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TWiM 111 Letters

Noah writes:

Dear Dr. Schaechter,

First off, I want to thank you for the effort you and your colleagues have invested in Small Things Considered and the podcast TWIM.  Back when I had a longer commute to work, I listened more religiously than now, wh... Read More

Why do we still use Sabin poliovirus vaccine?

The Sabin infectious, attenuated poliovirus vaccines are known to cause vaccine-associated paralysis in a small number of recipients. In contrast, the Salk inactivated vaccine does not cause poliomyelitis. Why are the Sabin vaccines still used globally? The answer to this question requires a bri... Read More

High rate of Texas bugs carrying Chagas disease

A deadly parasite that causes Chagas disease is widespread in a common Texas insect, according to a new study by University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) researchers. The finding suggests that the risk of Texans contracting the disease may be higher than previously thought. Read More

NYU researchers observe upward trend in hepatitis C infection rates among HIV+ MSM

While sexual contact is not the most efficient means of hepatitis C (HCV) transmission, there have been several reports of outbreaks of sexually transmitted HCV in HIV-positive men who have sex with men (MSM). HCV infections are more likely to become persistent and to lead to progressive liver d... Read More

My first "Mu-Tube" video promoting microbial literacy: What does "microbiology" mean to students?

For my Microbiology course at the University of Puget Sound, I decided to ask my new crop of "micronauts" what the word "microbiology" meant to them on the first day of class. Here are their answers. My wife Jennifer Quinn and I put this together using art from former students. Hopefully, thi... Read More

Decontamination Exterminates Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria from Pig Farm

Washington, DC – September 4, 2015 - Decontamination protocols eradicated both methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and antibiotic resistant, pathogenic intestinal bacteria, the Enterobacteriaceae, from a pig farm. The research appears online September 4th in ASM’s journal Applied ... Read More

Why do Certain Hormonal Contraceptives Increase the Risk of HIV?

Washington, DC – September 1, 2015 - In recent years, evidence has been building that injectable contraceptive depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (Depo-Provera or DMPA) is associated with an increased risk of HIV infection. Now a study published in the September 1st issue of mBio, an online open-... Read More

Study points to a possible new pathway toward a vaccine against MRSA

New research led by NYU Langone Medical Center has uncovered why a particular strain of Staphylococcus aureus -- known as HA-MRSA -- becomes more deadly than other variations. These new findings open up possible new pathways to vaccine development against this bacterium, which the Centers for Di... Read More

Flu vaccine reduces hospitalizations and deaths among nursing home residents

When the influenza vaccine is well matched to the prevailing strains of flu in a given season, patients in nursing homes are significantly less likely to be hospitalized or to die of pneumonia and other influenza related causes. The finding comes from a study of more than 1 million Medicare fee-... Read More

New Drug for Chemotherapy Induced Vomiting and Nausea Was Approved by FDA

BOC Sciences-Varubi also named as rolapitant, gained approval from FDA. And it’s said the drug went into its third phase clinical trial. Till now about 2800 patients have involved in the trial. Read More

MMP #4: Deep-Sea Archaea and the Tree of Life with Thijs Ettema

Host: Jeff Fox with special guest, Thijs Ettema.

Thijs Ettema of Uppsala University in Sweden talks with Jeff Fox about a deep-sea archaeon, named Lokiarchaeum for the underwater volcano between Greenland and Norway near where it was found, that might be related to the last common anc... Read More

Dually noted: New CRISPR-Cas9 strategy edits genes 2 ways

The CRISPR-Cas9 system has been in the limelight mainly as a revolutionary genome engineering tool used to modify specific gene sequences within the vast sea of an organism's DNA. Cas9, a naturally occurring protein in the immune system of certain bacteria, acts like a pair of molecular scissors... Read More

Mobile phone records may predict epidemics of mosquito-borne dengue virus

Boston, MA -- A new study led by researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health finds that mobile phone records can be used to predict the geographical spread and timing of dengue epidemics. More people around the world are becoming vulnerable to this deadly virus as climate change exp... Read More

Scientists are Working on Making Drugs More Biodegradable

BOC Sciences-Wild animals were found carrying drug resistance though they are living in areas where few human activities are existing. This finding makes scientists think about how to prevent the situation from deteriorating and protect water from being polluted furtherly. From the previous blog... Read More

BacterioFiles 228 - Bacteria Beat Bat Blight

This episode: Bacteria isolated from bats' skin inhibits the growth of bat-killing fungus!

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Vitamin C can be Helpful in Improving Blood Vessel Constriction

BOC Sciences-Latest study on vitamin C shows that it can play a positive role in improving blood vessel constriction with almost equal effect as walking. In the study, the exercise of a protein which is the main factor of blood vessel constriction was compared with the effect of vitamin C on bl... Read More

TWiV 353: STING and the antiviral police

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan Dove, and  Read More

A 28-days course for full-time and complete treatment of HIV

In this conversation, not only we shall make a brief discussion about the real origin of HIV, but also we discuss about several drugs, which are already available in markets, and can completely 'heal' people from HIV after 28 days of consumption. The cooperator with the Central Intelligence Agen... Read More

TWiP 94 letters

Elise writes:

Dear TWIP Trifecta,

How are you? It is lovely here in lower Manhattan, 82 F / 27 C with blue skies and not much in the way of humidity to make things wilt.

Since you are all going on the road, I’ll be on the edge of my seat waiting t... Read More

TWiP 94: Loa hanging fruit

Vincent, Dickson, and Daniel solve the case about the man from El Salvador, and discuss the use of tyrosine kinase inhibitors to treat onchocerciasis and filariasis.

Hosts:  Read More

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