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Jet lag can cause obesity by disrupting the daily rhythms of gut microbes

Organisms ranging from bacteria to humans have circadian clocks to help them synchronize their biological activities to the time of day. A study now …

Antibiotics administered early in life can affect immunity

Most bacteria living in the gut appear to play a positive role in promoting a healthy immune system (as recent research into the human microbiome has …

Antibiotic resistance now 'global threat', WHO warns

<b>Resistance to antibiotics poses a "major global threat" to public health, says a new report by the World Health Organization (WHO).</b><p>It analysed data from 114 countries and said resistance was happening now "in every region of the world".<p>It described a "post-antibiotic era", where people die from …

Microbiology

Study of gut microbes, antibiotics offers clues to improving immunity in premature babies

Mothers give a newborn baby a gift of germs -— germs that help to kick-start the infant’s immune system. But antibiotics, used to fight bacterial …

New insights into bacterial substitute for sex

Bacteria don’t have sex as such, but they can mix their genetic material by pulling in DNA from dead bacterial cells and inserting these into their …

Effects of mannan oligosaccharide and virginiamycin on the cecal microbial community and intestinal morphology of chickens raised under suboptimal conditions - Canadian Journal of Microbiology

Apajalahti J, Kettunen A, Graham H. 2004. Characteristics of the gastrointestinal microbial communities, with special reference to the chicken. …

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Fecal transplant? Gut microbiota may play a role in development of alcoholic liver disease

Exciting new data shows that the gut microbiota has a potential role in the development of alcoholic liver disease. Though an early stage animal …

Thank Your Gut Bacteria For Making Chocolate Healthful

Boy, it's a good time to be a dark-chocolate lover.<p>We've noted before the growing evidence that a daily dose of the bitter bean may help reduce blood pressure. There also seems to be a link between a regular chocolate habit and lower body weight.<p>Now scientists are offering an explanation for just …

Crohn's Disease Marked by Dramatic Changes in Gut Bacteria

The largest clinical study of its kind is revealing new insights into the causes of Crohn's disease, a periodic inflammation of the intestines. The …

Gut bacteria can cause life-threatening infections in preterm babies

Babies born prematurely are surviving in increasing numbers. But many withstand complications of early birth only to suffer late-onset sepsis -- …

How a Microbe Resists Its Own Antibiotics

“It is a nice piece of work and is perhaps one of the first complete demonstrations of antibiotic resistance mechanisms from genome sequencing …

Body bacteria: Can your gut bugs make you smarter?

The bacteria in our guts can influence the working of the mind, says Frank Swain. So could they be upgraded to enhance brainpower?<p>I have some startling news: you are not human. At least, by some counts. While you are indeed made up of billions of human cells working in remarkable concert, these are …

Byproducts of bacteria-causing gum disease incite oral cancer growth, study shows

Researchers have discovered how byproducts in the form of small fatty acids from two bacteria prevalent in gum disease incite the growth of deadly …

Investigating the fiber of our being: How our gut bacteria metabolize complex carbohydrates from fruits, vegetables

We are all aware of the health benefits of dietary fiber. But what is dietary fiber and how do we metabolize it? Researchers begun to uncover how our …

I had the bacteria in my gut analysed. And this may be the future of medicine

We are all familiar with "gut feelings", "gut reactions" and "gut instincts", but how much do we really know or care about our guts? As we become increasingly more aware of what we put in our stomachs, it's striking how ignorant we remain of what takes place in our intestines. And it turns out …

Bacterial toxin may trigger multiple sclerosis, research finds

Multiple sclerosis (MS), a central nervous system disease that often leads to paralysis and vision problems, affects approximately 2.3 million people worldwide and has no cure. Though no one knows what triggers MS, researchers have long suspected that a combination of genetic and environmental …

Attacking Cancer With Light-Controlled Bacteria? | Chemical & Engineering News

Let There Be Light<p>Shining blue light on engineered Escherichia coli cells causes them to produce a toxin called cytolysin A. The toxin lyses sheep …

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How to make petrol with bacteria

Scientists have found a way of harnessing bacteria found in our stomachs to make petrol<p>Researchers in South Korea have harnessed the <i>Escherichia coli</i> bacteria that help us to digest food – and sometimes cause food poisoning – to produce a replacement for petrol from fossil fuels.<p>As this video from …

Your mobile phone may harbor more bacteria than a public restroom

(NaturalNews) Innovators presenting at the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas claim to have come up with a new way to make mobile phones …

New test could make ulcer-causing bacteria emit green light in the stomach

Research carried out by a team of scientists at the University of Southern Denmark literally sheds new light on how a non-invasive technique for the …

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Tackling E Coli bacteria that leads to mastitis

E coli is a major economic cause of mastitis on the modern dairy farm.<p>Infection can range from a mild sub-acute clinical to a severe life-threatening …

Meat at a Quebec restaurant leads to 7 cases of E. coli

Quebec's Ministry of Health confirms that there have been seven recent cases of E. coli that can all be traced back to the same restaurant.<p>The …

New clues to how bacteria evade antibiotics

Scientists have made an important advance in understanding how a subset of bacterial cells escape being killed by many antibiotics.

MAP OF THE DAY: States With 'Nightmare Bacteria' 2001 Vs. 2013

Each year, 2 million people get an infection that is resistant to antibiotics, the CDC has reported. Twenty-three thousand of them die as a result of the infection, and many more die from related complications.<p>Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) are just one variety of …

Crib toys, day care items can harbor strep bacteria for months

That Christmas crib toy you got junior? It might be just the thing to give him strep throat, according to a new study.<p>The bacteria that cause strep throat may linger far longer on inanimate objects than previous lab tests suggested, according to University of Buffalo researchers.<p><i>Streptococcus</i> …

Common Cold-Causing Bacteria Lingers Longer than Expected When Outside of the Body

Two common bacteria that are the source of colds, ear infections, strep throat and a variety of other infections have been shown to survive outside …

Microbiology