Tag: Bacteria

Study: Probiotics reduce stress-induced intestinal flare-ups

Contact: Shantell M. Kirkendoll smkirk@umich.edu 734-764-2220 University of Michigan Health System University of Michigan study helps explain benefits of probiotics for patients with stress-associated gastrointestinal disorders ANN ARBOR, Mich. – For those with irritable bowel syndrome who wonder if stress aggravates their intestinal disorder, a new University of […]

A solution to sinusitis from the sea

Contact: Karen Bidewell press.office@ncl.ac.uk 44-019-122-27850 Newcastle University A team of scientists and surgeons from Newcastle are developing a new nasal spray from a marine microbe to help clear chronic sinusitis. They are using an enzyme isolated from a marine bacterium Bacillus licheniformis found on the surface of seaweed […]

Eczema in infants linked to gut bacteria

Contact: Hilary Glover hilary.glover@biomedcentral.com 44-020-319-22370 BioMed Central Children with eczema have a more diverse set of bacteria in their guts than non affected children, finds a new study in BioMed Central’s open access journal BMC Microbiology. The types of bacteria present were also more typical of adult gut […]

Changes in the gut bacteria protect against stroke

Contact: Fredrik Bäckhed fredrik.backhed@wlab.gu.se 46-313-427-833 University of Gothenburg Researchers at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and the Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, demonstrate that an altered gut microbiota in humans is associated with symptomatic atherosclerosis and stroke. These findings are presented in a study published in Nature Communications […]

New bacteria contaminate hairspray

Contact: Lucy Goodchild l.goodchild@sgm.ac.uk 44-011-898-81843 Society for General Microbiology Scientists in Japan have discovered a new species of bacteria that can live in hairspray, according to the results of a study published in the March issue of the International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology. “Contamination of cosmetic […]

Coconut oil could combat tooth decay

Contact: Laura Udakis l.udakis@sgm.ac.uk 44-079-908-26696 Society for General Microbiology Digested coconut oil is able to attack the bacteria that cause tooth decay. It is a natural antibiotic that could be incorporated into commercial dental care products, say scientists presenting their work at the Society for General Microbiology’s Autumn […]

Vitamin B3 ( NIacin ) may offer new tool in fight against ‘superbugs’ – increased by 1,000 times the ability of immune cells to kill staph bacteria

Contact: Adrian Gombart adrian.gombart@oregonstate.edu 541-737-8018 Oregon State University CORVALLIS, Ore. – A new study suggests that nicotinamide, more commonly known as vitamin B3, may be able to combat some of the antibiotic-resistance staph infections that are increasingly common around the world, have killed thousands and can pose a […]

Chlamydia pneumoniae Responsible for Atherosclerosis

Rogue bacteria involved in both heart disease and infertility Researcher uncovers how chlamydia sabotages human immunity Chlamydia pneumoniae is a microbe that normally causes pneumonia and bronchitis, but it has long been associated with atherosclerosis, a cardiovascular disease also called “hardening of the arteries.” “It was a frightening […]