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Sacred Heart attacks dangerous bacteria in water system

Workers performed a chlorine flush of Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center’s water system Tuesday in hopes of killing clusters of bacteria that can cause Legionnaire’s disease.

Some patients have gone days without showers and baths and the hospital has served and sold bottled water to staff... Read More

Inexpensive, Easy-To-Use Cotton Candy-Like Glass Fibers Appear To Speed Healing In Initial Venous Stasis Wound Trial

Imagine a battlefield medic or emergency medical technician providing first aid with a special wad of cottony glass fibers that simultaneously slows bleeding, fights bacteria (and other sources of infection), stimulates the body's natural healing mechanisms, resists scarring, and-because it is q... Read More

Scientists track evolution and spread of deadly fungus, one of the world's major killers

New research has shed light on the origins of a fungal infection which is one of the major causes of death from AIDS-related illnesses. The study, published today in the journal PLoS Pathogens, funded by the Wellcome Trust and the BBSRC, shows how the more virulent forms of Cryptococcus neoforma... Read More

TWiM #6 transcript

Here is a transcript of TWiM episode #6, "Antibacterial therapy with bacteriophage: Fact or fiction?". Thanks to Steve Stokowski for transcription.


The transcript is also available as a pdf file - click here to download Read More

Dickson Despommier’s Parasitic Diseases lectures

Professor Dickson Despommier, co-host of TWiV and TWiP, and well known for his ideas about vertical farming, taught parasitology to medical, dental, and nursing students at Columbia University’s College of Physicians & Surgeons for 38 years. Below are videocasts of the six lectures from the fina... Read More

A Look Back at 2010 HIV/AIDS Research, a Clinical Context Report

In this exclusive video report, Michael Smith reviews some of the most important news out of the 2010 ICAAC and IDSA Meetings with a leading expert in the field. Read More

Saving the Seas: Bleaching Threatens Coral, But Phage Therapy Could Prevent "Ghostly" Reefs

Around 90 percent of the reefs off the coasts of Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Kenya, the Maldives and the Seychelles are at risk. If ocean temperatures rise by another 7ºF in the next three decades, as is predicted, 95 percent of the Great Barrier Reef will disappear.

The primary cause of the die-of... Read More

El podcast del Microbio Nº202: Miel contra las resistencias (Honey against resistance)



























El podcast del Microbio Nº202 summarize the recent finding that Manuka honey could be use to clear chronically infected wou... Read More

Quest for Vaccines to Treat Addiction

Frustrated by the high relapse rate of traditional addiction treatments, scientists are working on a strategy that recruits the body's own defenses to help addicts kick drug habits.

The new approach uses injected vaccines to block some addictive substances from reaching the brain. If a vaccin... Read More

Antibiotics that reduce gut bacteria linked to obesity

Scientists believe that the widespread use of antibiotics may be playing a significant role in exacerbating the obesity epidemic.

Growing evidence suggests that oral antibiotic medicines may be affecting the growth of beneficial bacteria in the human intestine which is influencing whether som... Read More

Student discovers new virus lurking in cave mud

A recent class assignment called for students to take a soil sample. Rather than grab mud from the bank of a nearby river, Emilia climbed down a pitch-black Indiana cave, scraped a sample from the wall and discovered a virus, immortalizing the family name and adding to a growing body of research... Read More

New Evidence Details Spread of Amphibian-Killing Disease from Mexico Through Central America

There's a crisis among the world's amphibians -- about 40 percent of amphibian species have dwindled in numbers in just three decades. Now, museum jars stuffed full of amphibians may help scientists decide whether this wave of extinctions was caused by a fungal infection.

DNA swabbed from the... Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 38 - Competitor Curbs Cavities

This episode: Bacteria may help prevent cavities!


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Research team identifies receptor for Ebola virus

A team of researchers has identified a cellular protein that acts as a receptor for Ebola virus and Marburg virus. Furthermore, the team showed that an antibody, which binds to the receptor protein, is able to block infection by both viruses.

"This is the first receptor identified for Ebola a... Read More

Armadillos May Spread Leprosy

People infected with leprosy in the United States often have the same previously unknown strain of the microbe Mycobacterium leprae that is also carried by armadillos. Though it’s been known for decades that armadillos can harbor leprosy, also called Hansen’s disease, the discovery of the overla... Read More

Banana blight threatens food security

A disease affecting banana plants has spread to five provinces of Burundi, raising concern among agricultural officials, who fear the disease could hit the country's food security.
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Scientists show that HIV drugs can also target tropical parasites

Scientists have discovered that drugs used to treat HIV may also one day become lifesaving drugs targeted at parasitic diseases such as leishmaniasis and malaria. According to new research published in The FASEB Journal (http://www.fasebj.org), scientists have identified the target of action for... Read More

Washing with Contaminated Soap Increases Bacteria on Hands

People who wash their hands with contaminated soap from bulk-soap-refillable dispensers can increase the number of disease-causing microbes on their hands and may play a role in transmission of bacteria in public settings according to research published in the May issue of the journal Applied an... Read More

SOIL not DIRT - Dr Elaine Ingham talks Soil Microbiology

Dr. Elaine Ingham talks about soil fertility and the role of soil microbial life.

Dr. Ingham is a world-renowned soil biologist who pioneered many of the currently used biological soil amendment techniques and pioneered the testing of soil microbial life as an indicator of soil and plant heal... Read More

Unexpected fungus decimates Australia's pistachio crop

Australia's pistachio farmers were expecting a bumper crop this year, but a fungus has decimated the harvest. Curiously, it had infected the nuts only rarely until now. Is a genetic mutation or a spate of bad weather to blame? Click source for more. Read More
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