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Escherichia Coli


  • Pandemic E. coli Strain H30 Cloaks Its Stealth Strategies
    The difficulty in subduing the pandemic strain of drug-resistant E. coli, called H30, may go beyond patient vulnerability or antibiotic resistance. This form of the disease-pathogen may have an intrinsic ability to cause persistent, harmful, even deadly infections. ...More
    2 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Study Shows Need to Address Excreta and Wastewater Policy in Hospitals
    Extended-spectrum β-lactamase-producing Escherichia coli has become ubiquitous and has been reported in diverse ecosystems. Drieux, et al. (2016) evaluated the potential impact of post-acute and long-term healthcare activities on the environment by quantifying ...More
    5 weeks ago Posted in News, Environmental Hygiene
  • Subset of E. coli Bacteria Linked to Deadly Disease in Pre-Term Infants
    Necrotizing enterocolitis is an intestinal disease that afflicts about 1 in 10 extremely premature infants and is fatal in nearly one-third of cases. The premature infant gut is believed to react to colonizing bacteria, causing damage to the intestinal walls and severe ...More
    March 21, 2016 Posted in News
  • Urinary Tract Infection: How Bacteria Nestle In
    Almost every second woman suffers from a bladder infection at some point in her life. Also men are affected by cystitis, though less frequently. In eighty percent of the cases, it is caused by the intestinal bacterium E. coli. It travels along the urethra to the bladder ...More
    March 7, 2016 Posted in News
  • E. coli Survives Predatory Bacteria by Playing Hide-and-Seek
    The majority of disease-causing bacteria in the body are rendered harmless by the protective effects of the immune system. Those that manage to escape the immune system can be killed by antibiotics, but bacteria are becoming more and more resistant to more and more ...More
    February 22, 2016 Posted in News
  • Researchers Determine Genetic Makeup of Various Strains of E. coli
    A multidisciplinary group of researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM) have for the first time determined the genetic makeup of various strains of E. coli, which every year kills hundreds of thousands of people around the world. The paper, which ...More
    February 8, 2016 Posted in News
  • Immunity Genes Could Protect Some From E. coli While Others Fall Ill
    When a child comes home from preschool with a stomach bug that threatens to sideline the whole family for days, why do some members of the family get sick while others are unscathed? According to a Duke Health study published January 19 in the Journal of Infectious ...More
    January 19, 2016 Posted in News
  • E. coli's 'Anchor' Lets UTIs Take Hold
    To establish an infection in the urinary tract, bacteria must be able to withstand the tremendous forces of urine flow so they're not simply washed away. New research is giving scientists a remarkable view of a strange, spring-like shock absorber used by the most common ...More
    January 12, 2016 Posted in News
  • Penn Researchers Discover Why E. coli Move Faster in Viscoelastic Fluids
    Swimming in a pool of syrup would be difficult for most people, but for bacteria like E. coli, it's easier than swimming in water. Scientists have known for decades that these cells move faster and farther in viscoelastic fluids, such as the saliva, mucus, and other bodily ...More
    November 25, 2015 Posted in News
  • Officials Continue to Investigate Outbreak of Shiga Toxin-Producing Escherichia coli O26 Infections
    The Washington State Department of Health and the Oregon Health Authority are investigating an outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O26 (STEC O26) infections. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are ...More
    November 5, 2015 Posted in News
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