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Bacteria in mouth may diagnose pancreatic cancer

Bacteria in mouth may diagnose pancreatic cancer

Patients with pancreatic cancer have a different and distinct profile of specific bacteria in their saliva compared to healthy controls and even patients with other cancers or pancreatic diseases, according to research presented today at the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology. Continue reading

Bacteria in mouth may diagnose pancreatic cancer

Bacteria in mouth may diagnose pancreatic cancer

Patients with pancreatic cancer have a different and distinct profile of specific bacteria in their saliva compared to healthy controls and even patients with other cancers or pancreatic diseases, according to research presented today at the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology. Continue reading

Study debunks common myth that urine is sterile: Bacterial differences found in urine of healthy women and women with overactive bladder

Study debunks common myth that urine is sterile: Bacterial differences found in urine of healthy women and women with overactive bladder

Bacteria live in the bladders of healthy women, discrediting the common belief that normal urine is sterile. Continue reading

Study debunks common myth that urine is sterile: Bacterial differences found in urine of healthy women and women with overactive bladder

Study debunks common myth that urine is sterile: Bacterial differences found in urine of healthy women and women with overactive bladder

Bacteria live in the bladders of healthy women, discrediting the common belief that normal urine is sterile. Continue reading

Humans and companion animals harbor the same types of MRSA infections

Humans and companion animals harbor the same types of MRSA infections

shared population of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria circulates both in humans and companion animals, according to a study published this week in mBio® , the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology. “Our study demonstrates that humans and companion animals readily exchange and share MRSA bacteria from the same population,” says senior author Mark Holmes, senior lecturer in preventive veterinary medicine at the University of Cambridge in England. Continue reading

Humans and companion animals harbor the same types of MRSA infections

Humans and companion animals harbor the same types of MRSA infections

shared population of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria circulates both in humans and companion animals, according to a study published this week in mBio® , the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology. “Our study demonstrates that humans and companion animals readily exchange and share MRSA bacteria from the same population,” says senior author Mark Holmes, senior lecturer in preventive veterinary medicine at the University of Cambridge in England Continue reading

Looking ‘inside the box’ for sustainable solution for intestinal parasites

Looking ‘inside the box’ for sustainable solution for intestinal parasites

According to the World Health Organization, more than 450 million people worldwide, primarily children and pregnant women, suffer illness from soil-transmitted helminths (STH), intestinal parasites that live in humans and other animals. Considerable effort and resources have been, and continue to be, spent on top-down, medical-based programs focused on administering drugs to control STH infections, with little success. John Hawdon, Ph.D., associate professor of microbiology, immunology, and tropical medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, advocates a more sustainable solution for controlling STH infections. Continue reading

Expert guidance strengthens strategies to prevent most common and costly infection

Expert guidance strengthens strategies to prevent most common and costly infection

Surgical site infections (SSIs) are the most common and costly healthcare-associated infection (HAI) in the United States. New evidence-based recommendations provide a framework for healthcare institutions to prioritize and implement strategies to reduce the number of infections. The guidelines are published in the June issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology and were produced in a collaborative effort led by the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the American Hospital Association, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, and The Joint Commission Continue reading

Getting to the root of enamel evolution

Getting to the root of enamel evolution

Along with our big brains and upright posture, thick tooth enamel is one of the features that distinguishes our genus, Homo , from our primate relatives and forebears. A new study, published May 5 in the Journal of Human Evolution , offers insight into how evolution shaped our teeth, one gene at a time Continue reading

Soy sauce molecule may unlock drug therapy for HIV patients

Soy sauce molecule may unlock drug therapy for HIV patients

For HIV patients being treated with anti-AIDS medications, resistance to drug therapy regimens is commonplace. Often, patients develop resistance to first-line drug therapies, such as Tenofovir, and are forced to adopt more potent medications. Virologists at the University of Missouri now are testing the next generation of medications that stop HIV from spreading, and are using a molecule related to flavor enhancers found in soy sauce, to develop compounds that are more potent than Tenofovir Continue reading