Health Problems

Study finds way to disarm dangerous bacteria

In Australia, more than 10,000 patients a year acquire a serious bacterial infection called Clostridioides difficile, often while in hospital, resulting in the death of up to 300 people per year. The Centers for Disease Control in the United States (US) call C. difficile a major health threat causing half a million infections and 15,000 […]

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Precision editing of gut bacteria reduces cancer in mice

UT Southwestern researchers have shown that precision editing of the bacterial populations in the gut reduces inflammation-associated colorectal cancer in mice. The study published this week by the Journal of Experimental Medicine could lay the groundwork for novel cancer prevention strategies for individuals with chronic intestinal inflammation. Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) affects more than 1.6 […]

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New antibacterial fillings may combat recurring tooth decay: Novel material may prevent one of the costliest and most prevalent bacterial diseases in the world

Tooth decay is among the costliest and most widespread bacterial diseases. Virulent bacteria cause the acidification of tooth enamel and dentin, which, in turn, causes secondary tooth decay. A new study by Tel Aviv University researchers finds potent antibacterial capabilities in novel dental restoratives, or filling materials. According to the research, the resin-based composites, with […]

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Athletes have specific gut bacteria that is NOT in ‘lazy people’

How gut bacteria could help boost physical performance: Athletes have more of microbe ‘Veillonella’ than lazy people – and experts hope it could one day be used in a supplement Bacteria Veillonella break down lactic acid into the fatty-acid propionateĀ  Propionate maximises athletic performance, but how is unclear Veillonella was only in the stool samples […]

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Biostatistician studies link between microbiome and preterm birth

Pregnant African American women are more likely than white women to give birth prematurely, but they’re underrepresented in studies of preterm birth rates. Snehalata Huzurbazar, a biostatistics professor in the West Virginia University School of Public Health, is working to change that. In a recent study, she and her colleagues analyzed how pregnant women’s vaginal […]

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How Enterococcus faecalis bacteria causes antibiotic resistant infection: Genomic study of 1980’s outbreak at a Wisconsin hospital may provide targets for better treatment of hospital-acquired infections

A new study led by a research team from Massachusetts Eye and Ear and Harvard Medical School describes how bacteria adapted to the modern hospital environment and repeatedly cause antibiotic-resistant bloodstream infections. Infections acquired by hospitalized patients are more often antibiotic-resistant than those that occur elsewhere, and hospitals invest considerable effort to prevent them. Despite […]