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A Multifaceted Infection Control Intervention Is Successful in Decreasing MRSA

"Hi, this is Dr. William Jarvis, President of Jason and Jarvis Associates and Medscape Infectious Diseases expert advisor. We've seen a continuation of the debate about whether active surveillance testing of patients for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) -- thereby identifying b... Read More

TWiP 24 Letters

Betsy writes:

Dr.'s Racaniello and Despommier,

Hello! To start off like so many of the messages you receive thank you so much for this wonderful podcast! I'm a huge fan of both TWIP and TWIV and have listened to every episode to date in both. It's fantastic ho... Read More

TWiP 24: Onchocerca volvulus, a vector-borne, filarial nematode

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Vincent and Dickson discuss the life cycle and pathogenesis of Onchocerca volvulus, the vector-borne filarial nematode parasite that causes onchocerciasis, or river blindness.


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Mundo de los Microbios - Episodio 83

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El episodio de hoy trata el tema de hongos presentes en la atmosfera que actuan como alergenos.  Nuestro invitado es el Read More

Study Shows Automatic Faucets Carry High Levels of Bacteria

Researchers at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have determined that electronic faucets are more likely to become contaminated with unacceptably high levels of bacteria, including Legionella spp., compared with traditional manually operated faucets. The study will be presented on... Read More

Algae holds promise for nuclear clean-up

Organism's ability to distinguish strontium from calcium could help in dealing with nuclear waste. Common freshwater algae might hold a key to cleaning up after disasters such as Japan's Fukushima nuclear accident, scientists said yesterday at a meeting of the American Chemical Society in Anahei... Read More

El Podcast del Microbio Nº 183 y 184. El extraterrestre que inventó el quimiostato (The alien who invented the chemostat)




























El podcast del Microbio Nº183 and 184 tells the history of Leo Szilard and Aaron Novick , inventors of the chemostat. El... Read More

Officials Investigate Deaths of 9 Patients on Tainted IVs

Health officials are investigating the deaths of nine patients at Alabama hospitals who were all given an intravenous nutritional supplement that investigators have found to have been contaminated by bacteria.

Ten other patients who received the nutritional supplement were also sickened by th... Read More

Paper: Can Antiviral Drugs Contain Pandemic Influenza Transmission?

Antiviral drugs dispensed during the 2009 influenza pandemic generally failed to contain transmission. This poses the question of whether preparedness for a future pandemic should include plans to use antiviral drugs to mitigate transmission. The threat from avian influenza H1N5 prompted many co... Read More

Barberry, Bambi and bugs: The link between Japanese barberry and Lyme disease

The prevalence of ticks infected with the Lyme disease–causing spirochete (Borrelia burgdorferi) is greater in areas with Japanese barberry than areas without. "Deer eat everything but barberry, and because they don’t eat barberry, they’re weeding out forests. They’re helping promote the invasiv... Read More

Chemists' Biosensor May Improve Food, Water Safety and Cancer Detection

A nanotechnology-based biosensor being developed by Kansas State University researchers may allow early detection of both cancer cells and pathogens, leading to increased food safety and reduced health risks.

Lateef Syed, doctoral student in chemistry, Hyderabad, India, is developing the bios... Read More

Antibiotics Wrapped in Nanofibers Turn Resistant Disease-Producing Bacteria Into Ghosts

Encapsulating antibiotics inside nanofibers, like a mummy inside a sarcophagus, gives them the amazing ability to destroy drug-resistant bacteria so completely that scientists described the remains as mere "ghosts," according to a report presented on March 29 at the the 241st National Meeting & ... Read More

Blocking carbon dioxide fixation in bacteria increases biofuel production

Reducing the ability of certain bacteria to fix carbon dioxide can greatly increase their production of hydrogen gas that can be used as a biofuel. Researchers from the University of Washington, Seattle, report their findings in the current issue of online journal mBio®.

"Hydrogen gas is a pr... Read More

'Bacterial dirigibles' emerge as next-generation disease fighters

Scientists today reported development of bacteria that serve as mobile pharmaceutical factories, both producing disease-fighting substances and delivering the potentially life-saving cargo to diseased areas of the body. They reported on this new candidate for treating diseases ranging from food ... Read More

Microbial Fuel Cell (video)

Harnessing the power of the Geobacter microbe, the Office of Naval Research has developed a microbial fuel cell that converts decomposed marine organisms into electricity. The device offers a clean, efficient, lightweight and reliable alternative to batteries and other environmentally harmful fu... Read More

Human virus linked to deaths of two endangered mountain gorillas

Human illnesses are being transmitted to critically endangered mountain gorillas, putting these rare animals further at risk, new research shows.

Centuries ago, mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei) lived in relative isolation and were rarely seen by people. Today, they live in just t... Read More

El podcast del Microbio Nº 182: Probióticos contra Helicobacter (Probiotics against Helicobacter)



























El podcast del Microbio Nº182 resumes the paper by Chenoll et al. published in Applied and Enviroenmental Microbiology that... Read More

Can Cavities Be Contagious?

Everyone knows you can catch a cold or the flu. But can you catch a cavity?

Researchers have found that not only is it possible, but it occurs all the time.

While candy and sugar get all the blame, cavities are caused primarily by bacteria that cling to teeth and feast on particles of food... Read More

'Virus-eater' discovered in Antarctic lake

A genomic survey of the microbial life in an Antarctic lake has revealed a new virophage — a virus that attacks viruses. The discovery suggests that these life forms are more common, and have a larger role in the environment, than was once thought. An Australian research team found the virophage... Read More

Marine microbes digest plastic

Specialist bacteria seem to be eating the plastic garbage we throw into the ocean. But whether they're cleaning up our poisons or just passing them back up the food chain remains to be seen. The ocean contains vast amounts of plastic, mostly as tiny shards floating just beneath the surface. Unde... Read More
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