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Flu vaccine reduces hospitalizations and deaths among nursing home residents

When the influenza vaccine is well matched to the prevailing strains of flu in a given season, patients in nursing homes are significantly less likely to be hospitalized or to die of pneumonia and other influenza related causes. The finding comes from a study of more than 1 million Medicare fee-... Read More

TWiV 324: Viruses in the miR may appear more numerous

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan Dove Read More

Tripped up by a bug: Infection may cause falls, especially in older people, study suggests

SAN DIEGO - People who end up in the emergency room because of a fall often are tripped up by an infection, rather than a loose throw rug or poor eyesight, suggests a study being presented at IDWeek 2015™. Read More

'Clever adaptation' allows yeast infection fungus to evade immune system attack

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health researchers say they have discovered a new way that the most prevalent disease-causing fungus can thwart immune system attacks. Read More

Vincent van Gogh's "The Starry Night" #agarart2015

While not original art, it’s still a fun piece. BBL’s CHROMagar Orientation agar is the canvas for this piece of agar art. Chromogens in the agar release a colored compound when hydrolyzed by specific enzymes allowing certain bacteria to appear different colors on it. The brown color is Proteus... Read More

NYU researchers observe upward trend in hepatitis C infection rates among HIV+ MSM

While sexual contact is not the most efficient means of hepatitis C (HCV) transmission, there have been several reports of outbreaks of sexually transmitted HCV in HIV-positive men who have sex with men (MSM). HCV infections are more likely to become persistent and to lead to progressive liver d... Read More

Ebola virus mutations may help it evade drug treatment

Genetic mutations called "escape variants" in the deadly Ebola virus appear to block the ability of antibody-based treatments to ward off infection, according to a team of U.S. Army scientists and collaborators. Their findings, published online this week in the journal Cell Reports, have implica... Read More

BacterioFiles 215 - Plasmid Pirates Piezophile Particles

This episode: Deep-sea thermophile bacteriophage is pirated by another scurvy genetic element!


(10.2 MB, 11.2 minutes)


Show notes: 
J... Read More

Strategies to decrease bacterial colonization

Among the bacterial infections that are most difficult to treat, chronic infections associated with bacterial biofilms are one of the most hazardous. Bacterial biofilms are densely packed communities of microbial cells surrounded with secreted polymers. In her doctoral thesis, chemist Shoghik Ha... Read More

TWiM 104 Letters

Mark writes:


Hello TWiM-aggregate,


Its warm and sunny Spring weather here in California’s Bay Area. The fourth year
of Drought is upon us - please send water.


Speaking of water, below is a humorous incident that could be used to draw
attentio... Read More

Harmless bacteria may be helpful against meningococcal outbreaks

Nasal drops of harmless bacteria can inhibit a related bug that sometimes causes meningococcal disease, according to new findings published online in Clinical Infectious Diseases. The study--conducted among college students, a group at higher risk for this often serious illness--suggests a new a... Read More

Five minutes basic lab training

This basic lab-training image was captured from the wall sticker of Clinical Microbiology Laboratory, Department of Veterinary Disease Biology, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Read More

New Technique Could Prevent Biofilms on Catheters and Medical Implants

Washington, DC – October 30, 2015 – Biofilms—mats of bacteria similar to the plaque that grows on teeth—frequently coat the surfaces of catheters, and of various medical implants and prostheses, where they can threaten lives or lead to failure of the implants. Antibiotics are impotent against b... Read More

Zika virus has potential to spread rapidly through Americas

The Zika virus, possibly linked to serious birth defects in Brazil, has the potential to spread within the Americas, including parts of the United States, according to an international team of researchers who track the spread of infectious diseases. Read More

Molecular 'kiss of death' flags pathogens

DURHAM, N.C. -- Many bugs that make us sick -- bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites -- hide out in our cells in protective little bubbles called vacuoles. To clear an infection, the immune system must recognize and destroy these vacuoles while leaving the rest of the living cell intact. Read More

Funding for viral hemorrhagic fever project

A team from Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry and Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust has received funding of £136,000 from the Health Partnership Scheme to develop a training programme to help the Sierra Leonean Health Service to fight future outbreaks of viral haemorrhag... Read More

MMP #6: A fused, single-subunit bacterial ribosome with Alexander Mankin and Michael Jewett

Host: Jeff Fox with special guest, Alexander Mankin and Michael Jewett.


Alexander Mankin –called Shura --of the University of Illinois, Chicago, and Michael Jewett at Northwestern University talk with Jeff Fox about their recent success in joining the 30S and 50S bacterial riboso... Read More

TWiM 117 Letters

Jessica writes:
I just finished listening to Chewates and Coconuts and was so elated to hear about the open access paper comparing the Soybean Oil, Beef Tallow, and Coconut Oil effects on fungal colonization. I am a biologist by education, but I also have quite the “Crun... Read More

Research Ushers in New Era of Boutique Chocolate

Washington, DC – November 20, 2015 - A team of Belgian researchers has shown that the yeasts used to ferment cocoa during chocolate production can modify the aroma of the resulting chocolate. “This makes it possible to create a whole range of boutique chocolates to match everyone’s favorite flav... Read More

TWiP 90 letters

 


Christine writes:


Dear Vincent, Dickson and Daniel,


I think the latest case describes cutaneous furuncular myiasis.


The lesion on the young man's buttock is suggestive of a botfly infection with the larvae most likely of the species Derm... Read More

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