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Do Hand Sanitizer and Liquid Hand Soap Remove Viruses?

While reading my back issues of Applied and Environmental Microbiology (AEM), I came across an interesting paper that detailed an in-depth study on the effectiveness of hand cleaners to remove Norwalk virus (NV) from intentionally contaminated hands.

Yes that’s right – intentionally contamina... Read More

Vertex hep C drug achieves 75 pct cure rate: study

A closely watched experimental hepatitis C treatment being developed by Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc led to a 75 percent cure rate in a pivotal late-stage trial of previously untreated patients, the company said on Tuesday.

The results from the first Phase III study of telaprevir were roughly i... Read More

ASM GM 2010 - The Gulf Oil Spill: Microbes to the Rescue?

Jay Grimes, a scientist from the research team examining the biological aftermath of the Gulf oil spill, and Ronald Atlas... Read More

Futures in Biotech 60: Do you come to this cave often?

I joined Marc Pelletier on episode 60 of Futures in Biotech for a conversation with Dave Brodbeck, George Farr, and Andre Nantel. We talked about primate face recognition, discovery of a new antiviral compound to treat hepatitis C virus infection, changing the length of a codon from three to fou... Read More

ASM GM 2010 - The role of multiple pathogens in colony collapse disorder

New research from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) identifies a new potential cause for “Colony Collapse Disorder” in honeybees.  A group of pathogens including a fungus and family of viruses may be working together to cause the decline.


Dr. Jeff Fox, Features E... Read More

ASM GM 2010 - High bacterial counts in Canadian bottled water

Dr. Jeff Fox, Features Editor for Microbe Magazine interviews Sonish Azam, C-crest Laboratories, Montreal, and Ali Khamessan, C-cres... Read More

Delaying childhood vaccinations does not improve children's health, study finds

Now that the thimerosal-autism link has been thoroughly discredited, some autism advocates argue that neurodevelopmental problems are caused by overloading children's immune systems with too many vaccines too early in life. As a result, a growing number of parents are asking pediatricians to use... Read More

"By golly, Jim... I'm beginning to think I can cure a rainy day!" - McCoy

While Bones might be overestimating his skills there a mite bit, I think the simple "old country Doc" would see the potential for this therapy to move us more towards the sort of medicine he's accustomed to practicing. However, if he does work that rainy day cure out, I have need of him in subu... Read More

Outbreak of Dengue Fever Is Reported in Florida, Health Officials Say

Dengue fever, a growing scourge in the tropics, has established itself in a popular American tourist destination, federal health officials reported last week.

Last August, an alert doctor in upstate New York realized that one of his patients, whose only recent travel had been to Key West, Fl... Read More

New Threats to U.S. Blood Supply

Public health officials are battling a host of new infectious threats to the nation's blood supply.

Blood centers, which have long tested for risks like hepatitis C and AIDS, have added a number of new tests on donated blood in recent years, including checks for West Nile virus and Chagas, a... Read More

Soil Bacteria Might Increase Learning

Studies have shown time spent in nature does us all good. Specifically a recent study done with 1,200 people, published in the journal Environmental Health and Technology found that even just five minutes in a leafy park can significantly boost our mood. Well it might be because we inhaled some ... Read More

From Trees and Grass, Bacteria That Cause Snow and Rain

Walking across the campus of Montana State University here, David Sands, a plant pathologist, says the blanket of snow draped over the mountains around town contains a surprise.

The cause of most of it, he said, is a living organism, a bacterium, called pseudomonas syringae.

In the last ... Read More

ASM's Social Media Presence (PowerPoint) #ASMGM 2010- 2nd Talk - Sarah Pick - Twitter

Some highlights of Twitter in 15 minutes - how scientists might use hashtags, why using Twitter can be good tool, etc Read More

ASM GM 2010 - Influenza surveillance: Should we be monitoring swine herds?

Pandemic H1N1 virus may be or may soon become endemic in large modern swine confinement facilities.  Despite this, there is a paucity of influenza surveillance that is currently being conducted among swine populations. 

Watch Dr. Jeff Fox, Features Editor for Read More

ASM's Social Media Presence (PowerPoint Presentation) #ASMGM 2010-First Talk, Michael Schmidt

Click "source" to download a PowerPoint presentation on ASM's social media presence that I gave at the ASM General Meeting in San Diego on May 24, 2010. I was the first speaker.

The slides provide an overview of social media, its tools and the value proposition it might provide to microbio... Read More

Viral Infection Could Be Marker for Type 1 Diabetes

Researchers have discovered a link between infection with enteroviruses -- which can cause viral meningitis -- and diagnoses of type 1 diabetes in children.

It's not clear how the two might be linked, but the findings suggest that the existence of the virus could be a biomarker for diabetes i... Read More

ASM's Social Media Presence (PowerPoint Presentation) #ASMGM 2010

Click "source" to download a PowerPoint presentation on ASM's social media presence that I gave at the ASM General Meeting in San Diego on May 24, 2010.

The slides highlight ASM's own social media sites and activities as well as where ASM posts information and updates to third party sites, su... Read More

ASM GM 2010 - Can Bacteria Make You Smarter

Dr. Jeff Fox, Features Editor for Microbe Magazine interviews Dorothy Matthews, The Sage Colleges, Troy, New York, from the 110th ASM General Meeting for... Read More

FDA approves swine flu test for permanent use

The Food and Drug Administration says it has approved the first diagnostic test for 2009 swine flu under its traditional approval system.

The FDA previously cleared several tests on a limited basis for use during the declared public health emergency related to swine flu.

The new Simplexa I... Read More

Microbicides That Do More Than Gel: Vaginal Rings, Tablets and Films

A flexible ring containing two anti-HIV drugs showed in laboratory tests that it can deliver therapeutic levels of both drugs for up to 30 days, researchers reported at the International Microbicides Conference (M2010) in Pittsburgh, adding that they consider the ring near ready for testing of i... Read More

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