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A 10-second kiss transfers 80 million bacteria, study says

A research study from institutes in the Netherlands reports that a couple will share approximately 80 million bacteria during a 10-second kiss!

Parkinson’s disease linked to gut bacteria

A new strand of research shows that people suffering from Parkinson’s disease have a different composition of bacteria in their intestines compared with normal adults. A research group think that there is a causative connection.

WHO reveals high risk TB countries

The estimated rate of tuberculosis (TB) per 100,000 people, compiled from World Health Organisation (WHO) data for each country (2013), shows a rise. There are some interesting geographical findings.

Vultures developed resistance for their horrifying diets

Copenhage - One question that has puzzled scientists is how vultures can live on a diet of carrion that would at least trigger severe food-poisoning, and probably kill most other animals.

Oil-dwelling bacteria demonstrate how life gets everywhere

Oslo - Deep below Earth's surface are scattered vast lakes of oil. These hydrocarbon reservoirs are dispersed randomly much like remote islands in Earth’s oceans.

Antibiotic resistance detected in monkeys

Veracruz - Antibiotic resistance is the scourge of modern medicine. Alarmingly, even animals that live far from humans are developing resistance to antibiotics.

Beneficial bacteria help fight malaria

Lisbonne - Specific bacterial components in the human gut can help trigger a natural defense mechanism that guards against malaria transmission. This has come from a new study.

Thousands sign up to Antibiotic Guardians

London - Across the U.K., over 8,100 healthcare professionals and some 3,600 members of the public have pledged to do their own part to help reduce antibiotic resistance by becoming “antibiotic guardians.”

Five things cleaner than your smartphone

Smartphone are known for carrying germs. However, did you know that there are five other common items that are “cleaner” than the cellular device? Digital Journal takes a look.

What do people get up to in washrooms?

According to a new survey, based on people in the U.S., washrooms are used for a lot of different activities (beyond the obvious).

Whooping cough remains a problem in the U.S.

Bethesda - The latest figures from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that whooping cough continues to increase across the U.S.

Gene jumps across three domains of life

Through a mechanism termed horizontal gene transfer, an antibacterial gene family has dispersed to a plant, an insect, several fungi, and an archaeon.

Discoverer of Lyme disease dies

Willy Burgdorfer, the scientific entomologist who first identified the bacteria that cause Lyme disease has died at the age of 89. The cause was complications of Parkinson’s disease.

Fiber supplements shift bacteria and trigger weight loss

A new study suggests that the addition of dietary fiber to a diet leads to a shift in the gut toward beneficial bacteria. This reduces risks of cancer and can help with weight loss.

Viruses help to maintain human health

New York - Scientists now argue that the natural presence of viruses in the gut (virome) help to maintain health-maintenance and infection-fighting. This is similar to the role of the intestinal bacteria.

Soil microbes can help tackle climate change

Researchers have developed a new climate change modeling tool. The tool shows that carbon dioxide removal from the atmosphere, as result of greater plant growth can be offset by changes in the activity of soil microbes.

Chicken juice helps pathogens to flourish

Washington - The food poisoning bacterium Campylobacter is relatively hardy in many kitchens. New research shows that the robustness is boosted by "chicken juice."

Get Smart About Antibiotics Week Special

This week is “Get Smart About Antibiotics Week.” This is an international collaboration between U.S., Europe, Australia and Canada.

Carbon monoxide could help battle pathogens

Biologists have found that naturally occurring carbon monoxide (CO) is essential for immune system cells in the human body to be able to combat invasive bacterial pathogens.

GMO bans in Europe set to progress

An environmental committee of the European Parliament has approved legislation that allows member states to ban genetically engineered crops.

New treatment against antibiotic resistant bacteria

University of Liverpool microbiologists are working on a new treatment against antibiotic resistant bacterial infections. The treatment is designed to be an alternative to current antibiotics.

Bacteria line dancing by magnetism (video)

Scientists have placed bacteria on a chip and, by altering the magnetic field, made the bacteria make a complete U-turn. With further application the bacteria can be made to move in any direction, in movements similar to line dancing.

Insight into how red meat harms arteries

According to an animal study, gut microbes produce an important metabolite that promotes atherosclerosis in association with the consumption of red meat.

Hospital bacteria traced back to farm animals

Edinburgh - Some types of hospital superbugs, notably MRSA, isolated from U.K. hospitals, have been linked back to bacteria detected in farm animals. Several of the isolates are antibiotic resistant.

Leprosy rates declining in U.S.

Bethesda - Hansen’s disease (HD), or leprosy, is rare in most countries. However, the National Hansen’s Disease Program reports that incidences occur, however they have fallen over the past decade.

Glucose intolerance linked to gut bacteria

London - Synchronous co-ordination between our bacteria and biological clocks is necessary for preventing obesity and glucose intolerance, according to a new study. This is a further example of the important role gut bacteria play in human health.

Baby wipes recalled due to potential bacterial infection risk

A brand of baby wipes has been recalled due to a potential contamination risk, which could occur due to the presence of pathogenic bacteria. The bacteria were found following laboratory testing.

Breaded chicken recalled due to food poisoning risk

A bacterial toxin has been found in a range of breaded chicken products. As a precaution, the processed meat breaded products have been withdrawn from sale in the U.S.

Microbes used to detox marine pollutants

Manchester - Many microbes have an ability to "clean up" pollutants. A new study has shown how special cellular chemistry allows microbes to strip pollutants of halogen atoms. The finding could be useful for tackling marine toxins.

Global tuberculosis cases increase

Geneva - A new study by the World Health Organization indicates that tuberculosis has infected hundreds of thousands more people around the world. The actual figures are far higher than those estimated a year ago.
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