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Bacterial Biofilms

  • New Technique Could Prevent Dangerous Biofilms on Catheters
    Biofilms frequently coat the surfaces of catheters, and of various medical implants and prostheses, where they can cause life-threatening infections. New research at the Sahlgrenska Academy show that coating implants with a certain "activator" can prevent Staphylococcus ...More
    1 week ago Posted in News
  • Mechanical Forces Control the Architecture of Bacterial Biofilms
    At the University of Cologne, biophysicists in the lab of professor Berenike Maier were now able to show how differential mechanical forces can lead to cell sorting in biofilms, thereby determining their architecture. In their publication in the journal eLife, the team ...More
    4 weeks ago Posted in News
  • New Technique Could Prevent Biofilms on Catheters and Medical Implants
    Biofilms frequently coat the surfaces of catheters, and of various medical implants and prostheses, where they can threaten lives or lead to failure of the implants. Antibiotics are impotent against biofilms. Now Jakub Kwiecinski, PhD, Tao Jin, MD, PhD, and collaborators ...More
    4 weeks ago Posted in News
  • ESCMID Publishes Guidelines Aimed at Preventing Build-up of Dangerous Biofilms
    The European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Disease (ESCMID) – an organization that explores the risks and best practices in infectious disease – advocates the need for greater education, guidance and research on the build-up, treatment and ...More
    September 2, 2015 Posted in News
  • Peppermint Oil and Cinnamon Could Help Treat and Heal Chronic Wounds
    Infectious colonies of bacteria known as biofilms that develop on chronic wounds and medical devices can cause serious health problems and are tough to treat. But now scientists have found a way to package antimicrobial compounds from peppermint and cinnamon in tiny ...More
    July 8, 2015 Posted in News
  • Research Team Finds Bacterial Biofilms May Play a Role in Lupus
    Lupus, multiple sclerosis, and type-1 diabetes are among more than a score of diseases in which the immune system attacks the body it was designed to defend. But just why the immune system begins its misdirected assault has remained a mystery. Now, researchers at Temple ...More
    July 6, 2015 Posted in News
  • Researchers Examine Clinical Outcomes Associated With Biofilm-Related Bacterial Infections
    Biofilms are associated with persistent infection. Reports characterizing clinical infectious outcomes and patient risk factors for colonization or infection with biofilm forming isolates are scarce. Barsoumian et al. (2015) report that their institution recently published ...More
    June 17, 2015 Posted in News
  • MBL Imaging Technique Reveals Bacterial Biofilms in Colon Cancer Patients
    Since the first “catalog” of the normal bacterial makeup of the human body was published in 2012, numerous connections between illness and disturbances in the human microbiota have been found. This week, scientists report yet another: Cancerous tumors in the ...More
    December 12, 2014 Posted in News
  • Recruiting Bacteria to be Technology Innovation Partners
    For most people biofilms conjure up images of slippery stones in a streambed and dirty drains. While there are plenty of "bad" biofilms around – they even cause pesky dental plaque and a host of other more serious medical problems – a team at the Wyss Institute ...More
    September 17, 2014 Posted in News
  • New Insights in Survival Strategies of Bacteria
    Bacteria are particularly ingenious when it comes to survival strategies. They often create a biofilm to protect themselves from a hostile environment, for example during treatment with antibiotics. A biofilm is a bacterial community that is surrounded by a protective slime ...More
    September 15, 2014 Posted in News
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