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Yogurt can be used detect diseases like cancer

A new study has shown that nanoparticle-producing bacteria have the ability to simplify the diagnosis of cancer and other medical conditions. These bacteria take the form of a "high tech" yogurt.

Jet lag linked to obesity

Tel Aviv - New findings suggest that frequent airplane travel could contribute to obesity. This is by throwing out circadian rhythms and changing the composition of the composition of gut bacteria.

Scientists getting closer to beating grape disease

Rochester - Scientists report that they are close to cracking the genetic code of crown gall tumor disease, which affects grape production. From this, the science team hope that vineyards and the wine industry will see fewer losses of vines due to infection.

Poultry-farm bacteria discovery leads to potential new antibiotic

A new antibiotic derived from the bacterium Staphylococcus epidermidis (Strain 115) has been proposed. The bacterium was discovered on turkeys.

Frozen feces helps to treat gut infections

Boston - In a new medical study, several patients with recurring bacterial infections caused by Clostridium difficile found relief from diarrhea by ingesting frozen fecal matter from healthy volunteers.

Adapting bacterial communication to kill cancer

A molecule used by bacteria for communicating with other bacteria can be altered, according to new research, to prevent cancer cells from spreading through the body.

Fighting back against hospital superbugs

A new method has been proposed to fight superbugs. For this, researchers are targeting the specific genes that allow bacteria to survive antibiotic treatment.

New beer developed, based on an 1840 shipwreck recipe

From an analysis of bottles of beer salvaged from the 1840s shipwreck found near the Åland Islands in 2010, food technologists are trying to re-create the original beer. To achieve this, they are studying some bacteria isolated from the bottles.

Diet may affect inflammatory bone disease

Changes to the bacterial ecosystem of the human gut, induced by certain diets, can alter the chances of inflammatory bone diseases developing. This is because the bacteria are able to modify the immune response.

ICU’s effects on gut microbes

Lengthy spells in intensive care units can alter the gut microflora, according to a new study. When a patient spends a long time in ICU the gut seems to undergo near-complete ecologic collapse. This has major health consequences.

Search for biofuels leads to the human gut

The search for microorganisms to use in biofuel generation has led to the human lower intestine. A new study demonstrates how such microorganisms could be effective candidates for organic fuel production.

Using bacterial biofilms to create new materials

A science group believes that bacterial biofilms are a potential new platform for designer nanomaterials. Such materials could clean up polluted rivers, manufacture pharmaceutical products and fabricate new textiles.

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.
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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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The red wine bacteria Oenococcus oeni
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Listeria monocytogenes bacterium
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Representative image of bacteria
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Black silicon is a synthetic nanomaterial with antibacterial properties.
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A representative enterobacteria - Salmonella.
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Streptococcus pneumoniae (electron micrograph image)
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Electron micrograph of human gut bacteria
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Representative image of the bacterium Clostridium.
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The unusual shape of the cholera bacterium
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