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There's still lots and lots of poop in the water at the Rio Olympics

Athletes taking part in water-based events at the Rio Olympics will have to deal with a lot more than fierce competition; they'll also have to deal with the fierce sludge of human waste because there's still a lot of sewage being dumped into the city's waterways, and especially Guanabara Bay, USA …

The superbug that doctors have been dreading just reached the U.S.

By Lena H. Sun and<p>Lena H. Sun<p>National reporter focusing on health<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Brady Dennis<p>Brady Dennis<p>Reporter focusing on environmental policy and public health issues<p>Email Bio Follow<p>For the first time, researchers have found a person in the United States carrying bacteria resistant to …

Super Bug

Smart catheter signals an infection

MAY 02, 2018<p>Immunology<p>MAY 02, 2018<p>The measles virus was caught leaving infected cells by the scientific paparazzi, that is, experts from Emory Health …

Final piece of type 1 diabetes puzzle solved

<b>A complete picture of the areas that the immune system attacks to cause type 1 diabetes has finally been revealed by scientists.</b><p>The study, published in the journal Diabetes, discovered the fifth and final critical target at which the immune system errantly takes aim.<p>The team at the University of …

Clostridium difficile Is More Common Than You Think

Researchers have revealed how many of us could be carrying this potentially deadly pathogen<p>When <i>Clostridium difficile</i> was discovered in 1935, it was considered to be an occasional pathogen of humans. Yet, in 2005, that changed with a rampant outbreak in Canada that killed more than fifteen percent …

The Scientist Magazine - Life Sciences News and Articles

Covering the life sciences inside and out<p>In the largest-ever study of its kind, researchers combined genomic data from nearly 900,000 patients and …

The virus that could cure Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and more — NOVA Next | PBS

In 2004, the British chemist Chris Dobson speculated that there might be a universal elixir out there that could combat not just alpha-synuclein for …

The Genetically Modified Mosquito Bite

A few million mutant insects could slow the spread of dengue and chikungunya in the United States, but some people are wary of tampering with nature.<p>Thanks to warming climates, two debilitating tropical diseases have taken hold in America’s southern shore. The first is dengue, commonly called …

New plastic-eating bacteria could help save planet

<b>(CNN) —</b> Scientists in Japan have discovered a strain of bacteria that can eat plastic, a finding that might help solve the world's fast-growing plastic pollution problem.<p>The species fully breaks down one of the most common kinds of plastic called Polyethylene terephthalate (PET). It's the type …

World Economic Forum

New UNC School of Medicine study shows how some bacteria can spread throughout the body

German scientists create a DNA editing enzyme that can eradicate HIV/AIDS

According to ZME Science, s group of scientists in Germany have managed to eradicate HIV in mice and in some human patients using a gene splicing …

Zika Virus Spreads in Texas Through Sex: Dallas Health Officials

Health officials have confirmed what appears to be the first case of the mosquito-borne Zika virus spreading through sex within the continental U.S.<p>A …

Cell recount: People host far fewer germs

Since the 1970s, microbiologists have been saying bacteria outnumber human cells in our bodies by about 10-to-1. A new analysis says that old number …

An Epidemic 14 Years Ago Shows How Zika Could Unfold in the US

Science & InnovationGermination<p>If the Zika virus comes to the United States, we could face the threat of the same sort of virgin soil epidemic—an infection arriving in a population that has never been exposed to it before—that has caused more than 1 million known infections, and probably several …

Mosquitoes

Norovirus and the anatomy of a scientific discovery

The process of scientific discovery is far from mysterious, even if it is often more convoluted than you might imagine<p>“A virus,” wrote the celebrated immunologist Peter Medawar, “is a piece of bad news wrapped in protein.”<p>The bad news from norovirus, one of the main preoccupations of my research …

CDC Recommendations for Pregnant Women Exposed to Zika

Science & InnovationGermination<p>(<i>This post has been updated twice.</i>)<p>The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has responded to growing alarm over the Zika virus epidemic in Central and South America with quickly published guidelines covering health care and tests for pregnant women who may have …

Zika Virus

CDC considers travel warning for pregnant women due to Zika virus

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Centers for Disease Control is considering new guidelines for pregnant women traveling to areas where the Zika virus is present.<p>"We're trying to get out some comprehensive travel guidelines that women can follow, with more specific information for pregnant women, " said said Dr. Lyle …

New Ebola case emerges in setback for Sierra Leone

9 Fascinating Facts About The Microbiome, The Trillions Of Microbes Hidden Inside Us

By Jessica Leber6 minute Read<p>“Bacteria are living things. They are not trying to hurt you. They are not trying to help you. They are just trying to …

Inside Each Flu Shot, Months Of Virus Tracking And Predictions

Every year, the flu almost goes extinct in temperate places like the United States. The key word is "almost." It stays afloat by constantly moving.<p>"It looks like it's hopping between different cities and different populations," says Sarah Cobey, a computational biologist at the University of …

Apocalypse Pig: The Last Antibiotic Begins to Fail

Science & InnovationGermination<p>I mentioned on Monday that this past week was intended by the CDC, WHO and other health authorities to be a global awareness week for antibiotic resistance. Alarming news that came out of China at the end of the week certainly created new awareness of resistance, but …

E.coli

Our ignorance may lead to 'the end of modern medicine as we know it'

The confusion is far from harmless: <b>Inaccurate beliefs about antibiotics can make the growing crisis of antibiotic resistance worse</b>.<p>Medical experts have sounded the alarm for years about antibiotic resistance, or when infectious bacteria become resistant to the life-saving drugs we use to fight them …

13 creepy pictures of the microbes that are living inside of you

Humans and bacteria have a curious relationship.<p>On the one hand, some species of bacteria are responsible for some of the most nefarious of human diseases.<p>On the other hand, many species have peacefully coevolved with humans for hundreds of thousands of years to play essential roles in digestion …

$635 poop pills cure deadly gastrointestinal infection

Doses of the 30-capsule fecal transplant method cured up to 94% of patients.<p>The country’s first stool bank, OpenBiome, is now selling capsules of …

30 mind-blowing facts about the microbes that live inside of you

These organisms have evolved with humans for hundreds of thousands of years, and as we probe deeper into their varied roles in the human body, we're gaining valuable insight into their essential roles in digestion, the immune system, cognition, and certain diseases.<p>There's still much we don't know …

Lasers may ease pain for 'napalm girl' in AP photograph

More than 40 years later she can hide the scars beneath long sleeves, but a single tear down her otherwise radiant face betrays the pain she has endured since that errant napalm strike in 1972.<p>Now she has a new chance to heal — a prospect she once thought possible only in a life after death.<p>"So …

One of the fattest cities in America declared a war on obesity — and lost one million pounds

This friendly woman, a mother of two children, is a living embodiment of the obesity culture cursing the world's wealthiest country.<p>"In Guatemala it is rare to see people who are very overweight, but it could not be more different here," she said. "I saw this when I came here."<p>As soon as she …

El Niño heat sets off waves of dengue fever

New research shows that epidemics of dengue—caused by a mosquito-borne virus—across southeast Asia appear to be linked to the abnormally high …

Is the Five-Second Rule About Dropped Food True? - The Crux

By Paul Dawson, Clemson University | September 10, 2015 10:46 am<p>When you drop a piece of food on the floor, is it really OK to eat if you pick up …