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Maps showing the distribution and prevalence of worm infections in every African country are the first of a series of Global Atlas of Helminth Infections which provide a unique, open-access, free information resource vital for planning and implementing deworming programs.

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MRSA policies differ among hospitals, study shows

Hospitals vary in how they detect and treat drug-resistant staph infections, but most follow national guideline recommendations, according to researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Researchers sent a 61-item questionnaire to pharmacy directors at 263 acute-care hospitals in the... Read More

ISU researchers discover cause of immune system avoidance of certain pathogens

A special set of sugars found on some disease-causing pathogens helps those pathogens fight the body's natural defenses as well as vaccines, say two Iowa State University researchers.

This discovery may be a first step in understanding a disease family that includes tuberculosis for which the... Read More

Protein assembly is far less frantic than previously thought

The apparently random self-assembly of molecular threads into the proteins that make the body work is far less frantic than previously thought, Michigan State University scientists say. That discovery could be a key to help unlock the nature of some diseases.

How proteins spontaneously “fold”... Read More

Cholera, Diarrhea and Dysentery Update 2010

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Stem cells wrestle fatal skin disease

Stem cell therapy has proven successful in treating a lethal skin disease affecting children, according to a new international study.

Researchers for the first time have used stem cells from bone marrow to repair the skin of patients with recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa, or RDEB, s... Read More

When can a vitamin be bad for you?

When it’s made by the stomach ulcer-causing bacterium Helicobacter pylori. A study just released by mBio reveals that the enzymes that synthesize vitamin B6 are important virulence factors for this pathogen, possibly because of the role vitamin B6 plays in building fully-functioning flagella to... Read More

New superbug resistant to strongest antibiotics found in Canada

A new bacteria that has emerged in India — dubbed NDM-1 and which is resistant to even the strongest antibiotics — is quickly spreading worldwide, British researchers say in a report published in the medical journal The Lancet. Click "source " to watch the video. Read More

Developing a rapid test for cultivated pathogens

Researchers at Rice University have won federal support to develop a genomic test that can quickly determine whether a disease outbreak is caused by a natural pathogen or one that was grown in a lab by terrorists.

The three-year grant—Rice's first from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency—is d... Read More

Patterns: Medicare Coverage Drives Antibiotic Use

Now that older people have prescription drug coverage from Medicare, they are using more antibiotics, a new study has found.

That may not sound surprising. But the authors of the study say it could be worrisome.

Among the drugs being taken more often, the researchers pointed out, are new ... Read More

Vaccination Is Steady, but Pertussis Is Surging

For four weeks, my 11-year-old daughter has been coughing. It is not your run-of-the-mill summer cold, but a violent, debilitating cough that takes over her body, usually at night.

During these fits, her face turns red, and tears start streaming from her eyes. She coughs so hard she eventuall... Read More

Malaysia coordinates bacteria surveillance for superbug

The Malaysian Institute of Medical Research (IMR) is coordinating bacteria surveillance for the New Delhi Metallo-beta-lactamase (NDM-1) gene, which makes bacteria resistant to almost all antibiotics and thus turning them into “Superbugs”.

Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Mohd Ismail Merica... Read More

Louisiana's agriculture department recalls sausage

Louisiana's agriculture department says Veron Foods LLC of Prairieville is recalling 250 tons of ready-to-eat sausage and hog's head cheese because of possible contamination by bacteria.

The Department of Agriculture and Forestry says investigation of an illness revealed a sample contaminated... Read More

Nickel imitates the action of bacteria

Nickel allergy is the most common contact allergy in the western world, with people affected reacting to costume jewellery, coins and even medical implants. Now we know why: it seems nickel imitates the action of bacteria.

Matthias Goebeler at the University of Giessen in Germany and his coll... Read More

Are banknotes contaminated with dangerous levels of bacteria?

Apparently not, according to food microbiologist at the University of Ballarat Dr Frank Vriesekoop.

The urban legend has been shattered by a global research team led by Dr Vriesekoop after one of his students asked him about sanitation in food outlets and the handling of money.

Similar res... Read More

High Temps Play Role in Spreading Arkansas Rice Disease

Hot nights are accelerating panicle blight, a seed-borne bacterial rice disease that can cut yields by up to 60 bushels per acre.

The rod-shaped bacteria responsible for panicle blight destroy or rot the developing rice grains, resulting in what’s known as kernel blanking, or partial blanking... Read More

Researchers develop MRSA-killing paint

Building on an enzyme found in nature, researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have created a nanoscale coating for surgical equipment, hospital walls, and other surfaces which safely eradicates methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), the bacteria responsible for antibiotic r... Read More

Legionnaires' disease spread by a paving machine

It was hard enough for health officials to track down the source of the original outbreak of Legionnaires' disease, at the old Bellevue Stratford Hotel in Philadelphia, in 1976.

Imagine if the disease had been caused by a moving target.

That's what happened last year in southeastern Spain,... Read More

Disaster in the making

At first glance, the Christmas Atoll south of Hawaii seems to be a tropical paradise.

That may be true above the waterline, but explorations of the surrounding seas by San Diego-based researchers found corals were dead or diseased, sharks and other large predators were scarce and only small ... Read More

What will gobble the spilled oil?

Whether or not ecological disaster follows the BP spill may hinge on what eats the oil first.

"Right now it's a race between the microbes and the fish," said marine biologist Larry McKinney of Texas A&M University, a specialist in the Gulf of Mexico.

Ideally, microbes will win, transformin... Read More
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