New research lends support to the idea that exposure to a wide range of microbes explains why farm kids have lower asthma rates than city kids.
School-aged children in the studies who lived on farms were about 30% to 50% less likely to have asthma than non-farm children who lived nearby.
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Here's a not-so-savory news flash: There are more bacterial cells living in our bodies than human cells. Researchers are learning how the balance of these bugs affects our health, but reaping the benefits of bacteria is not quite as simple as eating probiotic yogurt. That's the gist of "The Good... Read More
The bacterium, called Pseudomonas aeruginosa, is the most common cause of persistent and fatal lung infections in cystic fibrosis patients. Scientists at Liverpool identified a particularly virulent strain of the bacteria that is transmissible between patients. The Liverpool Epidemic Strain (LES... Read More
Childhood inoculations protect us against deadly infectious diseases like measles, whooping cough and polio. But they are also the source of near constant conflict — most recently in the Feb. 22 Supreme Court decision which ruled in favor of a vaccine manufacturer over the family of a disabled g... Read More
El podcast del Microbio Nº 162 is dedicated to the article by Heijtz et al. on the role of gut microbiota in brain developm... Read More
The population and diversity of nitrogen-fixing bacteria in agricultural soils varies more according to what crop was previously farmed than with whether those soils are organically or conventionally farmed, according to a paper in the February 2011 issue of the journal Applied and Environmental... Read More
Engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have designed a new type of nanoparticle, one that soon help deliver vaccines for infections such as malaria and HIV.
The particles (in red) consist of concentric fatty spheres capable of carrying synthetic versions of vaccine proteins. T... Read More
Many of the substances in our most common medicines are manufactured in India. Some of these factories release huge quantities of drugs to the environment. Swedish scientists now show that bacteria in polluted rivers become resistant to a range of antibiotics. International experts fear that thi... Read More
When a mysterious infectious disease breaks out, microbiologists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention need a fast, reliable way to identify and characterize the culprit. Now, researchers there and at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a new method for speedy identifi... Read More
Water filters on the market today can’t always stop bacteria from passing through. The problem is a structural one. It’s hard to get the pore sizes to align properly, leaving room for the pathogens to slip right on through.
But researchers at the University at Buffalo have developed a method ... Read More
How to streak an agar plate. A how-to video produced by University College Dublin for National Digital Learning Resources, a service designed to support greater collaboration in developing and sharing of digital teaching resources and associated teaching experience across all subject disciplines... Read More
A four-drug regimen over 10 days worked as well as the three-drug, seven-day regimen that's the standard ulcer treatment and may help overcome the growing problem of antibiotic resistance, researchers reported.
In a randomized, open-label phase III trial of 440 patients, the four-drug combo -... Read More
One bad apple is all it takes to spoil the barrel. And one misfolded protein may be all that's necessary to corrupt other proteins, forming large aggregations linked to several incurable neurodegenerative diseases such as Huntington's, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.
Stanford biology Professor R... Read More
The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a federal law bars lawsuits against drug makers over serious side effects from childhood vaccines.
By a 6-2 vote Tuesday, the court ruled against the parents of a child who sued the drug maker Wyeth in Pennsylvania state court for the health problems they ... Read More
Dean Dawson, Associate Member of the Cell Cycle and Cancer Biology Research Program at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, has authored a post on Small Things Considered which explores Candida's chromosomal instability and unorthodox reproduction process.
"Who hasn't heard of Candida? I... Read More
Canadians are becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics. As a result, people are getting sicker and are taking longer to get well. It is now not uncommon for people to be administered antibiotics through an IV because the usual drugs in pill form can't fight off their infections.
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A researcher at the University of Saskatchewan is studying bacteria from the stomach of a man who died hundreds of years ago in an attempt to shed light on movement patterns and ancestry of early First Nations people.
In a study published last week, Treena Swanston, a post-doctoral fellow in ... Read More
This is guest blog post i wrote for Biocareers website (for life sciences industry). Its intention is to highlight how people can combine interest in microbiology with growing field of bioinformatics. Comments welcome. Read More