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France joins Europe flu vaccine sell-off

France has joined other European countries in selling off millions of its emergency swine flu vaccines after buying far more than it needed to fight the outbreak, the government said Sunday.

"We started with a plan for two-dose vaccinations but since one dose is sufficient we can start to re-... Read More

Bacteria can cause miscarriages in dogs

Q I was reading about the causes of miscarriage in dogs and a bacteria called Brucella was mentioned. I had heard of it in cattle but not in dogs, is it common and is it dangerous?

A Brucella canis is a bacterium that is a leading cause of infertility in the dog. In bitches, the first symptom... Read More

The clean hands mission

We have been warned to make sure we wash our hands properly to stop the spread of swine flu. The government's adverts show the disease spreading quickly by touch. Sneeze into your hands, they suggest, and you will leave highly infectious fingerprints everywhere you go. It is a scary prospect. Bu... Read More

A Scientist's Infectious Enthusiasm

In late 2007, during the early months of his faculty position at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, Benjamin tenOever faced a wrinkle in his research plans. Experienced in looking at how cells respond to viruses, he'd set his sights on microRNA and how these small molecular segmen... Read More

Bacteria May Cause H1N1 Death Rate Increase

A bacterial coinfection with the H1N1 pandemic flu may explain the unusually high case fatality seen in Argentina earlier this year, researchers said.

Argentina had 137 deaths out of 3,056 cases between May 17 and July 16, representing a case fatality rate of 4.5%, according to Gustavo Palaci... Read More

Bacteria 'could tackle cocaine addiction'

The naturally-occurring bacterial enzyme Cocaine esterase, CocE, breaks down cocaine which reduced its addictive properties.

The discovery has been hailed as possible method of helping addicts get off the drug and could prevent deaths from overdose.

Scientists found the bacteria was only ... Read More

Study bolsters concerns that disinfectants create superbugs

Disinfectants, be they hand sanitizers or industrial-strength cleaners, present a hospital's first blockade against bacterial infection. But this same weapon may be helping create stronger microbial enemies: superbugs that are resistant to disinfectants and commonly used antibiotics, scientists ... Read More

Money Tips for When the Sniffles Start

There is still no cure for the common cold, but that hasn’t stopped consumers from spending billions of dollars every year on vitamins, medicines and doctor visits. (I admit I do too, from time to time.)

“There’s a bit of magical thinking at work here,” said Dr. William Schaffner, chairman o... Read More

Norway: the most infection free country in the world

Once upon a time Norway was just like everyone else, fighting a losing battle against bacteria. Then one day, their pubic health system decided to fight back by limiting the use of antibiotics, and today the country is now know as the "most infection free nation in the world," according to the W... Read More

Emerging Food Safety Issues in 2010

Note: Tomorrow we turn the page to 2010 and we cannot think of a better time to look ahead at the things we know for certain will be in the news of the New Year.

In discussing some of the major emerging trends, we are not making predictions but rather just using some common sense to talk abo... Read More

Free holidays to Mexico for volunteers willing to test new 'holiday tummy' remedy

f you have had your Mexican holiday ruined by a bout of 'Moctezuma's Revenge', you could be the ideal candidate for a new study into travellers' diarrhoea.

One US vaccine manufacturer is offering a novel incentive for people willing to take part in a drug trial for a remedy for 'holiday tummy... Read More

Marseillevirus -- A New Member of the Giant Viruses

After Mimivirus, Mamavirus and the virophage, the group of giant viruses now has a new member called Marseillevirus.

Discovered in an amoeba by the team led by Didier Raoult at the Unité de Recherche sur les Maladies Infectieuses et Tropicales Emergentes research group (CNRS/Université Aix-Ma... Read More

Beef in E. coli recall was mechanically tenderized

(Ed. note - update to the story we covered earlier at http://www.microbeworld.org/index.php?option=com_jlibrary&view=article&id=2340)

A Christmas Eve recall of 248,000 pounds of beef linked to an E. coli outbreak in 16 states has focused new attention on an industrial method used to tenderize... Read More

Was swine flu overhyped? Analysts still debating

It's hard to believe that 12 months ago, not many of us had ever heard the terms "swine flu" "H1N1" or even "adjuvant." But in the last eight months, many Canadians learned more about influenza than they ever would have imagined, thanks to stern health official warnings and breathless media cove... Read More

Children more likely to catch swine flu, says new research

Young people aged under 18 years are more likely than adults to catch swine flu from an infected person in their household, according to a new study published today in the New England Journal of Medicine. However, the research also shows that young people are no more likely than adults to infect... Read More

WHO Raises Doubts on Preparedness for an Epidemic

Global health officials' response to the swine-flu pandemic reflects major improvements in flu-fighting capabilities in recent years, but limited vaccine supplies, crowded emergency rooms, and other challenges show they still aren't fully equipped to combat a deadlier scourge, the World Health O... Read More

Short-term school closings not an effective way to block influenza outbreaks

Pig Short-term school closings are not an effective way to block the spread of influenza viruses, and may even be counterproductive, Pennsylvania researchers have found. To be fully effective, the closures must last at least eight weeks, they reported in the Journal of Public Health Management a... Read More

Soap up before sanitizing to maximize germ-killing potential: study

Hand sanitizers claiming to kill 99.9 per cent of germs actually kill far fewer in real-world conditions, a University of Ottawa microbiologist has found.

While sanitizers may indeed kill nearly all the germs in lab conditions, in ordinary life they're second-best to soap and water, a new stu... Read More

Proteins in soil bacteria could aid cellulosic ethanol production

Researchers at Newcastle, U.K.-based Northumbria University are collaborating with Nonlinear Dynamics Ltd., a company that develops proteomics analysis software, on a project that may have important implications for the production of cellulosic biofuels. During the three-year project, researcher... Read More

How McDonald's makes sure its burgers are safe

The hamburger you buy at McDonald's may look just like the hamburger you cook at home.

But, in terms of safety, the two burgers are not close. Not unless you buy your own meat directly from a packing plant that you'd not only inspected yourself but was also inspected by a third party. And you... Read More

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