As efforts continue to clean the oil that gushed from the blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico, a team of scientists has found that nature's microbial helpers are hard at work too — and doing a better job than researchers had expected.
Data collected in May and June showed populations of carb... Read More
In order to minimize the risk of infection in mothers, women giving birth to babies by caesarean section should routinely receive antibiotics an hour before the surgery, according to a new recommendation issued Monday by a national doctor group.
Currently, women who undergo caesareans often r... Read More
While people across the country have been sickened by a recent outbreak of salmonella poisoning possibly linked to eggs from Iowa producers, a Purdue University food scientist believes the poultry industry could implement a rapid egg cooling technology to reduce future outbreaks.
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A drug to treat the deadly Ebola virus is one step closer today, after a new treatment was used to save infected monkeys. Clinical trials have now been approved on a small group of human volunteers in the U.S. Ebola causes death in 90 per cent of human cases but is always fatal to apes.
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The brain can be a convenient hiding place for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
That's the finding of Swedish researchers who analyzed samples from about 70 HIV-infected patients who'd been taking anti-HIV drugs. The tests showed that about 10 percent of the patients -- a larger proportion th... Read More
Researchers have linked a second type of mouse virus to a baffling condition called chronic fatigue syndrome, but said their findings do not yet prove that any virus causes the symptoms.
They found evidence of murine leukemia virus, which causes cancer in mice, in 86 percent of chronic fatigu... Read More
After more than a decade of research, Scripps Research Institute scientists have pieced together the structure of a human adenovirus -- the largest complex ever determined at atomic resolution. The new findings about the virus, which causes respiratory, eye, and gastrointestinal infections, may ... Read More
Extracts of broccoli and banana may help in fighting stomach problems, research suggests. Laboratory studies show fibres from the vegetables may boost the body's natural defences against stomach infections. Trials are under way to see if they could be used as a medical food for patients with Cro... Read More
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty would be better off drinking from a dog bowl than the water cooler he shares with his colleagues at Queen’s Park, a Toronto Star investigation reveals.
The Star collected and analyzed bacteria samples swabbed from spouts of 20 public water fountains and free-st... Read More
The number of children admitted to English hospitals with bacterial pneumonia decreased by a fifth in the two years following the introduction of a vaccine to combat the disease, according to a new study published today in the journal Thorax.
In September 2006, a vaccine known as PCV7 was int... Read More
"Cow belches, a major source of greenhouse gases, could be decreased by an unusual feed supplement developed by a Penn State dairy scientist.
In a series of laboratory experiments and a live animal test, an oregano-based supplement not only decreased methane emissions in dairy cows by 40 perc... Read More
Between early July and 22 August 2010, 81 cases of West Nile neuroinvasive disease were reported in the region of Central Macedonia, northern Greece. The median age of cases was 70 years. Encephalitis, meningoencephalitis or aseptic meningitis occurred mainly in patients aged 50 years or older. ... Read More
According to the Food and Drug Administration, laboratory tests have confirmed that two Iowa egg companies are contaminated with the same strain of salmonella blamed for a national outbreak of illness, which continues to claim victims and has sickened at least 1,500 people. Read More
Italian researchers offer some hopeful news for parents of colicky babies: a daily dose of "good" bacteria may help their child to cry less.
After three weeks of treatment with probiotic bacteria, babies cried for an average of about a half-hour a day, while infants who received a placebo wer... Read More
When it comes to chronic fatigue syndrome, researchers are starting to ask: What’s the role of the virus known as “X”?
One of the confounding aspects of Monday’s PNAS paper that reported finding a family of retroviruses in CFS patients was that none of the viruses appeared to be XMRV, which m... Read More
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday substantially lowered its often-quoted estimate of how many people die in a typical flu season, to 24,000 from 36,000.
The previous estimate, the agency said, was based on a study of the years 1990 to 1999, during which the H3N2 strai... Read More
Kissing a frog won't turn it into a prince - except in fairy tales - but frog's skin can actually provide a 'kiss of death' for antibiotic-resistant germs.
Scientists have claimed that frog skin contains natural substances that could be the basis for a powerful new genre of antibiotics.
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In these lean times, smart consumers refuse to pay a lot for throwaway items, but will shell out a little more for products that can be used again and again. The same is true of bacteria and other microbes, researchers at the University of Michigan have learned.
These organisms 'spend' more o... Read More
An antibacterial enzyme found in human tears and other body fluids could be applied to certain foods for protection against intentional contamination with anthrax, scientists reported in Boston, Massachusetts on August 26 at the 240th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS).
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Everyone knows that house flies aren’t welcome around food.
But University of Florida scientists have discovered five new reasons why.
Researchers with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences have documented five more bacteria species carried by house flies, and all of them cause ... Read More