Archives for September, 2007

Raise gas prices to slim down America?

…so claims this headline. Only the story screws it up. The article highlights this dissertation research by Charles Courtemanche at Washington University in St. Louis. Courtemanche’s thesis is that the rise in gas prices causes more people to walk, ride bikes, or take public transportation (which they’d also have to walk to), as well as…

I mentioned in this post on Marburg virus that another outbreak of hemorrhagic fever had been reported in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC, formerly Zaire). It’s now been officially reported by labs in Congo and Gabon that, indeed, this new outbreak is due to the Ebola virus. More on this after the jump.

World Rabies Day

September 8th was world rabies day. In the United States, this was celebrated with the news that the canine rabies strain appears to be eliminated from this country. In the U.S., rabies in both humans and domestic animals remains rare, though the virus remains endemic in several species of wildlife (especially raccoons, skunks, and bats).…

Microbe week at Deep Sea News

We owe a lot to the sea for studies of microbiology, so why not? Head over to Deep Sea News this week and check out their microbiology posts.

Life imitates art imitating life

Or something like that. I rarely watch TV, but one of the few things I watch every now and then are reruns of the multiple incarnations of Law & Order shows when I run into them on TNT or one of those cable stations. They have all kinds of “ripped from the headlines” story plots,…

Correcting misinformation can backfire. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently issued a flier to combat myths about the flu vaccine. It recited various commonly held views and labeled them either “true” or “false.” Among those identified as false were statements such as “The side effects are worse than the flu” and “Only…

While E. coli typically makes the news as a food-borne pathogen, that’s only one facet of the bacterium. It can be deadly, sure, but it also helps us digest our food; it produces vitamin K for us; benign strains can even protect us from invading pathogens. It’s one of the most-studied bacterial species and a…

Denial has real consequences– MMR plea by doctors as measles cases treble in 11 weeks: