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Higher HIV risk in black gay men linked to partner choice, risk perception

Young black men who have sex with men (MSM) get infected with HIV nearly five times more often than MSM from other races, even though they don't have more unprotected sex.

The discrepancy has long mystified public health experts but a new study by investigators at Johns Hopkins and elsewhere ... Read More

Kids with HIV Growing Up Well, Living Longer

Once facing an almost certain death sentence, most children born with HIV are now faring well into adolescence and adulthood, according to a newly published study co-authored by Tulane infectious diseases expert Dr. Russell Van Dyke. The study was published in the Journal of Acquired Immune Defi... Read More

Exploring the role of the Internet in influencing anti-vaccination decisions

This paper provides a psychological perspective on the possible effect of the Internet on the decision against vaccination. The reported importance of the Internet in health decisions is still low, but rising; especially the amount of interactive use of the Internet is increasing, e.g. due to th... Read More

Use of adjuvants in H1N1 vaccine is cited as main reason for low vaccination rates for health care workers in Germany

"The emergence of the influenza A(H1N1)2009 virus provided a major challenge to health services around the world. However, vaccination rates for the public and for healthcare workers (HCWs) have remained low. We performed a study to review the reasons put forward by HCWs to refuse immunisation w... Read More

Are Bacteria Ready for the Runway?

Designer Suzanne Lee uses bacteria to grow a jacket. Read More

Salmonella in labs and frogs, leprosy in armadillos

Doctors at the Centers for Disease Control are puzzled by an outbreak of salmonella linked to a commercially sold bacteria that's sickened 73 people in 35 states, killing one, since last summer. But they're cheered that an outbreak that's been going on since 2009 has been stopped, because it was... Read More

What Are the Riskiest Food-Bacteria Combos? Report Says Poultry With Campylobacter Bacteria Sickens Thousands Each Year

Poultry contaminated with campylobacter bacteria is the leading cause of food-borne illness in the U.S, according to a new report that ranks the top 10 riskiest food-bacteria combinations.

Poultry with campylobacter bacteria sickens more than 600,000 people a year, leading to costs of about o... Read More

El podcast del Microbio Nº 201. No compartas tu flauta (Don't share your flute)



























El podcast del Microbio Nº201 summarize an article published in General Dentistry about the risk of infection by sharing mu... Read More

TWiV 131: A REOstat for cancer

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Hosts: Vincent RacanielloAlan Dove, Read More

TWiV 131 Letters

Ivan writes:


Hello TWIV team,


I am an avid listener to this show, TWIP and now TWIM and this will be the second time I wrote with a question.


We all know about the use of lytic viruses in the treatment of cancers, which can be very promising. I was thi... Read More

Investigation Announcement: Multistate Outbreak of Human Salmonella Typhimurium Infections Associated with Exposure to Clinical and Teaching Microbiology Laboratories

CDC is collaborating with public health officials in many states to investigate a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium infections associated with exposure to clinical and teaching microbiology laboratories. Investigators are using DNA analysis of Salmonella bacteria obtained through dia... Read More

Mundo de los Microbios - Episodio 85

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Los ciclos de vida de los hongos son bastante complejas, con algunos que tienen fases sexuales, otros asexuales, y otros, ambas; y para complicar las cosas, las fases pueden llevar nombres... Read More

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria have evolved a unique chemical mechanism, new discovery reveals

For the first time, scientists have been able to paint a detailed chemical picture of how a particular strain of bacteria has evolved to become resistant to antibiotics. The research is a key step toward designing compounds to prevent infections by recently evolved, drug-resistant "superbugs" th... Read More

New test has a 'nose' for bacteria

U.S. researchers say they have developed a quick, simple method of identifying infectious bacteria by one of their telltale characteristics -- they stink.

Using a low-cast array of printed pigments that react to the distinct odor of many kinds of bacteria, researchers at the University of Ill... Read More

Magnets cut diagnosis time for infections by days

Potentially fatal infections could be diagnosed in hours rather than days thanks to two techniques involving magnets, cutting waiting times and saving lives.

Each year, over 90,000 people in the US are infected with a fungus called Candida, which has a 40 per cent mortality rate. Unfortunatel... Read More

ICAAC Abstract Submission Deadline - Friday, May 6, 2011

The ICAAC Program Committee invites you to submit your abstract for consideration to be presented at the 51st ICAAC, the premier conference on antimicrobial agents and infectious diseases, being held this September in Chicago.

ICAAC's abstract program provides a unique opportunity for you t... Read More

Rare Pennsylvania fungus is named for Philadelphia botanist

A Philadelphia botanist who has studied rare plants for 50 years, but has never attained the honor of having a plant named for him is finally getting his due, but with a barely visible organism so rare it may never be seen again.

Dr. Alfred "Ernie" Schuyler, emeritus curator of botany at the ... Read More

Study ranks food pathogens by cost to society

Of the food pathogens that cost society the most money — in terms of medical care, lost days of work, long-term chronic health problems or deaths — half are found in poultry, pork, beef and other meat products, according to a study due for release Thursday.

For the first time, researchers use... Read More

C. diff Colonization Accompanied by Changes in Gut Microbiota: Study Hints at Probiotics As Treatment

More from the world of the ecology of the gut microbes. Infants negative for C. difficile had Bifidobacterium longum in their GI tract (positive infants did not) while infants positive for C. difficile had other species, such as Klebsiella pneumonia, that the negative infants didn't.

Resea... Read More

Chemists shed new light on antibiotics and the survival of bacteria

Research in the laboratory of Shahriar Mobashery in the University of Notre Dame’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has led to further understanding of how a bacterial cell wall cross-links, an event that penicillin and other antibiotics disrupt, a step in the maturation of a cell wall t... Read More
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