The best defense against a deadly superbug might be a virtual offense.
Duke University researchers are expanding upon a computer program they invented last year to predict how a rapidly mutating, infectious bacterium will evolve to evade the drugs used against it. Getting a glimpse into what ... Read More
A woman planning a Florida vacation in Key West called the health department there last week to ask if it were true that the city was being evacuated because of an epidemic of dengue fever.
“No!” Chris Tittel, a spokesman for the Monroe County Health Department, says he told her. “No, no, no... Read More
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I am an avid listener of both Twiv and Twip and am very grateful that you all take the time each week to create these wonderful podcasts, they are a great learning tool! I did have several questions I’d li... Read More
Vincent, Rich, Karla, and Marilyn recorded TWiV at the 29th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Virology in Bozeman, where they discussed plant viruses and how they make plants resistant to adverse co... Read More
In describing a case of gastrointestinal anthrax linked to a drumming event in New Hampshire last December, federal health officials said the anthrax risk related to such events is very low and that the patient may have had an unusual susceptibility to the disease.
The report from the Centers... Read More
With 60 cases of Cryptococcus gattii infection reported through July 1 in the northwestern U.S., the fungus has become enough of a danger that clinicians should be alert for it, according to the CDC.
A report and accompanying editorial in the July 23 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report call... Read More
Oregon State University engineers have applied new coatings on anodes of microbial electrochemical cells, which heightens their electricity production by 20 times, and is another step closer to producing electricity from sewage.
The graphite anodes were coated with palladium at one point in ... Read More
For years, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) researchers have shied away from the whole notion of a cure, largely because evidence showed the virus can persist even under intensive treatment.
But now, they are -- tentatively -- expressing a renewed interest in the idea.
That interest is ... Read More
The illustration at left depicts a virion – the infectious particle that is designed for transmission of the nucleic acid genome among hosts or host cells. A virion is not the same as a virus. I define virus as a distinct biological entity with five distinct characteristics. Others believe that ... Read More
Mothers who drink milk containing 'friendly bacteria' (probiotics) while pregnant and breastfeeding may reduce their child's risk of developing eczema, reports a new study. And if their child does develop eczema, it may be less severe.
What do we know already?
Probiotics are tiny organisms... Read More
The push for a vaccine against the potentially serious dengue fever gained urgency on Thursday as health officials in Miami Beach and Ocala reported the first suspected cases there.
With an apparent 5 percent of Key West residents now infected via mosquitoes, which are abundant throughout Sou... Read More
Legionnaire's disease bacteria tap into the material transport in immune cells. When it infects the lungs, the Legionnaire's bacterium Legionella pneumophila causes acute pneumonia. The pathogen's modus operandi is particularly ingenious: it infiltrates deliberately into cells of the human immun... Read More
Cryptococcus gattii -- an airborne fungus that can cause life-threatening illness -- is an emerging infection in the Pacific Northwest, U.S. health officials said Thursday.
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While C. gattii infections are rare -- only 60 cases have been reported since 2004 -- they... Read More
Former Cleveland Browns centre LeCharles Bentley sued the team on Thursday over a career-ending staph infection he says he contracted at the team's training facility.
Bentley's attorney, Shannon Polk, said the lawsuit filed in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court seeks at least $25,000 US in da... Read More
Since November 2003, the epidemic intelligence team at the French Institut de Veille Sanitaire [InVS] has been gathering data on influenza A(H5N1) circulation in poultry and on human cases worldwide. As Indonesia notifies the world's 500th case to the World
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New species of bacteria have been discovered which can break down sodium oxalate impurities produced during the refining of bauxite into alumina.
Oxalate affects the quality of the final product. At present, refiners can either remove the oxalate and store it, which is expensive, or burn it o... Read More
A research team led by scientists at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI) at Virginia Tech has discovered a fundamental entry mechanism that allows dangerous fungal microbes to infect plants and cause disease. The discovery paves the way for the development of new intervention strategies ... Read More
The number of Internet searches has recently been used by Google to estimate the influenza incidence in the United States. We examined the correlation between the Google Flu Trends tool and sentinel networks estimates in several European countries during the 2009 influenza A(H1N1) pandemic and ... Read More
In the battle against soil fungi that discolor horseradish roots and can render the entire crop unsellable, University of Illinois researcher Mohammad Babadoost found that subjecting the roots to hot water before planting was most effective in killing the pathogen in propagative root stocks.
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Researchers in Shanghai have engineered super-thin sheets of graphene oxide paper that could be used as antibacterial material in shoes, bandages, and food packaging.
That's right. We mortal humans have discovered a kind of material that actually fights disease-causing bacteria, thereby openi... Read More