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History’s most virulent flu pandemics analyzed

A research team has studied the 1918, 1957 and 1968 flu pandemics, as well as more recent 2009 novel H1N1 pandemic, to look for similar trends.

New surface kills bacteria, even in the dark

A research group has developed a first light-activated antimicrobial surface that can kill pathogenic bacteria even in the dark. It is hoped that the use of the surface will reduce hospital acquired infections.

Today is Rare Disease Day

Today, Feb 28, is the seventh Rare Disease Day. Rare Disease Day is an annual, awareness-raising event coordinated by EURORDIS at the international level and by National Alliances and Patient Organisations at the national level.

U.S. hospitals fall short in preventing infections

Many U.S. hospitals fail to rules designed to protect patients from preventable and potentially deadly infections, a new study shows.

Zinc helps reduce bacterial infection

Zinc can 'starve' one of the world's most deadly bacteria by preventing its uptake of an essential metal, as indicated by a new medical study.

Overcoming eye infections through good vs bad bacteria

With the limitations in relation to the use of antibiotics, scientists are exploring ways to use ‘good’ bacteria to fight disease causing bacteria in relation to dangerous eye infections.

Canadian technology for rapid pathogen identification

Toronto - An electronic chip that can rapidly detect and identify types of infectious bacteria could represent an important new development in the fight against antibiotic resistance.

Salmonella contaminated tomatoes recalled

The company Alderman Farms Sales Corp. is recalling its one-pint containers of cherry tomatoes because they are probably contaminated with Salmonella.

Dramatic rise in bat deaths in U.S., Canada

A deadly white-nose fungus has killed some 6 million bats in the past 5 years across the USA and Canada, and the trend looks set to rise.

Deadly fungus causes fears for US as it travels south from BC

Vancouver - With a scientific name that holds little meaning for the general public, Cryptococcus gattii is a relatively new fungal pathogen in North America that is completely capable of killing those it infects.

Edible film can be used for wrapping food products

Researchers have found an edible film that can be used for wrapping ready-to-eat meat products and can kill a food-borne pathogen.

Pathogen that Causes Disease in Cattle Associated with Crohn’s Disease

People with Crohn’s disease (CD) are seven-fold more likely to have in their gut tissues the bacterium that causes a digestive-tract disease in cattle called Johne’s disease.
 

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Colonies of pathogenic bacteria growing on an agar culture plate - Salmonella enterica (serovar typh...
Colonies of pathogenic bacteria growing on an agar culture plate - Salmonella enterica (serovar typhimurium)
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