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Experimental antiviral drug boceprevir doubles cure rate for hepatitis C

An experimental antiviral agent called boceprevir doubled the cure rate for hepatitis C in a small phase 2 clinical trial designed to show efficacy, researchers reported Sunday. The drug will now be submitted to the larger Phase 3 trial required for approval of the drug by the Food and Drug Admi... Read More

Toxoplasma gondii

Toxoplasma gondii, tachyzoites, necrosis brain Read More

Richer Countries Have Fewer Bacteria on Banknotes, Netherlands Study Finds

The richer and more economically free a country, the fewer bacteria its banknotes carry, according to a study of paper money in 10 countries ranging from Burkina Faso to the U.S.

Researchers found a “strong correlation” between the amount of bacteria per square centimeter (0.16 square inch) o... Read More

Study shows that hitchhiking bacteria can go against the flow

A new study co-authored by professor Kam Tang of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science reveals that tiny aquatic organisms known as "water fleas" play an important role in carrying hitchhiking bacteria to otherwise inaccessible lake and ocean habitats.

The article, "Bacteria dispersal by h... Read More

Pet food could be making kids sick, report says

Fido's food may be making kids sick, a government report warns, detailing the first known salmonella outbreak in humans, mostly young children, linked to pet food.

The outbreak sickened 79 people in 21 mostly eastern states, between 2006 and 2008. Almost half of the victims were children aged... Read More

Antibiotic arsenal not being restocked

We have come to expect that modern medicine can cure just about any infection. But bacteria are finding ways to evade, one by one, the drugs in our arsenal, and that arsenal is not being replenished with new antibiotics.

Drug companies are abandoning the antibacterial business, citing high de... Read More

Gum disease may increase Alzheimer’s risk

Periodontal (gum) disease may increase the risk of cognitive dysfunction associated with Alzheimer’s disease in healthy individuals as well as in those who already are cognitively impaired.

Researchers examined 20 years of data and found fresh evidence that links gum disease to brain inflamma... Read More

Las Vegas area hospitals resist reporting the increasing numbers of patients who acquire bacteria infections

Las Vegas hospital officials say they are doing enough to protect patients from becoming infected with deadly bacteria.

But hospitals are failing according to an investigative story in the Las Vegas Sun.

The paper spent two years investigating hospital safety in Las Vegas, including analys... Read More

Hard rain makes many rivers unfit for humans, tests show

Swimming in the rivers that feed the Chesapeake Bay after a hard rain could be hazardous to your health according to a key finding of a water quality experiment conducted last month by reporters at the University of Maryland working for News21, a national consortium of journalism schools.

The... Read More

Ready-to-eat salads, new pathogens fuel rise in contaminated produce in US and Canada

The popularity of ready-to-eat salad mixes and the sudden emergence of a little known strain of E. coli bacteria have dramatically increased the risk of food-borne contamination and illness in Canada and the U.S.

If you think there are more cases of tainted vegetables than previously, you are... Read More

Dengue deaths increase as BTI bacteria from Cuba is delayed

Sri Lanka’s health department is in a fix over the delay in the import of the first consignment of BTI bacteria (Bacillus thuringiensis subspecies israelensis) from Cuba as the number of deaths due to dengue has risen to 149 Friday. Meanwhile, the health ministry has failed to get a positive res... Read More

Fuel could be created from thin air using an enzyme from a common soil bacterium

Azotobacter vinelandii, a microbe found around the roots of various food plants, creates an enzyme - vanadium nitrogenase - which in nature produces ammonia from nitrogen gas. But now it has been shown that it can also create propane, the fuel commonly used in camping gas stoves, out of carbon m... Read More

Canine parvovirus state issued alert

A high number of canine parvovirus in the state of Rhode Island prompt officials to issue the following press release.

The Department of Environmental Management is alerting dog owners in the state of an unusually high number of cases of canine parvovirus being reported to the State Veterinar... Read More

Researchers find 'strong evidence' of genetic link to contracting meningitis

Researchers have found "the strongest evidence so far" that genetic factors can increase the risk of a person developing meningitis. The discovery that gene mutations can determine whether a person develops the disease could help in the search for a vaccine for certain strains.

The findings w... Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 5 - Small Supplements Sustain Soft Skin

This episode: Mother's probiotic treatment prevents disease in child!



























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Post questions or comments here, at the link above, or email to bacteriofiles@gmail.com. Thanks for listening! Read More

A spreading danger

Today’s stories by Sun reporters Marshall Allen and Alex Richards about patients who have become infected by lethal, drug-resistant bacteria during stays in Las Vegas Valley hospitals should serve as a wake-up call to those medical facilities that more needs to be done to improve patient safety.... Read More

WHO could declare end of H1N1 pandemic this week

The H1N1 pandemic is likely to be officially consigned to the history books in the next week or so, says Dr. Margaret Chan, director general of the World Health Organization.

Chan suggests that the global health agency and the experts that advise it on this matter are feeling increasingly con... Read More

The role of bacteria in fossilization examined

A recent study published in the journal Palaios raises new questions about the role of bacteria in the process of fossilization of bone material. In tests simulating rapid burial and groundwater percolation, researchers Joseph Daniel and Karen Chin set up four different groundwater environments ... Read More

Dr. Robert M. Chanock, Prominent Virologist, Dies at 86

Dr. Robert M. Chanock, a pediatrician whose discoveries of viruses led to far-reaching improvements in preventing and treating common respiratory illnesses, particularly among children, died Friday in Sykesville, Md. He was 86.

His death, at an assisted living facility, was caused by complic... Read More

Salmonella outbreak attributed to Taco Bell Restaurants in twenty-one states

The CDC has reported that an outbreak of two different strains of the bacteria has been traced to Taco Bell Restaurant. There are many Taco Bell Restaurants here in the Atlanta area.

At this report, there was only one case reported in Georgia. However, it can take some time for the diseases t... Read More
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