Bacterial Infections


  • Study Examines, Compares Bacteria in the Nose and Throat
    Scientists have completed the most comprehensive comparative analysis to date of bacterial communities inhabiting the human nose and throat, which could provide new insights into why some individuals become colonized with pathogens while others do not. They release their ...More
    June 21, 2010 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Oral Bacteria May Offer Probiotic Potential Against Upper Respiratory Infections
    Bacteria in the mouth may offer probiotic potential against upper respiratory tract infections say researchers from the Università degli Studi di Milano, Milan, Italy, and Tampere University of Technology, Tampere, Finland. They detail their findings in the June 2010 ...More
    June 18, 2010 Posted in News
  • Gut-Residing Bacteria Trigger Arthritis in Genetically Susceptible Individuals
    A single species of bacteria that lives in the gut is able to trigger a cascade of immune responses that can ultimately result in the development of arthritis. Our gut, like that of most mammals, is filled with thousands of species of bacteria, many of which are helpful and ...More
    June 17, 2010 Posted in News
  • How Bacteria Boost the Immune System
    Scientists have long known that certain types of bacteria boost the immune system. Now, Loyola University Health System researchers have discovered how bacteria perform this essential task.Senior author Katherine L. Knight, PhD, and colleagues report their discovery in a ...More
    June 14, 2010 Posted in News
  • How Bacteria Make “Syringes” to Infect a Host
    For a successful infection, bacteria must outwit the immune system of the host. To this aim, they deliver so-called virulence factors through a transport channel located in the bacterial membrane. In some bacteria this transport channel is formed like a syringe, enabling ...More
    June 14, 2010 Posted in News
  • Texas Tech Enters License Agreement for Technology That Combats Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria
    Officials at Texas Tech University System’s Office of Technology Commercialization announce the signing of an exclusive worldwide license agreement for a chemical additive called an aptamer that makes certain existing antibiotics viable against antibiotic-resistant ...More
    June 11, 2010 Posted in News
  • New Strain of Bacteria Could Aid in Oil Spill
    Researchers have discovered a new strain of bacteria that can produce non-toxic, comparatively inexpensive “rhamnolipids,” and effectively help degrade polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) – environmental pollutants that are one of the most harmful ...More
    June 11, 2010 Posted in News
  • The Right Response to Every Pathogen
    In the event of an infection, the immune system releases messenger substances. These molecules can either activate immune cells to defeat invading pathogens, or inhibit them to prevent an excessive immune reaction. For this, the immune system has to decide very quickly what ...More
    June 7, 2010 Posted in News
  • Novel Therapeutic Approach Shows Promise Against Multiple Bacterial Pathogens
    A team of scientists from government, academia and private industry has developed a novel treatment that protects mice from infection with the bacterium that causes tularemia, a highly infectious disease of rodents, sometimes transmitted to people, and also known as rabbit ...More
    June 2, 2010 Posted in News
  • Corkscrew Twist of H. Pylori Lets It Set Up Shop in the Stomach
    The bacterium Helicobacter pylori, which lives in the human stomach and is associated with ulcers and gastric cancer, is shaped like a corkscrew, or helix. For years researchers have hypothesized that the bacterium’s twisty shape is what enables it to survive – ...More
    May 27, 2010 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization