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Bacteria help deliver fish-oil diet benefits

Diets rich in fish oil compared with diets where lard is the predominant fat lead to very different types of bacteria being found in the guts. The bacteria appear to help with the health benefits of fish oil and the harmful effects of lard.

Insect chitin could have antimicrobial properties

A new study suggests chitin, a biopolymer extracted from insects and crustaceans, could be effective against pathogenic microorganisms.

GSK plant closes due to Legionnaires' disease

A GlaxoSmithKline facility has shut down due to a risk from Legionnaire's disease. The bacterium was detected in a cooling tower. The pharma plant makes inhaled medications.

Gut bacteria could prevent type 1 diabetes

Through an investigation of the immune response, researchers have discovered that certain bacteria can protect against the development of type 1 diabetes.

Discovering how Listeria grows on refrigerated salmon

Listeria monocytogenes, in sufficient numbers on refrigerated food, can present the serious risk of listeriosis. Researchers have been investigating the growth mechanism of the bacterium to find a way of reducing infection rates.

Bacterial solution to giving up smoking

A newly discovered strain of bacteria could be the solution for people wanting to break the nicotine habit. Specifically an enzyme extracted from the organism could be the basis of a new drug.

Hand washing is key to reducing infection risks

London - A new Internet educational series, designed to encourage people to wash their hands more often, should lower the risk of catching and passing on infections. This is the finding of a new medical survey.

3D printing for detecting off-milk in cartons

Researchers have used 3D printing to develop a sensor that can be placed inside a carton of milk to detect if the milk is fit for drinking and to alert if the milk has "gone off."

Probiotics are more effective in conjunction with dairy

Probiotics are more effective when used in conjunction with dairy products compared with other foodstuffs or beverages, according to a new study. The study does have some limitations.

Seeking a cure for nasty flesh-eating disease

Scientists are a step closer to dealing with Buruli ulcer, a horrible "flesh-eating" disease. The disease is bacterial and it causes blood clots on the skin.

Pneumonia is a growing cause of hospitalization in U.S.

Washington - Pneumonia is one of the leading causes of hospitalization among adults in the U.S., to the extent that the medical costs exceeded $10 billion. It is also a major reason for death.

New treatment for acne is effective

Washington - The slow release of nitric oxide, through nanotechnology, can be an effective cure against acne, according to new research. The nitric oxide tackles the bacteria that cause the spots and pimples on the skin to flare up.

Gut bacteria provide coffee berry borers with super-resistance

New York - Scientists have worked out why coffee berry borers manage to cause so much damage to coffee plants around the world, despite being exposed to high levels of caffeine that would ordinarily be toxic. The answer is bacteria.

Garlic helps treat urinary tract infections

Extracts of garlic could help to combat types of multi-drug resistant bacterial pathogens that can cause urinary tract infections (UTI), according to new research.

Warning as hot weather causes Salmonella infections to rise

Baltimore - Almost everyone is enjoying the hot weather that the summer brings, but not, perhaps, the odd rain shower. When enjoying food, especially outside, care must be taken with avoiding food poisoning. New research suggests a new summertime risk.

Can bacteria reduce aggressive instincts?

A new study suggests that certain bacteria can alter the tendency for an animals to display aggressive behavior. This relates to studies conducted on scientists' favorite lab model: fruit flies.

Tiny genetic shift led to 'The Black Death' and worse

The bacterium responsible for plague — Yersinia pestis — gained its pathogenic activity through one tiny genetic alteration, according to new research. This alteration led to the bubonic plague.

Cracking down on recreation water infection

Bethesda - The weather’s getting hotter and many people like to play and swim in public pools. Sometimes these communal areas can be sites of contamination and infection. The CDC has offered new advice.

Biological lock-and-key for GMO safety

Researchers have developed a way to allay one concern with GMOs entering the environment. This is based on a molecular lock-and-key, to inactivate unwanted microbes.

Tsetse fly, sleeping sickness and the bacterial mystery

Scientists are edging closer to wiping out sleeping sickness worldwide. However, to do so a greater understating of the relationship between the Tsetse fly and the disease causing parasite is required.

Infection rates running high in Spanish hospitals

Madrid - People at, or having recently left, hospitals in Spain have a 6 to 8 percent chance of contracting an infection, according to a new report. The issue is a further example of the rise in antimicrobial resistant bacteria.

Bacteria linked to type 2 diabetes

A new research study suggests that bacteria may have a role in whether a person develops type 2 diabetes. At this stage, the finding is based on an animal model.

