NIH study finds probiotic Bacillus eliminates Staphylococcus bacteria

NIH study finds probiotic Bacillus eliminates Staphylococcus bacteria NIH study finds probiotic Bacillus eliminates Staphylococcus bacteria A new study from National Institutes of Health scientists and their Thai colleagues shows that a “good” bacterium commonly found in probiotic digestive supplements helps eliminate Staphylococcus aureus, a type of bacteria that can cause serious antibiotic-resistant infections. Pipat…

Infections increase risk of mood disorders

Contact: Michael Eriksen Benrós benros@ncrr.dk 45-26-25-52-39 Aarhus University New research shows that every third person who is diagnosed for the first time with a mood disorder has been admitted to hospital with an infection prior to the diagnosis New research shows that every third person who is diagnosed for the first time with a mood…

Virus kills melanoma in animal model, spares normal cells

Contact: Jim Sliwa jsliwa@asmusa.org 202-942-9297 American Society for Microbiology Researchers from Yale University School of Medicine have demonstrated that vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) is highly competent at finding, infecting, and killing  human melanoma cells, both in vitro and in animal models, while having little propensity to infect non-cancerous cells. “If it works as well in…

TB infection rates set to ‘turn clock back to 1930s’

Contact: Stephanie Burns sburns@bmjgroup.com 44-020-738-36920 BMJ-British Medical Journal Special edition to mark World TB day maps new issues and approaches to curbing spread of infection During the 1930s, dedicated sanitaria and invasive surgery were commonly prescribed for those with the infection – usually caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which the editors describe as “the most successful…

Study turns parasite invasion theory on its head: Malaria vaccine may be destined to fail

Contact: Jen Middleton j.middleton@wellcome.ac.uk Wellcome Trust Current thinking on how the Toxoplasma gondii parasite invades its host is incorrect, according to a study published today in Nature Methods describing a new technique to knock out genes. The findings could have implications for other parasites from the same family, including malaria, and suggest that drugs that…

Poultry disease vaccine brings short-term results but long-term problems: live vaccines that protect poultry against Newcastle Disease may be altering the genetic makeup of the wild virus strains

2010 study posted for filing Contact: Amitabh Avasthi axa47@psu.edu 814-865-9481 Penn State Attenuated live vaccines that protect poultry against Newcastle Disease may be altering the genetic makeup of the wild virus strains, which could make future outbreaks unpredictable and difficult to tackle, according to biologists. Newcastle Disease is an economically devastating poultry disease that costs…

Brain Infection from Tapeworn ” Serious Health Concern”

2010 study posted for filing Increasing in Mexico and Bordering Southwestern States MAYWOOD, Ill. — Tapeworm infections of the brain, which can cause epileptic seizures, appear to be increasing in Mexico and bordering southwestern states, Loyola University Health System researchers report. In Mexico, up to 10 percent of the population may have the infection, neurocysticercosis.…

Licorice root helps the body defend against Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection

Contact: Cody Mooneyhan cmooneyhan@faseb.org 301-634-7104 Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology A trip to the candy store might help ward off rare, but deadly infections New research in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology shows that glycyrrhizin extracted from licorice root helps the body defend against Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection As it turns out, children were…

Zinc supplementation significantly increases activation of the cells (T cells) responsible for destroying viruses and bacteria

2009 study posted for filing Contact: Cody Mooneyhan cmooneyhan@faseb.org 301-634-7104 Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Got zinc? New zinc research suggests novel therapeutic targets New report in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology suggests that zinc activates a key protein on T cells needed to fight infections Everyone knows that vitamins “from A to…

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…