Infectious Diseases / Bacteria / Viruses Sexual Health / STDs

How do vaginal bacteria naturally protect against chlamydia?

New research reveals, for the first time, how certain bacteria in the vagina and cervix prime cells to defend against the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI). Scientists reveal how vaginal bacteria can protect against chlamydia. Scientists have known for a while that the composition of microbes, or microbiome, in the vagina and cervix can […]

Genetics Infectious Diseases / Bacteria / Viruses

Harmful hospital bacteria evolved ‘in response to modern diets’

Clostridioides difficile is a form of bacteria that typically infects patients in hospital environments after they have received antibiotic therapy that has upset the bacterial balance in their guts. New research explains how this bacterium is evolving and suggests new ways forward in prevention and therapy. C. diff. may have evolved in line with the […]

Infectious Diseases / Bacteria / Viruses

Cigarette smoke increases superbug’s antibiotic resistance

New research analyzes the effect of cigarette smoke on MRSA strains and finds that it makes the bacteria more persistent, more invasive, and more resistant to certain antibiotics. Researchers call for smokers to quit as they reveal the harmful effects of cigarette smoke on drug resistant bacteria. Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death […]

Infectious Diseases / Bacteria / Viruses Women's Health / Gynecology

Menstrual cups vs. pads and tampons: How do they compare?

Menstrual cups are becoming more and more popular, especially in Western countries, primarily thanks to their reusability. But are they as safe as other disposable menstrual products? And how many people globally actually know about them? A new review attempts to offer some answers. A review finds that menstrual cups are safe to use, but […]