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Common food preservative has unexpected effects on the gut microbiome

Written by | 8 Feb 2024

Food manufacturers often add preservatives to food products to keep them fresh. A primary purpose of these preservatives is to kill microbes that could break down and otherwise… read more.

Staphylococcus aureus treatment with oral antibiotics appears promising

Written by | 2 Feb 2024

New research indicates that, among patients with Staphylococcus aureus (SAB) bloodstream infections who are deemed to be at low risk of developing infectious complications, an early switch to… read more.

Skin behind the ears and between the toes can host a collection of unhealthy microbes

Written by | 30 Sep 2023

Grandmother was right: Scrubbing behind the ears and between the toes may help keep the skin in those regions healthy, or so says a new study by a… read more.

An oral probiotic can treat dry eye disease

Written by | 18 Jul 2023

In a study by a research group at Baylor College of Medicine, oral administration of a commercially available probiotic bacterial strain was found to improve dry eye disease… read more.

Boosting survival of a beneficial bacterium in the human gut

Written by | 25 Mar 2023

The microbes that inhabit the gut are critical for human health, and understanding the factors that encourage the growth of beneficial bacterial species — known as “good” bacteria… read more.

Peanuts and herbs and spices may positively impact gut microbiome

Written by | 5 Dec 2022

Adding a daily ounce of peanuts or about a teaspoon of herbs and spices to your diet may affect the composition of gut bacteria, an indicator of overall… read more.

Antibiotics affect male and female gut microbiomes differently

Written by | 25 Jul 2022

In a new study, researchers at Cedars-Sinai found that antibiotics have sex-specific effects on the gut microbiome makeup of male and female laboratory rats. The findings, published in… read more.

Fragile balance in the gut

Written by | 3 Jul 2022

The presence of probiotics such as lactic acid bacteria changes the environment in the intestine and forces the yeast fungus Candida albicans to change its metabolism, making it less infectious…. read more.

Sampling surfaces for COVID-19 virus at public health laboratories

Written by | 1 Jul 2022

Surface sampling for SARS-CoV-2 RNA has shown promise to detect the exposure of environments to infected individuals shedding the virus who would not otherwise be detected. Now a… read more.

Antibiotics after birth affects gut microbes of babies

Written by | 22 Feb 2022

Treating babies with antibiotics in the first week of life is linked with a decrease in healthy bacteria necessary amongst others to digest milk and an increase in… read more.

Innovative approach brings cell-reprograming therapy for heart failure closer to reality

Written by | 19 Jan 2022

Not too long ago the idea of taking, for instance a skin cell and transforming it into a muscle cell was unthinkable. About 10 years ago, however, revolutionary… read more.

Can a dangerous microbe offer a new way to silence pain?

Written by | 13 Jan 2022

Deadly anthrax toxin blocks multiple types of pain in mice, study shows. Anthrax has a scary reputation. Widely known to cause serious lung infections in humans and unsightly,… read more.

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