Microbes


  • 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
  • How Infection and Inflammation Can Lead to Cancer
    New research is emerging that suggests a link between infection-related diseases and risk of cancer, according to findings presented at the American Association for Cancer Research 101st annual meeting. “Chronic or recurrent inflammatory conditions appear to ...More
    April 19, 2010 Posted in News
  • Tainted Produce More Likely for Low-Income Shoppers
    No one wants a mixed salad tossed with extra bacteria, mold and yeast, but those are just what you might find when you try to eat a healthier diet in poorer neighborhoods. A new study shows that the level of bacteria found on the fresh produce can vary according to the ...More
    April 8, 2010 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Can H. pylori Infections Be Eradicated?
    Helicobacter pylori, a bacterium found in about 50 percent of humans worldwide, can cause stomach ulcers and, in extreme cases, gastric cancer. In an article for F1000 Medicine Reports, Seiji Shiota and Yoshio Yamaoka discuss the possible eradication of H. pylori ...More
    March 12, 2010 Posted in News
  • Researchers Confirm Role of Common Stomach Bacteria in Pancreatic Cancer
    Yale University researchers have discovered that colonization by the common stomach bacteria Helicobacter pylori in people with non-O blood types is associated with a nearly three-fold increased risk of pancreatic cancer.  The research, published online Feb. 24 in the ...More
    March 4, 2010 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • The Bacterial Balance That Keeps Us Healthy
    The thousands of bacteria, fungi and other microbes that live in our gut are essential contributors to our good health. They break down toxins, manufacture some vitamins and essential amino acids, and form a barrier against invaders. A study published today in Nature shows ...More
    March 4, 2010 Posted in News
  • Gastric Ulcer Bacteria Turn Immune Defense Inward
    Despite a strong response from our immune defense, the body is unable to rid itself of the bacterium Helicobacter pylori. One reason for this is that this bacterium encourages elements of the immune response to remain in tissue, activating the wrong immune cells. Research ...More
    January 25, 2010 Posted in News
  • Hollins Researchers Find Bacteria in Soda Fountain Beverages
    A team of faculty and student scientists at Hollins University has discovered that beverages from soda fountain machines can harbor microorganisms that may contribute to episodic gastric distress in the general population and could potentially pose a more significant threat ...More
    January 8, 2010 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Team Finds Link Between H. Pylori and Cancer-Promoting Factor
    By Diana YatesResearchers report that Helicobacter pylori, the only bacterium known to survive in the harsh environment of the human stomach, directly activates an enzyme in host cells that has been associated with several types of cancer, including gastric cancer.Chronic ...More
    January 6, 2010 Posted in News
  • Surface Bacteria Maintain Skin's Healthy Balance
    On the skin's surface, bacteria are abundant, diverse and constant, but inflammation is undesirable. Research at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine now shows that the normal bacteria living on the skin surface trigger a pathway that prevents ...More
    November 23, 2009 Posted in News