• Gender and Hygiene: Could Cleanliness Be Hurting Girls?
    Little girls growing up in western society are expected to be neat and tidy, and one researcher who studies science and gender differences thinks that emphasis may contribute to higher rates of certain diseases in adult women. The link between increased hygiene and ...More
    January 26, 2011 Posted in News
  • Marine Scientists Exploring New Antibiotics
    Antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria, or "superbugs," are on the rise, killing tens of thousands of people each year. As the critical need for new classes of antibiotics grows, scientists are looking for miracles in unexplored realms of the ocean. Marine microbes are an ...More
    January 20, 2011 Posted in News
  • Is Kissing Hazardous to Your Health?
    Is kissing harmful to your health? With just one kiss couples can share more than 500 different types of disease-causing bacteria and viruses, warns the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), a professional association of more than 35,000 general dentists. "Not knowing who you ...More
    January 19, 2011 Posted in News
  • Gut Microbes Regulate Genes That Control Obesity and Inflammation
    If you are looking to lose weight in the coming year, you may need help from an unexpected place: the bacteria in your gut. That's because scientists have discovered that the bacteria living in your intestines may play a far more significant role in weight loss and ...More
    January 13, 2011 Posted in News
  • Can Predatory Bacteria Succeed Where Antibiotics Fail?
    There are predators in the bacterial world that consume other bacteria, much as predators attack prey in the animal world. A team led by researchers at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-New Jersey Dental School suggests that some of these predator ...More
    January 12, 2011 Posted in News
  • 'Good Clostridia' in the Gut Protect from Allergy and Autoimmunity
    Scientists at the University of Tokyo have discovered that specific gut-dwelling bacteria control key immune cells that combat allergies and autoimmune diseases. The paper describing these findings was published in today's issue of the journal Science, and technology ...More
    December 27, 2010 Posted in News
  • Bacterial Life On and In Humans Orchestrates Health and Disease
    A mounting tide of scientific evidence suggests that the old adage from Aesop's fables — "You are known by the company you keep" — also applies to the trillions of microscopic bacteria and viruses that live on the human body. Humanity's invisible but constant companions — ...More
    December 16, 2010 Posted in News
  • UV Light Nearly Doubles Vacuum's Effectiveness in Reducing Carpet Microbes
    New research suggests that the addition of ultraviolet light to the brushing and suction of a vacuum cleaner can almost double the removal of potentially infectious microorganisms from a carpet's surface when compared to vacuuming alone. Researchers say the findings suggest ...More
    November 2, 2010 Posted in News, Environmental Hygiene
  • Scientist to Examine Link Between Microbiota and Auto-Immune Diseases
    Rising levels of allergic asthma and eczema in North American children have Canadian scientists wondering if there is such a thing as being "too clean". "We see auto-immune diseases like asthma and eczema increasing rapidly in North American children, but we don't see the ...More
    October 28, 2010 Posted in News
  • Progress Toward Treating Infections by Silencing Microbes' 'Smart Phones'
    So disease-causing bacteria in the body finally have multiplied to the point where their numbers are large enough to cause illness. What’s next? They get out their "smart phones" and whisper "Let’s roll!" That’s how an article in the American Chemical Society's monthly ...More
    October 20, 2010 Posted in News