ASM Topic Map
ASM calls your attention to a feature on its website called the “Topic Map” which appears at the top of ASM’s homepage. The Topic Map is a navigational tool that lets you select from a list of topics, including Clinical Microbiology, and see all the pages that are associated with that topic. Go to http://www.asm.organd click on the Topic Map at the top of your computer screen. A pulldown menu will appear, allowing you to pick topics from the following list: All Topics, Biodefense, Clinical Microbiology, Postdoc Fellows, and Student Programs. Once you select the topic of interest, click “GO” and the list of related web pages will appear.
Journal Articles of Interest
Antiviral Therapy Following Dental Treatment May Inhibit Herpesviruses
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Treatment with an antiviral drug following dental work may decrease levels of herpesviruses in saliva, say researchers from Kentucky. Their findings appear in the May 2005 issue of the Journal of Clinical Microbiology.
Organisms in Soil May Protect Lettuce from E. coli
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Researchers from Norway believe that naturally occurring organisms present in soil may protect lettuce from contamination by a common foodborne pathogen. Their findings appear in the May 2005 issue of the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology.
New from ASM Press
Cumitech 1C: Blood Cultures IV
Cumitech 1C, edited by Ellen Jo Baron, provides an up-to-date revision of the previously published Cumitech 1B. Covering most aspects of blood cultures, this Cumitech presents an introduction and rationale for performing blood cultures, describing the clinical use for them. The authors present critical information pertaining to blood cultures, including the collection of blood cultures, transport and processing of culture bottles, media and incubation, and the steps for final examination of a culture. Cumitech 1C details the process of detecting fungi and seven specific pathogens that fail to grow in standard media. Also addressed are practical issues from coding and billing to quality control and quality assurance.
Revenge of the Microbes
Media coverage about “superbugs” that defy current treatments has increased the public’s awareness of and fears surrounding the issue of antibiotic resistance. A new book from ASM Press, Revenge of the Microbes: How Bacterial Resistance is Undermining the Antibiotic Miracle, by Abigail Salyers and Dixie Whitt, provides an in-depth overview of the subject in a reader-friendly, comprehensible style that will engage everyone from scientists to everyday citizens.
Tick-Borne Diseases Of Humans
Tick-Borne Diseases Of Humans, edited by Jesse L. Goodman, U.S. Food and Drug Administration; David T. Dennis, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Colorado State University; and Daniel E. Sonenshine, Old Dominion University, provides physicians and scientists with up-to-date and comprehensive information on the biology, ecology, and clinical aspects of these diseases. It will familiarize clinicians with the various disease syndromes and diagnoses, even for those diseases that commonly occur outside of their sphere of experience. The book is divided into three sections: Section I integrates divergent information relevant to the full spectrum of tick-borne diseases; Section II is devoted to in-depth profiles of specific diseases; Section III examines the geographical distribution of tick-borne diseases and their vectors.
Structural Biology of Bacterial Pathogenesis
Structural Biology of Bacterial Pathogenesis, edited by Gabriel Waksman, Birbeck and University College London, London, United Kingdom; Michael Caparon, Washington University; and Scott Hultgren, Washington University, explores recent developments in the understanding of the molecular basis of bacterial infectious diseases, from structures involved in adhesion and host recognition to those describing elements of bacterial secretion systems. Replete with unique illustrations and written by experts, this new volume provides a foundation for understanding the molecular interactions required for infection to occur. Readers will gain insight into the role structures play both in our comprehension of pathological processes and in the design of novel antibiotic compounds.
ASM News Article of Interest – May
Is Bordetella pertussis Changing? By Nicole Guiso.
Although various molecular analyses suggest Bordetella pertussis is changing, evidence for biological shifts remains elusive. To download the article, go to ASM Newsand scroll down to Features, after logging in with your user name and password.