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New superbug found on Isle of Man

A new strain of the superbug MRSA has been detected on the Isle of Man, health bosses have said.

The island's Department of Health confirmed a small number of cases of a bacterium called MRSA USA 300.

It said that, unlike other strains of MRSA, it predominately affects young, fit and healt... Read More

Flu surge alarms doctors as virus hits children

Concerns over the spread and virulence of the latest flu outbreak are increasing among health experts, following a doubling of cases in a week and the announcement today of 10 more deaths, taking the total this season to 27.

Influenza expert Professor John Oxford described the upward curve of... Read More

Examining Risk of Serious Infection With Psoriasis Therapies

For psoriasis patients, all tumor necrosis factor inhibitors are associated with roughly the same risks for serious infection, according to a meta-analysis of data from major randomized clinical trials and their long-term, open-label extensions.

Regardless of whether etanercept, infliximab, o... Read More

Gene screen could hasten vaccine search

British researchers say a new method of studying potentially deadly disease-causing bacteria could help speed up the process of developing vaccines.

Scientists at the University of Exeter have developed a screening procedure that can quickly isolate and identify the virulent parts of the gene... Read More

Bees One of Many Pollinators Infected by Virus Implicated in Colony Collapse Disorder

Penn State researchers have found that native pollinators, like wild bees and wasps, are infected by the same viral diseases as honey bees and that these viruses are transmitted via pollen. This multi-institutional study provides new insights into viral infections in native pollinators, suggesti... Read More

Rapid results test for TB

TB is on the rise in the last decade, w/ London being rather hard hit. Hopefully this new testing method, promising faster results that could speed up treatment for the infected, provides some much-needed Christmas cheer to those battling this nasty bugger. Read More

Year in Review: First Microbicide Shows Ability to Block HIV Infection

For the first time, a microbicide gel -- intended to be used by women during sex -- has been shown to help prevent HIV infection.

In a randomized controlled trial, a gel containing the nucleotide analogue reverse transcriptase inhibitor tenofovir (Viread) reduced the risk of women acquiring H... Read More

XMRV and CFS – It’s not the end

Yesterday the Chicago Tribune published my reaction to the four papers on the retrovirus XMRV published this week in the journal Retrovirology. I was quoted as saying ”These four papers are probably the beginning of the end of XMRV and CFS”. I wish to retract this statement and explain my reason... Read More

Could the ingestion of 'modified' starch be a new malaria vaccine strategy?

There is no efficient vaccine against malaria, although nasal and oral vaccination seems to be the most promising and suitable solution in countries where the parasite Plasmodium, which causes the disease, is rife. Researchers from two laboratories in northern France have successfully vaccinated... Read More

Mundo de los Microbios - Episodio 73

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A continuación: alucinaciones producidas por antifúngicos; probióticos y Escherichia coli; biología sintética; y esponjas oceánicas.

Alucinaciones producidas por antifúngicos<... Read More

Designer probiotics could help in the fight against obesity

Scientists from the Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre (APC), Cork, University College Cork and Teagasc, in Ireland say that specially designed probiotics can modulate the physiology of host fat cells.

According to researchers, the findings could lead to specialised probiotics that have a role in... Read More

Can We Beat Bacteria by Hacking Their Conversations?

Here in her lab on the University of Wisconsin campus, chemist Helen Blackwell and her colleagues are eavesdropping on the chatter among single-celled organisms. For a long time they just listened. Now they actively interrupt the rumble of bacterial communication for a variety of practical purpo... Read More

Something's amiss with aliens and arsenic

The stage was set by a coy news release from NASA that hinted at a discovery tied to the search for extraterrestrial life. The blogosphere went wild: Had bacteria been found on one of Saturn's moons, or life of some sort on Mars?

Instead, it was revealed this month in the journal Science that... Read More

Five Years In, Gauging Impact of Gates Grants

Five years ago, Bill Gates made an extraordinary offer: he invited the world’s scientists to submit ideas for tackling the biggest problems in global health, including the lack of vaccines for AIDS and malaria, the fact that most vaccines must be kept refrigerated and be delivered by needles, th... Read More

90GB of data stored in 1g of bacteria

Researchers from the Chinese University of Hong Kong have succeeded in demonstrating data storage and encryption with bacteria.

While current electronic data storage methods approach their limits in density, the team achieved unprecedented results with a colony of E.coli. Their technique allo... Read More

Swedish scientists study ice man bacteria samples

A team of scientists are currently examining specimens of stomach bacteria from Ötzi the Iceman, who lived about 5,300 years ago, at Stockholm's Karolinska Institute (KI).

Ötzi was discovered by two Germans tourists in September 1991 in the Ötztal Alps, near Hauslabjoch in Italy close to the ... Read More

National Review: New Antibiotics, Stat

The development of new antibiotics has slowed to a trickle, just when we need them most. As drug-resistant bacteria are on the rampage worldwide, we find ourselves in a most precarious situation — one not unlike the pre-antibiotic era, before penicillin, when staphylococcal and pneumococcal infe... Read More

Is XMRV a laboratory contaminant?

Since the first observations that the human retrovirus XMRV is associated with prostate cancer and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), new studies have been carried out to determine the role of the virus in these diseases. The results have been conflicting: XMRV (and related retroviruses) have been ... Read More

Tuberculosis Cases Have Increased 50 Percent in Last Decade, Lancet Says

London is the tuberculosis capital of Western Europe, according to a recent article in the medical journal Lancet, which said that cases there increased 50 percent in the last decade.

The situation is “reminiscent of the unexpected outbreaks of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in New York an... Read More

Scientists and physicians use genetic sequencing to identify and treat unknown disease

A collaborative team of scientists and physicians at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin uses genetic sequencing to identify and treat an unknown disease.

For the one of the first times in medical history, researchers and physicians at The Medical College of ... Read More
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