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Hospital Rankings Undercut by Infection Detection Variations

Differences in hospitals' surveillance practices for bloodstream infections may compromise public report cards that rank quality of care, researchers warned.

Routine surveillance of central line-associated bloodstream infection rates by infection prevention specialists correlated poorly with ... Read More

Decisions Made by Communities of Bacteria Trump Game Theory

When it comes to gambling, many people rely on game theory, a branch of applied mathematics that attempts to measure the choices of others to inform their own decisions. It's used in economics, politics, medicine -- and, of course, Las Vegas. But recent findings from a Tel Aviv University resear... Read More

Probiotics May Help Soothe The Stomach

Yogurts and supplements loaded with "friendly" bacteria may be able to fight the nefarious ones and soothe fickle bowels, according to a new study.

A Cochrane Library review of 63 studies found that probiotics can shorten the time a person has acute diarrhea — with no negative side effects. O... Read More

Biofilm protein clamps DNA in its ‘wings’

A pair of proteins likely play a role in forming the slick coating of bacteria known as biofilms that can be difficult to treat with drugs.

These films form around foreign materials in the body—such as a catheter—and cannot be defeated by conventional means. Researchers say this protein pair ... Read More

Cholera spreads to Haiti's capital

The deadly Cholera outbreak in Haiti has spread to the country's capital Port-au-Prince, with scores of cases confirmed and numerous suspected deaths reported.

The waterborne disease, which thrives in unsanitary conditions, has already killed more than 580 people who had been forced to live i... Read More

New Vaccine Hope in Fight Against Pneumonia and Meningitis

A new breakthrough in the fight against pneumonia, meningitis and septicaemia has been announced November 11 by scientists in Dublin and Leicester.

The discovery will lead to a dramatic shift in our understanding of how the body's immune system responds to infection caused by Streptococcus pn... Read More

4 essays look at the next generation of bioethics

To celebrate 40 years of pioneering bioethics publication, the Hastings Center Report, the world's first bioethics journal, looked to the future, asking young scholars to write about what the next generation of bioethicists should take up. Out of 195 compelling submissions, four of the best essa... Read More

Mosquito trial to cut dengue infection gets go-ahead in Malaysia

The Malaysian government has granted approval to release genetically modified sterile mosquitoes into the wild in an open field trial. Supported by a Wellcome Trust Translation Award, Oxford-based biotechnology company Oxitec is hoping that its method of controlling the mosquito population will ... Read More

Fungal threads are the internet of the plant world

Gardeners, keep an eye on your tomato plants. There's no knowing what they are plotting underground.

Some 80 per cent of plants are colonised by fungi that form the familiar network of fine white threads that hang off many roots. The threads, called mycorrhizae, take in water and minerals fro... Read More

This faster-growing E. coli strain's a good thing

A University of Illinois metabolic engineer has improved a strain of E. coli, making it grow faster. Don't worry, he believes his efforts will benefit human health, not decimate it.

"The average person hears E. coli and thinks of E. coli 0157:H7, a microorganism that causes horrific food pois... Read More

Haiti cholera outbreak prompts fresh UN aid plea

UN spokeswoman Elisabeth Byrs said that unless funds were provided, "all our efforts can be outrun by the epidemic".

She said the disease had so far infected at least 11,125 people in five of Haiti's 10 districts.

Aid agencies are battling to contain cholera in the capital Port-au-Prince, ... Read More

Uganda Seen as a Front Line in the Bioterrorism Fight

The laboratories of Uganda’s Ministry of Agriculture, Animals, Industry and Fisheries sit on the top of a quiet hill on a turnoff near the airport, behind an eroded fence. At the end of a hallway is a room with an unlocked refrigerator.

That is where the anthrax is kept.

Senator Richard G... Read More

Flu shots can pay off big for employers

Flu vaccinations for employees can help an employer's bottom line, according to a new study. Research presented Tuesday at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Assn., found that for each employee vaccinated an employer can save $63 to $95 per person. Vaccinating an entire 150-person ... Read More

Tropical disease kills 300 in Southern Sudan

An outbreak of a parasitic tropical disease has killed more than 300 people in Southern Sudan — and the worst of the health crisis is yet to come, officials say.

The World Health Organization says the outbreak of kala azar, which began in September 2009 and has intensified in recent months, i... Read More

New Transportable Technology Detects Bacteria in Water

To keep soldiers in the battlefield healthy, the U.S. Army is exploring new ways to detect harmful bacteria in water.

Current techniques for analyzing water in the field can take as long as 24 hours to complete, according to Bart Lipkens of Western New England College in Springfield, Massachu... Read More

Survey: Deadly white-nose spreads to more NY bats

The caves and mines where bats hibernate across upstate New York continue to be hit hard by white-nose syndrome, a mysterious fungus killing America's bats, according to a survey released Wednesday.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation said the survey conducted early this year f... Read More

German scientists discover new treatment for antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Researchers have developed a process in mice to battle bacteria no longer treatable with prevalent antibiotics. The findings could have significant implications for dealing with hospital-acquired bugs.

Every year, over four million hospital patients in Europe develop an infection during their... Read More

Keeping the fungi away: did warm bodies put mammals on top in evolutionary history?

Did a warm body put mammals at the head of the evolutionary rat race? Aviv Bergman and Arturo Casadevall present evidence in an Observation piece in mBio this week that the warm mammalian body is no accident and our relatively high body temperature could represent the perfect evolutionary compr... Read More

Housekeeping Hot Spots for Germs

While healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs) can come from numerous causative agents and may be carried by numerous modes of transmission, attention should be paid to the role of environmental surfaces throughout the facility – especially those surfaces commonly considered as germ "hot spots."

... Read More

Mundo de los Microbios - Episodio 70

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A continuación: Las bacterias y la terapia para el Alzheimer, etnia y tuberculosis, los microbios y sus ambientes, y el estímulo de la respuesta inmune a los tumores.

Las bacter... Read More

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