Archives for July, 2006

Listeria monocytogenes is a gram-positive, rod-shaped bacterium. It can be found in the environment as a soil inhabitant. However, it also can be a frequent contaminant of our food supply. As the latter, the bacterium is a significant public health concern, as it is capable of causing serious infections. Listeriosis (infection with Listeria) causes ~2500…

Sick kid day

Even a microbiologist can’t keep her kids well 100% of the time. Have a post scheduled for later today but that’ll be it; hopefully things will be back to normal tomorrow. In the meantime, check out the newest edition of Pediatric Grand Rounds.

Saturday roundup

More interesting stories that I didn’t get to this week…

Celebs flock to Iowa

I was new to Iowa last summer, and not being much of a bicycle person, had never heard of RAGBRAI, the [Des Moines] Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Race Ride Across Iowa. (Don’t ask me why they didn’t pick a catchier acronym). It’s apparently a rather well-known ride, crossing Iowa from west to east on different…

Animalcules 1.10

Check out the latest edition of Animalcules, the carnival of microbes, over at Science Matters. Additionally, for your macro organism fix, check out today’s Friday ark.

The boredom of debating deniers

John and Jason [edited; and Ed] quote from a John Derbyshire article discussing the wearying business of aruging with creationists:

Coming soon to a store near you?

Here in the U.S., we’ve not found any high pathogenicity H5N1 influenza viruses, be it in our wild waterfowl, our domestic poultry, or our human population. But a recent story shows how quickly (and quietly) it could enter our country:

Ebola, continued

I mentioned in this post on Ebola that I thought the authors were doing a bit too much extrapolation regarding their statement that the evolution of sociality in hominids has been constrained by pathogens such as Ebola. I didn’t elaborate on that topic because it’s a bit too far afield from my areas of expertise,…

Received this press release in my email: Rudd Center Creates Blog for Discussion, Debate of Obesity Epidemic” The Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at Yale goes live today with a blog that encourages people to discuss topics ranging from how advertising determines what children eat to what pressures a bride-to-be is facing to…

Some interesting public health stories on MSNBC today: