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Zeros to heroes: Ulcer truth was hard to stomach

Back in 1984, a young Australian doctor called Barry Marshall swallowed a nasty-tasting solution of bacteria. This was no accident. He did it to convince his peers that his suspicions about a highly prevalent disease were not as far-fetched as they thought.

In 1981, Marshall had met patholog... Read More

Obesity in children linked to common cold virus

Childhood obesity is not only an epidemic, it may be an infectious disease transmitted by a common cold virus, a new study suggests.

Children exposed to adenovirus-36 were more likely to be obese than were children who had no evidence of infection, according to a study published online Septem... Read More

Seasonal flu vaccine lowers risk of first heart attack

The seasonal flu vaccine is associated with a 19% reduction in the rate of first heart attack and early vaccination in the fall further increases the benefits, found a study published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).

As heart attacks increase significantly in winter when pneumo... Read More

HIV-like virus that infects monkeys is thousands of years older than previously thought

The HIV-like virus that infects monkeys is thousands of years older than previously thought, according to a new study led by researchers from Tulane University.


Simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV), which is the ancestor to the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), is between 32,000 and 75,000... Read More

Drink Up NYC: Meet The Tiny Crustaceans (Not Kosher) In Your Tap Water

New York City is known for having excellent tap water, but why does it taste so good? It might be the microscopic shrimp.

Tiny copepods were discovered after a reddit user uploaded photos of what they found through the other end of a microscope after adding H&E stain to New York tap water. Ac... Read More

ASU receives 2-year, $5.3 million DARPA award to safeguard soldiers from infectious diseases

Scientists at the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University have received a 2-year, $5.3 million grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to protect warfighters in the event of exposure to infectious diseases during deployment.

Dr. Stephen Albert Johnston and his... Read More

Arctic bugs may have the longest life-cycle on Earth

With a hibernation period of up to 100 million years, bacteria discovered on the Arctic sea floor may have longest life cycle of any known organism.

Casey Hubert from the Geosciences Group at Newcastle University, UK, and colleagues came across the bacteria while studying biological activity ... Read More

Antibiotics may severely disrupt the balance of microbes living in the gut

Antibiotics may severely disrupt the balance of microbes living in the gut, with unforeseen health consequences, U.S. researchers reported Monday.

An intimate study of three women given ciprofloxacin showed the drug suppressed entire populations of beneficial bacteria, and at least one woman ... Read More

Bacteria Gobbling Natural Gas in the Gulf - PBS interviews David Valentine

While attention in the Gulf has mostly focused on oil, the explosion and spill also released tremendous amounts of natural gas. David Valentine, a microbial geochemistry professor at UC Santa Barbara, and his research team, have been studying the behavior and distribution of these natural gases,... Read More

How HIV Resists AZT: Virus Hijacks a Common Molecule

Rutgers researchers have discovered how HIV-1, the virus that causes AIDS, resists AZT, a drug widely used to treat AIDS.

The scientists, who report their findings in Nature Structural & Molecular Biology, believe their discovery helps researchers understand how important anti-AIDS treatments... Read More

City-dwelling helped us evolve resistance to disease

Living in a crowded city doesn't sound like a recipe for good health, but it may have helped our ancestors protect their descendants from disease.

Some people carry a genetic sequence, or allele, that provides immunity to leprosy and tuberculosis. Mark Thomas, an evolutionary biologist from U... Read More

Paper towels beat air-dryers to fight bacteria

As cold and flu season approaches, we'll be hearing this: To stay healthy, be sure to wash your hands a lot. But to best prevent the spread of germs, you also need to dry your hands.

That point's driven home by a pair of studies published in the Journal of Applied Microbiology. The studies, q... Read More

Superbug: Neither Super Nor a Bug

Bacteria have developed a new way to resist a sweeping array of antibiotics, raising alarms about the spread of infections that might defy nearly all treatments.

Three Americans were recently diagnosed with the new infection, which they acquired during medical treatment in India and Pakistan.... Read More

TWiV 99: ICAAC Boston 2010

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On episode #99 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent tours the 50th Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC), speaking with exhibitors and visitors, including... Read More

Crab meat products recalled after potentially dangerous bacteria found

An Oregon seafood company is recalling packaged crab meat products after testing revealed some products contained bacteria that could cause serious or fatal infections.

Hallmark Fisheries, based in Charleston, Oregon, is recalling crab meat sold under brand names Hallmark, Peacock, Quality Oc... 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

Hand Washing Catching On in U.S.

Researchers who observed hand washing in restrooms in major cities say 85% of adults are washing their hands after using public facilities, a new observational study shows.

The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) and the American Cleaning Institute (ACI) sent observers into restrooms in s... Read More

ICAAC: Presurgical Vancomycin May Have Limited Use Against MRSA

Using vancomycin before surgery appears to help reduce the risk of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection in patients testing positive for colonization with nasal swabs -- but may not help patients without preoperative colonization, researchers said here.

A retrospective... Read More

Balamuthia mandrillaris ameba infection

Balamuthia mandrillaris is a free-living ameba (a single-celled organism) found in soil and dust. Exposure to Balamuthia is likely to be common because of how widespread it is in the environment. However, very few cases of disease in humans have been found worldwide since Balamuthia was discove... Read More

Worldwide screening for drug-resistant New Delhi infection being urged

People who go to countries like India seeking faster, cheaper medical care risk dire consequences to their own health and they also potentially put the general public at risk if they return home with antibiotic-resistant, emerging infections.That was the ominous message from experts last month... Read More
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