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  • 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
  • Gambling on Bacteria: Microbes Offer Lessons for Life
    When it comes to gambling, many people rely on game theory, a branch of applied mathematics that attempts to measure the choices of others to inform their own decisions. It's used in economics, politics, medicine — and, of course, Las Vegas. But recent findings from a Tel ...More
    October 12, 2010 Posted in News
  • Decubitus Ulcers are Polymicrobial, Treatment Should be Tailored to Patients' Wound Microflora
    Decubitus ulcers, also known as bedsores or pressure ulcers, affect millions of hospitalized patients each year. The microflora of chronic wounds such as ulcers most commonly exist in the biofilm phenotype and have been known to significantly impair normal healing ...More
    September 22, 2010 Posted in News