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On-chip drug screening for identifying antibiotic interactions in eight hours
A KAIST research team developed a microfluidic-based drug screening chip that identifies synergistic interactions between two antibiotics in eight hours. (2019-04-19)
Infection biology: Gut microbe helps thwart Salmonella
LMU researchers have identified a bacterial species in the gut microbiome of the mouse which protects against infection by human-pathogenic Salmonella. (2019-04-18)
Cutting-edge discovery points to potential treatment for NEC in preemies
Cutting-edge discovery in the lab of Catherine Hunter, MD, from Stanley Manne Children's Research Institute at Ann & Robert H. (2019-04-18)
The overall annual cost of bacterial resistance in French hospitals estimated up to 290 M€
A team of researchers from Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines University (UVSQ), Inserm and Pasteur Institute (Unité Mixte de Recherche 1181 Biostatistique, biomathématique, pharmacoépidémiologie et maladies infectieuses - B2PHI) has been able to provide for the first time an accurate estimate of both the incidence (annual number of new cases) and added direct cost of infections due to antibiotic-resistant bacteria in patients hospitalised in French hospitals during 2015 and 2016. (2019-04-18)
Antimicrobial paints have a blind spot
In a new study, Northwestern University researchers tested bacteria commonly found inside homes on samples of drywall coated with antimicrobial, synthetic latex paints. (2019-04-18)
Some viruses help protect harmful bacteria in CF patients, Stanford-led study finds
Chronic bacterial infections in the lungs of cystic fibrosis patients are worsened by a previously unappreciated biological agent: a group of viruses that infect the bacteria. (2019-04-17)
Bacterial therapy in a dish
Biomedical engineers have developed a system that can study 10s to 100s of programmed bacteria within mini-tissues in a dish, condensing study time from months to days. (2019-04-17)
How bacteria build an enzyme that destroys climate-changing laughing gas
New research reveals how soil bacteria build the only known enzyme for the destruction of the potent global warming and ozone-depleting gas nitrous oxide. (2019-04-17)
New research identifies microbes that may reduce allergy-like reactions in many people
A small percentage of humans can suffer allergy-like reactions to certain varieties of ripened cheese due to histamine, a byproduct of the prolonged fermentation process. (2019-04-16)
New study proves for the first time that intestinal bacteria grow in pregnant women
In a new study, published in Cell Reports, researchers at the Azrieli Faculty of Medicine of Bar-Ilan University found that progesterone regulates the microbial composition during pregnancy in a way that may facilitate appropriate transmission of beneficial species to the newborn. (2019-04-16)
Bacteria harness viruses to distinguish friend from foe
Bacterial cells that normally colonize our guts can distinguish themselves from other bacterial species using what's traditionally considered their enemy -- a virus. (2019-04-16)
FIU scientists discover new arsenic-based broad-spectrum antibiotic
Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest public health threats of our time. (2019-04-16)
Necrophagy: A means of survival in the Dead Sea
Researchers from UNIGE and Lyon have examined the sediments in the Dead Sea. (2019-04-15)
New compound allows bacterial communication to be controlled by light
Scientists from the University of Groningen have succeeded in incorporating a light-controlled switch into a molecule used by bacteria for quorum sensing -- a process by which bacteria communicate and subsequently control different cellular processes. (2019-04-15)
A new bacteria-killing weapon in the fight against antibiotic resistance
In a bid to boost the arsenal available against antibiotic resistance, scientists from the Institut Pasteur, the CNRS and the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid successfully programmed a bacterial genetic structure to make it capable of specifically killing multiple antibiotic-resistant bacteria without also destroying bacteria that are beneficial to the body. (2019-04-15)
Antibiotic resistance gene transmitted between pets at a UK animal hospital
A gene that enables bacteria to be highly resistant to linezolid, an antibiotic that is used as a last resort for treating infections in humans, has been found in bacterial samples from cats and a dog at a small-animal hospital in the UK for the first time. (2019-04-15)
Staying in a hotel during travel to tropical regions is associated with contracting drug-resistant bacteria, with younger travelers aged 20-30 years at highest risk
Staying in a hotel or private accommodation is associated with contracting and carrying home drug-resistant bacteria in travelers to low and/or middle-income countries (LMICs), according to new research being presented at this year's European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) in Amsterdam, Netherlands (April 13-16). (2019-04-14)
Applying hand rub with three steps for 15 seconds as effective at reducing bacteria as WHO-recommended 6 steps for 30 seconds
A shortened 15-second application time and a simpler three-step technique for use of alcohol-based hand rub is as effective in reducing bacteria as the 30-second application and six-step technique recommended by WHO, and could improve hand hygiene compliance. (2019-04-14)
Petting zoos could potentially transmit highly virulent drug-resistant bacteria to visitors
New research presented at this year's European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) in Amsterdam, Netherlands (April 13-16) shows that petting zoos can create a diverse reservoir of multidrug-resistant (MDR) bacteria, which could lead to highly virulent drug-resistant pathogens being passed on to visitors. (2019-04-13)
Starvation study shows bacteria's survival skills
