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  • 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
  • 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