Tara Parker-Pope of the New York Times has prepared some questions and answers about the upcoming flu season for parents with young children.
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"By adapting a single protein on the surface of the bacterium Caulobacter crescentus, researchers at the University of British Columbia have turned it into a protein production factory, making useful proteins that can act as vaccines and drugs. Dr. John Smit presented the findings at the Society... Read More
"Getting a cold, stomach bug or other infection may lead to increased memory loss in people with Alzheimer's disease, according to research published in the September 8, 2009, print issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
The study found that people who ... Read More
"Researchers in Australia are developing diversionary tactics to fool disease-causing bacteria in the gut. Many bacteria, including those responsible for major gut infections, such as cholera, produce toxins that damage human tissues when they bind to complex sugar receptors displayed on the sur... Read More
"DOE announced on August 31 that it will award up to $21 million to five projects for handling and delivering high-tonnage biomass feedstocks to producers of cellulosic biofuels. The awards were selected as the best projects to stimulate the design and demonstration of a comprehensive system to ... Read More
A harmless shard from the shell of a common childhood virus may halt a biological process that kills a significant percentage of battlefield casualties, heart attack victims and oxygen-deprived newborns, according to research presented Sunday, September 6, 2009, at the 12th European meeting on c... Read More
A research group from the Rovira i Virgili University (URV) in Tarragona has developed a biosensor that can immediately detect very low levels of Salmonella typhi, the bacteria that causes typhoid fever. The technique uses carbon nanotubes and synthetic DNA fragments that activate an electric si... Read More
This is the second annual Week of the Fungi on www.smallthingsconsidered.us. Elio Schaechter and Merry Youle plan to "hail the start of the fall mushroom collecting season" by highlighting interesting stories, observations and musings about the various facets of Mycology.
The first post for ... Read More
Scientists Hope to Fight Infections by Blocking the Social Creatures' Ability to Sense When They Have Sufficient Numbers to Attack
Bacteria are the oldest living things on earth, and researchers have long felt that they must lead dull, unfussy lives. New discoveries are starting to show just ... Read More
A recent op-ed in the Washington Times by Asa Hutchinson, former congressional representative from Arkansas and chairman of the ReadyCommunities Partnership advisory board, and Michael Schmidt, MUSC Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, calls for the private sector to consider the role of th... Read More
In a country obsessed with germs and sickness, antibacterial soaps and sanitizers are becoming more and more common. But because such products contribute to the growing problem of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, some researchers recommend sanitizers made with cinnamon oil, which has been shown in... Read More
Israeli researchers looking into the spread of drug-resistant infections in hospital intensive-care units are pointing a finger of blame at portable X-ray equipment that is not properly sanitized.
Officials from Hadassah Hebrew University Hospital in Jerusalem say observation of technicians p... Read More
When it comes to avoiding the transmission of swine flu — without awkwardness or rudeness — perhaps the Samoans are best prepared.
“In Samoa, people do not touch when they greet each other,” the linguistic anthropologist Alessandro Duranti says.
There is, of course, a catch: “When people w... Read More
The path to poor hand sanitation is paved with good intentions, according to researchers from Kansas State and North Carolina State Universities.
As college campuses prepare for an expected increase in H1N1 flu this fall, the researchers said students' actions will speak louder than words.
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This is a neat article that offers several editorial viewpoints as to what we know so far about the plight of bees and Colony Collapse Disorder. Six experts, ranging from authors to entomologists, weigh in with their thoughts on this unique problem. Read More
Click "source" to view the full "Report to the President on U.S. Preparations for 2009-H1N1 Influenza" from the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.
Here is the Council's "planning scenario":
Indeed, the 2009-H1N1 influenza is already responsible for significant morbi... Read More
German researchers suspect that a recent increase in human Cowpox infections in Germany may be spread through the handling of food rats (rodents used for feeding pets or zoo animals) and a decrease in small pox vaccinations among the general public in a PLoS One paper entitled "Cowpox Virus Outb... Read More
Two diseases, banana bunchy top virus and bacterial wilt, are infecting banana crops across central Africa, putting about 30 million people at risk in regions where it is a staple.
"At a meeting in Tanzania last week on the crisis, agricultural experts urged farmers to use pesticides or switc... Read More
U.S. marine biomedicine scientists say they have discovered a promising ocean-based compound that might yield new ways to fight human disease.
Researchers at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California-San Diego and Creighton University in Omaha say they have decip... Read More
Lars Jansen from the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência (Gulbenkian Institute for Science) in Oeiras, Portugal, is featured In the Career Profile section of the AAAS Science journal. According to the article, Jansen's career started with a presentation at the 1999 ASM Conference on DNA Repair and M... Read More