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Lung Virus Taking Its Toll on Young Lives, Study Finds

A common virus that causes wheezing and pneumonia claims the lives of up to two hundred thousand children worldwide each year, a study has found.

The research, conducted by the University of Edinburgh, also showed that about 3.4 million children require hospital treatment for severe lung infe... Read More

Treat Acne With Coconut Oil and Nano-Bombs

A natural product found in both coconut oil and human breast milk -- lauric acid -- shines as a possible new acne treatment thanks to a bioengineering graduate student from the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering.

The student developed a "smart delivery system" -- published in the journ... Read More

New blog by ASM's open-access journal, mBio

Brace yourself - you are about to enter the mBiosphere...
mBio's new blog, "mBiosphere", is now live and ready to burn some information onto your impressionable mind. mBio's Social Media Editor, Dr. Merry Buckley, interviews mBio staff, editors, and authors to get the stories behind the develop... Read More

Almost out of this world life found right here on Earth

Fantastic stuff! An oxygen-free environment, this lake is packed with life more adapted to Saturn's Titan than our blue planet. Furthermore, the idea that some of these micro-organisms create water by digesting the hydrocarbons they lives their lives in - maybe we can hire them to clean up Pri... Read More

DC Science Writers Meeting tomorrow in DC April 17, 2010

On Saturday, April 17 I will be attending the DC Science Writers Association's Professional Development Day. If you are in the DC area you may want to consider attending. Here are the details:

LOCATION: American Geophysical Union, 2000 Florida Ave. NW, Washington DC

SCHEDULE:

8:30-9:00... Read More

Bacteria in Household Dust May Help or Hinder Childhood Asthma

Bacterial populations found in household dust may determine whether or not a child living in that home develops asthma according to research published in the April 2010 issue of the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology. Read More

Aerosols: A New Tool Against TB?

Scientists have developed a new strategy for treating tuberculosis using dry powder aerosols that could be delivered with an inhaler. Read More

Oral Bacteria Linked to Intrauterine Infections and Pre-term Birth

Bacteria in the mouths of pregnant women can contribute to pre-term birth according to researchs from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, and Hathaway Brown School, Shaker Heights. The findings are published in the April 2010 issue of the journal Infection and Immunity. Read More

Microbes set on a mission to fight groundwater pollution

In most people's minds, microbes and drinking water don't go well together. Think cholera, or typhoid — serious diseases caused by waterborne bacteria. But research at Idaho National Laboratory is showcasing the potential of microbes to cleanse our water rather than foul it.

For the past deca... Read More

What does Harley Davidson and Lactococcus lactis have in common?

Harley-Davidson motorcycles and the bacterium that converts milk into cheese are slated to be honored by the Wisconsin state Assembly. Read More

HAART has potential to diminish mother-to-child HIV transmission in cost-effective manner

A new paper publish in PLoS One concludes that programs that optimize adherence to highly-active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) through direct observation in pregnancy have the potential to diminish mother-to-child HIV transmission in a highly cost-effective manner. Read More

Could a plant virus have found a way to infect humans?

It has always been assumed that plant viruses cannot infect animals, and vice versa, but plant viruses are known to be abundant in human faeces.

Now Didier Raoult at the University of the Mediterranean in Marseille, France, and his team think a pepper virus is making people sick, too.

They... Read More

Did seasonal flu vaccination increase the risk of infection with pandemic H1N1 flu?

In September 2009, news stories reported that researchers in Canada had found an increased risk of pandemic H1N1 (pH1N1) influenza in people who had previously been vaccinated against seasonal influenza. Their research, consisting of four different studies, has now undergone further scientific p... Read More

Tapeworm brain infections on the increase in Mexico

Tapeworm infections of the brain, which can cause epileptic seizures, appear to be increasing in Mexico and bordering southwestern states, Loyola University Health System researchers report.

In Mexico, up to 10 percent of the population may have the infection, neurocysticercosis. While many p... Read More

Guillain-Barré Syndrome cases low after 2009 H1N1 vaccine

A new study finds that reports of a neurologic disease called Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) have been low after 2009 H1N1 vaccination, according to a research study that will be presented as part of the late-breaking science program at the American Academy of Neurology's 62nd Annual Meeting in T... Read More

Scientists hope to harness parasitic worms' immune-regulating effects.

"As blossoming spring trees spew pollen, many allergy sufferers would be grateful for a more effective way to alleviate their itchy misery. How about swallowing a batch of pig whipworm eggs, or deliberately infecting oneself with the fecal-dwelling hookworm? Yucky as these options sound, mountin... Read More

'Black Box' Plankton Found to Have Huge Role in Ocean Carbon Fixation

Blue-green algae, or cyanobacteria, grow in vast numbers in the sunlit surface waters of the oceans, the photic zone. They use sunlight to 'fix' carbon by converting carbon dioxide into sugars and other organic compounds through photosynthesis.

Cyanobacteria belong to the 'picophytoplankton',... Read More

More good news from the world of dog saliva

Fetching our newspaper & slippers, guarding the homestead from intruders, alerting us that Timmy has fallen into the old well - and now this. if we could determine which of our cave-person ancestors had the brilliant notion to domesticate these critters, that knuckle-dragger deserves an award f... Read More

A Campaign Shows Signs of Progress Against Polio

A decade after the world’s original deadline for eradicating polio, the most tenacious bastions of the crippling virus — Nigeria and India — have recently shown remarkable progress in halting its spread, giving even some of the antipolio campaign’s severest doubters hope that it may yet largel... Read More

Health worries over antibacterial soap additive

The safety of antimicrobial soaps and toothpastes is under review following concerns that they could interfere with hormones in the body.

Last week, the US Food and Drug Administration said it will re-evaluate the safety of triclosan, which is added to plastics, soaps and toothpastes to kill ... Read More

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