Disinfectants, be they hand sanitizers or industrial-strength cleaners, present a hospital's first blockade against bacterial infection. But this same weapon may be helping create stronger microbial enemies: superbugs that are resistant to disinfectants and commonly used antibiotics, scientists ... Read More
There is still no cure for the common cold, but that hasn’t stopped consumers from spending billions of dollars every year on vitamins, medicines and doctor visits. (I admit I do too, from time to time.)
“There’s a bit of magical thinking at work here,” said Dr. William Schaffner, chairman o... Read More
Once upon a time Norway was just like everyone else, fighting a losing battle against bacteria. Then one day, their pubic health system decided to fight back by limiting the use of antibiotics, and today the country is now know as the "most infection free nation in the world," according to the W... Read More
Note: Tomorrow we turn the page to 2010 and we cannot think of a better time to look ahead at the things we know for certain will be in the news of the New Year.
In discussing some of the major emerging trends, we are not making predictions but rather just using some common sense to talk abo... Read More
f you have had your Mexican holiday ruined by a bout of 'Moctezuma's Revenge', you could be the ideal candidate for a new study into travellers' diarrhoea.
One US vaccine manufacturer is offering a novel incentive for people willing to take part in a drug trial for a remedy for 'holiday tummy... Read More
After Mimivirus, Mamavirus and the virophage, the group of giant viruses now has a new member called Marseillevirus.
Discovered in an amoeba by the team led by Didier Raoult at the Unité de Recherche sur les Maladies Infectieuses et Tropicales Emergentes research group (CNRS/Université Aix-Ma... Read More
(Ed. note - update to the story we covered earlier at http://www.microbeworld.org/index.php?option=com_jlibrary&view=article&id=2340)
A Christmas Eve recall of 248,000 pounds of beef linked to an E. coli outbreak in 16 states has focused new attention on an industrial method used to tenderize... Read More
It's hard to believe that 12 months ago, not many of us had ever heard the terms "swine flu" "H1N1" or even "adjuvant." But in the last eight months, many Canadians learned more about influenza than they ever would have imagined, thanks to stern health official warnings and breathless media cove... Read More
Young people aged under 18 years are more likely than adults to catch swine flu from an infected person in their household, according to a new study published today in the New England Journal of Medicine. However, the research also shows that young people are no more likely than adults to infect... Read More
Global health officials' response to the swine-flu pandemic reflects major improvements in flu-fighting capabilities in recent years, but limited vaccine supplies, crowded emergency rooms, and other challenges show they still aren't fully equipped to combat a deadlier scourge, the World Health O... Read More
Pig Short-term school closings are not an effective way to block the spread of influenza viruses, and may even be counterproductive, Pennsylvania researchers have found. To be fully effective, the closures must last at least eight weeks, they reported in the Journal of Public Health Management a... Read More
Hand sanitizers claiming to kill 99.9 per cent of germs actually kill far fewer in real-world conditions, a University of Ottawa microbiologist has found.
While sanitizers may indeed kill nearly all the germs in lab conditions, in ordinary life they're second-best to soap and water, a new stu... Read More
Researchers at Newcastle, U.K.-based Northumbria University are collaborating with Nonlinear Dynamics Ltd., a company that develops proteomics analysis software, on a project that may have important implications for the production of cellulosic biofuels. During the three-year project, researcher... Read More
The hamburger you buy at McDonald's may look just like the hamburger you cook at home.
But, in terms of safety, the two burgers are not close. Not unless you buy your own meat directly from a packing plant that you'd not only inspected yourself but was also inspected by a third party. And you... Read More
It's not everywhere that you can get raw milk from a vending machine, or see how cheese tastes when it’s made without any added salt (pretty bad) or when it’s aged after being sewn up in a sheepskin, wool side in (like a wet sweater).
I sampled many lactic curiosities this October in Bra, a s... Read More
Last year, in the United States, there were 65,000 deaths caused by various strains of drug resistant bacteria, or superbugs. That is more than the combined number of deaths from prostate and breast cancer. Hog farmer, Russ Kremer, was almost another victim.
Russ was gored by an amorous boar,... Read More
The Associated Press is reporting that National Steak and Poultry is voluntarily recalling 248,000 pounds of beef it said might be contaminated with a strain of E. coli bacteria. NS&P said the meat could be linked to illnesses in six states. Click "source" for more. Read More
Scientists at the University of East Anglia, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and Pennsylvania State University have demonstrated for the first time the mechanism by which some bacteria can transfer electrons across a membrane to the cell exterior, allowing them to "breathe" metals. These ... Read More
The "Do It Yourself" biology movement is growing among real scientists and citizen scientists in homegrown or garage-based labs around the U.S. As this NPR piece reports "they're studying things like DNA and E. coli bacteria in home laboratories. And for now, the industry is largely unregulated.... Read More
In just a few minutes, with microscopic glass tubes and a nanoliter of liquid, a team of BYU researchers can track down even the most elusive virus molecules.
The team of professors and students has created a tiny silicon microchip that traps molecules based on size, not quantity.
"The und... Read More