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This Wormy World

Maps showing the distribution and prevalence of worm infections in every African country are the first of a series of Global Atlas of Helminth Infections which provide a unique, open-access, free information resource vital for planning and implementing deworming programs.

It is estimated that... Read More

MRSA policies differ among hospitals, study shows

Hospitals vary in how they detect and treat drug-resistant staph infections, but most follow national guideline recommendations, according to researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Researchers sent a 61-item questionnaire to pharmacy directors at 263 acute-care hospitals in the... Read More

ISU researchers discover cause of immune system avoidance of certain pathogens

A special set of sugars found on some disease-causing pathogens helps those pathogens fight the body's natural defenses as well as vaccines, say two Iowa State University researchers.

This discovery may be a first step in understanding a disease family that includes tuberculosis for which the... Read More

Protein assembly is far less frantic than previously thought

The apparently random self-assembly of molecular threads into the proteins that make the body work is far less frantic than previously thought, Michigan State University scientists say. That discovery could be a key to help unlock the nature of some diseases.

How proteins spontaneously “fold”... Read More

Cholera, Diarrhea and Dysentery Update 2010

A ProMed worldwide update on the status of cholera, diarrhea and dysentery. Read More

Stem cells wrestle fatal skin disease

Stem cell therapy has proven successful in treating a lethal skin disease affecting children, according to a new international study.

Researchers for the first time have used stem cells from bone marrow to repair the skin of patients with recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa, or RDEB, s... Read More

When can a vitamin be bad for you?

When it’s made by the stomach ulcer-causing bacterium Helicobacter pylori. A study just released by mBio reveals that the enzymes that synthesize vitamin B6 are important virulence factors for this pathogen, possibly because of the role vitamin B6 plays in building fully-functioning flagella to... Read More

Healthwatch: PRHC Microbiology Lab

A behind the scenes look at the Microbiology Lab at the Peterborough Regional Health Centre, staffed by highly trained medical laboratory technologists and laboratory technicians. Read More

New superbug resistant to strongest antibiotics found in Canada

A new bacteria that has emerged in India — dubbed NDM-1 and which is resistant to even the strongest antibiotics — is quickly spreading worldwide, British researchers say in a report published in the medical journal The Lancet. Click "source " to watch the video. Read More

What is Open Access Publishing in Scientific Research?

A slide-cast by Jonathan Eisen, Professor at UC Davis and Academic Editor in Chief of PLoS Biology, about open access publishing given at the Clinical and Translational Science Center at UC Davis (http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/ctsc). Read More

A Brief Introduction to Genetics

A Brief Introduction to Genetics is a short documentary film created using motion graphics as the main visual component. It is a film that explores the history of genetics & genomics and the underlying concepts that provide the foundational knowledge that today's research is built upon. The film... Read More

Invitation - A quick tour through the field of genomics

A quick animation about genomics, from simple to complex Read More

Superbug, Be Gone

A short documentary by Daniel Vasquez about a new strategy of combating antibiotic resistance. Read More

Developing a rapid test for cultivated pathogens

Researchers at Rice University have won federal support to develop a genomic test that can quickly determine whether a disease outbreak is caused by a natural pathogen or one that was grown in a lab by terrorists.

The three-year grant—Rice's first from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency—is d... Read More

Patterns: Medicare Coverage Drives Antibiotic Use

Now that older people have prescription drug coverage from Medicare, they are using more antibiotics, a new study has found.

That may not sound surprising. But the authors of the study say it could be worrisome.

Among the drugs being taken more often, the researchers pointed out, are new ... Read More

Vaccination Is Steady, but Pertussis Is Surging

For four weeks, my 11-year-old daughter has been coughing. It is not your run-of-the-mill summer cold, but a violent, debilitating cough that takes over her body, usually at night.

During these fits, her face turns red, and tears start streaming from her eyes. She coughs so hard she eventuall... Read More

The human Genome is composed of viral DNA

Evidence from over 2 million viral/human alignments, shows that the human genome is composed of viral DNA.
This is not just retroviruses (XMRV and HIV-1) but common viruses such as the rhinovirus, Epstein-Barr, influenza, herpes, papillomavirus, coronavirus and many more. This supports the idea... Read More

Malaysia coordinates bacteria surveillance for superbug

The Malaysian Institute of Medical Research (IMR) is coordinating bacteria surveillance for the New Delhi Metallo-beta-lactamase (NDM-1) gene, which makes bacteria resistant to almost all antibiotics and thus turning them into “Superbugs”.

Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Mohd Ismail Merica... Read More

Louisiana's agriculture department recalls sausage

Louisiana's agriculture department says Veron Foods LLC of Prairieville is recalling 250 tons of ready-to-eat sausage and hog's head cheese because of possible contamination by bacteria.

The Department of Agriculture and Forestry says investigation of an illness revealed a sample contaminated... Read More

Nickel imitates the action of bacteria

Nickel allergy is the most common contact allergy in the western world, with people affected reacting to costume jewellery, coins and even medical implants. Now we know why: it seems nickel imitates the action of bacteria.

Matthias Goebeler at the University of Giessen in Germany and his coll... Read More
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