ASM Weekly Newsdigest #610



  1. Turning bacteria's shield into a weapon against it
  2. Faecal transplants used to cure Clostridium difficile
  3. New Disinfection Technique Could Revolutionize Hospital Room Cleaning
  4. Microbial Diversity ID’d in Gut of Low Birth Weight Infants
  5. Vaccine may prevent cruise ship virus
  6. Better prepared for an E. coli outbreak
  7. Megavirus, the biggest known virus
  8. Hemophilia B - Single Gene Therapy Treatment Offers Significant Improvement
  9. Fish may provide key to stopping disease spread, researcher says
  10. Attention, citizens!



Turning bacteria's shield into a weapon against it
RSC
December 9, 2011
http://www.rsc.org/chemistryworld/News/2011/December/09121102.asp
Scientists in Germany have synthesised the core part of a sugar compound produced by the pathogenic bacteria responsible for meningitis - Neisseria meningitides - which could be used in a vaccine for meningococcal diseases, in particular meningitis B. 


Faecal transplants used to cure Clostridium difficile
BBC
December 11, 2011
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-15113440
Transplanting faecal matter from one person to another - the thought might turn your stomach, but it could be lifesaving.


New Disinfection Technique Could Revolutionize Hospital Room Cleaning
ScienceDaily
December 9, 2011
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/12/111209105703.htm
A Queen's University infectious disease expert has collaborated in the development of a disinfection system that may change the way hospital rooms all over the world are cleaned as well as stop bed bug outbreaks in hotels and apartments.


Microbial Diversity ID’d in Gut of Low Birth Weight Infants
DoctorsLounge
December 9, 2011
http://www.doctorslounge.com/index.php/news/pb/25213
The gut-associated microbiome of extremely low birth weight infants has microbial diversity and includes fungal species, bacteria, molds, viruses, parasitic organisms, and roundworms, according to a study published online Dec. 8 in PLoS One.


Vaccine may prevent cruise ship virus
UPI
December 10, 2011
http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2011/12/10/Vaccine-may-prevent-cruise-ship-virus/UPI-77011323550220/?spt=hs&or=hn
Researchers are working on a vaccine that might one day prevent norovirus, which has made many cruise ship passengers in the United States ill.


Better prepared for an E. coli outbreak
HealthCanal
December 9, 2011
http://www.healthcanal.com/infections/24402-Better-prepared-for-coli-outbreak.html
New methods speed up the process of identifying the subgroup of E. coli bacteria responsible for an outbreak of illness. At the same time, Norwegian researchers are on the trail of a disinfectant that will inhibit the growth of pathogenic bacteria in food.


Megavirus, the biggest known virus
Virology.ws
December 14, 2011
http://www.virology.ws/2011/12/14/megavirus-the-biggest-known-virus/
The mantle of world’s biggest virus has passed from Mimivirus to Megavirus. But in this case, size doesn’t matter. It’s the genes that these viruses share and do not share that make this story important.


Hemophilia B - Single Gene Therapy Treatment Offers Significant Improvement
Medical News Today
December 10, 2011
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/238992.php
Patients with hemophilia B experienced considerable improvements and fewer injections with clotting factor to reduce bleeding after receiving just one treatment with gene therapy, researchers reported in the New England Journal of Medicine.


Fish may provide key to stopping disease spread, researcher says
PhysOrg
December 12, 2011
http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-12-fish-key-disease.html
A small fish may prove useful to understanding a worldwide health problem, if a Wayne State University researcher is correct.


Attention, citizens!
The Economist
November 19, 2011
http://www.economist.com/node/21538656
A new project to study the spread and seriousness of flu.


Beating Superbugs with a High-Tech Cleanser
Infection Control Today
December 10, 2011
http://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/news/2011/12/beating-superbugs-with-a-hightech-cleanser.aspx
Dr. Udi Qimron of the Department of Clinical Microbiology and Immunology at Tel Aviv University's Sackler Faculty of Medicine has developed an efficient and cost-effective liquid solution that can help fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria and keep more patients safe from life-threatening infections.

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