• Fighting Bacteria's Strength in Numbers
    Scientists at the University of Nottingham have opened the way for more accurate research into new ways to fight dangerous bacterial infections by proving a long-held theory about how bacteria communicate with each other. Researchers in the University’s School of Molecular ...More
    May 17, 2012 Posted in News
  • Gut-Throat Competition: Surprising Research on Gut Bacteria
    From tiny villages in developing nations to suburban kitchens in the United States, dangerous strains of E. coli bacteria sicken millions of people each year – and kill untold numbers of children. Now, new research from the University of Michigan Health System gives ...More
    May 10, 2012 Posted in News
  • Gut Flora Affects Maturation of B Cells in Infants
    Infants whose gut is colonized by E. coli bacteria early in life have a higher number of memory B cells in their blood, reveals a study of infants carried out at the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. The bacteria in our gut outnumber the cells in ...More
    May 7, 2012 Posted in News
  • Engineers Design Nanoparticles that Deliver High Doses of Antibiotics Directly to Bacteria
    Over the past several decades, scientists have faced challenges in developing new antibiotics even as bacteria have become increasingly resistant to existing drugs. One strategy that might combat such resistance would be to overwhelm bacterial defenses by using highly ...More
    May 4, 2012 Posted in News
  • Bacteria Discovery Could Lead to Antibiotics Alternatives
    Scientists have discovered an Achilles heel within our cells that bacteria are able to exploit to cause and spread infection. The researchers say their findings could lead to the development of new anti-infective drugs as alternatives to antibiotics whose overuse has led to ...More
    May 4, 2012 Posted in News
  • Armpits, Belly Buttons and Chronic Wounds: The ABCs of Our Body Bacteria
    Minutes after you were born, bacteria moved in. Since then, their populations have exploded, diversified and spread—on your skin and eyes and in your mouth and gut, not to mention other places. These bacterial cells now far outnumber your own cells. Some bacteria on your ...More
    April 30, 2012 Posted in News
  • Plasma Flashlight Kills Bacteria
    A plasma flashlight – a torch that emits a plasma jet that kills bacteria on the skin in an instant -- is being developed by a group of Chinese and Australian scientists, including from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), and is ...More
    April 26, 2012 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • Researchers Find Joint Failures Potentially Linked to Oral Bacteria
    The culprit behind a failed hip or knee replacements might be found in the mouth. DNA testing of bacteria from the fluid that lubricates hip and knee joints had bacteria with the same DNA as the plaque from patients with gum disease and in need of a joint replacement. This ...More
    April 18, 2012 Posted in News
  • Beach Sand Eventually May Become Unsafe Due to Disease-Causing Bacteria
    With summer days at the beach on the minds of millions of winter-weary people, a new study provides health departments with information needed to determine when levels of disease-causing bacteria in beach sand could pose a risk to children and others who dig or play in the ...More
    April 11, 2012 Posted in News
  • Scientists Discover How a Bacterial Pathogen Breaks Down Barriers to Enter and Infect Cells
    Scientists from the Schepens Eye Research Institute, a subsidiary of Mass. Eye and Ear and affiliate of Harvard Medical School, have found for the first time that a bacterial pathogen can literally mow down protective molecules, known as mucins, on mucus membranes to enter ...More
    March 8, 2012 Posted in News