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  • Men with beards dirtier than dogs, study finds

    04/16/2019 11:57:50 AM PDT · by bgill · 64 replies
    kvue ^ | Apr. 15, 2019 | Tim Chong
    Shaving may not only make men look cleaner, but it actually makes them cleaner, a new study found. Researchers say men's beards carry more microbes than dogs, The Daily Mail said. In the study at Switzerland's Hirslanden Clinic, swabs were taken from 18 men with hairy chins. They also were taken from 30 dogs of varying breeds. Professor Andreas Gutzeit said all of the beards were carrying "a significantly higher bacterial load." Only 23 of the 30 dogs had high counts. Seven of the men were even carrying harmful microbes, Gutzeit said.
  • Levi’s CEO: Don’t Put Your Jeans In The Washing Machine

    03/23/2019 4:00:36 PM PDT · by CaliforniaCraftBeer · 138 replies
    Fox Business ^ | Match 22, 2019 | Jade Scipioni
    Levi’s CEO Chip Bergh admitted on CNN Business’ Markets Now that he still hasn’t washed his now decade-old pair of jeans. And he doesn’t plan to, either. He also slammed the old wives’ tale about freezing your jeans to preserve the color and shape. “If it’s the pair I’m thinking of, he will spot treat them or worst case hand wash if needed. But never in the washing machine,” a Levi’s spokesperson said.
  • Scientists Are Fighting Drug-Resistant Bacteria in Space with Silvery Shield

    03/19/2019 7:33:52 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    While living in space weakens astronauts' bodies, microbes can thrive in the zero-gravity environment, growing stronger and even developing resistance to antibiotics. To help minimize the spread of germs on the International Space Station, researchers have developed a new type of antimicrobial coating made of silver and ruthenium and tested it on one of the yuckiest surfaces inside the space station — the toilet door. Having coated the door to the space toilet with the new substance, known as "AgXX," the space station astronauts tested the surface for bacterial growth three times over the course of 19 months. After the...
  • Migrant with flesh-eating bacteria detained at US border

    01/27/2019 8:00:37 AM PST · by Baynative · 20 replies
    AP ^ | Jan 25, 2019 | AP
    LORDSBURG, N.M. (AP) - U.S. Border Patrol agents say a man among hundreds of migrants detained in New Mexico in recent days has been diagnosed as having been infected with flesh-eating bacteria. The man was transported to a hospital after telling an agent that he had a growing rash on his leg. Officials said in a statement Friday the unidentified migrant will require extensive treatment.
  • We may finally know what causes Alzheimer’s — and how to stop it

    01/25/2019 4:47:41 AM PST · by Sarcasm Factory · 91 replies
    New Scientist Ltd. ^ | 23/24 January 2019 | Debora MacKenzie
    If you bled when you brushed your teeth this morning, you might want to get that seen to. We may finally have found the long-elusive cause of Alzheimer’s disease: Porphyromonas gingivalis, the key bacteria in chronic gum disease. That’s bad, as gum disease affects around a third of all people. But the good news is that a drug that blocks the main toxins of P. gingivalis is entering major clinical trials this year, and research published today shows it might stop and even reverse Alzheimer’s. There could even be a vaccine. ....
  • Space microbes aren't so alien after all

    01/08/2019 6:23:46 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    phys,org ^ | January 8, 2019, | Northwestern University
    While the team found that the bacteria isolated from the ISS did contain different genes than their Earthling counterparts, those genes did not make the bacteria more detrimental to human health. The bacteria are instead simply responding, and perhaps evolving, to survive in a stressful environment. As the conversation about sending travelers to Mars gets more serious, there has been an increasing interest in understanding how microbes behave in enclosed environments. "People will be in little capsules where they cannot open windows, go outside or circulate the air for long periods of time," said Hartmann. "We're genuinely concerned about how...
  • Ancient Fermanagh cure gets modern makeover

    01/08/2019 8:54:17 PM PST · by Theoria · 16 replies
    BBC ^ | 29 Dec 2018 | Julian Fowler
    An ancient folk remedy from County Fermanagh could help scientists in the fight against drug-resistant bacteria. According to local belief, the soil from a churchyard in Boho can cure infections. A microbiologist who took samples to see if there was any scientific basis for the cure has made an astonishing discovery. Dr Gerry Quinn found a unique strain of streptomyces, a microorganism used to produce antibiotics. It was found to kill the top three pathogens (organisms that cause disease) identified by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a major threat to human health. "When we brought the soil back to...
  • “Spy” Virus Eavesdrops on Bacteria, Then Obliterates Them

