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U.S. government seeks to increase biosecurity

Washington - After a several incidents leading to laboratory closures and a moratorium on the transfer of dangerous biological agents, U.S. labs are reassessing safety threats.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

First Chikungunya case contracted in U.S.

Miami - A Florida man has become the first U.S. resident who has not recently traveled outside the country to be diagnosed with an infection from the mosquito-borne virus chikungunya.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

U.K. pledges to lead antimicrobial resistance fight

London - Newly anointed British Science Minister Greg Clark has announced a new 'war cabinet' of the UK's seven research councils to lead the fight against antimicrobial resistance.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

New Ebola cases in two African nations

The U.N. health agency has reported about 50 new Ebola cases in Sierra Leone and Liberia. The disease, among the deadliest in the world, continues to spread across West Africa.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Antibiotic resistance of foodborne germs rises

Atlanta - According to the U.S. CDC, antibiotic resistance in foodborne germs remains an ongoing public health threat. The Agency has published information about the latest trends.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever case in the U.K.

London - There has been a laboratory-confirmed case of Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF )in a U.K. traveler who was bitten by a tick while on holiday in Bulgaria.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

Leptospirosis associated with triathlon event

U.K. health authorities have reported on 2 confirmed and 1 possible case of leptospirosis associated with a weekend of triathlon events which took place at the Avon Tyrrell Outdoor Activity Centre, in the New Forest.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

Protecting good bacteria from antibiotics

Antibiotics kill pathogenic bacteria. However, they can also kill beneficial bacteria and upset the human body, especially in the gut. Scientists have developed a way to help protect ‘good’ bacteria from antibiotics.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Tracking chikungunya virus across the globe

Paris - As chikungunya virus spreads across the Caribbean, scientists are attempting to work out the virus’s next steps and understand its partnership with mosquitoes.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

FDA approves new antibiotic

Washington - A second new drug to treat methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) has been approved under the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) new fast-track incentive program.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

CDC anthrax researcher is reassigned

Atlanta - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention takes its first disciplinary action in the wake of the biosecurity oversight that potentially exposed 75 agency scientists to anthrax. The head of the laboratory has been "reassigned."
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

What is being done about antibiotic resistance? Special

London Colney - Humans face the very real risk of a future without antibiotics. The implications of this are that life expectancy could fall due to people dying from diseases that are readily treatable today. This is the warning issued in a new paper by Tim Sandle.
Digital Journal Report by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

E. coli evolves antibiotic tolerance

Jerusalem - Subject to repeated exposure to the antibiotic ampicillin, populations of Escherichia coli quickly evolve tolerance for the drug, springing back to life once antibiotic treatment has stopped, according to a new study.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Risks from hospital visits rise across Europe

The safety of patients receiving healthcare, including the probability of contracting healthcare-associated infections, is a serious concern for the European Union and numbers of cases are rising according to a new report.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Blacklegged tick carries many pathogens

Those unfortunate enough to be bitten by a blacklegged tick have a higher-than-expected chance of being exposed to more than one pathogen at the same time.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 4 comments

Dengue fever cases increase in Florida

Miami - The Florida Department of Health recently announced that 24 cases of dengue fever have been reported. All 24 patients had recently traveled to the Caribbean or South America, acquiring the virus abroad and returning home to Florida.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Tips for checking for signs of bedbugs Special

The U.S. is experiencing an alarming increase in the number of bedbug populations. This affects private residences, restaurants, hotels, hospitals, and schools. To help manage this, dermatologist Seemal R. Desai, MD offers some tips.
Digital Journal Report by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

Two new antibiotics developed

Reversing the long period where no new antibiotics have been developed, two new drugs could be available within a matter of months.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

How do lemurs fight infection?

Next-generation genome sequencing technology is enabling researchers to catalog 150,000 antibodies found in a single species of lemur that seems uniquely susceptible to parasitic infection.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

New insight into lethal infections

The way bacteria exploit human proteins during infections has been the subject of new research. Scientists studied how the MRSA bacterium attaches to two proteins found in human blood to spread infection.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Lab makes puncture free gloves

Atlanta - Researchers are working to develop a puncture-resistant surgical glove, according to a research brief. Surgical gloves are a billion-dollar global market, and the innovation is expected to be popular.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

Edible antimicrobials can protect meat

Antimicrobial agents incorporated into edible films applied to foods to seal in flavor, freshness and color can improve the microbiological safety of meats, according to new research.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Frog skin offers disease clues

A simple sample of the protective mucus layer that coats a frog's skin can now be analyzed to determine how susceptible the frog is to disease, according to new research.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Should the remaining stocks of smallpox be destroyed?

Should the World Health Organization destroy the remaining stocks of the smallpox virus? No, according to one group of scientists who wish to continue researching the deadly virus.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 4 comments

MERS virus has 'reached the U.S.'

Washington - The U.S. CDC has reported that a patient in an Indiana hospital has tested positive for the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS). With this, the U.S. joins 11 other countries in which MERS-CoV has been detected.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

Does sleep help you fight diseases?

When you get sick, does it help to get some extra sleep? By looking at fruit flies, researchers have shown that sleep enhances immune system response and recovery to infection.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 3 comments

New tuberculosis drug regimen moves to clinical trial

A new drug, part of the STAND trial, will test the first regimen designed to significantly shorten and simplify the treatment of drug-sensitive and drug-resistant TB.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Insight into pathogenic fungus

The fungal pathogen Candida albicans causes yeast infections, diaper rashes and oral thrush, and is the most common fungal pathogen to infect humans. Researchers have identified a protein that the fungus uses to defend itself against the human body.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Clue for hepatitis C survival

Scientists have identified why people with the hepatitis C virus get liver disease and why the virus is able to persist in the body for so long. The answer is that the virus attacks the liver cells' energy centers.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

New flu target identified

A protein produced by the flu virus helps it outwit one of our body's natural defense mechanisms. This makes the protein a potentially good target for antiviral drugs directed against the influenza A virus.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment
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Tuberculosis lung X-ray
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Prosthesis removed from my left knee for a revision after 14 years.
Prosthesis removed from my left knee for a revision after 14 years.
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Front cover of  Guide to Cleaning & Disinfecting Cleanrooms’ by Tim Sandle
Front cover of 'Guide to Cleaning & Disinfecting Cleanrooms’ by Tim Sandle
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A PIC line was put in my left arm to infuse antibiotics over the next six weeks at home.
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