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ICAAC Boston 2010 (MWV40)

MicrobeWorld Video and This Week in Virology team up to bring you a tour of the 50th Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) in Boston, MA. In this episode the host of TWiV, Vincent Racaniello, speaks with exhibitors and visitors, including Professors  Read More

ICAAC: Smoke Clearing for Viral Theory of Chronic Fatigue

Within a year, the debate over whether a mouse virus causes chronic fatigue syndrome is likely to be settled, a prominent researcher told MedPage Today in an exclusive InFocus video interview here at the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy.

Two teams have now clai... Read More

Weird Bugs, Weird Places: The Microbial Risks of Taking a Shower #ICAAC

Live press conference from ICAAC in Boston featuring:

* Mark Krockenberger, University of Syndey, New South Wales, Australia
* Daniel Frank, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, United States
* Paul Johnson, Austin Health, Melbourne, Australia
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Is the Era of Bacterial Culture Ending? #ICAAC

As technology continues to move forward, fast DNA-based tests can offer diagnosis in hours compared to the days it can take for a bacterial culture to grow, often with the same level of certainty. Still, cultures remain the definitive gold-standard for confirming diagnosis. Have we finally rea... Read More

Community-associated MRSA: Why is it spreading so quickly? #ICAAC

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) was discovered in 1960. Over the following 40 years, MRSA was a problem confined largely to the health-care setting. In the late 1990s, the first United States reports of community-associated MRSA (CA-MRSA) infections appeared. At present, sever... Read More

A Role for Statins in Infectious Disease? #ICAAC

Statins are well-known as a class of drugs that are used to help lower cholesterol but recent evidence suggests they might be good for more than your heart. They may play a role in preventing and treating certain bacterial infections including pneumonia and sepsis. Presenters at ICAAC discuss ... Read More

ICAAC 2010 - Opening Briefing

Members of the ICAAC Program Committee give an overview of the ICAAC meeting and discuss sessions of particular interest. Lunch will follow.

* M. Lindsay Grayson, Austin Hospital/Austin Health, Melbourne, Australia
* Craig Rubens, Children’s Hospital & Regional Medical Center, Seatt... Read More

Emerging Issues in Infectious Disease #ICAAC

Participants in this session at ICAAC discuss the latest issues appearing on the horizon for infectious disease researchers including the changing epidemiology of drug resistance in Salmonella and the possibility that chronic fatigue syndrome could be associated with a retroviral infection.

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2010 Handwashing Survey Results #ICAAC

Mom's advice about cleaning your hands may finally be starting to get through. In the August 2010 observational study sponsored by the American Society for Microbiology and the American Cleaning Institute® (formerly The Soap and Detergent Association), 85% of adults washed their hands in public ... Read More

NDM-1: The New Superbugs #ICAAC

New Dehli metallo-beta-lactamase-1 (NDM-1) is an enzyme that makes bacteria resistant to a broad range of beta-lactam antibiotics. These include the antibiotics of the carbapenem family, which are a mainstay for the treatment of antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections. According the the Unite... Read More

Antimicrobial-Resistant Pathogens: An Emerging Pediatric Threat #ICAAC 2010

Antibiotic resistance has become an increasing cause for concern around the globe, but it poses a unique set of problems for infections in children. Researchers present the latest information on antibiotic-resistant infections of concern to pediatricians including methicillin-resistant Staphylo... Read More

ICAAC 2010 - What Big Pharma Wants and What Biotech Can Offer

As larger pharmaceutical companies have reduced focus on discovery and early development of antibacterials, smaller biotech companies have taken on a larger role in these earliest stages of antibacterial development, later licensing or selling the compound to the pharmaceutical company to com... Read More

"Knocking Germs Out" Music Video

The Krazy Kuzins are back at it with a quick video about the importance of washing your hands and staying healthy! Check it out! Read More

Deadly bacteria traced to India (video)

It,s being called a superbug, a virus that is resistant to drugs, and is being transmitted through patients who've visited India for medical treatment. Britain has already advised its citizens against travelling to India for medical treatment. Aafreen Alam reports. Read More

Breakthrough on Hepatitis C drug (BBC video)

Scientists at the Welsh School of Pharmacy say the first human clinical trials on a new drug to treat infections caused by the Hepatitis C virus have been successful.

Researchers say the new medication could now become an approved treatment.

300,000 people suffer from Hepatitis C in the UK... Read More

Helicobacter Pylori: Bacteria Cause Cancer.

Dr. Nina Salama, microbiologist at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Affiliate Associate Professor of Microbiology at the University of Washington discusses Helicobacter pylori, a bacterira that lives in the human stomach and causes chronic disease (peptic ulcer and gastric cancer).

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Building Community through Public Toilets

The Global Water Challenge (GWC) is a coalition of leading organizations in the water and sanitation sector. In this video GWC finalist David Kuria of Ecotact Limited, a Kenyan company dedicated to bringing public toilets to an area where there were only two for 60,000 people, discusses the need... Read More

Virus Battery (M13 Bacteriophage)

Those portable electronic gadgets that many of us cant do without are getting more and more high tech. But they still run on old-fashioned batteries. Scientists at the MIT are hoping to change that. Read More

The Story of Louis Pasteur (1935)

William Dieterle's 1935 film about Louis Pasteur who scientifically disproved the spontaneous generation hypothesis and among many other things greatly influenced the introduction and use of antisepsis in medicine.

You can watch the rest of the parts 2-6 on YouTube. Read More

DNA Sequencing Reveals Complex Microbial Quid Pro Quo for Managing Carbon and Waste Streams

DOE JGI researchers report the first metagenome analysis of a microbial community grown in an anaerobic methanogenic (methane producing) bioreactor. The microbial community is syntrophic, i.e., certain organisms live off the byproducts of others. Read More

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