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Treating IBD with probiotics? Use caution.

Researchers from the European Institute of Oncology in Milan, Italy, analyzed three strains of the common probiotic Lactobacillus for their immunological properties and efficacy to treat or prevent inflammatory bowel disease in mice. The results suggests that each probiotic strain should be char... Read More

Climate Change, Marine Mucilage and Microbial Pathogens in the Mediterranean Sea

A recent paper published in PLoS suggests that the warming of the Mediterranean Sea's surface water is turning "marine snow," mostly organic detritus falling from the upper layers of the water column, into marine mucilage, a gelatinous evolving stage of marine snow, which can reach huge dimensio... Read More

Smart phone apps may enhance epidemiological or ecological data collection

PLoS One has published an interesting paper that considers using smart phones for scientific field data collection and suggests mobile apps could also be beneficial for recruiting ‘citizen scientists’ to contribute data easily to central databases through their mobile phone.

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CDC Releases Small Business H1N1 Preparedness Planning Guide

Small businesses play a key role in protecting employees’ health and safety as well as limiting the impact to the economy and society during an influenza pandemic. Advance planning for pandemic influenza, a novel infectious disease that could occur in varying levels of severity, is critical. Com... Read More

CDC: General Questions and Answers on 2009 H1N1 Influenza A Vaccine Safety

The CDC has just released a general question and answers document on 2009 H1N1 influenza A vaccine safety.

"We expect the 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccine to have a similar safety profile as seasonal flu vaccines, which have a very good safety track record. Over the years, hundreds of millions of ... Read More

A Backgrounder on Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS)

The CDC just released a Guillain-Barré syndrome fact sheet and addresses how they will be closely monitoring the safety of the 2009 H1N1 vaccine in relation to this illness. In 2003 The Institute of Medicine (IOM) conducted a thorough scientific review and concluded that people who received the ... Read More

Put Your Hands Together

Scientists estimate that people are not washing their hands often or well enough and may transmit up to 80% of all infections by their hands. From doorknobs to animals to food, harmful germs can live on almost everything. Handwashing may be your single most important act to help stop the spre... Read More

You Better Wash Your Hands

A parody of The Beatles' "I Wanna Hold Your Hand," as performed by UC Davis food toxicologist Carl Winter.

The animations were produced at New Mexico State University as part of USDA CSREES National Integrated Food Safety Initiative Project Number CD-D-FST-7057-CG.

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Henry the Hand

www.henrythehand.com is an online handwashing resource for teachers by Will Sawyer, MD. The mission of the educational campaign is to propagate the 4 Principles of Hand Awareness throughout the United States and the world.


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Elmo calls for frequent handwashing

The federal government is reintroducing a powerful weapon in the fight against the H1N1 flu virus: Elmo.


The popular Sesame Street character will be featured in a series of public service advertisements meant to encourage better hygiene among young children, the Department of Health a... Read More

USDA Uses Twitter to Inform Consumers of Recalls

I have been using twitter (@Microblogology) as a way to keep in touch with some of my online friends for awhile now. Eventually my occasional tweets involving microbiology caused me to be "discovered" by Chris Condayan (@MicrobeWorld) and I was quickly followed by some other people in the scien... Read More

School-Located Vaccination Planning Materials and Templates

Documents designed by the CDC to provide information for planning and conducting school-located 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccination clinics that target school-aged children enrolled in school and potentially other groups in the community. The targeted audience for these materials is primarily state ... Read More

An hour on the life of Charles Darwin with E.O. Wilson and James Watson

An hour on the life and work of Charles Darwin with James Watson, chancellor, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, and E.O. Wilson, professor emeritus, Harvard University. This aired on the Charlie Rose show on PBS. Read More

Swine Flu and the Next Pandemic with Palese, Worobey, Bloom, Koplan and Hoffman

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Bigthink.com has posted a 45 minute panel discussion on swine flu and the next pandemic. Moderator and editorial chairman for Bigthink.com, Paul Hoffman prefaces the discussion by saying:

"The reason we are here today is of course to di... Read More

Mycodiesel

Here is another great article, closing out "Fungi Week" on Elio Schaechter and Merry Youle's Small Things Considered blog.

"Huge amounts of money and effort are going into making automotive fuels using biological processes, but a fully satisfactory answer is not yet at hand. Well, fungi may c... Read More

MTS35 - Michael Cunliffe - The Ocean's Living Skin

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Peter Palese on H1N1/Influenza, Porcine and Otherwise

Peter Palese, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases at Mt. Sinai, explains H1N1/swine flu, the natural herd immunity that all humans share against it, and the reasons why the elderly stand at a lesser risk of contracting the virus.
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Preparing for a Stressful Flu Season

Tara Parker-Pope of the New York Times has prepared some questions and answers about the upcoming flu season for parents with young children.

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Preparing for the Flu: A Childcare Communications Toolkit

The CDC has just published "Preparing for the Flu: A Communication Toolkit for Child Care and Early Childhood Programs." A .pdf document that provides information and communication resources to help center-based and home-based child care programs, Head Start programs, and other early childhood p... Read More

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