Diet impacts the sensitivity of gut microbiome to antibiotics, mouse study finds

Antibiotics save countless lives each year from harmful bacterial infections — but the community of beneficial bacteria that live in human intestines, known as the microbiome, frequently suffers collateral damage. Peter Belenky, an assistant professor of molecular microbiology and immunology at Brown University, studies ways to minimize this side effect, which can lead to C. diff infections and other life-threatening […]

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Infecting mosquitoes with bacteria prevents them carrying dengue

Dengue fever ‘could be defeated’ by infecting mosquitoes with bacteria that makes it harder for them to spread the life-threatening virus Male and female mosquitoes exposed to bacteria Wolbachia in the laboratory Released into the wild, bred and produced Wolbachia-carrying offspring  Vietnam in particular has seen a ‘remarkable reduction’ in cases  Scientists have raised hopes dengue fever may one day be defeated […]

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Climate change will raise Florida’s risks of brain-eating amoeba and flesh-eating bacteria

When it’s blisteringly hot outside, splashing in the ocean, a lake or even a swimming pool is a popular way to beat the heat. But as global temperatures rise, scientists say, so do your chances of catching a nasty—or even deadly—bug. The scary one making headlines this summer is Vibrio vulnificus, also dubbed in media reports as “flesh-eating bacteria.” Historically, […]

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Superbug virulence regulatory mechanism revealed: Pave ways for developing new antibiotics

As antibiotic resistance is growing and posing a threat on public health, developing new antibiotics has become more urgent than ever. Researchers at City University of Hong Kong (CityU) have recently revealed the virulence regulatory mechanism in Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a superbug which is common in patients with a weak immune system and is resistant to many antibiotics. The findings pave […]

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Bacteria engineered as Trojan horse for cancer immunotherapy

The emerging field of synthetic biology—designing new biological components and systems—is revolutionizing medicine. Through the genetic programming of living cells, researchers are creating engineered systems that intelligently sense and respond to diverse environments, leading to more specific and effective solutions in comparison to current molecular-based therapeutics. At the same time, cancer immunotherapy—using the body’s immune defenses to fight cancer—has transformed […]

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Florida woman dies after contracting flesh-eating bacteria infection at beach, family says

Woman dies after allegedly contracting flesh-eating bacteria at a Florida beach Florida woman dies after falling into the ocean and suffering a cut which allegedly led to necrotizing fasciitis. A family’s trip to the beach ended in tragedy after their 77-year-old grandmother fell into a small hole in the water and cut her leg, providing an opening for a deadly flesh-eating […]

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Flesh-Eating Bacteria on New Jersey Beaches Linked to Horrifying Deadly Infection

You’ve probably heard of flesh-eating bacteria, which can cause a deadly infection called necrotizing fasciitis. The technical term for this flesh-eating bacteria is Vibrio vulnificus, or V. vulnificus and there are two ways you can be exposed to it: By coming into contact with it in the water or by eating seafood that’s been contaminated with it. Up until very […]

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Hold Up: I’m Supposed To Clean My Reusable Bottle HOW Many Times A Week?

If you’ve clicked on this story, it’s safe to assume you’ve invested in a reusable water bottle. Mad props, btw: skipping single-use is a super simple (yet effective) way to reduce our carbon footprint. But as great as they are for the planet, they’re not so fab for our health – that is, unless you wash them regularly. Kinda problematic […]

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Over-fed bacteria make people sick

In a new hypothesis, a CRC 1182 research team suggests that inflammatory diseases are caused by an over-supply of food, and the associated disturbance of the intestine’s natural bacterial colonization. Since the end of the Second World War, along with the growing prosperity and the associated changes in lifestyle, numerous new and civilisation-related disease patterns have developed in today’s industrialised […]

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Nearly 30 types of gut bacteria linked to colorectal cancer

Nearly 30 types of gut bacteria are linked to colorectal cancer, new studies find Researchers found higher levels of nearly 30 different types of bacteria in colorectal cancer patients compared to healthy individuals One was Fusobacterium nucleatum, an oral bacterium that plays a role in periodontal disease  Another breaks down choline, an essential nutrient found in meat, and turns it […]

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