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Las Vegas area hospitals resist reporting the increasing numbers of patients who acquire bacteria infections

Las Vegas hospital officials say they are doing enough to protect patients from becoming infected with deadly bacteria.

But hospitals are failing according to an investigative story in the Las Vegas Sun.

The paper spent two years investigating hospital safety in Las Vegas, including analys... Read More

Hard rain makes many rivers unfit for humans, tests show

Swimming in the rivers that feed the Chesapeake Bay after a hard rain could be hazardous to your health according to a key finding of a water quality experiment conducted last month by reporters at the University of Maryland working for News21, a national consortium of journalism schools.

The... Read More

Ready-to-eat salads, new pathogens fuel rise in contaminated produce in US and Canada

The popularity of ready-to-eat salad mixes and the sudden emergence of a little known strain of E. coli bacteria have dramatically increased the risk of food-borne contamination and illness in Canada and the U.S.

If you think there are more cases of tainted vegetables than previously, you are... Read More

Dengue deaths increase as BTI bacteria from Cuba is delayed

Sri Lanka’s health department is in a fix over the delay in the import of the first consignment of BTI bacteria (Bacillus thuringiensis subspecies israelensis) from Cuba as the number of deaths due to dengue has risen to 149 Friday. Meanwhile, the health ministry has failed to get a positive res... Read More

Fuel could be created from thin air using an enzyme from a common soil bacterium

Azotobacter vinelandii, a microbe found around the roots of various food plants, creates an enzyme - vanadium nitrogenase - which in nature produces ammonia from nitrogen gas. But now it has been shown that it can also create propane, the fuel commonly used in camping gas stoves, out of carbon m... Read More

Canine parvovirus state issued alert

A high number of canine parvovirus in the state of Rhode Island prompt officials to issue the following press release.

The Department of Environmental Management is alerting dog owners in the state of an unusually high number of cases of canine parvovirus being reported to the State Veterinar... Read More

Researchers find 'strong evidence' of genetic link to contracting meningitis

Researchers have found "the strongest evidence so far" that genetic factors can increase the risk of a person developing meningitis. The discovery that gene mutations can determine whether a person develops the disease could help in the search for a vaccine for certain strains.

The findings w... Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 5 - Small Supplements Sustain Soft Skin

This episode: Mother's probiotic treatment prevents disease in child!



























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Post questions or comments here, at the link above, or email to bacteriofiles@gmail.com. Thanks for listening! Read More

A spreading danger

Today’s stories by Sun reporters Marshall Allen and Alex Richards about patients who have become infected by lethal, drug-resistant bacteria during stays in Las Vegas Valley hospitals should serve as a wake-up call to those medical facilities that more needs to be done to improve patient safety.... Read More

WHO could declare end of H1N1 pandemic this week

The H1N1 pandemic is likely to be officially consigned to the history books in the next week or so, says Dr. Margaret Chan, director general of the World Health Organization.

Chan suggests that the global health agency and the experts that advise it on this matter are feeling increasingly con... Read More

The role of bacteria in fossilization examined

A recent study published in the journal Palaios raises new questions about the role of bacteria in the process of fossilization of bone material. In tests simulating rapid burial and groundwater percolation, researchers Joseph Daniel and Karen Chin set up four different groundwater environments ... Read More

Dr. Robert M. Chanock, Prominent Virologist, Dies at 86

Dr. Robert M. Chanock, a pediatrician whose discoveries of viruses led to far-reaching improvements in preventing and treating common respiratory illnesses, particularly among children, died Friday in Sykesville, Md. He was 86.

His death, at an assisted living facility, was caused by complic... Read More

Salmonella outbreak attributed to Taco Bell Restaurants in twenty-one states

The CDC has reported that an outbreak of two different strains of the bacteria has been traced to Taco Bell Restaurant. There are many Taco Bell Restaurants here in the Atlanta area.

At this report, there was only one case reported in Georgia. However, it can take some time for the diseases t... Read More

TWiV 94 Letters

Kate writes:

Is it possible that disease stage makes a difference in detection of XMRV and have any XMRV studies tested patients for the virus at several different points over a period of time?


Cort writes:


How different or similar are your m... Read More

TWiV 94: XMRV with Dr. Ila Singh

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On episode #94 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent, Alan, and Rich speak with Ila Singh about the new human retrovirus XMRV, and how her laboratory is studying its association with prostat... Read More

Be Sure Exercise Is All You Get at the Gym

When you go to the gym, do you wash your hands before and after using the equipment? Bring your own regularly cleaned mat for floor exercises? Shower with antibacterial soap and put on clean clothes immediately after your workout? Use only your own towels, razors, bar soap, water bottles?

If... Read More

H1N1 Influenza Virus Used New Biochemical Trick to Cause Pandemic Read more: H1N1 Influenza Virus Used New Biochemical Trick to Cause Pandemic

Today, scientists announced the discovery of genetic changes that affect the spread of Influenza virus from one host to another. In a report in the current (Aug. 5, 2010) edition of Public Library of Science (PLoS) Pathogens, an international team of scientists - including members of the Seattle... Read More

New York City Confirms First Human Case of West Nile Virus

New York Department of Health and Mental Hygiene announced Aug 5 that the first human case of West Nile virus disease was confirmed in a city resident.

The 61-year old man in Bronx, whose name was not released, was hospitalize with meningitis, a serious neuroinvasive disease that can be induc... Read More

Fold.it, the protein folding game, taps worldwide audience to solve difficult puzzles

A cooperative online game that puts volunteer “gamers” to work folding proteins has attracted 50,000 players whose “distributed thinking” has, in some cases, proven more powerful than computers in predicting the three-dimensional structure of proteins. Extension of these efforts could one day pa... Read More

Researchers Unlock Secret of Rabies Transmission in Bats

Most infectious diseases infect multiple host species, but to date, efforts to quantify the frequency and outcome of cross-species transmission (CST) of these diseases have been severely limited.

This lack of information represents a major gap in knowledge of how diseases emerge, and from whi... Read More
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