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Backyard Raccoon 'Latrines' Harbor Hidden Dangers

As summer hits its stride, many Americans are taking a moment to step into their backyards and smell the roses. And lilies. And, uh, raccoon feces?

That's the case for many Americans living near woods or marshes. And backyard "raccoon latrines" -- spots created by the animal as a kind of shar... Read More

Biologists Demystify Elusive War Zone Bacterium

Tao Weitao, a researcher in the College of Sciences' Department of Biology at the University of Texas at San Antonio is making great strides in a project that was funded one year ago by the San Antonio Area Foundation. The professor in the South Texas Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases is r... Read More

Swine flu inspires new video game

Albert Osterhaus, head of virology at the Erasmus Medical Center, designed "The Great Flu" game with colleagues. In the game, as the head of the fictitious "World Pandemic Control," players pick a flu strain, and then monitor that strain's spread around the world.

To fight the eme... Read More

TWiV 45: Hendra and polio are back

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Dog Flu in Virginia Prompts Quarantine of Kennel

I am familiar w/ this particular disease from working @ an animal hospital, where our veterinarians fielded numerous questions about it. While the disease was never detected there, it did cause a fair amount of worry amongst local dog owners. Interesting that it is rearing it's head again now,... Read More

Indigenous populations may be more susceptible from Swine Flu/H1N1

SciAm is reporting that indigenous populations who live in relative isolation may be at more risk from Swine Flu/H1N1 infection than your average person.

"Swine flu has been reported for the first time in Amazonian Indians, raising fears that the virus will cause more contagion and potential ... Read More

Q Fever Alert for Holland

The Netherlands is again facing a sharp increase in Q fever notifications, after the unprecedented outbreaks of 2007 and 2008.
The most affected province of Noord Brabant has a high density of large dairy goat farms, and farms with abortion waves have
been incriminated. Mandatory vaccination o... Read More

USB Microscope from Japan

File this under cool gadgets.

"A Japanese company called esupply is selling a cool little microscope [JP] that can be hooked to computers via a microUSB port (Windows only). The device boasts a 2MP CMOS sensor made by Sanyo and features 5x to 150x zoom. Not powerful enough to be used on a pr... Read More

NIAID scientists study past flu pandemics for clues to future course of 2009 H1N1 virus

A commonly held belief that severe influenza pandemics are preceded by a milder wave of illness arose because some accounts of the devastating flu pandemic of 1918-19 suggested that it may have followed such a pattern. But two scientists from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Dise... Read More

Cellular protein as a new target for treatment of chronic hepatitis C;

Dr. Ralf Bartenschlager, Director of the Department of Molecular Virology at the Hygiene Institute of Heidelberg University Hospital, has identified a protein in infected liver cells that is essential for hepatitis C virus replication. Inhibiting this protein is highly efficient in blocking viru... Read More

Dirty Doctor' Office? No Place is Safe

Dr. Manny Alvarez, online health personality and managing editor for foxnewshealth.com, invites Dr. Philip M. Tierno, Jr.
Director of Clinical Microbiology & Immunology at New York University Langone Medical Center, into his office to hunt for microbes.
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Magnetic Microbe Genome Attracting Attention For Biotech Research

The smallest organisms to use a biological compass are magnetotactic bacteria, however mysteries remain about exactly how these bacteria create their cellular magnets. In a study published online in Genome Research, scientists have used genome sequencing to unlock new secrets about these magneti... Read More

Parasite Causes Zombie Ants To Die In An Ideal Spot

A study in the September issue of The American Naturalist describes new details about a fungal parasite that coerces ants into dying in just the right spot—one that is ideal for the fungus to grow and reproduce. The study, led David P. Hughes of Harvard University, shows just how precisely the f... Read More

Can monolaurin crack the shell of flu virus and keep it from replicating

A recent article in The Examiner, an online and print paper from the DC area, asks if monolaurin, a food supplement extracted from lauric acid in coconut oil (that you can buy online or in a health food store) can keep the H1N1 flu virus as well as herpes simplex (facial herpes virus) from repr... Read More

Candida albicans

Lactophenol cotton blue wet preparation of scraping from oral lesion, showing pseudohyphae of Candida albicans Read More

Performance enhancing bug! Ulcer-causing bacterium alters resistance of mucus barrier for a smooth swim!

A team of researchers from Boston University, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Institute of Technology recently made a discovery that changes a long held paradigm about how bacteria move through soft gels. They showed that the bacterium, Helicobacter pylori, that causes human stomach ... Read More

Biology By the Numbers

Elio Schaechter from the Small Things Considered blog has brought to our attention a new internet resource called Bionumbers. "It enables you to find in a minute (or less) any common biological... Read More

Personal protective equipment and influenza

The Institute of Medicine has been asked to make recommendations about how to protect healthcare workers against swine-origin H1N1 influenza. They have been hearing presentations concerning the effectiveness of facemasks in preventing respiratory infections. Read More

Put Your Hands Together and Scrub, Scrub, Scrub

CDC-TV has a hand washing video out that highlights the importance of this practice for the prevention of infectious disease.






















Description: Scientists estimate that people are not washing their hands often or we... Read More

Antibodies To Strep Throat Bacteria Linked To Obsessive Compulsive Disorder In Mice

A new study by researchers at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health's Center for Infection and Immunity indicates that pediatric obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), Tourette syndrome and/or tic disorder may develop from an inappropriate immune response to the bacteria causing comm... Read More
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