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Myth of a Germ-Free World: A Closer Look at Antimicrobial Products

Killing microorganisms has become a national obsession. A pair of antimicrobial compounds known as triclosan and triclocarban are lately the weapons of choice in our war of attrition against the microbial world. Both chemicals are found in an array of personal care products like antimicrobial so... Read More

Cancer Breakthrough in New Blood Cell Source?

In a neat bit of cellular wizardry, human skin cells have been turned into blood cells.

The research could have huge implications for blood-related diseases such as leukemia and lymphoma, and could also eventually lead to new treatments for other types of tissues inside the human body.

"Th... Read More

Maine pine needles yield valuable Tamiflu material

A little-known raw material used in the most widely used antiviral flu medicine comes from the fruit of trees native to China. It turns out it also comes from pine trees in Maine's backyard.

Researchers at the University of Maine at Orono say they've found a new and relatively easy way to ext... Read More

Synthetic biology: Building machines from DNA

Synthetic biology is a science that lies at the intersection of biology and engineering – and is therefore quite an intriguing subject for a microbiologist to venture into. The microbiologist is used to seeing cells as complex and exciting organisms to explore and DNA as the starting point at wh... Read More

ZAP! Manipulating Bacterial Metabolism With an Electrode

Humans have been getting microbes to do our bidding for millennia, but a study appearing in the latest issue of mBio reveals an electrifying new way to get what we want from bacteria: researchers were able to manipulate bacterial metabolism by pulling excess electrons out of the mix and into an... Read More

DNA Sequencing Tests Whether Intestinal and Oral Bacteria Trigger Rheumatoid Arthritis

Preliminary data suggest naturally occurring bacteria in the mouth and intestine might trigger the inflammation that causes rheumatoid arthritis, according to findings presented in a press conference at the annual meeting of the American College of Rheumatology on Nov. 8.

"We are testing an o... Read More

Didier Drogba has been suffering from malaria, Chelsea reveal

Carlo Ancelotti, the Chelsea manager, has revealed that Didier Drogba has just recovered from a bout of malaria, a disease the club are helping to fight.

The Ivory Coast striker has been on the Chelsea sidelines in recent weeks. This was put down to a virus and the player was only fit enough ... Read More

Flossing cuts risk of heart attack

A new UK study claimed that regular flossing keeps one's health perfect and also reduces the chances of heart attack.

Dental Health Foundation estimated if you are not regularly flossing, your gums and teeth won't be as healthy as they could be and your health might be being suffering.

"Gu... Read More

Can Strep Throat Cause Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?

For years, researchers have wondered about a connection between children getting strep throat and later showing symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a frequently debilitating condition affecting millions of Americans in which those afflicted think ... Read More

Oil Traveled Up the Gulf Food Chain, Scientists Say

While officials in Washington pick apart the sequence of events that led to the release of nearly five million barrels of oil in the Deepwater Horizon disaster, scientists are still trying to figure out where all of that oil went.

Some of it was captured in the spill response, some of it is s... Read More

Scientists to Congress: Pass the stem cell law ... while you still can

The people who bring you advances in medical research have an urgent message for Congress: Pass the Stem Cell Research Advancement Act … while you still can.

In a letter sent Friday to the leadership of the House of Representatives and the Senate, the deans of American medical schools, chief ... Read More

Preventing tuberculosis deaths in India

The most recent issue of The New Yorker has a fascinating article by Michael Specter on tuberculosis in India, where the most serious problem is not the unavailability or costs of drugs so much as the lack of proper diagnostic tests. This situation may change drastically with the availability of... Read More

Gouda cheese from Costco linked to E. coli outbreak in five states

Free samples and packages of Gouda cheese sold at Costco have been removed from store shelves after being linked to 25 cases of an E. coli outbreak in five Western states, according to health officials.

Costco, the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Preventio... Read More

Flu vaccination in school kids helps protect everyone

Giving flu vaccines to as many school-age children as possible, by delivering it at school, for example, can help protect an entire community from flu, according to a new study.

Researchers led by Dr. W. Paul Glezen at Baylor College of Medicine created a study in which live attenuated influe... Read More

Stepping Up Exercise Could Help Beat The Cold Virus

There's always somebody passing around a cold virus — whether it's a stranger who sneezes in the elevator or a sick colleague who lends out a pen covered in germs. But not everyone who gets exposed to a common-cold virus goes on to get sick.

"Think about a household when one person gets sick,... Read More

Pandemic H1N1 Flu Hit Kids Hard in 2009

Among children hospitalized with the pandemic H1N1 flu last year in California, more than one-fourth ended up in intensive care units or died, California Department of Public Health researchers report.

"While hospitalization for 2009 H1N1 influenza in children appeared to occur at similar rat... Read More

Infection control

Leader of nation’s AIDS research effort laments complacency about the disease:

Q. You’re a 1962 graduate of the College of the Holy Cross, and your career as a physician, researcher, and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has been shaped by the emergence of ... Read More

Stranded California sea lions may pose serious health risk

A sharp increase in the number of sick and dead California sea lions has been reported along the Oregon coast in recent weeks, and necropsies conducted on dozens of the animals suggest that many may have died from leptospirosis.

Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease found in a variety of anima... Read More

Haiti cholera deaths over 500

A cholera outbreak in Haiti has killed more than 500 people, the World Health Organization said Sunday.

More than 7,000 people have fallen ill with the waterborne disease in a country now cleaning up from flooding brought on by Hurricane Tomas last week.

The storm hit parts of western Hait... Read More

Potential New Virus in Switchgrass Discovered

University of Illinois researchers have confirmed the first report of a potential new virus belonging to the genus Marafivirus in switchgrass, a biomass crop being evaluated for commercial cellulosic ethanol production.

The virus is associated with mosaic and yellow streak symptoms on switchg... Read More
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