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How intestinal bacteria communicate with the body

Bacteria in the intestine pack a wide spectrum of their biomolecules into small capsules. These are transported via the bloodstream to various organs in the body and even absorbed and processed by nerve cells in the brain. This has now been shown for the first time by a team of researchers from Goethe University, FAU […]

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Gut bacteria and flavonoid-rich foods are linked and improve blood pressure levels

Flavonoid-rich foods, including berries, apples, pears and wine, appear to have a positive effect on blood pressure levels, an association that is partially explained by characteristics of the gut microbiome, according to new research published today in Hypertension, an American Heart Association journal. “Our gut microbiome plays a key role in metabolizing flavonoids to enhance […]

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Using Biochemistry in Pest Control

Biopesticides are derived from living organisms such as bacteria or plants, with common use examples dating back to the 1950s. For example, Bacillus thuringiensis is a Gram-positive bacterium popularly used as an insecticide since then, exerting this activity through the formation of crystal proteins. Upon ingestion of these proteins, the alkaline digestive tract of insects […]

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Study reveals how harmless skin microbes become deadly pathogens

The bacterium Staphylococcus epidermidisis primarily a harmless microbe found on the skin and in the noses of humans. Yet some strains of this species can cause infections – in catheters, artificial joints, heart valves, and in the bloodstream – which are difficult to treat. These bacteria are often resistant to a particularly effective antibiotic, methicillin, […]

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How could AI be used to predict infection outcomes?

Thought LeadersProfessor FrankelProfessor of Molecular PathogenesisMRC Centre for Bacteriology and Infection Professor Frankel from Imperial College London speaks to News-Medical about his latest research that investigated whether AI could be used to predict infection outcomes. What inspired your research into infections? I got interested in infectious biology very early during my studies; it is very […]

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Regular walnut intake may help protect against negative outcomes associated with H. pylori infection

A new animal study, published in the Journal of Clinical Biochemistry and Nutrition, suggests regular walnut consumption may be a promising intervention for reducing negative outcomes associated with Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection, a widespread bacterial infection that affects more than half of the world's population. Using mice models, researchers from the CHA Cancer Prevention […]