New software tracks fecal contamination

Madrid - New software allows medics to track fecal contamination throughout all types of water, from seas to rivers. The software makes use of biological changes to water and then uses this to make predictions of the direction that contamination may spread.

Treatment of wastewater raises new health concern

A new concern has been expressed about the presence of large numbers of antibiotics in wastewater. Here treatments to "clean up" wastewater may be modifying the antibiotics and, by doing so, triggering a rise in antibiotic resistant bacteria.

Eyes differ, risk to contact lens wearers revealed

New York - Researchers, through analysing thousands of eye specimens, have concluded that the risk of infection to contact lens wearers depends on the individual and that the risk can change over time. This is due to the microbes in the eye.

Close to the bone: Avoiding infections with nanotech

Sheffield - Researchers have harnessed nanotechnology in order to avoid deep bone infections, where infections stem from bacteria and fungi. These types of infections can occur following dentistry.

U.S. anthrax error originated from military base

Bethesda - The U.S. military mistakenly shipped live anthrax samples across the country to a commercial lab in Maryland. The source of the error has been traced to a military location in the Utah desert.

Campylobacter rates increase for chickens sold in the U.K.

New figures, produced by the U.K. Food Standards Agency, show a marked increase in the detection of food-poisoning bacteria in chickens sold in British supermarkets.

Is mathematics the answer to antibiotic resistance?

Finding new drugs to combat antibiotic resistance is a complex task and running different biological scenarios can take years. To help screen potential drug candidates, researchers have developed a mathematical model.

Fecal transplant donor population 'stalls'

The rise of fecal transplants, as therapy to treat conditions like recurring bacterial infections caused by Clostridium difficile, have slowed down due to fewer people being suitable donors than medics had predicted.
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Clostridium difficile colonies
Clostridium difficile colonies
Dr. Holdeman
E.coli image (Sandle laboratory)
E.coli image (Sandle laboratory)
Representative image of the bacterium Clostridium.
Representative image of the bacterium Clostridium.
Donna Rain
Bacterial image  under EM
Bacterial image, under EM
Black silicon is a synthetic nanomaterial with antibacterial properties.
Black silicon is a synthetic nanomaterial with antibacterial properties.
Elena P. Ivanova
The unusual shape of the cholera bacterium
The unusual shape of the cholera bacterium
Tom Kirn, Ron Taylor, Louisa Howard
This key experiment shows the successful protection of a phage-sensitive bacterial strain against a ...
This key experiment shows the successful protection of a phage-sensitive bacterial strain against a virus. Top-right - bacteria growing in the absence of a virus; Top-left - holes in the culture caused by an infecting virus; Bottom - when equipped with specific CRISPR defense system components, the bacteria became resistant to the virus.
John van der Oost
Electron micrograph of human gut bacteria
Electron micrograph of human gut bacteria
Scanning electron micrograph of very small and numerous bacterial cells inhabiting icy brine channel...
Scanning electron micrograph of very small and numerous bacterial cells inhabiting icy brine channels in Antarctica’s Lake Vida, which lies in the Victoria Valley, one of the northernmost of the Antarctic dry valleys.
Credit: Christian H. Fritsen, Desert Research Institute
Clostridium difficile  a Gram-positive rod shaped bacterium
Clostridium difficile, a Gram-positive rod shaped bacterium
The Great Work of the Metal Lover artwork
The Great Work of the Metal Lover artwork
Adam Brown
Hansens disease  leprosy
Hansens disease, leprosy
US Department of Health and Human Services
Bacteria agar plate
Bacteria agar plate
Diagram showing the diversity of the human microbiome
Diagram showing the diversity of the human microbiome
Human Microbiome Project
Antibiotics like these may soon become lose their potency as pathogens adapt.
Antibiotics like these may soon become lose their potency as pathogens adapt.
Tom Varco
Common orange lichen  Yellow scale lichen or Shore lichen
Common orange lichen, Yellow scale lichen or Shore lichen
Norbert Nagel
A Petri dish map of artist Sonja Bäumel s body shape.
A Petri dish map of artist Sonja Bäumel's body shape.
Sonja Bäumel
A stain of the bacterium Bacteroides biacutis
A stain of the bacterium Bacteroides biacutis
US CDC
Viewing dancing bacteria via a microscope
Viewing dancing bacteria via a microscope
Michael Klein
CDC microbiologist  Alicia Shams  demonstrates Klebsiella pneumoniae growing on a MacConkey agar pla...
CDC microbiologist, Alicia Shams, demonstrates Klebsiella pneumoniae growing on a MacConkey agar plate. Klebsiella pneumoniae is the most common Enterobacteriaceae that is drug resistant.
CDC

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