Preliminary studies suggest that this year's trivalent seasonal flu vaccine used in Europe was less effective against the 2009 H1N1 virus than last year's monovalent H1N1 vaccine was, possibly because of some degree of mutation in the virus, according to recent reports in Eurosurveillance.
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The number of confirmed H1N1 flu cases in Venezuela has risen to 100, the country's health minister, Eugenia Sader, said Tuesday.
Speaking on state television, Sader assured Venezuelans with estimates that fewer than two percent of those with the illness would require intensive medical attent... Read More
Tired of walking around in the same boring scrubs that everyone else wears? Starting to feel a bit like an automaton? Well, Patho Phizz, a small Nevada company started by a critical care nurse, is putting a bit of fashion into the everyday. They are using actual micrographs of pathogens to creat... Read More
Researchers with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health have found high rates of the multi-drug resistant pathogen, carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae (CRKP) among the patient population in long-term acute care hospitals compared to general acute care hospitals across the cou... Read More
New clinical trials have been launched in the US and Europe to test whether HIV virus can be “flushed out” through a new approach of using anti-retrovirals and immune modulating agents, revealed Prof. Christine Katlama, Head of the AIDS Clinical Research Unit, Department of Infectious Diseases, ... Read More
France’s leading virologist, Luc Montagnier, has brought forth remarkable new evidence for a non-particle view of life. The emission of low-frequency electromagnetic waves from bacterial DNA sequences, and the apparent ability of these waves to organize nucleotides (the raw material of DNA) into... Read More
Researchers at McMaster University discovered that the “cross-talk” between bacteria in our gut and our brain plays an important role in the development of psychiatric illness, intestinal diseases and probably other health problems as well including obesity.
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In a surprising new study, researchers using image-analysis methods similar to those employed in facial-recognition software have made a startling discovery that rules out the two main theories scientists had created to explain how bacteria self-organize into multicellular aggregate mounds. The ... Read More
Covered in spiders' webs, these cocooned trees in Sindh, Pakistan, are an unexpected result of floods that hit the region in 2010.
To escape from the rising waters, millions of spiders crawled up into trees. The scale of the flooding and the slow rate at which the waters receded, have left ma... Read More
El podcast del Microbio Nº179 resumes the paper published in Water Research about the findings of Cryptosporidium and Giard... Read More
Originally from Kenya, Dr. Mohamed Karmali arrived in Toronto in 1976, after completing his medical degree in Scotland and specializing in internal medicine and infectious diseases at the University of Glasgow Teaching Hospitals. Adjusting to life in Canada and to the Canadian medical system was... Read More
Despite steady improvements, the United States has failed to make its goal of eradicating tuberculosis by 2010, government researchers said on Thursday.
U.S. TB rates last year fell to 11,181 reported cases, or 3.6 cases per 100,000 people, a one-year drop of 3.9 percent and an all-time low s... Read More
The Culex quinquefasciatus mosquito, a major pest and vector of filariasis and arboviruses in the tropics, has developed multiple resistance mechanisms to the main insecticide classes currently available in public health. Among them, the insensitive acetylcholinesterase (ace-1R allele) is widesp... Read More
A mass extinction is hard enough for Earth's biosphere to handle, but when you chase it with prolonged oxygen deprivation, the biota ends up with a hangover that can last millions of years.
Such was the situation with the greatest mass extinction in Earth's history 250 million years ago, when... Read More
When factories accidentally release dangerous chemicals into waterways, scientists need an early warning system so that they can mitigate environmental damage. Now researchers have demonstrated that a bacterium commonly found in wastewater sludge can sound the alarm when toxic water pollutant le... Read More
Microbially-produced biofuels are big business – even Google is getting in on the act http://goo.gl/20DXU. Because biofuels have such great potential for widespread use and profit, incremental advancements that eke out a few more milliliters of fuel from a process have the potential to have a bi... Read More
Scientists at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany, have developed a new method which enables researchers to label any protein of their choice with any of a wide variety of previously available compounds, in living cells, by introducing a single reactive artifi... Read More
Wild migratory birds may indeed play a role in the spread of bird flu, also known as highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1.
A study by the U.S. Geological Survey, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and the Chinese Academy of Sciences used satellites, outbreak data and gen... Read More
Stress can change the balance of bacteria that naturally live in the gut, which may explain why the stressed have less immunity, U.S. researchers say.
Lead researcher Michael Bailey of the Ohio State University said exposure to stress led to changes in composition, diversity and number of gut... Read More
A deadly bacteria thought to be resistant to all known remedies has made its way to Los Angeles County medical facilities, officials said this week, adding urgency to the dire need for more powerful antibiotics.
Dr. Dawn Terashita, an epidemiologist with the Los Angeles County Department of P... Read More