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Welcome to Mostly Microbes and Infectious Diseases. David Ojcius posts newspaper and journal articles in the broad field of microbiology.

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What is pneumonia? (free video)

Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs that can be caused by a variety of different pathogens, including viruses, bacteria, fungi, and mycobacteria. #pneumonia #tuberculosis #TB #microbes #infection

COVID-19 - causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, pathology

What is #COVID19? The coronaviruses that circulate among humans are typically benign, and they cause about a quarter of all common cold illnesses. But occasionally, coronaviruses, like COVID-19, circulate in an animal reservoir and mutate just enough to where they’re able to start infecting and causing disease in humans. #COVID19 #coronavirus #infection #microbes #microbiology #virology See free video:

David Ojcius on Lifelong Learning as a Researcher

Although they have been separate professions, dentistry is converging with medicine. There is a growing awareness that oral health affects systemic health. Patients see dentists more often than physicians. Dentists are in a good position to diagnose early signs of non-oral diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease. #LifelongLearning #education #oralhealth #microbiology #immunology #InstitutPasteur #Rockefeller #Pacific #dentistry #microbes #infection https://www.newsbreak.

David Ojcius - Assistant Dean of Research, U. of the Pacific - on oral health and lifelong learning

Although they have been separate professions, dentistry is converging with medicine. There is a growing awareness that oral health affects systemic health. Patients see dentists more often than physicians. Dentists are in a good position to diagnose early signs of non-oral diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease. Interview on #microbiology #LifelongLearning #oralhealth #immunology #microbes #infection #inflammation #education #dentistry #medicine

Global Causes Of Death: Significant Shifts From 2000 To 2019

Coronary heart disease and stroke are the two leading causes of death for Homo sapiens on planet Earth, according to a new report from the World Health Organization. This fact has remained unchanged for the past two decades. But this analysis of global deaths over the past 20 years finds significant shifts in how people die — as well as dramatic differences in what leads to death in different regions. Noncommunicable diseases such as dementia and diabetes are now claiming mor

Gene editing with CRISPR has made pigs immune to a deadly epidemic, PRSS

#CRISPR #epidemic #porcine #microbes #infection #agriculture When covid-19 began to race around the world, countries closed businesses and told people to stay home. Many thought that would be enough to stop the coronavirus. If we had paid more attention to pigs, we might have known better. When it comes to controlling airborne viruses, says Bill Christianson, “I think we fool ourselves on how effective we can be.” Christianson is an epidemiologist and veterinarian who heads t

Genetic Discovery Leads to Potential New COVID-19 Treatments

5 genes involved in antiviral immunity & lung #inflammation identified as associated with severe forms of #COVID19. IFNAR2, TYK2, OAS1, DPP9 & CCR2 partially explain why some people become desperately sick with Covid-19, while others are not affected. #immunology #coronavirus #SARSCoV2 #microbes #infection #genetics

The Coronavirus, Bats and Us

They probably spread the #coronavirus that’s killing humans. We almost certainly spread the fungus that’s killing them. "Bat viruses usually spill into humans when we intrude upon #bats in their habitats, excavating their guano for fertilizer, capturing them, killing them or transporting them live to markets, or otherwise initiating a disruptive interaction." #SARSCoV2 #COVID19 #microbes #virology #infection #microbiology

Innovative universal flu vaccine shows promise in first clinical test

A universal #FluVaccine shows promising results in a small early trial. The vaccine targets the stalk of haemagglutinin (HA) proteins, which are less prone to mutations than other parts of the virus. #flu #influenza #vaccine #microbes #infection #microbiology #virology

Most popular articles in Current Research in Microbial Sciences

Current Research in Microbial Sciences publishes high quality open access content that supports your research journey, empowering you to make an even greater impact in your field. The top five most downloaded articles from CRMICR provide you with a few examples of what your peers are reading in the journal. #microbiology #microbes #environment #infection Minireview of progress in the structural study of SARS-CoV-2 proteins Bioremediation of malachite green dye by two bacteria

Phytochemicals against SARS-CoV-2 as potential drug leads

The newly emerged #SARSCoV2 strains from the #coronavirus (CoV) family is causing one of the most disruptive pandemics of the past century. Developing antiviral drugs is a challenge for the scientific community and pharmaceutical industry. Given the health emergency, repurposing of existing antiviral, antiinflammatory or antimalarial drugs is an attractive option for controlling SARS-CoV-2 with drugs. However, phytochemicals selected based on ethnomedicinal information as wel

How the novel #coronavirus evolved

As the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 swept across the world and killed more than 1.5 million in the past year, it has mutated into several major groups, or strains, as it adapted to its human hosts. Mapping and understanding those changes to the virus is crucial to developing strategies to combat the #COVID19 disease it causes. There are currently seven main strains of the virus. The original strain, detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019, is the L strain. The virus

Distinct Microbiome and Metabolites Linked with Depression

The gastrointestinal tracts of people with major depressive disorder harbor a signature composition of viruses, bacteria, and their metabolic products, according to the most comprehensive genomic and metabolomic analysis in depression to date. #microbiome #microbiota #depression #microbes #infection

‘A lost generation’: Research reveals students sliding backward, most vulnerable worst affected

Unequal gaps in learning during remote school. New studies & grading data released by multiple school districts in the US confirm fears that students are falling behind. Hardest hit are Black, Hispanic, low-income students & children with disabilities. #remotelearning #education #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #microbes #infection

Climate Change Is Ushering in a New Pandemic Era.

Intensive agriculture, habitat destruction, & climate change are ushering in a new pandemic era, especially through the emergence of new pathogens from animals. #agriculture #climatechange #pandemic #zoonosis #microbes #infection

The book reopened on infectious diseases

Emerging infectious diseases represent a major challenge to human health worldwide. The risk of evolving new infectious pathogens has been intensifying due to urbanization, demographic changes, air travel, inappropriate use of antibiotics, and climate change. These pathogens can affect humans from urban centers to the remotest corners of the globe. Far from being a scourge of the past, infectious diseases are relevant for the world today. #microbes #infection #emergingpathoge

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