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Cocktail of bacteria-killing viruses prevents cholera infection in animal models: Oral administration of viruses that specifically target cholera bacteria prevents infection and cholera-like symptoms in animal model experiments

Oral administration of viruses that specifically target cholera bacteria prevents infection and cholera-like symptoms in animal model experiments<p>Oral …

How a year in space affected the bacteria in Scott Kelly’s gut

A shift in the GI tract<p>Ten teams of researchers are poring over the data collected for NASA’s Twins study — an experiment to see how a year in space affected the health of astronaut Scott Kelly, compared to the health of his identical twin Mark who stayed on Earth. One of those research groups, …

You Are Alive Because of Trillions of Bacteria

Most of us considered microbes little more than nasty germs before science recently began turning our view of the microbial world on its head. A …

How To Manage Your Microbiome For Healthy & Balanced Skin, According To An Expert

When it comes to keeping your skin healthy and clear, there's more to it than just maintaining your skin-care routine. Yep— you also need to manage …

Dynamics of the human gut microbiome in inflammatory bowel disease

Altmetric: 213<p>Citations: 14<p>More detail<p>Article<p>Jonas Halfvarson ORCID: orcid.org/0000-0003-0122-7234<br>• , Colin J. Brislawn<br>• , Regina Lamendella<br>• , Yoshiki …

Rat Study Suggests Prebiotics May Help Rebound from Stress

According to a new study from the University of Colorado, Boulder, regular intake of prebiotics may help to promote beneficial gut bacteria and …

Immigrants in the US are helping scientists understand how gut bacteria can be contagious

Pajau “PJ” Vangay has gotten really good at talking about poop in front of strangers.<p>Vangay is a graduate student in computational biology at the University of Minnesota who’s gathering data about the human microbiome: the bacteria that live all over our bodies, but mostly within our digestive …

Microbiology

Exotic trip planned? Packing antibiotics may mean bringing home superbugs

Travelers who take antibiotics transport the most drug-resistant of superbugs.<p>Those bitten by the ‘travel bug’ risk getting another type of bug—the …

Medicine

FDA Turmoil, Biology Mystery On List Of Hurdles For Microbiome Drugs

In three years, investment has jumped more than twenty-fold in startups developing medicines that change the interactions between our bodies and the …

Microbiome

Biologists control gut inflammation by altering the abundance of resident bacteria

Numerous human diseases, including inflammatory bowel disease, diabetes and autism spectrum disorders are linked to abnormal gut microbiomes, but an …

New Antibiotic from Bacteria found on Kenyan Ant could help Beat MRSA - Science Tech Updates

African Acacia Vachellia drepanolobium tree houses Tetraponera ant colonies inside hollow domatia. Formicamycins, antibacterial polyketides produced …

Can You Lose Weight by Using Probiotics?

Probiotics seemed to be everywhere in 2016, increasing in popularity to a point where even Google named them as one of the hottest food trends of the …

Ebola Study Shows How 'Superspreaders' Can Prolong An Outbreak

Social factors may be more influential than biological ones.<p>Disease “superspreaders” may have played a major role in the spread of the Ebola virus during the 2014 outbreak in West Africa, according to a new statistical analysis published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.<p>An …

Disease

Yellow Fever Outbreak in Congo and Angola Finally Comes to an End

The latest yellow fever outbreak that swept through Congo and Angola has finally ended, according to the World Health Organization. The outbreak …

Disease

How Does Disease Spread? NYC Rats Spreading Deadly Rare Bacterial Infection With Urine

An outbreak of the deadly bacterial infection leptospirosis was linked to rat urine found outside of a New York City apartment complex Thursday, …

Antibiotic Resistance is a Growing Problem. Have We Just Figured Out How to Stop It?

When penicillin was discovered growing on a Petri mold by Scottish scientist Alexander Fleming in 1928, he mostly neglected it for a decade. The few …

Mistakes at US lab force hundreds of Zika tests to be repeated

Officials in Washington, D.C.'s public health laboratory had to repeat Zika tests for nearly 300 pregnant women, including two women who were mistakenly told they tested negative for the mosquito-borne virus that has been shown to cause birth defects.<p>A routine check of lab practices in December …

Brazil's Expanding Yellow Fever Outbreak Started With Monkeys

The first sign of trouble was the monkeys dropping dead in the forest. Then people started getting sick and dying, too.<p>Brazil is in the midst of its worst yellow fever outbreak since the 1940s, when the country started mass vaccination and mosquito eradication campaigns to thwart the virus.<p>The …

Public Health

What are the symptoms of Scarlet Fever? What is it and who is at risk?

<b>Cases of scarlet Fever hit an 50-year high in England last year, according to Public Health England.</b><p>Around 6,000 people contracting the infection in …

In China, consumers seem to shrug off deadly bird flu outbreak | Reuters

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Four years ago, a bird flu outbreak in China killed at least three dozen people, triggered mass poultry culling, put masks on millions of Chinese faces and hammered shares in fast food and travel companies.<p>A quarantine researcher checks on a chicken at a poultry farm in …

Bird Flu

Deadly Salmonella strain linked to Aztec population collapse

A similar bacterial strain was found in 13th Century Europe and 16th Century Mexico.<p>A series of epidemics in Mexico that decimated the Aztec …