A larger genetic inventory may help explain how certain dangerous bacteria can persist in a hospital environment and continue to infect patients, according to a new study in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (2019-04-12)
Mode of delivery alters infants' gut microbiota and this may impact respiratory health in first year of life
New research being presented at this year's European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) in Amsterdam, the Netherlands (April 13-16), suggests that mode of delivery influences the development of the microbial composition of the gut (i.e. the gut microbiota) in infants, independently of a mother's use of antibiotics. (2019-04-12)
Microbiome of baby's first stool is associated with overweight at age 3 years
New research presented at this year's European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) in Amsterdam, Netherlands (April 13-16) shows that the early microbiome (population of gut bacteria) in newborn babies is able to predict the risk of the child subsequently becoming overweight. (2019-04-12)
Microbes in the human body swap genes, even across tissue boundaries, study indicates
Bacteria in the human body are sharing genes with one another at a higher rate than is typically seen in nature, and some of those genes appear to be traveling -- independent of their microbial hosts -- from one part of the body to another, researchers report in the journal Scientific Reports. (2019-04-11)
NASA Twins Study finds spaceflight affects gut bacteria
During his yearlong stay on the International Space Station (ISS), astronaut Scott Kelly experienced a shift in the ratio of two major categories of bacteria in his gut microbiome. (2019-04-11)
How plants defend themselves
Like humans and animals, plants defend themselves against pathogens with the help of their immune system. (2019-04-11)
Scientists capture a 'snapshot' of bacterial stress-response regulator's 'recycling truck'
A Brown University-led team found that RssB -- a protein that specifically recognizes a critical stress-response master regulator in bacteria and delivers it to the recycling machinery somewhat like a recycling truck -- forms a compact structure with a factor that inhibits RssB activity. (2019-04-11)
Antibiotics legitimately available in over-counter throat medications could contribute to increased antibiotic resistance
New research presented at this year's European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) in Amsterdam, Netherlands (April 13-16) shows that the inappropriate of use of antibiotics legitimately available in over-the-counter (OTC) throat medications could be contributing to antibiotic resistance, thereby going against World Health Organization (WHO) goals. (2019-04-11)
Unique oil-eating bacteria found in world's deepest ocean trench
Research that reveals what lies at the bottom of the deepest part of the ocean -- the Mariana Trench. (2019-04-11)
New non-antibiotic strategy for the treatment of bacterial meningitis
With the increasing threat of antibiotic resistance, there is a growing need for new treatment strategies against life threatening bacterial infections. (2019-04-10)
Sexual behavior may influence gut microbiome
A person's sexual behavior could affect their microbiome and immune system, potentially elevating their risk of HIV infection, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. (2019-04-10)
How a once friendly bacteria evolved into a hospital-infecting strain in Wisconsin
A genetic study of an outbreak of Enterococcus faecalis -- a leading cause of drug-resistant bacterial infections -- in a hospital has revealed how the organism became resistant to new antibiotics and adapted to infect the human bloodstream. (2019-04-10)
Using bacteria to protect roads from deicer deterioration
Special bacteria that help form limestone and marble could soon have a new job on a road crew. (2019-04-09)
Bacteria flip an electric switch to worsen food poisoning
Salmonella bacteria flip an electric switch as they hitch a ride inside immune cells, causing the cells to migrate out of the gut toward other parts of the body, according to a new study publishing on April 9 in the open-access journal PLOS Biology by Yaohui Sun and Alex Mogilner of New York University and colleagues. (2019-04-09)
Genetic code of WWI soldier's cholera mapped
The oldest publicly available strain of the cholera-causing bacterial species, Vibrio cholerae, has had its genetic code read for the first time. (2019-04-09)
Testing how well water disinfectants damage antibiotic resistance genes
A UW team tested how well current water and wastewater disinfecting methods affect antibiotic resistance genes in bacterial DNA. (2019-04-08)
Patients harboring E. coli with highly resistant MCR-1 gene found In NYC hospital
A team of investigators has identified a cluster of four patients harboring Escherichia coli carrying a rare antibiotic resistance gene, mcr-1. (2019-04-08)
Excellent catering: How a bacterium feeds an entire flatworm
In the sandy bottom of warm coastal waters lives Paracatenula -- a small worm that has neither mouth, nor gut. (2019-04-08)
Oral bacteria 'battle royale' helps explain how a pathogen causes hospital infections
In a paper publishing later this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal, researchers from the Forsyth Institute and colleagues describe their discovery that three closely related species of bacteria belonging to the family Enterobacteriaceae outlived all other oral bacteria in long-term starvation or 'doomsday' experiment. (2019-04-08)
Identifying a key player in gut defense development
Scientists have identified a protein critical to the immune system development and antibody production in mice, which could contribute to understanding the gut defense mechanism in infants. (2019-04-07)
University of Manchester technology set to lead fight against anti-microbial resistance
Professor Douglas Kell and colleagues have developed novel technology that identifies the most effective antibiotic to kill organisms in urinary tract infections. (2019-04-04)
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