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Doctors Say Cell Phone Hygiene is as Important as Hand Hygiene in Flu Prevention

Do you know where your cell phone has been? Probably in your lint covered pocket, after being handled by fingers that have eaten food and touched many surfaces, and covered in your own spittle after your last call. Hey can I borrow your phone? No.

In a March 2009 study published in the Annals... Read More

Pandemic Potential of a Strain of Influenza A (H1N1) : Early Findings

The authors analyze the influenza outbreak in Mexico, and make an early assessment of transmissibility and severity. Read More

Serious Sediment

Rutgers' Donna Fennell is reclaiming chlorine-contaminated sediments in New Jersey 's urban Meadowlands through smart environmental engineering and microbiological enrichment. Serious Sediment is a segment from CSREES' Partners Video Magazine's 19th episode, The Soil Explorers. To view the entir... Read More

Paul the Prokaryote

Here's an amusing cartoon/video about a lowly bacterium that tries to takeover the world. The creater admits that there are a lot of inaccuracies in it, but it's still fun to watch. Can you identify the inaccuracies? Read More

How Smallpox May Derail Human Immune System

University of Florida researchers have learned more about how smallpox conducts its deadly business — discoveries that may reveal as much about the human immune system as they do about one of the world's most feared pathogens.

In findings to be published this week in the online early edition ... Read More

How Time and Mutations Engineered the New H1N1 Strain

Once Upon a Time there was a little flu virus. It was probably born in Kansas in late 1917 or 1918, although nobody is really sure. Its name was H1N1. It grew up to be very wicked.

The story of the new strain of swine influenza now circling the world actually starts a lot farther back than t... Read More

Swine Flu/H1N1 Strikes China

From the NYTimes - The first case of swine flu in China was confirmed yesterday as the epidemic continued moving around the world, with the World Health Organization reporting about 4,700 laboratory-confirmed cases in 30 countries.

Health authorities are carefully watching the Southern Hemisp... Read More

The Order of Vaccinations Helps With Pain

Childhood vaccinations can be a painful experience, especially for toddlers. Researchers from the University of Toronto decided to see if the order of receiving vaccinations could help alleviate their suffering:

"Typically, infants receive DPTaP-Hib (for diphtheria, polio, pertussis, tetanus ... Read More

Trading Futures on the Swine Flu (H1N1)

Just as the media chatter about H1N1 influenza reached a fever pitch, traders were expressing a more sober outlook.

At least that's the word from the Iowa Electronic Health Markets, which opened H1N1 futures contracts on April 28th to assess the breadth, speed and severity of the outbreak. "O... Read More

A Global Call to Action From HIV Co-Discoverers Robert Gallo and Luc Montagnier

HIV co-discoverers Drs. Robert C. Gallo, director of the Institute of Human Virology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and Luc A. Montagnier, president of the World Foundation for AIDS Research and Prevention, called on international organizations and governments to immediately i... Read More

Analysis of swine flu spread supports pandemic plan

H1N1 swine flu is spreading fast enough to justify the preparations for a pandemic, say epidemiologists who've analysed the pattern of spread so far.

"The message is that the epidemic is spreading very much as expected based on past flu epidemics," says Christophe Fraser of Imperial College L... Read More

Iran's Salt Mummies Find a New Home

Iran's four saltmen, unique salt mummies, have found a new resting place is one of the most advanced display cases in the world.

The vacuum chamber in Zanjan can precisely control humidity and airflow and is provided with a nitrogen-rich mixture deadly to known bacteria and mold.

I had no... Read More

Hunting for sudden oak death disease

The University of California-Berkeley is incorporating volunteers to help pinpoint the flash points of sudden oak death syndrome.

"The furtive, runaway disease earned its name by killing oaks from the inside. After about a year, infected oaks succumb to the disease. Sudden oak disease has ki... Read More

New paint shows germ-fighting potential

Scientists have created a new antimicrobial paint kills disease-causing bacteria, mold, fungi and viruses. Apparently it can be "recharged" using a simple chlorination process.

"The paint contains a new antimicrobial polymer with a type of N-halamine, a bleach-like substance that kills germs.... Read More

Early cave bacteria hints at Mars life

It was the first underground movement in our planet's history: Primitive bacteria that lived 2.75 billion years ago built themselves caves to live in, according to a new study. Today, the traces they left behind are stoking hopes that similar life forms could exist on Mars.

Early Earth was a ... Read More

Sea sponge could fight bacteria

The oceans still contain mysteries with the potential to help humanity. For example, scientists have discovered a sea sponge they say could help fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Peter Moeller: What we found was a sponge growing in a pristine state. It was thriving in an environment that w... Read More

Health officials weigh next step on H1N1 flu

Health officials worldwide have a watchful eye on the Southern Hemisphere, where flu season is about to begin. How H1N1 circulates there may determine how aggressively U.S. health officials approach the flu in the fall.

Although it is far from certain that a vaccine for the bug often called s... Read More

ASM Launches new Laboratory Capacity Building Program Website

In resource-limited countries, a lack of training, proper reagents, supplies, and equipment has impacted their laboratories' ability to identify key pathogenic bacteria and detection of antimicrobial resistance. This has led to an environment of syndromic diagnosis by clinicians who have little ... Read More

TWiV 31: Fever plus cough or sore throat

In episode 31 of This Week in Virology, hosts Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, Read More

Corynebacterium diphtheriae on tellurite

Corynebacterium diphtheriae on tellurite Read More

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