Midwife toads that live in the mountains are highly likely to die from a serious fungal infection, called chytridiomycosis, whereas their infected relatives in the lowlands are not, according to new research published January 24 in Ecology Letters.
The authors of the study, from Imperial Coll... Read More
Considered a dermatological nuisance that was long gone, skin irritations caused by toilet seats appear to be making a comeback in paediatricians' offices, according to research led by Johns Hopkins Children's Centre investigator Bernard Cohen, M.D.
'Toilet seat dermatitis is one of those leg... Read More
Nowadays, even Fido fears the flu.
Boarding kennels and shelters in at least eight states -- New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Virginia, Colorado, Georgia and Florida -- saw outbreaks of canine influenza virus last year. The highly contagious respiratory infection targets dogs of ... Read More
Reporting from Columbus, Ga. - You can't get the " swine flu" virus by pigging out on barbecue, even if the pigs you used for chow had the disease, the federal government has confirmed.
A new study conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture provided "additional confirmation" that meat fr... Read More
Workers are cleaning slot machines with bleach every two hours as a North Carolina casino battles a virus that has sickened nearly 250 people.
The Asheville Citizen-Times reported Friday that Harrah's Cherokee Casino and Hotel is wiping down its 3,300 slot machines with a bleach and water mix... Read More
Rodent_of_the_week A study in mice raises the possibility of preventing HIV transmission in humans. Researchers at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, found that administering antiretroviral drugs to mice prior to HIV exposure protected against intravenous and rectal transmission of t... Read More
Amidst concerns of a salmonella contamination, 1.24 million pounds of pepper-coated salami and variety packs made by Daniele Inc., a Rhode Island company have been voluntarily recalled.
The state health division tracking the cases reported a total of 184 related cases from July last year unti... Read More
On episode #67 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent, Alan, and Marc Pelletier talk about chronic wasting disease of deer caused by prions, blocking the semen-derived enhancer of HIV infection with su... Read More
A new fast-acting disinfectant that is effective against bacteria, viruses and other germs could help stop the spread of deadly infections in hospitals, German scientists said on Wednesday.
Researchers from the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin said they had developed a fast-acting, practical f... Read More
(note - this is a follow-up to a story/video found at http://www.microbeworld.org/index.php?option=com_jlibrary&view=article&id=2545)
What do a bunch of fluorescent, blinking bacteria mean for your health? Surprisingly enough, it's good news. According to PopSci, a new discovery made by scien... Read More
A Brazilian scientist is developing a method of purifying contaminated waste water that accumulates at mining sites by using a genetically modified bacteria that can absorb heavy metals.
Ronaldo Biondo, from the University of Sao Paulo, is developing the technology for the country's largest m... Read More
A microbe linked to toxic algae blooms in the Chesapeake Bay emits a poison to protect itself and to stun its equally tiny prey, Maryland scientists said.
Knowing the hunting habits of Karlodinium veneficum could help reduce fish kills, researchers at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, said... Read More
For thousands of years, epidemics of contagious diseases were believed to be caused by the wrath of the gods, configuration of stars, or miasma. The association of specific microorganisms with disease came about as a consequence of the work of the German physician Robert Koch. He formulated a se... Read More
Although they are present almost everywhere, on land and sea, a group of related bacteria in the superphylum Planctomycetes-Verrucomicrobia-Chlamydiae, or PVC, have remained in relative obscurity ever since they were first described about a decade ago. Scientists at the European Molecular Biolog... Read More
Pregnant women with untreated gum disease may have more at stake than just their teeth. They may also be risking the lives of their babies, a new study shows.
Expectant mothers have long been warned that gum disease can cause a baby to be born prematurely or too small. But for the first time ... Read More
Scientists studying an ancient metazoan organism discover antimicrobial peptide active against MRSA. Read More
Conditions with an immunological basis, such as multiple sclerosis, might be ameliorated by means of the helminth parasites that cause chronic ill-health in the tropics Read More
Microscopic parasites rather than Mesozoic-era predators might explain some otherwise puzzling damage being detected in dinosaur fossils. Read More
The Royal Society, founded in London in 1660 and one of the world's oldest scientific institutions, is marking the start of its 350th year by putting 60 of its most memorable research papers online. Several of these documents include papers by Sir Isaac Newton, Benjamin Franklin, and even Antoni... Read More
Wear the face mask? Don't wear the face mask? The question may seem moot now -- what with a decline in H1N1 cases and pharmacies now publicly trumpeting the availability of vaccine against the influenza strain -- but a few months back, it was anything but academic.
Researchers at the Universi... Read More