Bacteria

Worrisome Bacterial Infections Down, But Don't Be Complacent

]]>(MedPage Today) -- Good news: prevention efforts in healthcare settings helped cut infections attributable to certain bacterial pathogens, studies suggested. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and other infections trended...
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Infants Introduced Early To Solid Foods Show Gut Bacteria Changes That May Portend Future Health...

Infants who were started on solid foods at or before three months of age showed changes in the levels of gut bacteria and bacterial byproducts, called short-chain fatty acids, measured in their stool samples, according to a new study.
Related topics: Medical Research

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Baaahhh: How Sheep And Bacteria Help Fight Coronavirus

Paul Davies Public Health, World Here's how.  SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, works by infecting the respiratory system. If it gets into the lungs, it causes an immune reaction, which can lead to pneumonia and even death. At the...
Related topics: Virus, Virology, Pneumonia, Medical Research

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You'll Love This High Tech Water Bottle, Which Just Went On Sale

TL;DR: Make sure your water is free from harmful bacteria with a LIZ Smart Self-Cleaning Bottle for $64.99, an 18% savings as of April 2. In an effort to eliminate single-use plastics, more and more people have been switching to reusable water...

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Blocking The Iron Transport Could Stop Tuberculosis

The bacteria that cause tuberculosis need iron to survive. Researchers have now solved the first detailed structure of the transport protein responsible for the iron supply. When the iron transport into the bacteria is inhibited, the pathogen can no...
Related topics: Tuberculosis, Medical Research, Proteins

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Antibiotic Resistance Could Lead To More Covid-19 Deaths

Secondary bacterial infections are part of the problem, and we need to ramp up research on new drugs to fight them -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Related topics: Antibiotics, Medical Research

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New Metabolism Discovered In Bacteria

They make sauerkraut sour, turn milk into yogurt and cheese, and give rye bread its intensive flavour: bacteria that ferment nutrients instead of using oxygen to extract their energy. Acetobacterium woodii (short: A. woodii) is one of these...
Related topics: Medical Research

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Microbiome May Hold Key To Identifying Hpv-infected Women At Risk For Pre-cancer

Gardnerella bacteria in the cervicovaginal microbiome may serve as a biomarker to identify women infected with human papillomavirus (HPV) who are at risk for progression to precancer, according to a new study.
Related topics: Microbiome, Cancer, Oncology, Medical Research

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Forgotten Tale Of Phage Therapy History Revealed

In the current situation when the fear of virus infections in the public is common, it is good to remember that some viruses can be extremely beneficial for humankind, even save lives. Such viruses, phages, infect bacteria. Recent research shed some...
Related topics: Virus, Virology, Medical Research

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Burying Or Burning Garbage Boosts Airborne Bacteria, Antibiotic Resistance Genes

Municipal solid waste is trash -- such as plastic, food scraps and lawn clippings -- that goes into garbage bins and doesn't get recycled. Most of this waste is buried in landfills or is incinerated. Now, researchers have shown that when disposed of...
Related topics: Antibiotics, Genetics, Medical Research

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Improving Cleanup Of Contaminated Groundwater

Beads that contain bacteria and a slow-release food supply to sustain them can clean up contaminated groundwater for months on end, maintenance free.

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Too Much Salt Weakens The Immune System

A high-salt diet is not only bad for one's blood pressure, but also for the immune system. Mice fed a high-salt diet were found to suffer from much more severe bacterial infections. Human volunteers who consumed additional six grams of salt per day...
Related topics: Hypertension, Diet, Blood Pressure

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A Cleverly Designed Brass ‘hygiene Hand’ Tool That Acts As Substitute For Human Hands On Public...

Concerned about the germs and viruses that can be spread through everyday life activities, emergency prep company StatGear Tools has created the “Hygiene Hand”. This EDC (everyday carry) tool is made of a naturally non-bacterial brass...
Related topics: Germs, Virus, Virology

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You Can't Kill The Coronavirus. That's Ok.

Some viruses look like moon landers. Called phages, they hijack bacteria by landing on the hapless cells and injecting them with a ream of genetic material. Then, the phages use the commandeered cells to multiply. Similar to the new coronavirus,...
Related topics: Virus, Virology, Genetics

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New Device Quickly Detects Harmful Bacteria In Blood

Engineers have created a tiny device that can rapidly detect harmful bacteria in blood, allowing health care professionals to pinpoint the cause of potentially deadly infections and fight them with drugs.

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Research Breakthrough: Humans Are Not The First To Repurpose Crispr

We humans are far from the first to exploit the benefits of CRISPR. Groundbreaking research has helped to redefine what CRISPR is. Researchers have discovered that primitive bacterial parasites weaponize CRISPR to engage in battle against one...
Related topics: Medical Research, Parasites

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Cannabis Helps Fight Resistant Bacteria

Bacteria are increasingly becoming resistant to antibiotics. By combining antibiotics with the cannabis compound, cannabidiol, researchers have found a way to enhance the antibiotic effect.
Related topics: Antibiotics, Medical Research

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Engineers Model Mutations Causing Drug Resistance

Whether it is a drug-resistant strain of bacteria, or cancer cells that no longer react to the drugs intended to kill them, diverse mutations make cells resistant to chemicals, and "second generation" approaches are needed. Now, a team of Penn State...
Related topics: Genetics, Cancer, Oncology

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Antibiotic Intercepts Building Blocks Of The Bacterial Envelope

One of the last arrows in the quiver in the fight against dangerous bacteria is the reserve antibiotic daptomycin. It is used primarily when conventional drugs fail due to resistant bacteria. Although the antibiotic was developed around 30 years...
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Commonly Used Mouthwash Could Make Saliva Significantly More Acidic, Change Microbes

The first study looking at the effect of chlorhexidine mouthwash on the entire oral microbiome has found its use significantly increases the abundance of lactate-producing bacteria that lower saliva pH, and may increase the risk of tooth damage. "In...
Related topics: Medical Research, Microbiome

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