In midsummer 1986, five years after starting my poliovirus laboratory at Columbia University, I received a letter from Frederick L. Schaffer, a virologist at the University of California, Berkeley, asking if I would like to have his collection of poliovirus stocks. He was retiring and the sample... Read More
Groundbreaking research on the universality and diversity of microorganisms is now challenging the life sciences to upgrade fundamental theories that once seemed untouchable. To fully appreciate the change that... Read More
DAKAR, Senegal - New Ebola cases were in the single digits another week, the World Health Organization said Wednesday, showing that contact tracing efforts are yielding results.
Toxoplasma gondii is estimated to chronically infect nearly one-third of the world's population, causing the condition Toxoplasmosis. It is most commonly associated with handling cat feaces and is a particular threat to pregnant women and immune-compromised individuals, such as HIV/AIDS patients... Read More
Vincent, Dickson, and Daniel solve the case about the 33 year old Chinese male with watery diarrhea, and discuss whether arsenic in drinking water might lead to treatment failures for Leishmania infections.
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Tom talks with Vincent about viral central nervous system infections of global importance, Ebola virus, and running the fastest marathon dressed as a doctor.
Vincent and Rich discuss fruit fly viruses, one year without polio in Nigeria, and a permissive Mar... Read More
Vincent, Dickson, and Daniel reveal last week's case study and introduce a new one concerning a patient who traveled to Belize.
This episode: Bacteria living in plants could help plants clean up cancer-causing pollutants!
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PITTSBURGH, July 9, 2015 - Starting anti-HIV treatment within two weeks of the diagnosis of tuberculosis, or TB, improved survival among patients with both infections who had very low immune-cell counts, according to an analysis by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of H... Read More
BOC Sciences-Recently Scientists found a new way to kill the hiding and dormant Human Immunodeficiency Virus( HIV) by employing a type of cancer drug, which is proved very effective but still waiting for further trial and approval by the US FDA. Read More
I just went to my semi-annual dental appointment and I thought of a potentially interesting oral health monitor - the plaque biofilm that they scrape off your teeth during the cleaning. Brush immediately before the cleaning ... Read More
More than a cause of a simple infection, viruses are often involved in the development of serious diseases. Such is the case with liver cancer, which often develops in an organ that has been weakened by hepatitis B or C virus. Researchers at Inserm, the Paris Public Hospitals (AP-HP), Paris Desc... Read More
WASHINGTON (Sept. 11, 2015) - The O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law fall colloquium series continues Wednesday, Sept. 16 with a focus on Ebola. Read More
Vincent, Dickson, and Daniel review how Viagra might be used to block transmission of Plasmodium falciparum, and introduce a new case study.
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I'm sorry, I may have missed something, but the mechanism behind an effective vaccine is still unclear to me, since infection with F. tularensis does not confer protection. How would a vaccine work?
Katy Bosio replies:
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Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have documented the accuracy of three new tests for more rapidly diagnosing drug-resistant forms of tuberculosis (TB), which are much harder and more expensive to treat and which, experts say, represent a major threat to globa... Read More
This episode: Gut microbes may induce an immune response that protects against malaria!
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Research with human tissue and cells suggests that genetic variations, in addition to failure to comply with treatment regimens, may account for some failures of an anti-HIV drug to treat and prevent HIV infection. Read More