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Altruistic bacteria may change how we battle antibiotic resistance

Some bacteria, the most antibiotic-resistance ones, sacrifice themselves so that their fellow bacteria have a better chance at survival.

Researchers working on the question of antibiotic resistant found that in an experimental Escherichia coli colony, the most antibiotic resistant bacteria in... Read More

Antibacterial Peptide Could Aid in Treating Soldiers' Burn Wound Infections

An antibacterial peptide developed by Laszlo Otvos, a research professor of biology in Temple's College of Science and Technology, looks to be a highly-effective therapy against infections in burn or blast wounds suffered by soldiers.

Otvos and his collaborators found that when given intramus... Read More

Adenovirus Can Be Used to Transport Drugs

For years, researchers have been unable to image the viruses they were trying so hard to destroy, but now not only has that become possible, but they can also use the microorganisms to deliver drugs.

This is possible thanks to efforts by a team of investigators based at the University of Cali... Read More

Breastfeeding HIV-positive women should not receive vitamin A supplements, study shows

HIV-positive women who are breastfeeding should not be given vitamin A supplements because it increases the risk of transmitting the AIDS virus to their infants, researchers said Thursday. Mother-to-child transmission of HIV has been largely controlled in the United States and other developed co... Read More

Researchers Exploring 'Fusion Strategy' Against E. Coli

South Dakota State University research is exploring a "fusion strategy" for making improved vaccines to protect pigs and humans against some strains of E. coli.

The SDSU researchers altered the toxins produced by a form of E. coli and genetically fused the non-poisonous "toxoid" to a protein... Read More

Electrified Cotton Filter Soaked in Nanotech Cheaply and Quickly Purifies Large Volumes of Water

Water, water everywhere, but in the developing world or in areas ravaged by natural disasters – like the ongoing flooding in Pakistan, for instance – there’s often not a clean, purified drop to be found. Water is usually made potable in such places via filters that physically trap bacteria as wa... Read More

Safer eggs

How did bacteria spread through two Iowa egg farms, leading to the largest Salmonella enteritidis outbreak ever recorded in the U.S.? Take your pick. Stomach-turning inspection reports released Monday by the Food and Drug Administration found wild birds, which can carry the disease, flying and... Read More

Cannibal bacteria could lead to new antibiotics

We tend to think of bacteria as engaging in chemical warfare only when they attack us, wreaking havoc on our cells. But the microbiome is a vicious place, with many species hurling toxins at each other, attempting to gain a competitive advantage. A bacterium called Bacillus subtilis goes beyond... Read More

Finding E.coli in beef faster

Infrared spectroscopy can detect E. coli faster than current testing methods, and can cut days off investigations of outbreaks, according to a study at Purdue University.

Lisa Mauer, an associate professor of food science, detected E. coli in ground beef in one hour using Fourier transform in... Read More

Treatment for S. Aureus Skin Infection Works in Mouse Model

Scientists from the National Institutes of Health and University of Chicago have found a promising treatment method that in laboratory mice reduces the severity of skin and soft-tissue damage caused by USA300, the leading cause of community-associated Staphylococcus aureus infections in the Unit... Read More

From unpleasant infection to flesh-eater: Three virulence factors help Group A Strep make the switch

Group A Streptococcus (GAS) is responsible for infections ranging from “strep throat” to necrotizing fasciitis, aka the “flesh-eating disease”, a severe and invasive condition that has seen a marked increase in incidence in the past 30 years. The increase has been pinned on a single clone of th... Read More

Foursquare, MTV to reward STD checkups with badge

You can "check in" to restaurants and bars, so how about health clinics while you get tested for sexually transmitted diseases?

Foursquare, the online application people use to tell their friends and strangers where they are, is offering a special virtual "badge" through September to people w... Read More

'Biosensors' on Four Feet Detect Animals Infected With Bird Flu

Blood hounds, cadaver dogs, and other canines who serve humanity may soon have a new partner ― disease detector dogs ― thanks to an unusual experiment in which scientists trained mice to identify feces of ducks infected with bird influenza. Migrating ducks, geese, and other birds can carry and s... Read More

Got E. coli? Raw Milk's Appeal Grows Despite Health Risks

Milk is well known as a great dietary source of protein and calcium, not to mention an indispensable companion to cookies. But "nature's perfect food," a label given to milk over time by a variety of boosters, including consumer activists, government nutritionists and the American Dairy Council... Read More

Plasmalogens Have Evolved Twice

Howard Goldfine, Professor of Microbiology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, has authored a new post on Small Things Considered that looks at the interesting evolution of plasmalogens from anaerobes to plant and animal cells.

"Plasmalogens appeared early, but did not survi... Read More

Appeals court rejects autism vaccine link

A federal appeals court on Friday upheld a ruling that vaccines are not to blame for autism.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld a decision last year by a special vaccine court, which concluded there's little if any evidence to support claims of a vaccine-autism link.

... Read More

Researchers Beaming at Light's Medical Uses

Using beams of light for diagnosis and monitoring disease may sound like something out of science fiction.

But scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are trying to use light so people with Type I diabetes can test their blood sugar levels with light, instead of with a needle,... Read More

Minimal dairy antibiotics reach groundwater

A wide range of antibiotics given to dairy cows routinely end up on the ground and in manure lagoons, but are mostly broken down before they reach groundwater, according to a new study.

The findings should help alleviate longstanding fears that dairy farms, and the fields fertilized with thei... Read More

Africa: Monkeypox Cases Surge in Rural Areas as Price of the Victory Over Smallpox

The world’s victory over smallpox has had an unfortunate consequence: monkeypox cases are surging in tropical Africa.

The disease is related to smallpox, though usually less serious, although in rare cases, it too can kill, blind or scar victims. Also, it is much less likely to jump between p... Read More

Salmonella typhimurium

Under a magnification of 2500X, this colorized scanning electron micrograph (SEM) revealed the presence of a large number of Gram-negative Salmonella typhimurium bacteria that had been isolated from a pure culture. See PHIL 10984 for a black and white version of this image. Read More
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