essential metabolism pathways.

The riboswitches, only discovered a few years ago, are sensors in RNA molecules. A ... Read More

Hijacked Antiviral Protein Subverts Energy Production to Aid Viral Infection

Viruses are notorious for entering cells, taking over their internal machinery, and turning them into virus manufacturing centers. But new research by Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator Peter Cresswell reveals how human cytomegalovirus takes this gambit one step further, turning a prot... Read More

Pediatric flu vaccination: Understanding low acceptance rates could help increase coverage

A study of H1N1 and seasonal influenza vaccination in a sample of black and Hispanic children in Atlanta found a low rate of vaccine acceptance among parents and caregivers. Only 36 percent of parents and caregivers indicated they would immunize children against H1N1, and 22 percent indicated th... Read More

Obesity in pregnancy hinders women's ability to fight infection

Pregnant women who are obese are less able to fight infections than lean women, which could affect their baby's health after birth and later in life, according to research to be presented Sunday, May 1, at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Denver. Read More

Higher HIV risk in black gay men linked to partner choice, risk perception

Young black men who have sex with men (MSM) get infected with HIV nearly five times more often than MSM from other races, even though they don't have more unprotected sex.

The discrepancy has long mystified public health experts but a new study by investigators at Johns Hopkins and elsewhere ... Read More

Kids with HIV Growing Up Well, Living Longer

Once facing an almost certain death sentence, most children born with HIV are now faring well into adolescence and adulthood, according to a newly published study co-authored by Tulane infectious diseases expert Dr. Russell Van Dyke. The study was published in the Journal of Acquired Immune Defi... Read More

Exploring the role of the Internet in influencing anti-vaccination decisions

This paper provides a psychological perspective on the possible effect of the Internet on the decision against vaccination. The reported importance of the Internet in health decisions is still low, but rising; especially the amount of interactive use of the Internet is increasing, e.g. due to th... Read More

Use of adjuvants in H1N1 vaccine is cited as main reason for low vaccination rates for health care workers in Germany

"The emergence of the influenza A(H1N1)2009 virus provided a major challenge to health services around the world. However, vaccination rates for the public and for healthcare workers (HCWs) have remained low. We performed a study to review the reasons put forward by HCWs to refuse immunisation w... Read More

Are Bacteria Ready for the Runway?

Designer Suzanne Lee uses bacteria to grow a jacket. Read More

Salmonella in labs and frogs, leprosy in armadillos

Doctors at the Centers for Disease Control are puzzled by an outbreak of salmonella linked to a commercially sold bacteria that's sickened 73 people in 35 states, killing one, since last summer. But they're cheered that an outbreak that's been going on since 2009 has been stopped, because it was... Read More

What Are the Riskiest Food-Bacteria Combos? Report Says Poultry With Campylobacter Bacteria Sickens Thousands Each Year

Poultry contaminated with campylobacter bacteria is the leading cause of food-borne illness in the U.S, according to a new report that ranks the top 10 riskiest food-bacteria combinations.

Poultry with campylobacter bacteria sickens more than 600,000 people a year, leading to costs of about o... Read More

El podcast del Microbio Nº 201. No compartas tu flauta (Don't share your flute)



























El podcast del Microbio Nº201 summarize an article published in General Dentistry about the risk of infection by sharing mu... Read More

TWiV 131: A REOstat for cancer

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Hosts: Vincent RacanielloAlan Dove, Read More

TWiV 131 Letters

Ivan writes:


Hello TWIV team,


I am an avid listener to this show, TWIP and now TWIM and this will be the second time I wrote with a question.


We all know about the use of lytic viruses in the treatment of cancers, which can be very promising. I was thi... Read More

Investigation Announcement: Multistate Outbreak of Human Salmonella Typhimurium Infections Associated with Exposure to Clinical and Teaching Microbiology Laboratories

CDC is collaborating with public health officials in many states to investigate a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium infections associated with exposure to clinical and teaching microbiology laboratories. Investigators are using DNA analysis of Salmonella bacteria obtained through dia... Read More

Mundo de los Microbios - Episodio 85

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Los ciclos de vida de los hongos son bastante complejas, con algunos que tienen fases sexuales, otros asexuales, y otros, ambas; y para complicar las cosas, las fases pueden llevar nombres... Read More

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