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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

Safety: Wound Care May Matter More Than Antibiotics

Preventing infection in a wound may depend less on choosing the right antibiotic than on simply keeping it clean.

Researchers writing in the March issue of Pediatrics studied 200 children ages 6 months to 18 years. Each had a skin infection (generally from allergies, diaper rash or eczema), ... Read More

New Finding in Ribosome Signaling May Lead to Improved Antibiotics

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have discovered a signaling mechanism in the bacterial ribosome that detects proteins that activate genes for antibiotic resistance.

"The ribosome is one of the most complex molecular machines in the cell," said Alexander Mankin, UIC profes... Read More

Fish pedicure spreads infection, disease

The latest beauty craze—fish pedicures—offered in salons and spas across the world have raised serious health concerns.

British experts are worried that the trend that is sweeping the country could spread infection and disease, reports the Daily Mail.

The Health Protection Agency is invest... Read More

Medicinal beer? New study shows maybe the ancient Nubians were onto something

I need a beer. It's a phrase uttered by many contemporary workers after a long day at the office, but new research shows that ancient cultures were probably using the alcoholic beverage to treat much more than the stress of everyday life. Anthropologists have found that thousands of years befo... Read More

Good Germs, Bad Germs

Any woman who has ever done battle with a urinary tract infection will vouch for the notion that the human body can harbor both good germs and bad germs. Bad bacteria in the bladder can turn life into a series of miserable trips to the bathroom. But at the same time, good bacteria can keep yeast... Read More

HIV makes protein that may help virus's resurgence

New research enhances the current knowledge of how human immunodeficiency virus type-1 (HIV-1), which causes AIDS, controls the cell cycle of cells that it infects. The new findings may shed light on how the virus reactivates after entering a dormant state, called latency.

'As we better under... Read More

Passenger on flight from Baltimore to San Diego was infected with measles, officials warn

Passengers aboard a Southwest Airlines flight from Baltimore to Denver and San Diego on Feb. 22 are in danger of contracting measles because one of the passengers was infected with the virus, San Diego County health officials said Saturday.

Passengers are being contacted by health workers and... Read More

Strain Of Probiotic May Help Treat Ulcers Caused By Helicobacter Pylori

A strain of probiotic bacteria that may help treat ulcers caused by Helicobacter pylori has been identified by Spanish scientists, according to an article published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology.

Helicobacter pylori, often referred to a H. pylori causes ulcers in the stomach and g... Read More

TWiV 122: More fun than a monkey full of viruses

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TWiV 122 Letters

Luke writes:


Hello TWiV hosts,


I'm currently working as a technician in the biochemistry and molecular biophysics department at Columbia, having just received my BA from here in the Spring. First of all, I'd like to join the chorus of praises ... Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 31 - Bacterial Biofertilizer

This episode: Bacteria as fertilizer!


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FDA greenlights test for "cruise ship" virus

The Food and Drug Administration today announced that it was allowing widespread marketing for a new test to detect norovirus, which has been responsible for a number of gastointestinal illness outbreaks in the Boston area in recent years.

The test called Ridascreen Norovirus 3rd Generation E... Read More

Virus Not Culprit in Pulmonary Fibrosis Flares

The cause of exacerbations of a progressive and uniformly fatal lung disease remains a mystery.

But in most cases, acute worsening of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis does not appear to result from a viral infection, according to Harold Collard, MD, of the University of California San Francisco,... Read More

Statins Might Help HIV Patients, Study Suggests

Preliminary research suggests that statins restrain the immune systems of HIV patients and may stave off progression of the AIDS-causing virus.

Although it's too soon to recommend the drug for this purpose, the findings of this small study raise the possibility that "there might be drugs that... Read More

Chemical Compounds in Trees Can Fight Deadly Staph Infections in Humans

Most people would never suspect that a "trash tree," one with little economic value and often removed by farmers due to its ability to destroy farmland, could be the key to fighting a deadly bacterium. Now, a University of Missouri researcher has found an antibiotic in the Eastern Red Cedar tree... Read More

Taking a shot, to be sure

Their mothers had assured them they’d been vaccinated as children. Some even had the blood work to prove it. One woman had gotten a booster shot just a few years back, when she’d traveled abroad during college.

Still they came yesterday — roughly 125 in all — to roll up their sleeves and, wit... Read More

El podcast del Microbio Nº164 and 165. Lotka and Volterra



























El podcast del Microbio Nº 164 and 165 are dedicated to the history of the development of the Lotka-Volterra model. El podc... Read More
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