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Antibiotics Trigger New Communities of Harmful Bacteria

stomachMost people have taken an antibiotic to treat a bacterial infection.

Now researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of San Diego, La Jolla, reveal that the way we often think about antibiotics - as straightforward killing machines - needs to be revised.

The research not only adds a new dimension to how we treat infections, but also might change our understanding of why bacteria produce antibiotics in the first place.
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Lyme Disease Treatment Costs up to $1.3 bln A Year

Lyme_副本Lyme disease, transmitted by a bite from a tick infected by the Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria, had long been considered easy to treat, usually requiring a single doctor’s visit and a few weeks of antibiotics for most people.

But new research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health revealed Continue reading

 

Honey Fights Antibiotic Resistance

Susan Meschwitz, Ph.D.

Honey has been known for its medicinal uses since ancient times.

 

Now scientists were excited to find that it could be the sweet key to tackling the growing problem of bacterial resistance to antibiotics.

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Good Gut Bacteria Help Fight Infection

Professor Sarkis Mazmanian

Not all bacteria are our enemies. Many bacteria living inside our bodies are actually helping to keep us healthy.

 

A new study by Caltech professor of biology and biological engineering Sarkis Mazmanian and his team found that beneficial bacteria could prepare the immune cells in our blood to fight infections from harmful bacteria.

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Medication May be in the Ocean

OHSU researchers, in partnership with scientists from several other institutions, have published new research that signals how the next class of powerful medications may currently reside at the bottom of the ocean. In both cases, the researchers were focused on ocean-based mollusks – a category of animal that includes snails, clams and squid and their bacterial companions. Continue reading