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How diseases are emerging and re-emerging?

What was the earlier belief in people mind?

Fifty years ago people believed that the war of humankind against the infectious diseases was virtually over and science had won over infectious diseases like whooping cough, pneumonia, polio and small pox with the help of antibiotics, vaccines and some aggressive public health campaigns. 754 more words


The First Week

Well, the first week is now done and dusted.

This week has been a mix of wonder, fear and amazement. It’s enthralling to finally be put in the deep end of a subject area that I have been enthusiastic about since I was a child. 182 more words


Missing Microbes: How the Overuse of Antibiotics Is Fueling Our Modern Plagues

By Martin J Blaser

Synopsis: A critically important and startling look at the harmful effects of overusing antibiotics, from the field’s leading expert.

Tracing one scientist’s journey toward understanding the crucial importance of the microbiome, this revolutionary book will take readers to the forefront of trail-blazing research while revealing the damage that overuse of antibiotics is doing to our health: contributing to the rise of obesity, asthma, diabetes, and certain forms of cancer. 161 more words


Photos: Scientists use microbes to make beautiful works of art in petri dishes

Microbes and agar are no longer just scientific tools—they’re key ingredients to making beautiful works of art.

The American Society for Microbiology challenged its members to create art using microbes as paint and… 220 more words

In brief (September 2015): saliva and radiotherapy, cold and insulin sensitivity, and a giant virus

Keeping saliva secretion up after radiotherapy, or how finding where stem cells crucial to salivary gland regeneration reside may help prevent irreversible tissue damage and loss of saliva production after head-and-neck cancer radiotherapy… 849 more words


Adipose Tissue Is a Neglected HIV Reservoir

Chronic immune activation/inflammation and viral persistence in reservoirs are important features of chronic HIV infection, even in patients receiving ART. A recent paper evaluates the involvement of adipose tissue in chronic HIV/SIV infections. 495 more words