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Microscope Images Show Topography Of Tears

A new art exhibit shows similarites between mountains and salt crystals.<p>We cry for various reasons: happiness, sadness, cutting onions. But almost invariably, we wipe away those tears or they are otherwise dried up, washed away or discarded. But photographer Rose-Lynn Fisher decided to do just the …

Disarming bacteria to beat infection

Researchers in Germany looking to find unprecedented ways of combating bacterial infection have demonstrated that certain small molecules can reduce …

Silver 'boost to antibiotic success'

<b>Adding silver to antibiotics makes them 10 to 1,000 times more effective at fighting infections, research suggests.</b><p>Silver has been used as an antimicrobial for centuries, but little has been known about how it works.<p>The new research suggests adding it to existing antibiotics could counteract the …

Virology 101

About once a month we produce a TWiV that is focused on explaining basic aspects of virology. We call this series ‘Virology 101’. All the posts in …

CDC says HPV down by 56% among teenagers since vaccine introduction

US health officials said on Wednesday that the prevalence of HPV has decreased by 56% among teenagers, since a vaccination for the disease was introduced in 2006.<p>Human papillomavirus, the most common sexually transmitted disease in the country, infects approximately 79 million US residents, …

The Superbug Scare Is This Bad

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Authorities in both the United States and Great Britain are outlining a potentially catastrophic …

1 in 10 Parents Ignores the CDC Recommended Vaccine Schedule

According to research hailing from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, 1 in 10 parents deviates from the Centers for Disease Control and …

Argentina Develops Therapeutic Vaccine To Combat Lung Cancer

<b>BUENOS AIRES</b> – Argentine writer Julio Cortazar once wrote: “Hope belongs to life, it is life defending itself.” This sentiment accompanies news of …

Shingles vaccination: should I have the jab or not?

Vaccinations are no longer just for kids. The NHS will be offering jabs against shingles to people over 70 years old from September this year. More than 30,000 people in this age group get shingles every year.<p>Until this year, shingles vaccinations have only been available privately in the UK. In …

Not Vaccinating Your Kids Is a Horrible Thing to Do

In Swansea, Wales, there is a measles epidemic. Over 800 people have been diagnosed with the disease that is easily preventable by parents …

How does bacteria develop antibiotic resistance ?

How does bacteria develop antibiotic resistance ? <b><br>****************************************</b><p>Before answering that question it is important to understand how bacterial cells work. Bacterial cells look and work differently than say a cell from our body. They have a genetic code (within DNA) but some of that code floats freely within the cell in circular structures called plasmids.<p>One of the particularities of bacterial cells is their ability to pass plasmids amongst each other (plasmid transfer), …

Sudden outbreak of measles linked to vaccine fears in the 1990s

Fears that vaccines cause autism led to an explosion of measles cases this year in southwest Wales, according to <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>. Between November and July, 1,219 people in southwest Wales contracted the measles, compared with 105 cases in all of Wales in 2011, according to the report.<p>The</i> …

Got A Wound? Science Says Rub Some Dirt In It

Antibacterial clays can kill antibiotic-resistant E. coli and MRSA, researchers found.<p>The colloquial medical advice "rub some dirt in it" appears to have some merit. Researchers at Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute have been experimenting with different clays, and it appears in …

When Our Microbes Chat, Dangerous Germs Are Eavesdropping

Science & InnovationNot Exactly Rocket Science<p>In Africa, a superb starling has just spotted an eagle and gives off an alarm call. Any starling within earshot goes on high alert, but so do nearby vervet monkeys. They have learned to eavesdrop on the starling’s calls to gain extra intelligence about …

School and Childcare Vaciination Surveys

Vaccinating Babies For Rotavirus Protects The Whole Family

A 7-year-old vaccine that has drastically cut intestinal infections in infants is benefiting the rest of America, too.<p>A study published Tuesday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that vaccinating infants against rotavirus has also caused a striking decline in serious …

Toddler survives smallpox vaccine reaction | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A two-year-old boy who developed a serious reaction to his father’s smallpox vaccination has recovered but disease detectives found infectious virus all over his house, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Thursday.<p>A two-year-old boy who developed a …

Vaccines: Vac-Gen/10 Things You Need to Know

1. <b>Why your child should be vaccinated</b><p>Immunizations protect children from dangerous childhood diseases. Any of these diseases can cause serious …

Vaccines: Vac-Gen/Why Are Childhood Vaccines So Important?

It is always better to prevent a disease than to treat it after it occurs.<p>Diseases that used to be common in this country and around the world, …

Public Health

Drug-resistant superbug found in 1915 soldier killed by dysentery | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists who unlocked the genetic code of bacteria grown from a soldier who died of dysentery in World War I say it revealed a superbug already resistant to penicillin and other antibiotics decades before they were in common use.<p>The discovery sheds light on the history of …

Toxin-Eating Cell Structures May Lead To Antibiotics Alternative

(Antibiotic) resistance is futile.<p>Ever since the first antibiotic, penicillin, was used as a wonder drug in the 1940s, researchers have worried about antibiotic resistance. And with good reason. The CDC estimates that 23,000 people die each year as a direct result of infection by …

The Future Of Antibiotics May Come From A Horse's Behind

Some 15 years ago, an Email circulated suggesting modern transportation is based on the back ends of horses. From our railways to the design of booster rockets for the space shuttle program, the width of a horse’s behind dictated how we travel today. While this theory has been for the most part …

The Antibiotic Timeline

Here’s an interesting 2 minute video from <i>Harvard Magazine</i> on antibiotics and how bugs inevitably develop resistance to them.<p>Staphylococcus aureus …

'Good guy' virus kills bacteria

Bacteriophages kill about half the bacteria on Earth every day. Dr Karl explains how nature's guided missiles can treat common diseases.<p>There have …

Who should get antibiotics before the dentist?

As fewer people in the UK get preventative antibiotics for trips to the dentist, scientists are seeing a significant rise in the number of people …

Medicine

Probing Ebola's deadly inflammatory effect

New research suggests that the massive and destructive inflammation that characterizes Ebola virus disease may be caused by the release of foreign proteins from infected cells.<p>Although Ebola is infamous for causing bleeding in some of its victims, doctors say the vast majority of deaths are the …

Ebola

Ebola is scary, but antibiotic resistance should scare us more

Ebola is the stuff of nightmares. It causes profuse bleeding and organ failure and has a high mortality rate. But while the grim spectacle of dying patients in treatment centres in the affected African countries has stoked fears, cases in the west have been extremely rare in spite of a spate of …