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The most bacterial heavy spots in the bathroom identified

Bathrooms are home to a variety of microorganisms and cleaning the washing space is an important activity. But where are the key places? A new study delves into the locales in the typical bathroom that present the highest levels of germs.

Op-Ed: Return to work? Reducing coronavirus transmission in offices

London - With this seventh in the series of coronavirus related articles, the topic moves to the return to work scenario and what mitigation factors exist to help safeguard the office (as well as the home) built environment.

Why E coli knows how to produce the worst possible infection

Medical microbiologists have established how the bacterium Escherichia coli knows how to cause the worst possible infection. The new insight should assist with preventing the foodborne illnesses.

An undersea plague is obliterating a key ocean species

A huge number of sea stars that used to dot the coastline of the U.S. Pacific Coast are gone. And it’s not just tide pools and coastal inlets that are missing their sea stars either—they've vanished from the deeper ocean as well, new research shows.

Probing insight into antimicrobial resistant fungus

A major systematic review of the pathogenic fungus Candida auris has been conducted. This yeast-like fungus has been found in hospitals and it is resistant to several classes of antimicrobial drugs. This poses serious risks for those infected.

Bacteria in undercooked chicken causes Guillain-Barré syndrome

A new study suggests that a common food pathogen associated with undercooked chicken, can cause Guillain-Barre syndrome.

Smallpox may not be as old as previously thought

Open any history book on pathology and smallpox is likely to be described as a very ancient disease, responsible for killing the odd Egyptian pharaoh or two. New tests, however, suggest the virus may not be as old as previously thought.

Sabotaging bacteria to halt infections

Some bacteria have the ability to ‘swim’ in a controlled fashion through the use of appendages called flagella. Researchers think that disabling these flagella is a key step towards infection control.

Pathogen fighting cloth shows success

An anti-bacterial cloth, effective against a range of pathogenic bacteria, has been developed. In studies the cloth has proven to be effective in avoiding wound contamination. Applications include bandages and face masks.

Dressing senses infection with color change

A dressing has been devised which senses infections by changing color. People who suffer with burns are very vulnerable should the wound become infected; the new bandage is a way to signal medics.

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.

Deadly extent of common food poisoning bacterium revealed

The biggest cause of food poisoning globally is the bacterium Bacillus cereus. New research suggests that the organism is more deadly than realized: the bacterium can produce 19 different variants of its harmful toxin.

U.S. bio-security blunder as pathogen is released from lab

An investigation is underway to determine how a pathogenic bacteria was released from a high-security laboratory in the U.S. The incident happened in November 2014, but it has only just been made public.

History’s most virulent flu pandemics analyzed

A research team has studied the 1918, 1957 and 1968 flu pandemics, as well as more recent 2009 novel H1N1 pandemic, to look for similar trends.

New surface kills bacteria, even in the dark

A research group has developed a first light-activated antimicrobial surface that can kill pathogenic bacteria even in the dark. It is hoped that the use of the surface will reduce hospital acquired infections.

Today is Rare Disease Day

Today, Feb 28, is the seventh Rare Disease Day. Rare Disease Day is an annual, awareness-raising event coordinated by EURORDIS at the international level and by National Alliances and Patient Organisations at the national level.

U.S. hospitals fall short in preventing infections

Many U.S. hospitals fail to rules designed to protect patients from preventable and potentially deadly infections, a new study shows.

Zinc helps reduce bacterial infection

Zinc can 'starve' one of the world's most deadly bacteria by preventing its uptake of an essential metal, as indicated by a new medical study.

Overcoming eye infections through good vs bad bacteria

With the limitations in relation to the use of antibiotics, scientists are exploring ways to use ‘good’ bacteria to fight disease causing bacteria in relation to dangerous eye infections.

Canadian technology for rapid pathogen identification

Toronto - An electronic chip that can rapidly detect and identify types of infectious bacteria could represent an important new development in the fight against antibiotic resistance.

Salmonella contaminated tomatoes recalled

The company Alderman Farms Sales Corp. is recalling its one-pint containers of cherry tomatoes because they are probably contaminated with Salmonella.

Dramatic rise in bat deaths in U.S., Canada

A deadly white-nose fungus has killed some 6 million bats in the past 5 years across the USA and Canada, and the trend looks set to rise.

Deadly fungus causes fears for US as it travels south from BC

Vancouver - With a scientific name that holds little meaning for the general public, Cryptococcus gattii is a relatively new fungal pathogen in North America that is completely capable of killing those it infects.

Edible film can be used for wrapping food products

Researchers have found an edible film that can be used for wrapping ready-to-eat meat products and can kill a food-borne pathogen.

Pathogen that Causes Disease in Cattle Associated with Crohn’s Disease

People with Crohn’s disease (CD) are seven-fold more likely to have in their gut tissues the bacterium that causes a digestive-tract disease in cattle called Johne’s disease.

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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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