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Beware kitchen towel: hygiene group

The dirtiest item in Canadian homes is the kitchen towel, according to a study on hygiene released on Tuesday.

The study was conducted by the Hygiene Council, a group of international experts in microbiology, virology, infectious diseases, immunology and public health. Funded by Reckitt Benck... Read More

CDC chief picks 6 'winnable battles' in health

Where would you start if you were charged with keeping the nation healthy? Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has chosen six priorities — winnable battles, he calls them.

They are smoking, AIDS, obesity/nutrition, teen pregnancy, auto injuries and ... Read More

Targeting amyloid to stop HIV

Amyloid protein structures are best known for the troubles they pose in the brains of Alzheimer's patients. Now researchers are trying to exploit their presence in a very different place - in semen - to find a new way to stop HIV.

Scientists have created a substance that targets amyloid struc... Read More

TB cases decline, but drug-resistant TB now a risk

The rate of tuberculosis infection in the United States has been going down because of prevention and treatment efforts, but the country may now be more susceptible to new nastier drug-resistant form, according to Johns Hopkins researchers.

The researchers used computer modeling to show an in... Read More

First-responders are needed in a pandemic, but not all may want to work, a study finds

First-responders--firefighters, public health workers--know that when emergencies strike, they'll be on the scene. But those on the front lines are also human, and a new study points out that not all are willing to go to work in the event of a severe pandemic.

The study, conducted by research... Read More

Tim Hortons cups as fuel

Tim Hortons coffee routinely fuels students. But the paper coffee cups themselves might one day provide fuel for their cars.

That’s the research premise of University of Manitoba biosystems engineering Prof. David Levin and microbiology Prof. Richard Sparling. The two are working on a $10.5-m... Read More

Dengue control trials begin

A pioneering international program to stop the spread of the mosquito-borne virus dengue fever has been launched in far north Queensland.

An Australian-led team of researchers has been working on the natural control measure for 15 years and now has regulatory approval for trials outside the l... Read More

Anti-antibiotics: Bugs, drugs and bureaucrats

For some kinds of bacteria, we have reached the end of the line. No new antibiotics have been developed for decades, and some superbugs are now resistant to all those we have. There is no one solution to the problem of antibiotic resistance, but we desperately need new antibiotics.

Far from h... Read More

In Thailand Hand Foot Mouth disease more rampant this season

The Ministry of Public Health has ordered provincial public health offices to monitor the spread of Hand-Foot-Mouth (HFM) disease after over 10,000 patients have been infected so far this year.

According to Deputy Public Health Minister Dr Phansiri Kullanartsiri, a change from the rainy seaso... Read More

Fungi synchronize spore ejections to create their own air stream

A good breeze is just what a fungus needs to spread its seed, but what if the weather doesn't oblige? It turns out some species generate their own jets of air, increasing how far their spores travel more than 30-fold.

Apothecial fungi have cup-shaped fruiting bodies lined with spore-bearing c... Read More

Sneaking Spies Into A Cell's Nucleus

Duke University bioengineers have not only figured out a way to sneak molecular spies through the walls of individual cells, they can now slip them into the command center -- or nucleus -- of those cells, where they can report back important information or drop off payloads.

Using silver nan... Read More

19-Million-Year-Old Genomic Fossils of Hepatitis B-Like Viruses in Songbirds

Biologists from The University of Texas at Arlington have uncovered virus fragments from the same family of the modern Hepatitis B virus locked inside the genomes of songbirds such as the modern-day zebra finch.

The article, publishing in the online, open access journal PLoS Biology, marks th... Read More

Why bakers love sci-fi blobs of yeast and bacteria

There are bakers, and then there are sourdough bakers. A curious breed, all their own.

The most passionate among them enjoy an oddly close relationship with a living, amorphous blob, sometimes generations old, that requires warmth and constant feeding – about every eight hours.

This is th... Read More

Vietnam: With Rabies Deaths on the Rise, a Menu Item Gets a Closer Look

Rabies deaths are on the rise in Vietnam, according to the country’s National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology, whose director blamed slack management by provincial health authorities and public ignorance of the threat.

But subscribers to ProMED, a disease-outbreak Web site, have point... Read More

A Finding on Malaria Comes From Humble Origins

It has taken 10 years for Dr. Beatrice H. Hahn to build the world’s most comprehensive treasury of great ape dung samples.

And now it has yielded an unexpected gem: The most dangerous form of malaria originated in gorillas, not chimps, as had long been believed.

In and of itself, knowing ... Read More

Lyme Disease Bacterium Collaborates with Accomplices to Evade Immune System

Warning: the bacterium behind Lyme disease is collaborating with its accomplices to construct a gene that can defeat your immune defenses. That’s what researchers investigating the evolution of a crucial gene in Borrelia burgdorferi found when they compared bacteria found in ticks gathered acro... Read More

House-Sharing With Microbes

Household dust contains up to 1000 different species of microbes, with tens of millions of individual bacterial cells in each gram. And these are just the ones that can be grown in the lab!

Dr Helena Rintala, speaking at the Society for General Microbiology's autumn meeting in Nottingham desc... Read More

California-Davis, Texas A&M Researchers Study Ways to Attack Salmonella

Ever the cagey foe, Salmonella has been around for millions of years and has managed to beat thousands of attempts to eradicate it. An amazingly “smart” and resilient germ but always totally ruthless, Salmonella and its more than 2,500 different strains are always looking for new ways to survive... Read More

Swine flu no longer a major threat to USA

Swine flu no longer represents a major threat to the U.S. population, because most people are immune to the virus that caused last season's pandemic, health officials report Tuesday.

Of the 310 million people in the USA, 59% are now believed to be immune to pandemic H1N1 flu, the researchers ... Read More

Targeting amyloid to stop HIV

Amyloid protein structures are best known for the troubles they pose in the brains of Alzheimer's patients. Now researchers are trying to exploit their presence in a very different place – in semen – to find a new way to stop HIV.

Scientists have created a substance that targets amyloid struc... Read More
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