Study finds biochemical role of crucial TonB protein in bacterial iron transport and pathogenesis
(Kansas State University) Scientists have discovered the role of the membrane protein TonB in bacteria that cause a wide variety of diseases, including typhoid fever, plague, meningitis and dysentery. The results may lead to new and improved antibiotics for humans and animals. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 1, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Vitamins: stop taking the pills
This article was corrected on 7 June 2013. During editing, a line in the fifth from last paragraph, beginning 'Another example is St John's wort…' was accidentally transposed, leading to the suggestion that serotonin was a medicine rather than a brain chemical.Alternative medicineHealth & wellbeingHealthCancerCancerMedical researchPharmaceuticals industryDepressionguardian.co.uk © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds     (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 7, 2013 Category: Science Tags: The Guardian Depression Pharmaceuticals industry Health Medical research & wellbeing Society Extracts Features Cancer Life and style Alternative medicine Science Source Type: news

Shigella Uses Natural 'Thermometer' To Trigger Diarrheal Disease
How does the bacterium Shigella - the cause of a deadly diarrheal disease - detect that it's in a human host? Ohio University scientists have found that a biological "RNA thermometer" monitors whether the environment is right for the bacterium to produce the factors it needs to survive within the body, according to a study published in the journal PLOS ONE. The scientists have been seeking more information about the genetic pathways of Shigella in the hope of finding new treatment options for the disease it causes... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - May 23, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases / Bacteria / Viruses Source Type: news

Rates Of Foodborne Illness Cases On The Rise
Rates of food borne illnesses - also known as "food poisoning" are on the rise, according to a new report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The report compared rates of food borne infections from 2012 to rates from the period spanning 2006-2008 and found that the prevalence of infections from bacteria called Campylobacter and Vibrio increased. Additionally, they found that rates of infections from Cryptosporidium,�Listeria,�Salmonella,�Shigella, Shiga toxin-producing�Escherichia coli�(STEC) O157, and�Yersinia�rema...
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - April 18, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: GastroIntestinal / Gastroenterology Source Type: news

Water Shortage Hits Pacific Women
The Solomon Islands, a developing island nation in the south-west Pacific Islands, has one of the highest urbanisation rates in the region, and the basic service infrastructure is struggling to cater for the influx of people from the provinces to the capital, Honiara. Thirty-five percent of the city’s population, who live in informal settlements, are facing the health consequences of a dire shortage of clean water and sanitation. Located on the main island of Guadalcanal, Honiara is a coastal city and port of 64,600 people growing at 2.7 percent a year. Thirty informal settlements in the capital are home to more than...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 8, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Catherine Wilson Tags: Active Citizens Aid Asia-Pacific Civil Society Development & Aid Economy & Trade Environment Featured Gender Gender Identity Gender Violence Headlines Health Population Regional Categories TerraViva Europe Water & Sanitatio Source Type: news

NIH-Funded Researchers Begin Trial of Shigella Vaccine Candidates
Source: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases - Related MedlinePlus Page: Bacterial Infections (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - February 21, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NIH-funded researchers begin trial of Shigella vaccine candidates
(NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) Researchers have launched an early-stage human clinical trial of two related candidate vaccines to prevent infection with Shigella, bacteria that are a significant cause of diarrheal illness, particularly among children. The Phase I clinical trial, funded by NIAID, part of NIH, will evaluate the vaccines for safety and their ability to induce immune responses among 90 healthy adults ages 18 to 45 years. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 20, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

From the Archives…
Supporting the Troops: Red Cross and the Spanish American War February 15 marks 115 years since the USS Maine exploded in Cuba’s Havana Harbor. The explosion resulted in more than 200 deaths and served as a catalyst for the Spanish American War of 1898. It was also the first time the American Red Cross responded to a military event.   Wreckage of the USS Maine, 1898, U.S. Bureau of Ships, National Archives The U.S. government signed the 1864 Geneva Convention in 1882, providing the mandate for the Red Cross to support the military. So in 1898 the young Red Cross set out to assist the troops who went off to fight...
Source: Red Cross Chat - February 15, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Susan Watson Tags: History SAF Uncategorized Red Cross history Spanish American War USS Maine Source Type: news

News: Updated Lab manual from GFN
The GFN Lab Subcommittee are pleased to announce the updated laboratory manual on the Isolation of Salmonella and Shigella from Faecal Specimens. Please see the link below to access the manual online: http://www.antimicrobialresistance.dk/232-169-215-protocols.htm (Source: The Journal of Infection in Developing Countries: Announcements)
Source: The Journal of Infection in Developing Countries: Announcements - November 25, 2010 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

News: Updated Lab manual from GFN
The GFN Lab Subcommittee are pleased to announce the updated laboratory manual on the Isolation of Salmonella and Shigella from Faecal Specimens.Please see the link below to access the manual online: http://www.antimicrobialresistance.dk/232-169-215-protocols.htm (Source: The Journal of Infection in Developing Countries: Announcements)
Source: The Journal of Infection in Developing Countries: Announcements - November 25, 2010 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news