A new study published in the September 15, 2009, issue of PLoS ONE found that patients with cavitary pulmonary tuberculosis receiving anti-TB medications supplemented with nebulized interferon-gamma have fewer bacilli in the lungs and less inflammation, thereby reducing the transmissibility of t... Read More
The federal government is reintroducing a powerful weapon in the fight against the H1N1 flu virus: Elmo.
The popular Sesame Street character will be featured in a series of public service advertisements meant to encourage better hygiene among young children, the Department of Health a... Read More
Scientists estimate that people are not washing their hands often or well enough and may transmit up to 80% of all infections by their hands. From doorknobs to animals to food, harmful germs can live on almost everything. Handwashing may be your single most important act to help stop the spre... Read More
A parody of The Beatles' "I Wanna Hold Your Hand," as performed by UC Davis food toxicologist Carl Winter.
www.henrythehand.com is an online handwashing resource for teachers by Will Sawyer, MD. The mission of the educational campaign is to propagate the 4 Principles of Hand Awareness throughout the United States and the world.
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I have been using twitter (@Microblogology) as a way to keep in touch with some of my online friends for awhile now. Eventually my occasional tweets involving microbiology caused me to be "discovered" by Chris Condayan (@MicrobeWorld) and I was quickly followed by some other people in the scien... Read More
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Space is not a fun place to get a stomach bug. To ensure drinking water is adequately disinfected, University of Utah chemists developed a two-minute water quality monitoring method that just started six months of tests aboard the International Space Station.
"Now they bring water back on the... Read More
"For more than 60 years, syphilis was largely on the decline. But in recent years, the venereal disease has been on the rise again — particularly in the post-recession South.
In Forsyth County, N.C., where the number of cases so far in 2009 — 140 — is more than triple all those reported in 20... Read More
Rhinovirus is typically viewed as the cause of the common cold, but that is not the only disease it can cause. In this ICAAC 2009 press panel participants present the latest research on the effects of rhinovirus beyond a cold including its potential role in asthma, new and emerging rhin... Read More
The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are giving rise to new challenges to the infectious disease community. Soldiers fighting in those countries are acquiring infections that are not normally seen by doctors in the United States. Participants discussed these foreign infections and the chall... Read More
The latest research on H1N1 influenza taken from ICAAC's latebreaker slide abstracts, including the synergistic effect of a combination of three influenza drugs against drug-resistant virus, and a finding that patients are still infective over a week after initial symptoms appear, suggesting ... Read More
Business Week reports "researchers delivered a double dose of good news Sunday in the fight against flu: successful tests of what could become the first new flu medicine in a decade, and the strongest evidence yet that such drugs save lives, not just shorten illness.
A single intravenous dose... Read More
Clostridium difficile bacteria are a common cause of antibiotic-associated diarrhea, especially in hospital settings. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year in the United States C. difficile is responsible for tens of thousands of cases of diarrhea and at... Read More
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The New Scientist reports that the discovery of the master gene behind the front-line troops of the body's immune system could promise a host of new treatments for disease. Called E4BP4, the gene kick-starts production of natural killer (NK) cells in the bone marrow.
Mice genetically engineer... Read More
The infectious disease landscape is constantly changing. As we develop treatments for and work to eradicate existing diseases, invariably new ones arise to take their place and sometimes old ones resurge. Public health researcher Kenrad Nelson, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg S... Read More
Traditionally, tuberculosis has been viewed as a primarily human disease. Recent studies have found other sources of Mycobacterium tuberculosis among animal populations including elephants, meerkats, dogs and baboons. A related bacterium that can also cause disease in humans, M. b... Read More
With school back in session but swine flu vaccine not yet available and various reports suggesting high fatalities from H1N1 while others say there is nothing to worry about, a New York Times reporter took to the streets wearing a $69 suit called the Pandemic Emergency Defense System manufacture... Read More
The emergence of the H1N1 influenza virus earlier this year has put the world on notice for the next influenza pandemic. Participants in this press conference provide an overview of the current H1N1 situation and discuss recent advances concerning antiviral resistance, influenza-bacteri... Read More