microbiomes of the Built Environment

By Jonathan Eisen | microbiology of the built environment (buildings, vehicles, water systems, etc)

Great article by Maryn McKenna on the hunt for new antibiotics w/ crowdsourcing help

This is definitely worth a read:<p>Or a listen to since there is an audio version of the story (see below).\<p>The article basically discusses work by Adam …

Alleged mishandling of Flint Legionnaire’s outbreak leads to manslaughter charges for MI health chief

This is a pretty big deal.<p>Nick Lyon is the highest-ranking state official to be charged in the crisis.<p>The director of the Department of HHS in …

Is Chlorine in Swimming Pools Safe?

<b>Q. I’ve been a swimmer for years. Now I am a bit worried about the chemical absorption of chlorine and other additives, including other people’s body products, in swimming pools. Is this a legitimate concern?</b><p><b>A.</b> It’s understandable to be concerned about a chemical that dries out skin and hair and …

Are Pets the New Probiotic?

Scientists are paying increasing attention to the “indoor microbiome,” the billions of bacteria, viruses and fungi that we share our homes and offices with. But not all those micro-organisms are bad for us, experts note. And exposure to a rich array of indoor germs may actually be salutary, helping …

Microbiome

Living with dogs can help protect babies from range of illnesses like asthma

Dog aren't just cool. They can also have health benefits.<p>A recent study shows that dogs can help strengthen immune systems of children against …

Pets

A germaphobe's guide to airports and airplanes

I am a germaphobe, and when it comes to traveling, my instincts fly into overdrive.<p>This wasn't always the case. Five years ago, I came back from from …

Handshake-Free Zones Target Spread Of Germs In The Hospital

Dr. Mark Sklansky, a self-described germaphobe, can't stop thinking about how quickly microbes can spread.<p>"If I am at a computer terminal or using a phone or opening a door, I know my hands are now contaminated, and I need to be careful and I need to wash my hands," says Sklansky, a professor of …

Health Care

Multistate Outbreaks of Human Salmonella Infections Linked to Live Poultry in Backyard Flocks, 2017 | Gastrointestinal (Enteric) Diseases from Animals | Zoonotic | NCEZID

Advice to Backyard Flock Owners<p><b>Follow these steps for protecting yourself and others while enjoying your backyard flock:</b><p>Always wash your hands …

Public Health

Deadly Legionnaires bug is lurking in 1.5million British homes: Researchers warn killer disease is on the rise - and showers could be to blame

• <b>Households could be harbouring the potentially fatal legionella organism</b>• <b><br>Bug causes legionnaire’s disease, can lead to pneumonia and organ</b> …

Microbiomes Differ in Newer vs Older Hospital NICUs (CME/CE)

(MedPage Today) -- Differences seen in infants' environmental, skin microbiomes

Traces of Barents Sea plankton, bacteria from Madagascar found on ISS surface

MOSCOW, May 30. /TASS/. Russian scientists will suggest raising the hypthetical upper border of biosphere to 400 kilometers following the discovery …

The Arctic

Health officials close down pool at Waco area hotel

Health district officials closed down the pool at a Waco area hotel after complaints that members of a family who stayed there became ill after …

Waco

New paper of interest on antibiotic resistance genes in 4 CA cities but dangerous PR from UCLA

This new paper may be of interest:<p>Abstract:<br>Widespread prevalence of multidrug and pandrug-resistant bacteria has prompted substantial concern over …

Built Environment

One Health Approach to Preventing Obesity in People and Their Pets

<b>Note to users:</b><p>Although corrected proofs do not have all bibliographic details available yet, they can already be cited using the year of online …

Exposure to household furry pets influences the gut microbiota of infant at 3–4 months following various birth scenarios

Birth scenarios<p>Dominant taxaa<p>Pet exposure status (<i>N</i> = 746)<p>No exposure<p>337 (45.2%)<p>Median (IQR)<p>Only prenatal<p>60 (8.0%)<p>Median (IQR)<p>Both pre- and …

Filthy lucre: A metagenomic pilot study of microbes found on circulating currency in New York City

by Julia M. Maritz, Steven A. Sullivan, Robert J. Prill, Emre Aksoy, Paul Scheid, Jane M. CarltonBackgroundPaper currency by its very nature is …

New York City

Salt from icy roads is contaminating North America’s lakes

In the 1940s, Americans found a new way to love salt. Not simply for sprinkling on food — we’d acquired a taste for the mineral long before that — but for spreading on roads and sidewalks. Salt became a go-to method to de-ice frozen pavement.<p>During the past half-century, annual U.S. sales of road …

Water

the microbiology of the Built Environment network

Federico Lauro, Chris Mason and I (and a few others by now) are looking for editors for a Frontiers Special Topic on Citizen Science in Microbiology. …

I had my cats’ poop sequenced—for science

A study is looking at the microbiome of our pets, and my cats are taking part.<p>Ever wondered about the bacteria in your cat's gut? It's probably not …

Is your office building making you sick?

If you're reading this at work, take a look around. Is there a window near you? And if there is, can you open it? Or is your building sealed, like …

I’m a Doctor. If I Drop Food on the Kitchen Floor, I Still Eat It.

You may have read or heard about the study debunking the five-second rule. It said that no matter how fast you pick up food that falls on the floor, you will pick up bacteria with it.<p>Our continued focus on this threat has long baffled me. Why are we so worried about the floor? So many other things …

Bacteria

Are Airport Bathrooms Spreading Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Globally? | American Council on Science and Health

International travel is not always a pleasant experience. Cramped airplanes with crying babies, ridiculous and arbitrary regulations, long lines, and …

More Fast-Food Restaurants Are Serving 'No Antibiotic' Meat

The increase in antibiotic-resistant bacteria has led to one of the most pressing public health issues of our time, and major fast food restaurants …

Green Chemistry: The Nexus Blog: Reflections fr...

<i>Contributed by Sarah Kwan, Ph.D. Student, Yale University</i><p>On March 21th, 2016, I received exciting news that read, “Congratulations on being selected …

The Inevitable Evolution of Bad Science

A simulation shows how the incentives of modern academia naturally select for weaker and less reliable results.<p>Bacteria, animals, languages, cancers: all of these things can evolve, which we know from the work of legions of scientists. You could argue that science itself also evolves. Researchers …

Research

Drug-Resistant Germs Thrive in America's Corroding Water Systems

Plumbing

Designing Buildings to House Our Favorite Germs

<i>It’s ALIVE!!!!!!</i><p>By which we mean your home. The walls, the counters and even the showerhead teem with fungi, yeast, bacteria and other single-celled …

MetaMLST: multi-locus strain-level bacterial typing from metagenomic samples | Nucleic Acids Research | Oxford Academic

Multilocus sequence typing: a portable approach to the identification of clones within populations of pathogenic microorganisms<p>Comparative genetic …

Antimicrobial chemicals and antibiotic resistance in dust – now open access!

Jumping on the blame train, my colleagues and I have found yet another reason to avoid antibacterial products. Our study, which identified a …