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December 11, 2014

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8:37 AM | Scientist: seeking publicity; accuracy optional
I’m the first to admit I’m a media whore; but I always lede with credibility and references to support what I’m spewing. Chapman got a little heat from my blog post yesterday but it goes back to basics: surveys can … Continue reading →
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8:10 AM | TWiM #93: Worming in on bacteria
  Vincent, Elio, and Michael reveal that a soil-dwelling nematode can recognize and respond to a bacterial quorum sensing molecule through a sensory neuron.
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4:42 AM | "The Great Plate Count Anomaly" that is no more
by Gemma Reguera | For over a century, microbiologists have been using growth media solidified with agar to culture microbes from environmental samples. Individual cells are easily separated on the solid surface, allowing each cell to grow and divide and form a colony of thousands of clones. We can change the nutrients in the media and physical parameters such as...
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3:32 AM | Fancy food ain’t safe food; Salmonella investigation at Delaney House in Massachusetts
The state and local health departments are investigating alleged Salmonella poisoning at a well-known restaurant in Holyoke. Peter Rosskothen, the co-owner of the Delaney House, confirmed for the 22News I-Team that there were approximately ten and possibly more, people sickened … Continue reading →
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2:48 AM | British holidaymakers take legal action against Thomas Cook after father contracts Salmonella following stay at four-star Turkish resort
A family of five says its four-star holiday to Turkeyd was ruined by illness and one of them tested positive for Salmonella following their return to England. rCheryll Jordan, 45, and her husband Ian, 46 have hired solicitors to investigate … Continue reading →
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12:48 AM | I child dead, 4 sick in Australia from raw milk; US says outbreaks quadrupled
Amidst reports that the number of U.S. outbreaks caused by non-pasteurized milk increased from 30 during 2007–2009 to 51 during 2010–2012, a child in Victoria (that’s in Australia) has died and four have become ill from raw milk. Unpasteurised milk … Continue reading →

December 10, 2014

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10:55 PM | Americans May Be More at Risk from Deadly Heart Parasite Than Realized
The kissing bug may have the most misleadingly cute name in entomology. It bites, rather than smooches, its victims around the mouth or face. But far worse than the bite itself is what may find its... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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7:00 PM | It’s what parents do: ‘Superhero’ UK father gives son a life-saving kidney
A father has given his son a life-saving kidney as an early Christmas present. Zac Stanley was just two when he contracted E .coli, causing permanent damage to his kidneys as the bacterium attacked. His condition got worse until his … Continue reading →
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6:36 PM | 18 now sick: E coli O55 outbreak in UK
  The number of E .coli victims across Dorset has now increased to 18, Public Health England (PHE) has confirmed. The seven additional cases have come to light following screening tests carried out on children and staff at the Blandford … Continue reading →
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6:28 PM | 1 child dead: Safety of food a mystery – even to Cambodia gov’t
In Tbong Khmum, an otherwise reportedly healthy 6-year-old girl’s death, after eating snacks suspected to be contaminated, has prompted a local food-poisoning scare and raised larger questions about the safety of Cambodia’s food distribution. On November 15, three girls in … Continue reading →
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6:08 PM | Global Garlic recalls Fresh Curd over Listeria risk
That’s right; the garlic I used to make pasta with clams ,and salmon last night could have been contaminated with Listeria (but I didn’t use curd). Global Garlic Inc. is recalling De Mi Pais products – Cuajada Fresca (Fresh Curd) … Continue reading →
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5:10 PM | How influenza virus infection might lead to gastrointestinal symptoms
Human influenza viruses replicate almost exclusively in the respiratory tract, yet infected individuals may also have gastrointestinal symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea. In mice, intestinal injury occurs in the absence of viral replication, and is a consequence of viral depletion of the gut microbiota. Intranasal inoculation of mice with the PR8 strain of influenza virus leads […]
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3:56 PM | Updating California’s Pertussis Epidemic
# 9429   California’s Whooping cough (Pertussis) outbreak – which officials declared as an epidemic last June-  has now exceeded that which was seen in the year 2010, with nearly 10,000 cases reported by mid-November.   Almost eliminated in this country by the mid-1970s, Whooping cough has made a worrisome comeback over the past decade (see chart above). The reasons behind these increases are complex, and not entirely understood, but some factors are believed […]
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3:39 PM | New lab paper: The microbes we eat: abundance and taxonomy of microbes consumed in a day’s worth of meals for three diet types [PeerJ]
A new paper out from my lab (with Jenna Lang as the 1st author and in collaboration with Angela Zivcovic from the UC Davis Food For Health Initiative and the Department of Nutrition):  The microbes we eat: abundance and taxonomy of microbes consumed in a day’s worth of meals for three diet types.  The work in the paper focuses on characterizing the abundance and taxonomy of microbes in food from three model diets. Basically, Angela prepared meals for these three […]
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3:05 PM | The New Saudi Minister Of Health
Credit KSA MOH     # 9428   On Monday we saw the Saudi King Appoint A New MOH Amid Sweeping Changes To Ministries, unexpectedly replacing acting Minister of Health Dr. Adel bin Mohammed Faqih with Dr.Muhammad bin Ali bin Hayaza Alhayaza.   The appointment of nine new ministers, which comes just days before the drawing up of the annual budget for next year, is reportedly the largest KSA ministry reshuffle in years.   With MERS still circulating on the […]
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2:29 PM | New Technique for Unprecedentedly Detailed Images of Mouse Neurons
Scientists can now explore nerves in mice in much greater detail than ever before, thanks to an approach developed by scientists at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Monterotondo, Italy. The work, published online today in Nature Methods, enables researchers to easily use artificial tags, broadening the range of what they can study and […]
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2:10 PM | The Narrow Margin - Revisited
Photo Credit – Wikipedia   # 9427   Earlier this year the FDA imposed long awaited new limits on the amount of acetaminophen (APAP) allowed in prescription opioid/APAP prescriptions like Vicodin and Lorcet to 325mg in order to reduce the risk of liver damage in patients taking these meds for chronic pain.    Over the counter (OTC) formulations, however, continue to be sold in both the regular 325mg and `extra strength’  500 mg doses, and APAP […]
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2:53 AM | Safe food is good business: Fonterra still in a state of denial
Fran O’Sullivan writes in The New Zealand Herald that, there is one salient comment in the report by Queens Counsel Miriam Dean into the WPC80 incident that ought to give Fonterra’s directors and shareholders cause for concern: “A company that … Continue reading →
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2:44 AM | Beware the fungus: FDA says dietary supplements containing live bacteria or yeast could cause problems in immunocompromised persons
The U.S Food and Drug Administration is warning health professionals of the risks associated with the regarding use of dietary supplements containing live bacteria or yeast in immunocompromised persons. A premature infant administered a dietary supplement, ABC Dophilus Powder (Solgar), … Continue reading →
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12:41 AM | Vaccines work: Report shows sharp decline in U.S. hepatitis A cases
A new report shows there has been a sharp decline in hepatitis A cases throughout the United States. An analysis of federal data found that hospitalization rates have fallen from 7.2 to 2.9 patients per million patients admitted to hospitals … Continue reading →

