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Coccidioides immitis

Coccidioides immitis. A typical culture at eight weeks Read More

Probiotic Found To Be Effective Treatment For Colitis In Mice

The probiotic, Bacillus polyfermenticus, can help mice recover from colitis, a new study has found. Mice treated with B. polyfermenticus during the non-inflammatory period of the disease had reduced rectal bleeding, their tissues were less inflamed and they gained more weight than mice that did ... Read More

How to turn pig poo into green power

Stinking lagoons of pig manure created by thousands of animals in giant hog farms can pollute rivers, poison groundwater and pump out clouds of methane and carbon dioxide. So finding alternative uses for the slurry - to generate electricity, say - makes a lot of sense. The problem was that no on... Read More

Blastomyces dermatitidis

Blastomyces dermatitidis. Yeast from tissue smear. Gomori methenamine silver nitrate stain. (400x) Read More

Tuberculosis: A Persistent Threat to Global Health - Part 1

John D. McKinney, Global Health Institute, School of Life Sciences, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), provides an overview of the natural history of TB infection and the global impact of TB on human health.

"Human population growth and urbanization have accelerated dramatically... Read More

FDA approves emergency use of intravenous peramivir against swine flu

Responding to a request from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved emergency use of the experimental intravenous antiviral drug peramivir to treat hospitalized patients with pandemic H1N1 influenza.

Tamiflu, the primary drug used ... Read More

Teacher Resources from Small Things Considered

The Teachers' Corner of Elio Schaechter and Merry Youle's Small Things Considered blog includes a collection of posts suitable for teaching purposes. The posts are organized into subject areas geared for a typical microbiology course. According to the blog this material has been used for various... Read More

Really? The Claim: Garlic Can Be Helpful in Warding Off a Cold

This short article from the New York Times scientifically examines the popular belief that garlic can prevent golds and cold-related illnesses. What do you think they found? Read More

Shortages and Confusion in Flu Fight

A month ago, Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, warned that the flu vaccination drive soon to begin would be “a little bumpy.”

That was an understatement.

Good and bad news have alternated in the twice-weekly briefings from Dr. Frieden’s ... Read More

Starving Dengue Fever Virus of Critical Building Blocks

New research shows that cutting down the amount of fat particles in cells may be an effective way to prevent the dengue fever virus from replicating and spreading.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute international research scholar Andrea V. Gamarnik and her colleagues have shown that the dengue ... Read More

NIH Considering New Genomic Data Sharing Policies

The National Institutes of Health plans to update its policies on sharing genomic and sequence-related data, and is now discussing changes that could affect how data sets are used, organized, and prioritized, how they are made available, and how privacy is protected.

The plans were spurred by... Read More

HHS' Sebelius: Ample flu vaccine will be available

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Monday the swine flu vaccine "is coming out the door as fast as it comes off the production line."

But at the same time, she acknowledged delays in getting a sufficient supply for all those demanding it.

"We were relying on the man... Read More

How Bacteria Get Past Our Defenses

Mucus is more than gross — it's a critical barrier against disease, trapping many of the germs that want to invade your body. A wet mesh of proteins, antiseptic enzymes and salts, mucus is what keeps all but a few microbes from wreaking havoc on many of our most exposed tissues.

Helicobacter ... Read More

TWiV 55: Mice lie, monkeys exaggerate



 


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Microsoft's H1N1 Flu Self-Assessment Test

Microsoft has licensed an online H1N1 self assessment test from Emory University.

"During flu season this year, emergency rooms and doctors' offices might become crowded with patients seeking help for flu symptoms. This assessment is based on material licensed from Emory University. It is mea... Read More

What if everything we think we know about fighting the flu is wrong?

An interesting, and sure to be controversial, article in November's Atlantic magazine asks:

"What if everything we think we know about fighting influenza is wrong? What if flu vaccines do not protect people from dying—particularly the elderly, who account for 90 percent of deaths from seasona... Read More

TWiV 55

Kevin writes:


Dear TWIVvers,


I was listening to TWIV episode #50, concerning the recent article from Ila Singh’s group about the prostate cancer – XMRV connection, on the same day the NY Times reported a study from Judy Mikowitz et al., finding an association between ... Read More

Obama declares H1N1 national emergency

"President Obama on Saturday declared a national emergency to deal with the "rapid increase in illness" from the H1N1 influenza virus.

The move allows Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius "to temporarily waive or modify certain requirements" to help health care facilities ena... Read More

Fungus-treated Violin Outdoes Stradivarius

"At the 27th “Osnabrücker Baumpflegetagen” (one of Germany’s most important annual conferences on all aspects of forest husbandry), Empa researcher Francis Schwarze’s "biotech violin" dared to go head to head in a blind test against a stradivarius – and won! A brilliant outcome for the Empa viol... Read More

WHO: nearly 5,000 swine flu deaths worldwide

Nearly 5,000 people have reportedly died from swine flu since it emerged this year and developed into a global epidemic, the World Health Organization said Friday.

Since most countries have stopped counting individual swine flu cases, the figure is considered an underestimate.

WHO said the... Read More

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