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Gene variant and environment can boost severity of respiratory syncytial virus

A study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation suggests that environmental factors, in conjunction with a mutation of the TLR4 gene, may contribute to the severity of RSV-related respiratory illness in children. TLR4 is a gene involved in the innate immune response, and investigator... Read More

Meet The Bacteria That Make A Stink In Your Pits - NPR

Scientists measured how much thioalcohol -- a molecule that makes your underarms smelly -- each species of bacteria produced, and found Staphylococcus hominis was one of the worst offenders. They are hoping that the findings will change the way that we fight body odor, and envision a deodorant t... Read More

IS ‘TASTIER’ RAW MILK WORTH THE RISK?

A recent study shows that consumption of unpasteurized milk significantly increases the risk of food-borne illness, which can be severe or even fatal in some cases. The scientific consensus points to a lack of knowledge of the 'benefits' of consuming raw milk, and an abundance of peer-reviewed... Read More

TWiM #102: Happiness is the spore-formers in your gut

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloMichael Schmidt, ... Read More

Bacterial 'memory' targets invading viruses

One of the immune system's most critical challenges is to differentiate between itself and foreign invaders -- and the number of recognized autoimmune diseases, in which the body attacks itself, is on the rise. But humans are not the only organisms contending with "friendly fire." Read More

Antimicrobial (Drug) Resistance

The antibiotic Colistin, which was approved in the 1950's, is now being used as a 'last resort' against multidrug-resistant Gram-negative bacterial infections, despite its nephrotoxic potential. The study, conducted by an international team of NIAID-funded researchers, found that the drug remai... Read More

Survey of Salmonella Species in Staten Island Zoo’s Snakes

For humans, Salmonella is always bad news. The bacterial pathogen causes paratyphoid fever, gastroenteritis and typhoid. But for snakes, the bacteria aren’t always bad news. Certain species of Salmonella are a natural part of the snake microbial collective. However, the occasional species can ca... Read More

First case of rabies in over a decade: Lessons for healthcare personnel

A team of French clinicians has diagnosed the first case of rabies in that country since 2003. Only 20 cases of human rabies had been diagnosed in France between 1970 and 2003. Moreover, the patient was unaware of having been bitten. So it is not surprising that that diagnosis was not suggested ... Read More

Unprecedented microbial diversity reported in remote Amazonian tribe

April 17, 2015 - A multicenter team of U.S. and Venezuelan scientists, led by researchers from NYU Langone Medical Center, have discovered the most diverse collection of bodily bacteria yet in humans among an isolated tribe of Yanomami Indians in the remote Amazonian jungles of southern Venezuel... Read More

TWiP 87 letters

 


Jan writes:


Hello doctors,


This was indeed not easy to Google; one of my attempts even had a dr oz page as one of search results. Clearly a dead end. However with some persistence I came up with Entamoeba Histolytica.
As for clean water; I ... Read More

Mundo de los Microbios - Episodio 110 - Marirosa Molina

Calidad microbiológica de las aguas recreacionales, los indicadores de riesgo usados actualmente, y análisis de rastreo de fuente microbiológica; estos son algunos de los temas a discutirse en este episodio de La Radio El Mundo de los Microbios.


Tenemos como nuestra invitada a la Read More

Describing a viral quasispecies

Virus populations do not consist of a single member with a defined nucleic acid sequence, but are dynamic distributions of nonidentical but related members called a quasispecies (illustrated at left). While next-generation sequencing methods have the capability of describing a quasispecies, the ... Read More

‘VELCROED’ NANOPARTICLES TARGET HIV AND CANCER

University at Buffalo researchers have discovered a way to easily and effectively fasten proteins to nanoparticles by simply mixing them together. The biotechnology model is described in the journal Nature Chemistry. Read More

Design, engineering and utility of biotic games

First of the three videos related to research article appearing in Lab on a Chip. I. H. Riedel-Kruse et al "Design, Engineering and Utility of Biotic Games". Read the article by clicking "source" above.

From the abstract:

Games are a significant and defining part of human culture, and thei... Read More

Study of African birds reveals hotbed of malaria parasite diversity

A new study published last week in the journal PLOS ONE explores the scope of malaria parasite diversity in southeast African birds, and provides insight into how lifestyle characteristics of birds can influence their association with different parasite genera. Read More

First-Ever National Plan Crafted to Fight Superbugs

A broad-based approach is necessary, experts said, because overuse of antibiotics from hospitals to U.S. farms has created a problem that has quickly grown out of control. In January, the Obama administration proposed doubling the government's investment in antibiotic resistance to $1.2 billion.... Read More

TWiP 86 letters

Jan writes:


Dear Doctors


This one is a bit more tricky; both Giardia and Cryptosporidium are possible. The symptoms are more those of Cryptosporidium, so that would be my semi-educated guess. Most of that education comes through you, with some help of some CDC... Read More

UW researcher outlines effectiveness of new Ebola vaccine

The University of Wisconsin researcher who’s worked to develop a vaccine for Ebola said Monday that the vaccine has shown promising results and could even enter the clinical trial phrase in two years. Read More

Human tape worm drug shows promise against MRSA in lab

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] -- A new study provides evidence from lab experiments that a drug already used in people to fight tapeworms might also prove effective against strains of the superbug MRSA, which kills thousands of people a year in the United States. Read More

An unexpected microbe is killing organ transplant patients

A new study implicates bacteria that normally live in the urinary tract as the cause of death of some lung transplant patients. Read More
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