Mark O. Martin, guest blogger on Small Things Considered, has written an interesting piece on Chlorochromatium aggregatum. "With apologies to the old Turtle’s song (which knocked the Beatle’s “Penny Lane” off the Billboard charts in the spring of 1967), there are many ways that microbes interact... Read More
Researcher Jo Handelsman (recently interviewed for Meet The Scientist) runs microbial observatories in Wisconsin and Alaska and studies underground microbes detrimental to healthy soil. Microbial Observatory is a segment from CSREES' Partners Video Magazine's 19th episode, The Soil Explorers. To... Read More
This is a clip from the best show on TV, Flight of the Conchords. They continue to prove why they are so brilliant...mold farm? Classic. Read More
It seems that Bacteria has its own theme song and here it is. Bacteria rock video. Read More
Picture of Couple Kissing in Mexico City with Surgical masks on During Swine Flu Outbreak. From The Guardian UK. Article link here http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/apr/26/swine-flu-outbreak-mexico-pandemic. Photo by Alfredo Estrella/AFP/Getty Images Read More
Autoimmune diseases have long been regarded as illnesses in which the immune system creates autoantibodies to attack the body itself. But, researchers at the California non-profit Autoimmunity Research Foundation (ARF) explain that the antibodies observed in autoimmune disease actually result fr... Read More
Common sense information from the CDC on how you can prevent flu transmission and prevent getting sick yourself. Read More
This document provides interim planning guidance for state, territorial, tribal, and local communities that focuses on several nonpharmaceutical measures that might be useful during this outbreak of swine influenza A (H1N1) virus aimed at reducing disease transmission and associated morbidity an... Read More
Swine Influenza (swine flu) is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by type A influenza viruses that causes regular outbreaks in pigs. People do not normally get swine flu, but human infections can and do happen. Swine flu viruses have been reported to spread from person-to-person, but in the pa... Read More
Journalist and blogger Daniel Hernandez talks about the mindset of people in Mexico City during the swine flu outbreak. Often scientists and researchers skip over the psychological impact of infectious disease. It's an important factor in my opinion and I think this piece highlights the conseque... Read More
For decades, microbiologists assumed that macrophages, immune cells that can engulf and poison bacteria and other pathogens, killed microbes by damaging their DNA. A new study from the University of Illinois disproves that.
The study, published in the journal PLoS ONE, shows that macrophages ... Read More
Mexico canceled school nationwide Monday and warned the death toll from a swine flu epidemic believed to have killed 149 people would keep rising before it can be contained.
Health Secretary Jose Angel Cordova said 20 of the deaths have been confirmed to be from swine flu and the government w... Read More
WHO experts say early diagnosis of Buruli ulcer is essential to prevent disability & disfigurement. "Buruli ulcer is caused by infection with Mycobacterium ulcerans, which is from the same bacteria family responsible for tuberculosis and leprosy. It leads to severe damage of skin and soft tissue... Read More
A recent article published in the Journal of Environmental Quality examines the effectiveness of utilizing cover soil as a way to reduce methane emissions from landfills. The study suggests that the fraction of methane oxidized by the soil, a process which allows soil bacteria to consume the gre... Read More
Janet Ginsburg at TrackerNews.com has a great read on the recent evolution/mutation of swine flu and public health dilemmas from a one health perspective. Read More
Freelance reporter Deborah Bonello looks at the impact swine flu is having on the local economy in Mexico City. To visit her site for the full story go to http://www.mexicoreporter.com/?p=2080. This video is in English. Read More
Dr. Carl Winter at the Univ. of California, Davis wrote this amusing music parody in the name of food safety. Enjoy! Read More
This is a really cool Google Maps mash up that geo-locates breaking health news on a map. You can sort by official government announcements, news wires, infectious disease types, zoom to countries, local areas and more. Great for looking at Swine Flu reporting as it happens. Read More
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told people on Sunday not to eat raw alfalfa sprouts, saying they may be contaminated with salmonella.
The contamination appears to be in seeds so washing the sprouts may not help, the FDA said in a state... Read More