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US health officials on alert over measles infection

US health officials are warning air travelers about possible exposure to measles, after a woman infected with the highly communicable disease traveled in Britain and several US states.

The 27-year-old first traveled from Britain to Washington Dulles International Airport in Virginia, just out... Read More

Report: ICU Central-Line Infection Rate Drops

Good news from the CDC: the number of central-line bloodstream infections in intensive-care patients dropped 58% to an estimated 18,000 in 2009 from 43,000 in 2001.

Why is that important? Because someday you, too, may end up in the ICU with a tube in a chest or neck vein, and you really don’t... Read More

Researchers identify bacteria responsible for childhood dental disease

Researchers at The Forsyth Institute have made a significant discovery about the nature of childhood dental disease. The scientific studies led by Anne Tanner, BDS, Ph.D., identified a new pathogen connected to severe early childhood caries (cavities). This bacterium, Scardovia wiggsiae, was pre... Read More

Gut microbes: silent partners in liver metabolism

A recent boom in research on the gut microbiota is revealing that these communities are even more integral to human health than previously thought. And now a study published in mBio yesterday draws more links between gut microbes and metabolism. Colonizing the guts of germ-free mice with bacteri... Read More

World's Most Powerful Optical Microscope: Microscope Could 'Solve the Cause of Viruses'

Writing in the journal Nature Communications, the team have created a microscope which shatters the record for the smallest object the eye can see, beating the diffraction limit of light.

Previously, the standard optical microscope can only see items around one micrometre -- 0.001 millimetres... Read More

Investigating the Origins of Disease with Beatrice Hahn (MWV44)

In episode 44 of MicrobeWorld Video filmed at the American Association for the Advancement of Science Meeting in Washington, D.C., Dr. Stan Maloy talks with Read More

Helicobacter pylori: Host/pathogen interactions

This is a debut that I hope will grow into a larger and more useful database: Any contributions are welcome. Read More

Bacteria as live cargo shuttles for nanofabrication

Bacterial propulsion systems are intriguing for nanotechnology researchers because nature has already solved most of the problems that they are still struggling with in designing molecular motors and other self-sustained nanoscale actuating systems. Indeed, it has turned out to be very challengi... Read More

Genetically engineered fungus may reduce malaria infections

New findings by a University of Maryland-led team of scientists indicate that a genetically engineered fungus carrying genes for a human anti-malarial antibody or a scorpion anti-malarial toxin could be a highly effective, specific and environmentally friendly tool for combating malaria, at a ti... Read More

Ongoing outbreak of measles in Oslo, Norway

Between 19 January and 17 February 2011, 10 cases of measles (eight laboratory-confirmed and two probable) were reported in Oslo with the majority of cases in a mainly unvaccinated immigrant community. Of these, two cases were identified outside the immigrant community, in Norwegian children. Read More

Half of men may have HPV infections: study

Half of men in the general population may be infected with human papillomavirus or HPV, the human wart virus that causes cervical and other cancers, strengthening the case for vaccinating boys against HPV, U.S. researchers said on Monday.

U.S. vaccine advisers have been weighing whether boys ... Read More

Virus Adaptation and Treatment - A paradigm linking herpes- virus immediate-early gene expression apoptosis and myalgic encephalomyelitis chronic fatigue syndrome

Multiple viruses have been linked to ME/CFS suggesting that multiple pathogens cause the same disease or several diseases with core signs and symptoms. Or if you are on Team XMRV /MuLV - a retrovirus could be the mastermind. No matter how you slice it in science, questions beget theories which... Read More

Measles Viron

This thin-section transmission electron micrograph (TEM) revealed the ultrastructural appearance of a single virus particle, or “virion”, of measles virus. The measles virus is a paramyxovirus, of the genus Morbillivirus. It is 100-200 nm in diameter, with a core of single-stranded RNA, and is c... Read More

Rubella virus virions

This negatively-stained transmission electron micrograph (TEM) revealed the presence of Rubella virus virions, as they were in the process of budding from the host cell surface to be freed into the host’s system, thereby, producing an enveloped virus particle, which means that after budding, the... Read More

Antibody Locks Up West Nile Virus Cell-Entry Mechanism

Researchers identified a monoclonal antibody (MAB) that neutralizes West Nile virus (WNV) by binding and crosslinking viral surface proteins that are needed to infect host cells. "The antibody crosslinking causes the virus to become rigid, and this rigidity prevents conformational changes and lo... Read More

Meningitis: Neisseria Meningitidis Disseminates Itself by Sending out 'Scouts'

Although, in the majority of cases, the localized presence of Neisseria meningitidis in the throat has no consequence, it can sometimes lead to meningitis or septicaemia. The seriousness of these two infections is driving researchers from around the world to improve their understanding of the mo... Read More

Gut bacteria can control organ functions

Bacteria in the human gut may not just be helping digest food but also could be exerting some level of control over the metabolic functions of other organs, like the liver, according to research published this week in the online journal mBio®. These findings offer new understanding of the symbio... Read More

Playboy Mansion bacteria points to Legionnaires’ disease outbreak

Los Angeles County public health officials have identified Legionella bacteria, which causes Legionnaires’ disease, at a water source at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles in its investigation of the source of illness that sickened people after a fundraiser earlier this month.

Public health o... Read More

Researchers Crack Code to Harmful Brown Tides

A team involving University of Tennessee, Knoxville, researchers has conducted the first-ever genetic sequencing of a harmful algal bloom (HAB) species, cracking the genome of the micro-organism responsible for the Eastern Seaboard’s notorious brown tides.
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The Impending Crisis in the Clinical Laboratory Workforce

Imagine going to your doctor for a routine checkup and the phlebotomist takes a few blood samples for lab work. Three days later, the doctor's office calls and asks you to come back because they need to get another sample for testing. Wondering if something is terribly wrong, you ask "why?" sinc... Read More
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