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 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. […]

Infectious Diseases / Bacteria / Viruses

Civil War plant guide reveals 3 plants with antibiotic properties

Scientists have found that extracts from plants that people used to treat infections during the Civil War have antimicrobial activity against drug-resistant bacteria. The tulip poplar is one of the plants the scientists examined. The Civil War began in 1861 as a result of growing tensions over slavery and states’ rights between the northern and […]