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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.


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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. 

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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

Antibacterial Silver Nanoparticles Are a Blast

Writing in the International Journal of Nanoparticles, Rani Pattabi and colleagues at Mangalore University, explain how blasting silver nitrate solution with an electron beam can generate nanoparticles that are more effective at killing all kinds of bacteria, including gram-negative species that... Read More

Pentagon to Troop-Killing Superbugs: Resistance is Futile


A super-germ that’s become a lethal threat to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan may have met its match in a novel technique that kills entire bacterial colonies within hours.

Today’s troops have a 9 in 10 chance of surviving their battle injuries. But wounds and amputation sites leave them vul... Read More

ASM GM 2010 - Global Warming May Spur New Fungal Diseases

Watch Dr. Jeff Fox, Features Editor for Microbe Magazine talk with Arturo Casadevall, MD, Ph.D., the editor-in-chief of mB... Read More

Science Is Sexy: What’s The Big Deal About Synthetic Life?

If you follow the science (and probably Sci-Fi) news at all, you’ve probably heard about Craig Venter’s successful creation of the first synthetic organism. Just so we’re all on the same page, the new organism is much like any other bacterium, except it has a custom-made genome with not only ge... Read More
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