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Most doctors plan to get flu shots, survey finds

Almost all U.S. doctors in a survey released on Thursday said they plan to get vaccinated against flu this season, a finding that heartened disease experts frustrated by low vaccination rates.

"Now we need to get other health care professionals to move in this same direction," said Dr. Willia... Read More

Bacteria can walk on 'legs'

Alan Boyle writes: Bacteria have legs? That suggestion seemed surprising to Gerard Wong, a bioengineering professor at the University of California at Los Angeles, when his students told him they were seeing some strange behavior in movies of the microbes.

"They said, 'You know, we noticed th... Read More

Life-Saving in the Bacterial World: How Campylobacter Rely on Pseudomonas to Infect Humans

The bacterium Campylobacter jejuni is a major cause of food poisoning in humans. It is normally transmitted from contaminated chicken meat, as it is frequently found in the intestines of chickens, where it apparently does not result in any symptoms. Campylobacter jejuni is well adapted to life ... Read More

No Longer Germ Warfare (video)

NIH Intramural Researcher Dr. Julie Segre talks about the Human Microbiome Project in an interview produced by the NIH Common Fund. Read More

Bacteria Keep Tabs on State of Oil Field

The ups and downs of the bacteria in an oil field provide a useful source of information for keeping tabs on the state of the oil field itself. In theory, this process known as 'biomonitoring' can increase the yield from an oil field. This is the conclusion reached by Geert van der Kraan, who ob... Read More

Mundo de los Microbios - Episodio 67

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A continuación: Gansos canadienses y Escherichia coli; parásitos de plantas y cambio climático; fármacos en el agua potable.

Gansos canadienses y Escherichia coli

La profe... Read More

Bacteria to Blame in Asthma Attacks in Children

Doctors have long known that viral infections can bring about asthma attacks and the shortness of breath, coughing, and wheezing associated with them. But while viral infections cannot be treated, scientists at the Danish Paediatric Asthma Centre (DPAC) at the University of Copenhagen and Gentof... Read More

Scientists and Soldiers Solve a Bee Mystery

It has been one of the great murder mysteries of the garden: what is killing off the honeybees?

Since 2006, 20 to 40 percent of the bee colonies in the United States alone have suffered “colony collapse.” Suspected culprits ranged from pesticides to genetically modified food.

Now, a uniqu... Read More

Study links fish pens to hardier bacteria

Bacteria around open-net pen salmon farms are developing a resistance to antibiotics, a two-year study in the Broughton Archipelago has found.

"They are not actually resistant, but if we do these special tests, we can see the [tolerance for antibiotics] is higher than you would expect it to b... Read More

Bacteria Identified as New Foe for Cystic Fibrosis Patients

A new study links flare-ups of cystic fibrosis to a chronic bacterial infection, a finding that could give physicians new insight into the disease and offer a new target for medication.

The germ in question is called Stenotrophomonas maltophilia.

"Our study showed that chronic infection wi... Read More

Clean Living in the Henhouse

The stuff doesn’t even smell that bad.

In Henhouse No. 1 at the Hi-Grade Egg Farm here, the droppings from 381,000 chickens are carried off along a zig-zagging system of stacked conveyor belts with powerful fans blowing across them.

The excrement takes three days to travel more than a mil... Read More

MTS59 - Charles Ofria - Digital Life

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Environmentalists fret about Plum Island's future

Researchers since the 1950s have studied dangerous animal diseases here that if unleashed could imperil the nation's livestock. Cold War germ warfare testing also occurred on Plum Island, and for decades the U.S. Army used it as a coastal defense post.

Nevertheless, many environmentalists cha... Read More

Antibody reverses final throes of cancer in mice

For the first time, a treatment in mice has shown promise against the final, metastatic stages of terminal cancer. Unusually, the antibody targets healthy tissue, not tumour cells, suggesting normal cells play an unwitting role in terminal cancers.

The mouse treatment uses an antibody that bi... Read More

Whether for plane or train, microbe produces alkane!

The pursuit of renewable sources of energy just hit a crucial breakthrough. Since the stores of fossil fuel are diminishing as we speak, researchers are trying to exploit the machinery of microorganisms for the production of diverse chemical compounds, which can be consumed by themselves or late... Read More

Virulent skin germ grates on Maine lobstering isle

A strain of a drug-resistant skin disease that has afflicted sports teams, prisons and military units is now proving a persistent pest among lobstermen and their families on a Maine island.

Over the past two summers, more than 30 people on Vinalhaven have come down with painful and persistent... Read More

"Immediate" NDM-1 screening needed

Worldwide screening should begin "immediately" for New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase-1, or NDM-1, an enzyme that renders bacteria resistant to a broad range of beta-lactam antibiotics.

On Sept. 15, France began screening all patients admitted to French hospitals who had been hospitalized abroa... Read More

Cancer fighter found in marine microbes

A chemical compound made from a type of bacteria discovered in the Florida Keys appears to be effective in fighting colon cancer in preclinical experiments.

The compound—known as largazole because it was first found near Key Largo—inhibits human cancer cell growth in cultures and rodent model... Read More

Three Share 2010 Chemistry Nobel

Three scientists shared this year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry for developing techniques to synthesize complex carbon molecules including medicines.

The winners are Richard F. Heck, 79, a retired University of Delaware professor now living in the Philippines; Ei-ichi Negishi, 75, a chemistry p... Read More

When moms get flu shots, babies reap benefits

Newborn babies whose mothers got a flu shot while pregnant are less likely to get the flu or to be admitted to the hospital with a respiratory illness in the first six months of life, U.S. researchers said on Monday.

During most flu seasons, babies under six months tend to have fewer cases of... Read More
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