A new study led by a research team from Massachusetts Eye and Ear and Harvard Medical School describes how bacteria adapted to the modern hospital environment and repeatedly cause antibiotic-resistant bloodstream infections. Infections acquired by hospitalized patients are more often antibiotic-resistant than those that occur elsewhere, and hospitals invest considerable effort to prevent them. Despite […]Continue Reading ...
New research from Stanford gives a surprising explanation for how drug-resistant bacterial infections develop in the lungs of cystic fibrosis patients. The study, published in Science Translational Medicine, uncovers a previously unrecognized role for viruses that infect some of the bacteria colonizing CF patients’ lungs. Because the viruses, called filamentous phages, don’t invade human lung […]Continue Reading ...
Researchers from Bar-Ilan University have found that with pregnancy there is a change in the composition of gut bacteria in women. This could be associated with the changing hormonal status they speculate. The results of their study titled, “Progesterone Increases Bifidobacterium Relative Abundance during Late Pregnancy,” were published in the latest issue of the journal […]Continue Reading ...
Staying in a hotel or private accommodation is associated with contracting and carrying home drug-resistant bacteria in travelers to low and/or middle-income countries (LMICs), according to new research being presented at this year’s European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) in Amsterdam, Netherlands (13-16 April). Younger travelers aged 20-30 years were also found […]Continue Reading ...
Hundreds of different bacterial species are living inside your mouth. Some are highly abundant, while others are scarce. A few of these oral bacteria are known pathogens. Others are benign, or even beneficial. Scientists know the genetic makeup of about 70 percent of oral bacteria. What they don’t know is which species would live the […]Continue Reading ...
With the increasing threat of antibiotic resistance, there is a growing need for new treatment strategies against life threatening bacterial infections. Researchers at Lund University in Sweden and the University of Copenhagen may have identified such an alternative treatment for bacterial meningitis, a serious infection that can lead to sepsis. The study is published in […]Continue Reading ...
Apr 5 2019 Scientists have made a surprising discovery about how strange bacteria that live in soil and sediment can conduct electricity. The bacteria do so, the researchers determined, through a seamless biological structure never before seen in nature – a structure scientists can co-opt to miniaturize electronics, create powerful-yet-tiny batteries, build pacemakers without wires […]Continue Reading ...
Antimicrobial and antifungal resistance, which describe the ability of bacteria and other pathogens to resist the effects of drugs to which they were once sensitive, is a major public health problem worldwide. A study published recently in the journal Nature Communications suggests that the solution may come from the tiny bodies of insects, or more […]Continue Reading ...
To see how the phages and bacteria might work together, the researchers took advantage of a quirk of the biology of filamentous phages: When these phages infect the bacteria, they do not kill them; rather, the still-living bacteria incorporate the phage DNA into their own DNA and begin churning out lots of viral particles. The […]Continue Reading ...
Antibiotic resistance has been called one of the biggest public health threats of our time. There is a pressing need for new and novel antibiotics to combat the rise in antibiotic-resistant bacteria worldwide. Researchers from Florida International University’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine are part of an international team that has discovered a new broad-spectrum […]Continue Reading ...
Collagen after incubation with neutrophils for 24 hours: Image at right depicts a loss of collagen fibril network when incubated with neutrophils. Credit: Russel Gitalis A new study by researchers at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Dentistry provides the first evidence that the body’s own defence system could be a major contributor to tooth […]Continue Reading ...
Jane and Aatos Erkko foundation has awarded University of Jyväskylä’s Academy Research Fellow Matti Jalasvuori’s research group 255 000 euro grant for investigating the conjugative transfer of anti-antibiotic resistance genetic elements. The group studies different ways by which the increase in antibiotic-resistant bacteria could be controlled. The aim in this project is to develop probiotic […]Continue Reading ...
A latest study from the NASA has found that the International Space Station is filled with bacteria and fungi. These bacteria include dangerous ones that are capable of causing illness among the residents. The fungi on the other hand could be damaging the station itself by corrosion find the researchers. The actual threat from these […]Continue Reading ...
Fecal bacteria – bacteria that are present in the digestive system of humans and animals – are known to contaminate waters. They can sometimes be a health hazard. Little research has been conducted into the spread and distribution of fecal bacteria in rivers and, above all, into their input from the surrounding landscape. Researchers from […]Continue Reading ...
Animal products are often contaminated with bacteria that can cause a variety of illnesses in humans. For example, the ingestion of Escherichia coli can cause food poisoning. The use of antibiotics on farmed animals can lead to the bacteria developing an antibiotic resistance, which is very concerning for the food industry. Recently, a gas chromatography […]Continue Reading ...
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