GastroIntestinal / Gastroenterology Infectious Diseases / Bacteria / Viruses

Even ‘dead,’ this probiotic may be effective against inflammation

New research using roundworms and mice has shown that one probiotic of human origin does not have to be alive to reduce markers of inflammation and promote health. Share on PinterestEven when inactivated, a strain of Lactobacillus paracasei could reduce inflammation and boost health, a new study suggests. Probiotics are usually live, active bacteria that […]

Dermatology Infectious Diseases / Bacteria / Viruses

Dirty makeup sponges harbor dangerous bacteria

New evidence shows that many makeup products that have passed their expiry date, as well as many beauty tools — particularly makeup sponges — that people do not periodically clean, harbor potentially harmful bacteria, such as Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli. Share on PinterestDirty makeup sponges harbor the highest amount of bacteria among beauty products, […]

Infectious Diseases / Bacteria / Viruses

Do past medicines hold the answer to antibiotic resistance?

Historically, doctors used metals to treat infections. Researchers think that this treatment method may be worth a modern reexamination. Share on PinterestScientists are exploring new avenues for tackling the antibiotic resistance crisis. As an increasing number of bacteria develop antibiotic resistance, scientists are looking beyond this family of medications that has served us so well […]

Back Pain Infectious Diseases / Bacteria / Viruses

Chronic Lyme disease: Everything you need to know

Lyme disease comes from a bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi. Ticks, most commonly the deer tick, spread Lyme disease. Doctors usually treat the infection with antibiotics. With treatment, Lyme disease typically clears up quickly for most people. However, some people continue to have symptoms of Lyme disease following their treatment. Doctors refer to this as chronic […]

Infectious Diseases / Bacteria / Viruses

How bacteria ‘act as one’ to escape antibiotics

New research zooms in on Pseudomonas aeruginosa to uncover a strategy that drug-resistant bacteria use to avoid antibiotics. The findings could help make antibiotics more effective. Share on PinterestPetri dish experiments show how bacteria communicate to escape antibiotics. Jean-Louis Bru, from the department of molecular biology and biochemistry at the University of California, Irvine, is […]

Infectious Diseases / Bacteria / Viruses

Using soup to fight off malaria

A new paper suggests that certain traditional soup broths may contain active ingredients that could help fight off malaria. Share on PinterestNew research identifies several traditional broths with antimalarial activity. The research appears in the BMJ journal Archives of Disease in Childhood, and professor Jake Baum, from the Department of Life Sciences at Imperial College […]