• Structures from Immune System’s Oldest Branch Shed Light on a Range of Diseases
    How molecules of the oldest branch of the human immune system have interconnected has remained a mystery. Now, two new structures, both involving a central component of an enzyme important to the complement system of the immune response, reveal how this system fights ...More
    June 17, 2009 Posted in News
  • Plant Microbe Shares Features with Drug-Resistant Pathogen
    An international team of scientists has discovered extensive similarities between a strain of bacteria commonly associated with plants and one increasingly linked to opportunistic infections in hospital patients. The findings suggest caution in the use of the ...More
    June 17, 2009 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Study Finds Unexpected Bacterial Diversity on Human Skin
    The health of our skin — one of the body’s first lines of defense against illness and injury — depends upon the delicate balance between our own cells and the millions of bacteria and other one-celled microbes that live on its surface. To better understand ...More
    May 29, 2009 Posted in News
  • Bacteria Play Role in Preventing Spread of Malaria
    Bacteria in the gut of the Anopheles gambiae mosquito inhibit infection of the insect with Plasmodium falciparum, the parasite that causes malaria in humans, according to researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Scientists with the ...More
    May 8, 2009 Posted in News
  • Study Shows Germs Succumb to Broccoli Sprouts
    A small pilot study of 50 people in Japan suggests that eating two and a half ounces of broccoli sprouts daily for two months may confer some protection against a rampant stomach bug that causes gastritis, ulcers and even stomach cancer. Citing their new "demonstration of ...More
    April 6, 2009 Posted in News
  • Antibodies Take 'Evolutionary Leaps' to Fight Microbes
    A new report in the January 2009 issue of the FASEB Journal explains for the first time how humans keep up with microbes by rearranging the genes that make antibodies to foreign invaders. This research fills a significant gap in our understanding of how the immune system ...More
    January 5, 2009 Posted in News
  • Stomach Ulcer Bug Causes Bad Breath
    Bacteria that cause stomach ulcers and cancer could also be giving us bad breath, according to research published in the December issue of the Journal of Medical Microbiology. For the first time, scientists have found Helicobacter pylori living in the mouths of people who ...More
    November 24, 2008 Posted in News
  • H. Pylori Bacteria May Help Prevent Some Esophageal Cancers
    PHILADELPHIA – Some bacteria may help protect against the development of a type of esophageal cancer, known as adenocarcinoma, according to a new review of the medical literature. These bacteria, which are called Helicobacter pylori, live in the stomachs of humans. ...More
    October 6, 2008 Posted in News
  • What is the Best Strategy for Treating Helicobacter pylori?
    The most popular treatment for H pylori is triple therapy but resistance to Clarithromycin is reducing its effectiveness. Courses using four drugs have been known to be more successful but are used less popular because of their side effects. So, what is the best way for ...More
    September 23, 2008 Posted in News
  • Stomach Bug Appears to Protect Kids from Asthma
    H. pylori   A long-time microbial inhabitant of the human stomach may protect children from developing asthma, according to a new study among more than 7,000 subjects led by NYULangoneMedicalCenter researchers. Helicobacter pylori, a bacterium that has co-existed ...More
    July 15, 2008 Posted in News