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A mother's genes can influence the bacteria in her baby's gut

Researchers at UC Davis have found that a gene, which is not active in some mothers, produces a breast milk sugar that influences the development of the community of gut bacteria in her infant.  
medicalnewstoday.com
over 4 years ago
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How a bacterial cell recognizes its own DNA

It may come as a bit of a surprise to learn that bacteria have an immune system - in their case to fight off invasive viruses called phages.  
medicalnewstoday.com
over 4 years ago
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Maple syrup helps antibiotics defeat bacteria

In lab tests, extract of maple syrup made bacteria more susceptible to antibiotics in a number of ways. If it works in humans, it could help cut the use of antibiotics.  
medicalnewstoday.com
over 4 years ago
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Immune system selectively disarmed by gum disease bacteria

The human body is comprised of roughly 10 times more bacterial cells than human cells.  
medicalnewstoday.com
over 4 years ago
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Gut microbes trigger autoimmune disease later in life in mice

Researchers have revealed that the colonization of the gut of young mice by certain types of bacteria can lead to immune responses later in life that are linked to disease.  
medicalnewstoday.com
over 4 years ago
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Study suggests altering gut bacteria might mitigate lupus

Lactobacillus species, commonly seen in yogurt cultures, correlate, in the guts of mouse models, with mitigation of lupus symptoms, while Lachnospiraceae, a type of Clostridia, correlate with...  
medicalnewstoday.com
over 4 years ago
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Turning to freshwater sources to fight drug-resistant tuberculosis, other infections

The discovery of antibiotics produced by soil fungi and bacteria gave the world life-saving medicine.  
medicalnewstoday.com
over 4 years ago
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Carefully alternating antibiotics can prevent bacteria developing resistance, say researchers

Treating bacteria with alternating doses of antibiotics can render them susceptible to sublethal doses that would normally spur resistance, a new study reveals.  
medicalnewstoday.com
over 4 years ago
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Alternating antibiotics render resistant bacteria beatable

Given the alarming rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and the long lead-in time for developing novel drugs, the discovery of new ways to use the antibiotics already available and approved...  
medicalnewstoday.com
over 4 years ago
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Cigarette smoke makes superbugs more aggressive

In lab and mouse experiments, cigarette smoke helps drug-resistant bacteria fight off the immune systemMethicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), an...  
medicalnewstoday.com
over 4 years ago
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Antibiotic resistance risk for coastal water users

Recreational users of coastal waters such as swimmers and surfers are at risk of exposure to antibiotic resistant bacteria, according to new research.  
medicalnewstoday.com
over 4 years ago
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IDSA: National action plan for combating antibiotic resistant bacteria (carb) - a welcome effort in tackling resistance public health crisis

The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) welcomes the release of the...  
medicalnewstoday.com
over 4 years ago
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Common bacteria on verge of becoming antibiotic-resistant superbugs

Antibiotic resistance is poised to spread globally among bacteria frequently implicated in respiratory and urinary infections in hospital settings, according to new research at Washington...  
medicalnewstoday.com
over 4 years ago
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New way to block dengue transmission using bacteria modeled on computer

Researchers working on a way to stop dengue virus transmission using a bacterium that infects mosquitoes have developed a computer model to help plan control measures.  
medicalnewstoday.com
over 4 years ago
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Comparing the genomes of the leprosy bacteria

Leprosy is a chronic infection of the skin, peripheral nerves, eyes and mucosa of the upper respiratory tract, affecting over a quarter million people worldwide.  
medicalnewstoday.com
over 4 years ago
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Epidemiology of human mycobacterium bovis disease, california, USA, 2003-2011

Tuberculosis (TB) can be caused by more than one type of bacteria, one of which is Mycobacterium bovis. TB caused by M.  
medicalnewstoday.com
over 4 years ago
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Study debunks common misconception that urine is sterile

Bacteria have been discovered in the bladders of healthy women, discrediting the common belief that normal urine is sterile.  
medicalnewstoday.com
over 4 years ago
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Fighting tuberculosis using the body's natural anti-microbial processes

A new approach to combatting tuberculosis would take advantage of a complex, natural process called autophagy that the human body uses to recycle nutrients, remove damaged cell components, eliminate invading bacteria, and respond to inflammation. In addition to its potential as a novel therapeutic strategy, autophagy is the focus of increasing research to understand the role it may have in a range of diseases including heart disease, diabetes, and age-related neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's disease.  
eurekalert.org
over 4 years ago
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Microbes help produce serotonin in gut

Although serotonin is well known as a brain neurotransmitter, it is estimated that 90 percent of the body's serotonin is made in the digestive tract. In fact, altered levels of this peripheral serotonin has been linked to diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome, cardiovascular disease, and osteoporosis. New research shows that certain bacteria in the gut are important for the production of peripheral serotonin.  
sciencedaily.com
over 4 years ago
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French diet of cheese 'reduces the risk of a heart attack'

When cheese was digested, gut bacteria produced the compound butyrate, which known to lower 'bad' cholesterol, researchers from Aarhus University, Denmark, found.  
dailymail.co.uk
over 4 years ago