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ICAAC 2010 - Weird Bugs, Weird Places: The Microbial Risks of Taking a Shower

Live press conference from ICAAC in Boston featuring:



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ICAAC 2010 - Is the Era of Bacterial Culture Ending?

As technology continues to move forward, fast DNA-based tests can offer diagnosis in hours compared to the days it can take for a bacterial culture to grow, often with the same level of cert... Read More

ICAAC 2010 - Community-associated MRSA: Why is it spreading so quickly?

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) was discovered in 1960. Over the following 40 years, MRSA was a problem confined largely to the health-care setting. In the late 1990s, the... Read More

Experts Warn Dip In Antibiotic R and D Could Lead To Treatment Challenges

The 50th annual meeting of the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) kicked off in Boston on Sunday with experts warning that a "slowdown" in research on antibiotic development could result in treatment challenges, Agence France-Presse reports.

"We have a ... Read More

Community-associated MRSA: Why is it spreading so quickly? #ICAAC

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) was discovered in 1960. Over the following 40 years, MRSA was a problem confined largely to the health-care setting. In the late 1990s, the first United States reports of community-associated MRSA (CA-MRSA) infections appeared. At present, sever... Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 12 - Bacteria Barricade Bone Bits

This episode: Bacteria help preserve fossils!



























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For Many, ‘Washroom’ Seems to Be Just a Name

The next time a man hands you a hot dog after making a run to the restroom and the concession stand at an Atlanta Braves baseball game, be careful: there is a good chance he did not wash his hands, according to a report released Monday by a group that sends spies into public restrooms in the nam... Read More

Bacteria Can Smell, Research Finds

Researchers from Newcastle University in the U.K. have found that bacteria have the sense of olfaction.

The study, conducted by Dr. Reindert Nijland (now at University Medical Center Utrecht in the Netherlands) and Dr. J. Grant Burgess, was published online Aug. 18 in Biotechnology Journal.
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Egg-loving salmonella bacteria have been sickening people for decades

The unfolding story of how salmonella bacteria infected two giant egg operations in Iowa this summer is the latest chapter of a mysterious narrative about how a minor bacterial annoyance took off 35 years ago to become the second most common cause of food-borne illness in the United States.

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Swatting 'Superbugs' in Hospitals, Homes

Antibiotic-resistant superbugs have become a big public health concern, but the existing antibacterial cleaners and soaps on the market are often based on harsh chemicals that kill everything they come into contact with or leach out into the environment. In other cases, their effect is only temp... Read More

Repeated antibiotics alter beneficial gut germs

Antibiotics can temporarily upset your stomach, but now it turns out that repeatedly taking them can trigger long-lasting changes in all those good germs that live in your gut, raising questions about lingering ill effects.

Nobody yet knows if that leads to later health problems. But the find... Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 12 - Bacteria Barricade Bone Bits

 

This episode: Bacteria help preserve fossils!


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Microbes in the Spotlight: The 74th Annual SoCal ASM Conference, Nov. 5-6, La Jolla, SD

An exciting program is planned for the Southern California Regional American Society for Microbiology conference being held November 5-6 in La Jolla, San Diego at the beautiful Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines resort.

Early bird registration ends September 15th so get your forms submitted either ... Read More

ICAAC: New drug-resistant superbugs found in 3 states

An infectious-disease nightmare is unfolding: A new gene that can turn many types of bacteria into superbugs resistant to nearly all antibiotics has sickened people in three states and is popping up all over the world, health officials reported Monday.

The U.S. cases and two others in Canada ... Read More

ICAAC: HIV Patients At Risk for Low Vitamin D

People with HIV are at high risk for vitamin D deficiency, according to result of two studies presented here.

In a cross-sectional cohort study of 147 Spanish patients, nearly three-quarters had serum levels of 25-hydroxy vitamin D (25(OH)D) that were below 30 micrograms per liter (μg/L), acc... Read More

A Role for Statins in Infectious Disease? #ICAAC

Statins are well-known as a class of drugs that are used to help lower cholesterol but recent evidence suggests they might be good for more than your heart. They may play a role in preventing and treating certain bacterial infections including pneumonia and sepsis. Presenters at ICAAC discuss ... Read More

ICAAC 2010 - Opening Briefing

Members of the ICAAC Program Committee give an overview of the ICAAC meeting and discuss sessions of particular interest. Lunch will follow.

* M. Lindsay Grayson, Austin Hospital/Austin Health, Melbourne, Australia
* Craig Rubens, Children’s Hospital & Regional Medical Center, Seatt... Read More

Emerging Issues in Infectious Disease #ICAAC

Participants in this session at ICAAC discuss the latest issues appearing on the horizon for infectious disease researchers including the changing epidemiology of drug resistance in Salmonella and the possibility that chronic fatigue syndrome could be associated with a retroviral infection.

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2010 Handwashing Survey Results #ICAAC

Mom's advice about cleaning your hands may finally be starting to get through. In the August 2010 observational study sponsored by the American Society for Microbiology and the American Cleaning Institute® (formerly The Soap and Detergent Association), 85% of adults washed their hands in public ... Read More

NDM-1: The New Superbugs #ICAAC

New Dehli metallo-beta-lactamase-1 (NDM-1) is an enzyme that makes bacteria resistant to a broad range of beta-lactam antibiotics. These include the antibiotics of the carbapenem family, which are a mainstay for the treatment of antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections. According the the Unite... Read More
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