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Using bacteria to clean-up waste

A new method has been devised to use microbes found in pond sediment for cleaning-up waste in rural areas. This is in the form of a “microbe-powered” wastewater treatment system that could help to clean-up large farming operations.

Pneumonia-causing bacteria can pose heart risks

Austin - According to a new study, older adults who are hospitalized for pneumonia are at a higher risk for heart problems. This is because Streptococcus pneumonia bacteria may infiltrate the heart, causing microlesions that can lead to cardiac complications.

Microscopic bumps could repel hospital superbugs

New research suggests that coating surfaces in hospitals with microscopic bumps and ridges could repel hospital superbugs (or at least prevent their attachment).

Studying flatworms to fight infections in people

Scientists are studying the way that flatworms defend themselves against bacteria in order to understand more about the way that the human body deals (or fails to deal with) pathogenic infection.

Farm workers take drug resistant bacteria home

A new study has found that over half of farm workers who look after animals in industrial hog farms carry home hog-related bacteria in their noses. This is potentially harmful for the farm workers and their families.

Gut microbes affect flu vaccine effectiveness

Atlanta - Researchers have discovered that the composition of the microorganisms in the gut affect effectivity of the seasonal flu vaccine. This potentially means that your gut bacteria affect how effective the vaccine will be within your own body.

September 13 is World Sepsis Day

World Sepsis Day is an international day of action and awareness-raising, supported by organisations around the world. It is coordinated internationally by the Global Sepsis Alliance, a collaborative group of non-profit organisations.

Bacteria could be used to 'eat nuclear waste'

Manchester - Researchers have unearthed microbes, found living underground, that could help tackle the problem of nuclear waste disposal. The bacteria can survive in the very harsh conditions found in radioactive waste disposal sites.

One day in hospital raises drug-resistant bacteria infection risk

If a patient contracts an infection while in the hospital, then each day of hospitalization increases the likelihood that the infection will be antibiotic resistant by one percent. This alarming finding comes from a new study.

Researchers discover key antibiotic power of honey bee bacteria

Lund - A budding discovery courtesy of research teams at Lund University in Sweeden may open the door to defeating deadly, antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Exercise and smelly clothes: why cotton is best

According to a new study, polyester clothes smell worse than cotton after exercise by their wearers. This is because bacteria that cause odor grow better on polyester.

Bacteria linked to intestinal disorders

Yale - A group of bacteria have been identified as triggers that drive inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. The research has come about from studies on patients' intestinal immune responses.

Primary European MRSA strain originated in Africa

Copenhagen - The primary type of community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infecting people in Europe, the Middle East and northern Africa, is derived from a single sub-Saharan ancestor, according to a new study.

Several foods contain bacteria risk to unborn children

Culiac - A survey has found that around 10 percent of the fresh cheese, sausages and meats sold in markets and on the street may be contaminated with types of bacteria that can pose a risk to unborn children.

MRSA control measures in hospitals are not working

MRSA "superbug" control measures "lack evidence" that they are effective at reducing hospital acquired infections. This is according to a new report published in The Lancet.

British Salmonella outbreak from a single egg source

The outbreak of salmonella in England is likely to have come from a single source of eggs, according to Public Health England.

Microbes discovered 800 meters deep in Antarctica lake

Samples taken from an Antarctic lake 800 meters below the ice reveal an abundance of microbial life. The lake was the vast and mysterious Lake Whillans.

Bacterial meningitis incidence falls in the U.S.

Advances in the prevention and treatment of bacterial meningitis appear to be paying dividends in the U.S. A new report has revealed a significant drop in prevalence and mortality following the introduction of new treatments.

Treating cancer with bacteria shows promise

In a remarkable study, researchers have shown that injecting bacteria into a cancer tumor helped shrink it. Studies were first carried out on dogs, and then, with interesting results, on a female cancer patient.

Salmonella outbreak in England

An outbreak of salmonella in England has affected 156 people in Hampshire, London, West Midlands, Cheshire and Merseyside. The bacterial contamination has been linked to cases in France and Austria.

Bird parasite alert issued

House Finch eye disease, a bacterial parasite, is infecting a wide range of species, though most do not show signs of illness, according to a new report. The disease is primarily a respiratory infection and appears on birds as conjunctivitis.

Method to track infections in pigs

The latest genetic sequencing technologies have been utilized to develop new methods to identify genes which are important for the survival of bacterial infections in pigs. This is seen as an important step for reducing infection in livestock.

New cling-wrap treatment for burns

Novel, ultrathin coatings called nanosheets have been produced to protect burns from bacterial infections. The sheets cling to the body’s most difficult-to-protect contours and prevent infection.

Use of antibiotics for colds leaps by one-third in 12 years

London - There are fears that national guidelines in the U.K. to reduce inappropriate prescribing of antibiotics in primary care have failed dramatically in relation to treatment of the common cold, according to a new study.

Microbes found growing in a tar pit

La Brea - A new study has shown that microdroplets of water in a natural asphalt lake are home to active microbial life. This has thrown up the re-occurring question of whether such bacteria could exist on seeming inhospitable planets.

Paradise, photosynthetic bacteria and terraforming

Cyanobacteria may have played a vital role in creating one of the most beautiful places on earth. Researchers are currently studying what rule the organisms played in creating one of the most beautiful areas of nature in the world.

'Nightmare bacteria' cases rise five-fold in Southeastern U.S.

Durham - A recently released study shows the number of cases involving a deadly antibacterial "superbug" has risen five-fold in some parts of the United States over the past four years.

Gut microbes help to detoxify rat diets

Gut microbes in Mojave Desert rats help the animals metabolize creosote toxins, according to some new research. The results demonstrated that gut microbes can enhance their rodent hosts’ ability to digest the creosote toxins.

CDC resumes dealing with hazardous materials

Atlanta - A high-security tuberculosis lab at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is to return to transferring hazardous materials.

Ulcer-forming bacteria make stomach injuries worse

Researchers have shown that the ulcer-forming bacteria Helicobacter pylori efficiently navigate to sites of injury within the stomach, where they can do additional damage to the digestive organ.
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Colonies of pathogenic bacteria growing on an agar culture plate - Salmonella enterica (serovar typh...
Colonies of pathogenic bacteria growing on an agar culture plate - Salmonella enterica (serovar typhimurium)
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An image of pseudomonas fluorescens which is resistant to even the strongest antibiotics and requires a special course of treatment or strong immune system to remove.
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Cartography of the Human Body, by Sonja Bäumel
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Streptococcus pneumoniae (electron micrograph image)
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Listeria monocytogenes bacterium
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Representative image of the bacterium Clostridium.
Representative image of the bacterium Clostridium.
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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.
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Antibiotics like these may soon become lose their potency as pathogens adapt.
Antibiotics like these may soon become lose their potency as pathogens adapt.
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A stain of the bacterium Bacteroides biacutis
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Bacteria agar plate
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E. coli magnified 10,000 times using an electron microscope.
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Rod shaped Clostridium bacteria
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Representative image of bacteria
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E.coli image (Sandle laboratory)
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Tuberculosis lung X-ray
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The red wine bacteria Oenococcus oeni
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Electron micrograph of H. pylori, the ulcer bacterium
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Tersicoccus phoenicis, a bacterium
NASA
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