Organically and Conventionally grown Apples are very different

Organically and Conventionally grown Apples are very different Organically and Conventionally grown Apples are very different “Escherichia-Shigella — a group of bacteria that includes known pathogens — was found in most of the conventional apple samples, but none from organic apples. For beneficial Lactobacilli — of probiotic fame — the reverse was true.” And there…

Performance-enhancing bacteria may increase performance by 13%

Performance-enhancing bacteria may increase performance by 13% They pinpointed one specific group of bacteria, called Veillonella, that they found was enriched in the gut microbiome of Boston Marathon runners after after completing the 26.2 race and in an independent group of 87 elite and Olympic athletes after competitions. Veillonella bacteria isolated from marathon athletes and…

Lupus strongly linked to imbalances in gut microbiome

Lupus strongly linked to imbalances in gut microbiome Lupus strongly linked to imbalances in gut microbiome The new study, publishing in the Annals of Rheumatic Diseases online Feb. 19, showed that 61 women diagnosed with SLE had roughly five times more gut bacteria known as Ruminococcus gnavus, than 17 women of similar ages and racial…

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 Michigan Health System study shows it’s not…

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 which the scientists at Newcastle University were…

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 microbes than for toddlers without eczema. Eczema…

Antibiotics have long-term impacts on gut flora/ Up to 2 years

2010 study posted for filing Contact: Laura Udakis l.udakis@sgm.ac.uk 44-118-988-1843 Society for General Microbiology Short courses of antibiotics can leave normal gut bacteria harbouring antibiotic resistance genes for up to two years after treatment, say scientists writing in the latest issue of Microbiology, published on 3 November. The researchers believe that this reservoir increases the…

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 on December 4. The human body contains…

Herpesvirus: To Vaccinate or Not To Vaccinate Scientists Weigh Risks and Benefits: Herpesvirus gives resistance to infection with bacterial pathogens

2009 report posted for filing   Saranac Lake, N.Y., -Dr. Marcia Blackman and her research team at the Trudeau Institute have followed up on an intriguing report(1)published in the journal Nature in May 2007 by Dr. Herbert Virgin, et al., showing that mice persistently infected with certain forms of herpesvirus, which can establish lifelong latent…

New infant formula safety advice could prevent infant suffering

2009 release posted for filing Contact: Lucy Collister lcollister@wiley.com 44-01-865-476-241 Wiley-Blackwell Published in Letters in Applied Microbiology Wheat-based infant follow-on formulas are better reconstituted with fruit juice and should be stored in the fridge at 4°C to prevent growth of meningitis bacteria, according to recent research. The results of a study, published today in the…

Disinfectants can make bacteria resistant to treatment: Makes Bacteria Stronger

2008 Study posted for filing Contact: Lucy Goodchild press@sgm.ac.uk 44-011-898-81843 Society for General Microbiology Chemicals used in the environment to kill bacteria could be making them stronger, according to a paper published in the October issue of the journal Microbiology. Low levels of these chemicals, called biocides, can make the potentially lethal bacterium Staphylococcus aureus…

Viruses Help MU Scientists Battle Pathogenic Bacteria and Improve Water Supply

  Newly developed technique can kill antibiotic-resistant germs Sept. 24, 2012 Story Contact(s): Timothy Wall, walltj@missouri.edu, 573-882-3346 COLUMBIA, Mo. — Infectious bacteria received a taste of their own medicine from University of Missouri researchers who used viruses to infect and kill colonies of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, common disease-causing bacteria. The viruses, known as bacteriophages, could be…

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 products is rare but some products may…