Good Bacteria


  • Study of Gut Microbes, Antibiotics: Clues to Improving Immunity in Premature Infants
    Mothers give a newborn baby a gift of germs—microbes that help to kick-start the infant's immune system. But antibiotics, used to fend off infection, may paradoxically interrupt a newborn's own immune responses, leaving already-vulnerable premature babies more ...More
    2 days ago Posted in News
  • Researchers Identify Good Bacteria That Protects Against HIV
    Researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston by growing vaginal skin cells outside the body and studying the way they interact with "good and bad" bacteria, think they may be able to better identify the good bacteria that protect women from HIV ...More
    4 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Biologists Identify Mechanism by Which Beneficial Bacteria Reside, Thrive in Gastrointestinal Tract
    The human body is full of tiny microorganisms—hundreds to thousands of species of bacteria collectively called the microbiome, which are believed to contribute to a healthy existence. The gastrointestinal (GI) tract—and the colon in particular—is home to the largest ...More
    August 19, 2013 Posted in News
  • Salmonella Infection is a Battle Between Good and Bad Bacteria in the Gut
    A new study that examined food poisoning infection as-it-happens in mice revealed harmful bacteria, such as a common type of Salmonella, takes over beneficial bacteria within the gut amid previously unseen changes to the gut environment. The results provide new insights ...More
    June 26, 2013 Posted in News
  • Study Shows How Immune System Peacefully Co-exists With Good Bacteria
    The human gut is loaded with commensal bacteria – "good" microbes that, among other functions, help the body digest food. The gastrointestinal tract contains literally trillions of such cells, and yet the immune system seemingly turns a blind eye. However, in several ...More
    May 27, 2013 Posted in News
  • Declaring a Truce with Our Microbiological 'Frenemies'
    Managing bacteria and other microorganisms in the body, rather than just fighting them, may be lead to better health and a stronger immune system, according to a Penn State biologist. Researchers have historically focused on microbes in the body as primarily pathogens that ...More
    March 28, 2013 Posted in News
  • Good Bacteria May Expunge Vancomycin-Resistant Bacteria from the Gut
    Too many antibiotics can decimate the normal intestinal microbiota, which may never recover its former diversity. That, in turn, renders the GI tract vulnerable to being colonized by pathogens. Now researchers from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, and ...More
    February 27, 2013 Posted in News
  • Can Probiotics Decontaminate the Gut?
    Heavy metals and other toxins frequently contaminate food and water. The culprits read like a litany of bad actors—lead, cadmium, mercury, arsenic, chromium—but their numbers run into the thousands. Microbes have long been enlisted for bioremediation, but they also have the ...More
    September 20, 2012 Posted in News
  • NIH Team Describes Protective Role of Skin Microbiota
    A research team at the National Institutes of Health has found that bacteria that normally live in the skin may help protect the body from infection. As the largest organ of the body, the skin represents a major site of interaction with microbes in the environment. Although ...More
    July 26, 2012 Posted in News
  • Beneficial Bacteria May Help Ward Off Infection
    While many bacteria exist as aggressive pathogens, causing diseases ranging from tuberculosis and cholera, to plague, diphtheria and toxic shock syndrome, others play a less malevolent role and some are critical for human health. ...More
    July 20, 2012 Posted in News
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