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 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
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
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
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
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
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 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
This episode: Mother's probiotic treatment prevents disease in child!
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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
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
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, 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
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
Is it possible that disease stage makes a difference in detection of XMRV and have any XMRV studies tested patients for the virus at several different points over a period of time?
How different or similar are your m... Read More
On episode #94 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent, Alan, and Rich speak with Ila Singh about the new human retrovirus XMRV, and how her laboratory is studying its association with prostat... Read More
When you go to the gym, do you wash your hands before and after using the equipment? Bring your own regularly cleaned mat for floor exercises? Shower with antibacterial soap and put on clean clothes immediately after your workout? Use only your own towels, razors, bar soap, water bottles?
If... Read More
Today, scientists announced the discovery of genetic changes that affect the spread of Influenza virus from one host to another. In a report in the current (Aug. 5, 2010) edition of Public Library of Science (PLoS) Pathogens, an international team of scientists - including members of the Seattle... Read More
New York Department of Health and Mental Hygiene announced Aug 5 that the first human case of West Nile virus disease was confirmed in a city resident.
The 61-year old man in Bronx, whose name was not released, was hospitalize with meningitis, a serious neuroinvasive disease that can be induc... Read More
A cooperative online game that puts volunteer “gamers” to work folding proteins has attracted 50,000 players whose “distributed thinking” has, in some cases, proven more powerful than computers in predicting the three-dimensional structure of proteins. Extension of these efforts could one day pa... Read More