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Experts Predict 'Normal' H1N1 Flu Season This Year

Despite the current lull in H1N1 influenza activity, experts say it's likely that the Northern Hemisphere will see a new, but still mild, wave of the virus this flu season.

The virus will continue to circulate, said Dr. Scott Lillibridge, executive director of the National Center for Emergenc... Read More

Thomas C. Peebles, physician who isolated the measles virus, dies at 89

Thomas C. Peebles, 89, who isolated the measles virus, setting the stage for development of the vaccine that freed the world from the deadly scourge, died July 8 at his home in Port Charlotte, Fla. The cause of death was not reported.

Dr. Peebles also led a team that showed the tetanus vaccin... Read More

Paint that discourages bacteria has been discovered

Researchers at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York have combined the very new with the very old to develop a paint that can kill even the most resistant bacteria.

Hospitals around the world spend billions of dollars a year to maintain sterile environments. Medical equipment, bedd... Read More

XMRV not detected in seminal plasma

How XMRV, the new human retrovirus associated with prostate cancer and chronic fatigue syndrome, might be transmitted among humans is unknown. The finding that the virus can be detected in prostate cancer cells, and in prostatic secretions of men with prostate cancer suggests that it could be se... Read More

Human clinical trials begin on dengue virus vaccine

Human clinical trials have begun on a tetravalent vaccine candidate to protect against the mosquito-borne dengue virus.

The vaccine has been in development for the last decade by scientists at the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The trial... Read More

Sharing of Data Leads to Progress on Alzheimer’s

In 2003, a group of scientists and executives from the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration, the drug and medical-imaging industries, universities and nonprofit groups joined in a project that experts say had no precedent: a collaborative effort to find the biological ... Read More

NIH launches effort to define markers of human immune responses

A new nationwide research initiative has been launched to define changes in the human immune system, using human and not animal studies, in response to infection or to vaccination. Six U. S.-based Human Immune Phenotyping Centers will receive a total of $100 million over five years to conduct th... Read More

Popping Cells Surprise Living Circuits Creators

Under the microscope, the bacteria start dividing normally, two cells become four and then eight and so on. But then individual cells begin "popping," like circus balloons being struck by darts.

This phenomenon, which surprised the Duke University bioengineers who captured it on video, turns ... Read More

'Fearless' aphids ignore warnings, get eaten by ladybugs

If your building has 10 false fire alarms one morning, it is human nature to ignore it when it goes off for the 11th time.

Similarly, when aphids are raised on plants genetically engineered to emit a compound that warns surrounding aphids of a predator, they become accustomed to the chemical ... Read More

Human cells copy DNA—and RNA, too

Researchers have confirmed a long-held but unproven hypothesis that mammalian cells are capable of synthesizing RNA by copying RNA molecules directly.

The team used single-molecule sequencing technology, which has detected and quantified novel small RNAs in human cells that represent entirely... Read More

Small pharmacies are more likely to dispense antibiotics without a medical prescription than large pharmacies in Catalonia, Spain

The aim of this study was to explore the relationship between pharmacy size and the likelihood of obtaining antibiotics without medical prescription at a pharmacy. In 2008 in Catalonia, two actors presented three different cases in a randomised sample of pharmacies and asked pharmacists for an a... Read More

Recalled salad product is distributed across 13 states

Wisconsin is among 13 states where possibly-contaminated Fresh Express salad products were distributed.

The Salinas, California-based company is voluntarily recalling 2,825 cases of Veggie Lovers Salad because of a possible health risk from the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes. The recalled s... Read More

Health officials warn of vibrio in Chesapeake Bay

Maryland health officials say people may be getting sick from eating raw oysters and other shellfish from the Chesapeake Bay.

The culprit is vibrio, a naturally occurring bacteria that's more prevalent in the bay during hot weather.

The state health department says there have been 24 cases... Read More

Unique Bacteria Hold Clues Of Life On Other Planets

Bacteria discovered in an oxygen-starved area of Argentina could demonstrate how life could exist on Mars or other planets, according to a Wednesday article by Reuters reporter Kylie Stott.

A team that included National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET) microbiologist Maria ... Read More

Linking India to superbug unfair and wrong, says India

India Thursday termed as unfair and wrong linking a multiple drug-resistant superbug detected in Britain to India saying a number of such bacteria have also been reported from other countries. Health experts said it was politically motivated as Western doctors were alarmed at the prospect of los... Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 6 - Acid Animalcules Against AIDS

This episode: A preventative treatment for AIDS using live bacteria!

(2.6 MB, 3 minutes)

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

Vertex Reports Success In Second Major Hepatitis Drug Study

Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc. (VRTX) reported the success of the second of three key late-stage studies of hepatitis-C treatment, telaprevir, essentially curing 72% of patients using the drug.

The study, a supplement to the larger studies intended to support teleprevir's approval, showed there ... Read More

Scientists Working on Cancer Treatment Using Salmonella Bacteria

Cancer is one of the most researched diseases on the planet and any breakthrough in treating or diagnosing the deadly disease offers the potential to save human lives. Researchers in the U.S. and Italy working together have developed a new method of killing cancer cells using the salmonella bact... Read More

Immune System Overreaction May Enable Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections

The immune system may open the door to recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs) by overdoing its response to an initial infection, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found.

Researchers showed in mice that severe inflammatory responses to an initial UTI ... Read More

Gene Makes 'Superbugs' Resistant to Drugs

Some bacteria in south Asia have learned a new way to deactivate the antibiotics that usually kill them, according to a new study, raising concerns about a novel wave of drug-resistant "superbugs" that travelers could spread world-wide.

The study, published Tuesday in the journal Lancet Infec... Read More
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