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Haiti: Epidemics of denial must end

As Haiti's deadly cholera epidemic spreads, it may seem irrelevant to ask where the disease came from. The World Health Organization certainly thinks it is, describing the question as "unimportant".

That could not be further from the truth. Haitians themselves care deeply about how their coun... Read More

T-cell suicide stops mice fighting off flu

More bad press for free radicals. Now it seems that too many of them can impair the mouse immune system, making them unable to fight off flu.

The finding could shed light on the cause of many mysterious human immunodeficiency disorders, such as severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), says Fr... Read More

Bacteria with “force sensors”

If connective tissue fibres are under tension, bacteria do not bind to them so well. However, if the fibres are severed and slackened by a cut, the bacterial adhesion molecules recognise this and attach themselves, which enables them to cause infections.

Cells in living organisms continuously... Read More

TB bacteria use the body's stem cells to protect themselves

Tuberculosis kills around 1.7 million people globally each year, and the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates around a third of the human population carries the disease, which becomes active in 10 percent of affected people. The bacteria causing the disease are becoming increasingly resista... Read More

Mundo de los Microbios - Episodio 71

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A continuación: el etanol y la intolerancia a la lactosa, el efecto de la sal y Helicobacter pylori, el MRSA en la frontera, y la bioaumentación del petróleo flotante.

El etanol... Read More

Germ cops help hospitals prevent infection, death

This is no ordinary intensive care unit: Every doctor, nurse, friend or loved one must cover their clothes with a bright yellow gown and don purple gloves before entering a patient's room so some scary germs don't hitch a ride in or out.

It's part of the University of Maryland Medical Center'... Read More

Kids at Day Care Get More Infections Now, but Fewer Later

Young children who attend large day care facilities suffer more respiratory and ear infections as toddlers than kids who spend their days at home, but develop fewer such illnesses during their grade-school years, a new study suggests.

"Overall, all the children got sick the same amount, so th... Read More

Top Ten Microbes in Your Wine

Put your ear up to that glass of wine in your hand. Can you hear the tiny voices shouting, “Hey! How about some credit for us little guys down here?”

From a certain point of view, winemakers don’t make wine; yeast and bacteria do. Juice becomes wine by the miracle that is fermentation, the co... Read More

Pending U.S. Food Safety Bill Promises More Accountability--Backed by Science

Where did your most recent meal come from? Whether or not it was the supermarket, a nice restaurant or nearby drive-through, its contents probably came from not just one U.S. locality but a smattering of states—and countries. Just which ones, though, neither you nor the people who sold, packaged... Read More

Arsenic Microbe's Real Name Revealed

Sometimes the story behind the discovery can be just as fascinating as the finding itself. So is the case with the new life-form announced by NASA this past week.

The microbe, which gobbles arsenic for a living, actually incorporating the toxic element into the backbone of its DNA in place of... Read More

Are We Running Out of Antibiotics?

Hardly any doctors still practicing can remember life before antibiotics, when people were routinely hospitalized for common infections, and the threat of deadly Staphylococcus shadowed even the simplest surgery. But infectious-disease specialists like Brad Spellberg of UCLA’s David Geffen Schoo... Read More

Killing Salmonella and E. Coli on Fresh Produce With Half the Normal Food-Irradiation Levels

A team of Texas AgriLife Research engineers has developed a way to cut by as much as half the amount of irradiation needed to kill 99.999 percent of salmonella, E. coli and other pathogens on fresh produce.

By packing produce in a Mylar bag filled with pure oxygen, Dr. Carmen Gomes, AgriLife ... Read More

Africa's Meningitis Belt Gets First Vaccine Designed For Poor Nations

Public health triumphs like this don't come along every day.

An array of public and private health groups is launching a cheap new vaccine against bacterial meningitis the first ever designed for Africa. Before now, vaccines and most other medicines have been developed for wealthy markets and... Read More

Exposure to Seasonal Flu Weakened Armor Against H1N1

One of the puzzles of last year's H1N1 "swine flu" pandemic--which caused thousands of deaths worldwide--was that seemingly healthy middle-aged adults were hit hardest. A study has now shown that previous infection with other, seasonal, influenza strains primed patients' immune systems to harm t... Read More

New Microscopic Life Aboard the RMS Titanic

A brand-new bacterial species has been found aboard the RMS Titanic, which is contributing to its deterioration. The discovery reveals a potential new microbial threat to the exterior of ships and underwater metal structures such as oil rigs.

The researchers, who report their findings in the ... Read More

Poison bait effective in decimating malaria mosquitoes

Research carried out in Mali, West Africa has shown that a new, safe and uncomplicated method of insect control developed at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem can bring about a major decline in malaria-bearing mosquitoes around the world. The team, which published its study in a recent issue of... Read More

Didier Drogba Speaks Of His Fight With Malaria

Didier Drogba talks about his fight with malaria.

The Chelsea striker reveals that he has not been in the top form lately as his body is still recovering from malaria.

The Chelsea Manager, Carlo Ancelotti, announced two weeks ago that the Ivorian was suffering from the blood infection, but... Read More

Over-reactive immune system kills young adults during pandemic flu

On November 19, Jason Martin returned to the Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) at Vanderbilt University Medical Center for the first time since he nearly died there during last year's H1N1 flu pandemic. The tall and burly Warren County, TN, ambulance worker – a 30-year-old, father of three youn... Read More

Cytomegalovirus protein pUL71 works like a microscopic UPS Store

It’s the leading infectious cause of birth defects: every year in the U.S., infection with human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) leaves more than 5,000 children with permanent problems like hearing loss or developmental disabilities, according to the CDC (http://www.cdc.gov/cmv/trends-stats.html). Resea... Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 21 - Bacteria Belie Building Block Basics

This episode: Bacteria unlike any other known life form!


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