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
“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 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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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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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 ... Read More
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
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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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
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
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
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
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
According to an August report by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, a fall resurgence of the H1N1 virus could “cause between 30,000 and 90,000 deaths in the U.S., concentrated among children and young adults.”
More than half of 36 children who died from the H1N1 vi... Read More
Researchers in Germany have identified a new antimicrobial peptide that demonstrates significant activity against a variety of bacteria, including multiresistant human strains such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE). The discovery was... Read More