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Bacteria Can Smell, Research Finds

Researchers from Newcastle University in the U.K. have found that bacteria have the sense of olfaction.

The study, conducted by Dr. Reindert Nijland (now at University Medical Center Utrecht in the Netherlands) and Dr. J. Grant Burgess, was published online Aug. 18 in Biotechnology Journal.
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Egg-loving salmonella bacteria have been sickening people for decades

The unfolding story of how salmonella bacteria infected two giant egg operations in Iowa this summer is the latest chapter of a mysterious narrative about how a minor bacterial annoyance took off 35 years ago to become the second most common cause of food-borne illness in the United States.

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Swatting 'Superbugs' in Hospitals, Homes

Antibiotic-resistant superbugs have become a big public health concern, but the existing antibacterial cleaners and soaps on the market are often based on harsh chemicals that kill everything they come into contact with or leach out into the environment. In other cases, their effect is only temp... Read More

Repeated antibiotics alter beneficial gut germs

Antibiotics can temporarily upset your stomach, but now it turns out that repeatedly taking them can trigger long-lasting changes in all those good germs that live in your gut, raising questions about lingering ill effects.

Nobody yet knows if that leads to later health problems. But the find... Read More

Microbes in the Spotlight: The 74th Annual SoCal ASM Conference, Nov. 5-6, La Jolla, SD

An exciting program is planned for the Southern California Regional American Society for Microbiology conference being held November 5-6 in La Jolla, San Diego at the beautiful Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines resort.

Early bird registration ends September 15th so get your forms submitted either ... Read More

ICAAC: New drug-resistant superbugs found in 3 states

An infectious-disease nightmare is unfolding: A new gene that can turn many types of bacteria into superbugs resistant to nearly all antibiotics has sickened people in three states and is popping up all over the world, health officials reported Monday.

The U.S. cases and two others in Canada ... Read More

ICAAC: HIV Patients At Risk for Low Vitamin D

People with HIV are at high risk for vitamin D deficiency, according to result of two studies presented here.

In a cross-sectional cohort study of 147 Spanish patients, nearly three-quarters had serum levels of 25-hydroxy vitamin D (25(OH)D) that were below 30 micrograms per liter (μg/L), acc... Read More

A Role for Statins in Infectious Disease? #ICAAC

Statins are well-known as a class of drugs that are used to help lower cholesterol but recent evidence suggests they might be good for more than your heart. They may play a role in preventing and treating certain bacterial infections including pneumonia and sepsis. Presenters at ICAAC discuss ... Read More

ICAAC 2010 - Opening Briefing

Members of the ICAAC Program Committee give an overview of the ICAAC meeting and discuss sessions of particular interest. Lunch will follow.

* M. Lindsay Grayson, Austin Hospital/Austin Health, Melbourne, Australia
* Craig Rubens, Children’s Hospital & Regional Medical Center, Seatt... Read More

Emerging Issues in Infectious Disease #ICAAC

Participants in this session at ICAAC discuss the latest issues appearing on the horizon for infectious disease researchers including the changing epidemiology of drug resistance in Salmonella and the possibility that chronic fatigue syndrome could be associated with a retroviral infection.

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2010 Handwashing Survey Results #ICAAC

Mom's advice about cleaning your hands may finally be starting to get through. In the August 2010 observational study sponsored by the American Society for Microbiology and the American Cleaning Institute® (formerly The Soap and Detergent Association), 85% of adults washed their hands in public ... Read More

NDM-1: The New Superbugs #ICAAC

New Dehli metallo-beta-lactamase-1 (NDM-1) is an enzyme that makes bacteria resistant to a broad range of beta-lactam antibiotics. These include the antibiotics of the carbapenem family, which are a mainstay for the treatment of antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections. According the the Unite... Read More

Dog park lit by dog poop

A methane digester called "Park Spark" has been installed in a dog park in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The device produces methane by bacterial digestion of the dog excrement, and the methane is used to light a gas-burning street lamp.

People walking their dogs are encouraged to collect the fe... Read More

TWiV 98: Murine musings, electric shirts, and rabid pathologists

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On episode #98 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent, Alan, and Rich review the finding of murine leukemia virus-related sequences in the blood of CFS patients and healthy donors, laboratory... Read More

TWiV 98 Letters

James writes:

I'm just writing to clarify my question about the production of the flu vaccine if one of the other seasonal strains was removed as there seemed to be a bit of confusion about the point of it.

As I understand it one of the biggest holdups in seas... Read More

Don't Get Caught Dirty Handed

Mom's advice about cleaning your hands may finally be starting to get through. In the August 2010 observational study sponsored by the American Society for Microbiology and the Read More

Scientists find drugs that may fight bat disease

Scientists may have found some ways to help the nation's bats, which are being wiped out by a novel fungal disease, an unprecedented wildlife crisis.

Lab tests show that several drugs can fight the germ and that some antiseptics might help decontaminate areas where bats live or the shoes and ... Read More

Probiotics are the new viagra & the risks of overselling of probiotics

Blog by me (Jonathan Eisen) discussing how there is a lot of misleading and sketchy information out there relating to probiotics. Read More

Antimicrobial-Resistant Pathogens: An Emerging Pediatric Threat #ICAAC 2010

Antibiotic resistance has become an increasing cause for concern around the globe, but it poses a unique set of problems for infections in children. Researchers present the latest information on antibiotic-resistant infections of concern to pediatricians including methicillin-resistant Staphylo... Read More

ICAAC 2010 - What Big Pharma Wants and What Biotech Can Offer

As larger pharmaceutical companies have reduced focus on discovery and early development of antibacterials, smaller biotech companies have taken on a larger role in these earliest stages of antibacterial development, later licensing or selling the compound to the pharmaceutical company to com... Read More

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