Microbes


  • 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
  • Cigarettes Harbor Many Bacteria Harmful to Human Health
    Cigarettes are "widely contaminated" with bacteria, including some known to cause disease in people, concludes a new international study conducted by a University of Maryland environmental health researcher and microbial ecologists at the Ecole Centrale de Lyon in France. ...More
    November 20, 2009 Posted in News
  • Sugars Give E. coli a Survival Advantage
    Scientists at the University of York have discovered how certain bacteria such as Escherichia coli have evolved to capture rare sugars from their environment giving them an evolutionary advantage in naturally competitive environments like the human gut.Microbes are ...More
    November 12, 2009 Posted in News
  • Map of Human Bacterial Diversity Shows Wide Interpersonal Differences
    A University of Colorado at Boulder team has developed the first atlas of bacterial diversity across the human body, charting wide variations in microbe populations that live in different regions of the body and which aid us in physiological functions that contribute to our ...More
    November 6, 2009 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Sneezing in Times of a Flu Pandemic
    The H1N1 influenza pandemic has received extensive media coverage this year. The World Health Organization, in addition to providing frequent updates about cases of infection and death tolls, recommends hyper vigilance in daily hygiene such as frequent handwashing or ...More
    November 2, 2009 Posted in News, Environmental Hygiene, Hand Hygiene
  • Misuse of Antibiotics Not the Only Cause of Resistance
    The perception that antibiotic resistance is primarily the undesirable consequence of antibiotic abuse or misuse is a view that is simplistic and inaccurate, according to a recent report by the American Academy of Microbiology. The reasons behind the spread of resistance ...More
    October 16, 2009 Posted in News
  • Taking Sharper Aim at Stomach Ulcer Bacteria
    Scientists are reporting discovery of a much sought after crack in the armor of a common microbe that infects the stomachs of one-sixth of the world’s population, causing stomach ulcers and other diseases. They identified a group of substances that block a key ...More
    September 30, 2009 Posted in News
  • Friendly Gut Bacteria Lend a Hand to Fight Infection
    Immunology researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have found that bacteria present in the human gut help initiate the body’s defense mechanisms against Toxoplasma gondii, the parasite responsible for toxoplasmosis. Toxoplasmosis is generally a mild infection, ...More
    August 20, 2009 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Hygiene Habits Getting Worse, Study Says
    American hygiene habits are going downhill and kitchen surfaces continue to harbor illness-causing bacteria that can threaten families, according to a new international study released today from the Hygiene Council, sponsored by LYSOL® brand products. Investigators ...More