December 09, 2014

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8:59 PM | CIDRAP Commentary: Sandman & Lanard On Ebola Crisis Communications Lessons
Credit CDC PHIL   # 9426   When it comes to clear-eyed, coherent risk communications, Dr. Peter Sandman & Dr. Jody Lanard are about as good as it gets – which is why their services have been used by corporations, organizations, and agencies around the globe – often in the midst of a crisis. I’ve quite happily featured their writings several times since the Ebola crisis began, including: Sandman & Lanard On Ebola & Failures Of Imagination […]
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5:30 PM | Holiday and Honeymoon Hiatus
There is a lot of interesting science to write about this season, but unfortunately I have been kept mute by a number of obligations. It has been a busy semester teaching (and grading), and the holiday seasons means time with family and/or searching for gifts. More importantly, my pending nuptials have demanded time for preparation; finding the venue, getting the tux, and so forth. Although my loving fiancee handled a majority of the details, much of it was happily done together. Even happier […]
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3:47 PM | One more add-on to brand of New Generation Antimalarials
GreetingsI have previously blogged a few posts on efforts to fight malaria. Malaria has been a longstanding problem in tropics and efforts to control have achieved reasonable success, at least in some parts of the world. As recently noted, there is a growing need for better Anti-malarials (Link). More recently there is a headlines circulating over the web- "A new antimalarial compound". And this post is all about it.Table 1: Drugs in development through MMV The original publication is […]
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1:46 PM | Engaging Students with eMammal
Check out this new video featuring Students Discover Kenan Fellow, Kelsie Armentrout, sharing her experiences about engaging students in science with eMammal camera traps! Inspired by her experience with the North Carolina Environmental Education program, she has continued to implement wildlife-based lessons in her classroom with eMammal. To find out more about becoming a certified North Carolina Environmental Educator, visit their website or watch the video below: Video courtesy of North […]
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1:14 PM | WHO Influenza At The Human-Animal Interface – December Update
WHO December Update # 9425   While Ebola and MERS have garnered much of the infectious disease attention over the past year, in terms of having pandemic potential, novel influenza viruses remain atop the list of viruses of most concern.   Over the past 125 years we’ve seen 6 pandemics arise, all presumably from reassortant avian or swine influenza viruses.   Of the novel viruses circulating in the wild, up until a couple of years ago, the avian H5N1 […]
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11:19 AM | Los Angeles Unveils Earthquake Retrofit & Resilience Plan
Resilient By Design PDF     # 9424   Last December, in Dr. Lucy Jones: `Imagine America Without Los Angeles’, we looked at a presentation given by noted seismologist Dr. Jones at the  annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union (held  in San Francisco),  that emphasized that should the `big one’ hit Southern California, we could literally `lose’ Los Angeles.   Dr. Jones warned that the damage could be far greater, and last […]
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10:18 AM | CFIA Sets Bird Flu Control Zones In BC
Credit Wikipedia – British Columbia   # 9423   Last night CFIA  (the Canadian Food Inspection Agency) outlined new steps to control the spread of the HPAI (Highly Pathogenic) H5N2 virus detected last week at 5 poultry operations in southern British Columbia.      Fully half of the province – everything south of Highway 16 – becomes part of the primary control zone.   Although no new farms have been announced as infected, […]

December 08, 2014

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7:04 PM | Gel Extraction Comb Trick
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4:27 PM | Salmonella- survival Inside Macrophage; How?
GreetingsIsn't it interesting to know that that there are several regions of interest in research, that I have never talked about? Well considering that there is so much of information out there, this blog timeline is too short to have even covered the part of any. Often I get communications from readers, asking opinion on certain topics and ends with a "You need to blog it". Well the list is growing up, but I enjoy those discussions. Here is one such topic that I felt needs a share- Salmonella […]
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3:40 PM | Saudi King Appoints New MOH Amid Sweeping Changes To Ministries
Saudi Arabia ****  UPDATED ****   # 9422   It was only last April that the long-standing  Minister of Health  Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabiah  was abruptly replaced by Dr. Adel bin Mohammed Faqih (see Saudi Minister Of Health Replaced), presumably over his inability to get control over their growing MERS problem.   Today we’ve word of a massive reshuffling of Cabinet Ministers in Saudi Arabia that includes replacements for the Ministers of Health […]
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