Bacterial Infections

  • Honey as an Antibiotic: Scientists Identify Secret Ingredient That Kills Bacteria
    Sweet news for those looking for new antibiotics: A new research published in the July 2010 print edition of the Federation of the American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) Journal explains for the first time how honey kills bacteria. Specifically, the research ...More
    June 30, 2010 Posted in News
  • Researcher Awarded Grant to Study Meningitis Mechanism
    A white blood cell that normally removes bacteria from the bloodstream helps Escherichia coli (E. coli) accumulate in the blood and enter the brain resulting in the deadly infection known as meningitis. Prasadarao V. Nemani, PhD, a scientist at The Saban Research Institute ...More
    June 24, 2010 Posted in News
  • Clostridium difficile: The Newest Superbug Beats Out MRSA
    Evolution of a SuperbugAccording to Becky A. Miller, MD, who presented study results at an oral session at the Fifth Decennial International Conference on Healthcare-Associated Infections 2010, hospital-onset, healthcare-associated Clostridium difficile infections (CDI) ...More
    June 23, 2010 Posted in Articles
  • Discovery of Controlled Swarm in Bacteria
    A study led by researchers from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) describes one of the mechanisms in which pathogenic bacteria populations control the way they spread over the surface of the organs they infect and stop when they detect the presence of an ...More
    June 22, 2010 Posted in News
  • 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