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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

Fungus Could Be Kudzu Killer

It’s been called the “vine that ate the south.” Kudzu grows so fast it can completely cover a cabin in the woods in a couple of days. The invasive plant takes over another 150,000 acres every year. Which costs another $6 million to control.

But plant pathologists with the U.S. Department of A... Read More

MTS33 - Abigail Salyers - The Art of Teaching Science

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Mundo de los Microbios - Episodio 15

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Arroz termodinámico
El metano, gas causante del efecto invernadero, es producido en gran parte en los arrozales. Las responsables son unas bacterias presentes en esto... Read More

Candida albicans

Autoflourescence of Candida albicans in blood culture Read More

BP Ponies Up $10M For Algae Biofuels in Martek Deal

BP is ponying up $10 million for a partnership with Martek Biosciences to study the use of algae to convert sugar into biodiesel. BP isn’t the only oil major — or government agency — to show an interest in the prospect of commercially viable algal-based fuels. Just last month ExxonMobil committe... Read More

Children's OCD may be related to Strep infection

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

Unlocking the secret of magnetic microbes

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

Who's fault is scientific illiteracy?

Peter Kareiva, chief scientist at The Nature Conservancy, has authored a post on Cool Green Science, "the conservation blog of The Nature Conservancy," that looks at the current state of scientific illiteracy in the wake of Chris Mooney's new book "Unscientific America."

Interestingly, Karevi... Read More

Astrobiology: Life in Space with Daniel P. Glavin

"Daniel P. Glavin, an astrobiologist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, says the possibility of extraterrestrial life in our solar system is not limited to Mars; other "habitable" worlds might exist including the icy Moons of Jupiter and Saturn, known as Europa and Enceladus. The challenge f... Read More

Don't Forget the Bacterial Threat

An opinion piece published in the Wall Street Journal written by Dr. Mitchell J. Schwaber,director of the National Center for Infection Control of the Israel Ministry of Health and Dr. Yehuda Carmeli, director of the Division of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine at Tel Aviv Medical Center,... Read More

Anthrax Bacteria Conspire With Viruses To Stay Alive

The brute force of Bacillus anthracis, the ancient scourge that causes anthrax, can sweep through and overpower a two-ton animal in under 72 hours. But when it isn't busy claiming livestock and humans throughout the world -- up to 100,000 annually -- it resides ominously in the soil as a spore w... Read More

Candida albicans

Pseudohyphae of Candida albicans in brain. PAS stain (250X) Read More

Are Germ-Killing Soaps Affecting Dolphin Development?

Dolphins are swimming in waters tainted with germ-killing soaps, but they aren't winding up squeaky clean.

Triclosan, an antibacterial chemical found in everyday bathroom and kitchen products, is accumulating in dolphins at concentrations known to disrupt the growth and development of other a... Read More

Drug-resistant bacteria may come home from hospitals

Patients with potentially deadly drug-resistant bacteria that they pick up in the hospital often carry the infection to home health care settings after hospital discharge, and transmission occurs in about one fifth of household contacts, according to a report published today.

Methicillin-resi... Read More

Gene Therapy Trial Succeeds In Boosting Protective Protein In Patients With Hereditary Lung Disease

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and the University of Florida in Gainesville have safely given new, functional genes to patients with a hereditary defect that can lead to fatal lung and liver diseases, according to clinical trial findings slated to appear this week ... Read More

Flip-flops are a magnet for dangerous, deadly bacteria

Lab tests conducted on two pairs of flip flops that were worn for four days revealed Staphylococcus aureus contamination in the rubber. If the bacteria made its way into your foot via a cut, it could enter the bloodstream and cause some serious problems.

"It can make you pretty sick if it got... Read More

Is the Frog-Killing Chytrid Fungus Fueled by Climate Fluctuations?

This much is clear: frogs are dying.

One third of the world's 6,260 amphibian species are globally threatened or extinct. The primary threat to their survival is still habitat destruction, which impacts 61 percent of known amphibian species. But climate change and the deadly chytrid fungus co... Read More

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