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Strep A: what you need to know
December 6, 2022
With a notable increase in serious Step A cases in the UK this year and concern over the risk to young children, we asked three expert Microbiology Society members to answer some common questions about Strep A.
Sepsis control in West Africa: Benin celebrates World Sepsis Day
July 13, 2021
Sepsis is a major health problem in the world. According to Pasteur Institute, someone dies of sepsis every five seconds worldwide. On Friday 25 June 2021, the town of Abomey-Calavi and the University of Abomey-Calavi in the Republic of Benin hosted the celebration of World Sepsis Day. This organisation is attributed to a consortium consisting of PSR Finland, the Research Unit in Applied Microbiology and Pharmacology of Natural Substances, the Benin Young Academy Sciences and CeRADIS NGO with the institutional and technical support of the Ministry of Health of Benin, the American Society for Microbiology and the Microbiology Society.
New antibiotics needed: Helicobacter pylori
July 23, 2020
In 2017, the World Health Organization (WHO) published the ’12 Priority Pathogens’: a list of 12 microbes that are becoming increasingly resistant to current antimicrobials. These 12 pathogens are thought by WHO to pose the greatest threat to human health.
Inaugural Group A Streptococcus focus meeting – Bringing together research and patients
February 24, 2020
Supported by the Microbiology Society, the inaugural Group A Streptococcus (GAS) UK meeting was hosted at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) in October 2019. Here we talk to organisers Dr Helge Dorfmueller, Dr Claire Turner and Dr Alex McCarthy about their experience of the event.
Microbe Talk: The role of microbes in cancer
October 18, 2019
Microbes are not usually the first thing to come to mind when people think of the causes of cancer, but should they be? It is becoming increasingly clear that the diseases caused by microbes extend well past simple infections, and now a growing number of bacteria, viruses and fungi are being linked to tumours.
Microbiology Editor's Choice: additional virulence factors of corynebacteria
August 1, 2019
Each month, a manuscript published in our flagship journal Microbiology is chosen by a member of the Editorial Board. This month, the paper is titled 'Beyond diphtheria toxin: cytotoxic proteins of Corynebacterium ulcerans and Corynebacterium diphtheriae' and was chosen by Dr Jörg Stülke.
Microbe Talk: MicroNews July
July 26, 2019
This is the first episode of MicroNews, where we discuss the times microbiology and microbiologists have been on TV, in the papers and trending online. This month, Laura and Matt talk about the HPV vaccine, fungal diseases and antimicrobial resistance. We also hear from Professor Sally Bloomfield who talks about the link between allergies and hygiene.
Rabies virus: can we treat the untreatable?
June 25, 2019
Every year, an estimated 59,000 people die from rabies. Usually contracted following a bite from an infected animal, rabies is almost always fatal in people who have not been vaccinated. Once symptoms of appear, there is little-to-no hope for the infected individual, with no treatment options currently available.