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 […]

Infectious Diseases / Bacteria / Viruses Nutrition / Diet

New food supplement made from bacteria fights metabolic syndrome

Scientists have now confirmed what they previously tested in mice: the benefits of a bacterium for cardiometabolic health. In a new study, a food supplement containing Akkermansia muciniphila improved metabolic markers in people with prediabetes and at risk of cardiovascular conditions. New research suggests that taking dietary supplements that contain a certain type of bacteria […]

Infectious Diseases / Bacteria / Viruses

Lyme disease: Why does joint pain persist?

Researchers have found clues that might lead to a treatment for Lyme arthritis. The secret may lie in the walls of the bacterium that causes the condition. Ticks are responsible for spreading Lyme disease. Lyme disease occurs when a person becomes infected with a tick-borne bacterium called Borrelia burgdorferi. Initial symptoms typically include general fatigue, […]

Cystic Fibrosis Infectious Diseases / Bacteria / Viruses

Garden snails may have secret weapons against aggressive bacteria

Have you ever wondered how snails can spend their time crawling over dirt rife with potentially dangerous bacteria but manage to stay healthy? Two British scientists did, and this led them to discover new proteins that can fight harmful bacteria. The mucus of the garden snail, Cornu aspersum, contains proteins with antibacterial potential, a new […]

Infectious Diseases / Bacteria / Viruses

Can scientists learn to bypass superbugs’ drug resistance?

When bacteria become resistant to antibiotic treatments, this poses an important threat to health, as infections become very difficult — and sometimes impossible — to treat. But could a new strategy successfully identify the weak point of superbugs? One type of antibiotic resistance could show researchers how best to tackle some superbugs. Antibiotic resistance, defined […]

Infectious Diseases / Bacteria / Viruses Nutrition / Diet

Foods with similar nutrition content affect the gut differently

Foods with similar nutrition labels can have very different effects on gut microbiomes, research finds. Foods that have similar nutritional information on their labels can affect the gut microbiome of different people in different ways. A recent study, the results of which feature in the journal Cell Host & Microbe, looked at participants’ diets and […]

Infectious Diseases / Bacteria / Viruses Tuberculosis

Scorpion venom compounds can kill dangerous bacteria

Researchers have managed to synthesize two scorpion venom compounds that are effective against some strains of highly infectious bacteria. The compounds are also unlikely to harm humans, the scientists reassure us. Detail of photograph showing Prof. Richard Zare holding a Diplocentrus melici, a type of scorpion with venom that has healing potential.Image credit: Edson N. […]