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Pomegranates: Latest Weapon in the Fight Against MRSA

Pomegranates have already been hailed as a super-food but a team of scientists from Kingston University in South West London has found a new use for the deep red fruit. The team, led by Professor Declan Naughton, has discovered that the rind can be turned into an ointment for treating MRSA and o... Read More

Biology Examples Give MIT Students a New Perspective on Chemistry

When Allison Hamilos came to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology last year, she dreaded having to take the mandatory general chemistry course for freshmen. Eyeing a future in medicine, she couldn’t see much point in learning chemistry.

“I didn’t like chemistry at all in high school,” s... Read More

Very Sick, and Now a Curiosity

Michelle Barnes never imagined that her vacation to Uganda would make her a medical celebrity.

Ms. Barnes, 44, became ill in January 2008, a few days after returning home to Golden, Colo. At first, she seemed to have a typical case of traveler’s diarrhea, but she soon worsened. She broke out ... Read More

Assessment and Thanks as Flu Wave Ebbs in U.S.

“And, of course,” added Kathleen Sebelius, after summing up the accomplishments of eight months of battling swine flu, “we’ve taught everyone how to sneeze.”

With that, Ms. Sebelius, the health and human services secretary, bent her elbow across her face and sent a delicate imitation of a vi... Read More

Scientists Use Bacteria to Power Simple Machines

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory and Northwestern University, Evanston, have discovered that common bacteria can turn microgears when suspended in a solution, providing insights for design of bio-inspired dynamically adaptive materials for energy.
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Third patient tests positive for anthrax

A third patient is being treated for the effects of anthrax following the death of another drug user in Glasgow, health chiefs have confirmed.

The patient being treated at the city's Glasgow Royal Infirmary is in a critical condition. One male patient died last week and the female patient und... Read More

Heme channel found

Scientists at Washington University have isolated a channel that shuttles the vital but vulnerable heme molecule across biological membranes.

In some ways a cell in your body or an organelle in that cell is like an ancient walled town. Life inside either depends critically on the intelligence... Read More

Dutch Cull First 40,000-Goats To Counter Q-Fever Outbreak

The culling of thousands of pregnant goats and sheep carrying a disease that killed 6-people earlier this year, was begun by the Dutch government on Monday.

While, it is rare for humans to contract Q-fever, a bacterial sickness, however, the unusual outbreak in the Netherlands has continued t... Read More

New pill simplifies HIV patient treatment

A new antiretroviral treatment currently available in Europe and North America will be available in Australia from January 1, combining three existing medicines in one tablet.

Atripla — which controls HIV by stopping the virus multiplying — will be included on the pharmaceutical benefits sche... Read More

The Dos and Don'ts of Food Safety

You think you have a stomach of steel—until you get a bad bout of food poisoning, that is. And while you may be tempted to throw caution to the wind, food borne illness can be serious business. According to the American Dietetic Association (ADA), millions of people are sickened, 325,000 are hos... Read More

New Vaccines May Help Thwart E. coli O157:H7

Immunizing calves with either of two forms of a vaccine newly developed by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists might reduce the spread of sometimes deadly Escherichia coli O157:H7 bacteria. The microbe can flourish in the animals' digestive tracts, yet doesn't cause them to show clini... Read More

New research supports controversial idea that certain genes evolved to combat specific bacteria

New research reveals a mutation on a gene that makes children susceptible to a severe form of mycobacterial disease. The work not only supports a controversial idea that certain genes evolved to combat specific bacteria but also reveals new mechanistic details of how the immune system fights off... Read More

TWiV 63: Melting pot virus



On episode #63 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent, Alan, and Rich talk about US government contract for freeze-dried smallpox vaccine, red squirrels in the UK threatened by poxvirus, and Marseillev... Read More

H1N1 influenza virus linked to illness and death of 11 US pets

On December 10, 2009, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) announced the death of another pet from the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus. This brings the national total of pet deaths associated with the virus to 11 pets – seven cats and four ferrets. The first US case of a pet dying from t... Read More

New Polio Vaccine To Be Used In Aghanistan

The World Health Organization on Tuesday began using a new and more effective polio vaccine to eradicate the crippling virus in parts of Afghanistan.

Although most of Afghanistan is belived to be polio free, the disease has gone unchecked in 13 districts where security is a major concern.

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Genetic tools for the investigation of Roseobacter clade bacteria

The Roseobacter clade represents one of the most abundant, metabolically versatile and ecologically important bacterial groups found in marine habitats. A detailed molecular investigation of the regulatory and metabolic networks of these organisms is currently limited for many strains by missing... Read More

Please Pass the Bacteria

Recently, while reviewing some documents, I found a Los Angeles Health Department 2005 ACDC Special Report captioned "Please Pass The Bacteria: An Outbreak of Clostridium Perfringens Associated With Catered Thanksgiving Meals". I liked the title, and thought I would explore the subject of food... Read More

AIDS Vaccine: Researchers call for new focus

The possibility of finding a successful HIV vaccine will require a new and comprehensive strategy, Aids researchers have said. Promising vaccine trials, the most recent having been conducted in Thailand was found to reduce HIV/Aids transmission by about 30 per cent only.

Dr Pontiano Kaleebu, ... Read More

Biofilms: Researchers Discover New Ways to Treat Chronic Infections

Researchers at Binghamton University, State University of New York, have identified three key regulators required for the formation and development of biofilms. The discovery could lead to new ways of treating chronic infections.

Article: http://www.plospathogens.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1... Read More

Rabies Vaccine Protects Against Monkey Version of HIV

A rabies-based vaccine protects monkeys against SIV, the simian equivalent of HIV, a finding that may help in efforts to develop an AIDS vaccine, say U.S. researchers.

The team from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia used highly attenuated rabies virus vaccine vectors to protect monk... Read More

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