    12/17/2018 3:31:00 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 8 replies
    Scientific American ^ | 12/14/18 | Angus Chen
    Viruses use bacteria’s chemical language to time their destruction; this might lead to new ways to fight infections In the early experiments it looked like the virus called VP882 was doing something that should be impossible for a thing that is not a bacterium, and not technically even alive: intercepting molecular messages exchanged by its host bacteria, and reading them to determine the best time to annihilate the whole bacterial colony. “As scientists, this is just unimaginable to us,” says Bonnie Bassler, a molecular biologist at Princeton University. “We were delighted and skeptical at the same time. It was almost...
  • The International Space Station is infested with mysterious [bacteria]

    11/23/2018 6:45:02 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 41 replies
    Metro UK ^ | 11/23/2018
    Scientists have discovered a thriving ecosystem of ‘infectious organisms’ aboard the International Space Station. A Nasa team found five different varieties of Enterobacter, which are similar to bugs found in hospitals down here on Earth. The toilet of the orbiting space base was one of the main sites of infection along with the exercise area. Researchers calculated that there is a ‘79% probability that they may potentially cause disease’, although analysis has only been carried out on dead samples at this stage so this risk could prove to be higher or lower following further research. Dr Nitin Singh, who has...
  • Colonizing Mars: What To Do If There Is Life In The Ground Water (9min video w/ Dr. Robert Zubrin)

    09/07/2018 4:34:04 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 32 replies
    YouTube ^ | 9/6/18
    In this final preview clip before the premiere episode of John Michael Godier's Event Horizon. We discuss the possibility of there being life on Mars, specifically in the ground water, and what we should do with it if we colonize Mars, with Dr. Robert Zubrin the founder and President of the Mars Society, an international organization dedicated to furthering the exploration and settlement of Mars by both public and private means.
  • 'Flesh-eating' STD allegedly reported in England

    08/23/2018 10:41:29 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 45 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 22, 2018 | Alexandria Hein
    A rare sexually transmitted disease that causes flesh-eating ulcers on patients’ genitalia has popped up in England, the Lancashire Post reported. [Snip] Donovanosis, which is spread through sexual intercourse with an infected patient, or by coming into contact with a patient's infected ulcer, is typically seen in India, New Guinea, parts of the Caribbean, central Australia and southern Africa. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the painless disease causes progressive ulcerative lesions on the genitals or perineum, which are prone to heavy bleeding. Patients are at risk of extragenital infections that can occur in the pelvic...
  • What's Sauce for the Oyster May Also Keep the Doctor Away

    06/08/2018 7:05:12 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 18 replies
    NY Times ^ | 10/19/1993 | LAWRENCE K. ALTMAN
    DOES Louisiana hot sauce, a principal ingredient in the spicy New Orleans cocktail sauce commonly served with raw shellfish, kill certain bacteria found in raw oysters? The answer is yes, at least in the laboratory, researchers said in a preliminary report at a national scientific meeting on microbes and antibiotics yesterday. Principal ingredients of the traditional New Orleans cocktail sauce were found to kill a rare but sometimes fatal bacteria called Vibrio vulnificus. Dr. Sanders said that he saw his first case of V. vulnificus infection 10 years ago and that his interest in studying the sauces arose from lectures...
  • Specific bacteria in the small intestine are crucial for fat absorption

    04/11/2018 1:59:51 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 27 replies
    medicalxpress.com ^ | 04/11/2018 | University of Chicago Medical Center
    The small intestine, where most vitamins and other micronutrients are digested and absorbed. Credit: Wikimedia Commons ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Although the vast majority of research on the gut microbiome has focused on bacteria in the large intestine, a new study—one of a few to concentrate on microbes in the upper gastrointestinal tract—shows how the typical calorie-dense western diet can induce expansion of microbes that promote the digestion and absorption of high-fat foods. Several studies have shown that these bacteria can multiply within 24 to 48 hours in the small bowel in response to consumption of high-fat foods. The findings from this...
  • Costa Rican Scientists Discover New Bacteria

    02/24/2018 9:59:02 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    Tico Times ^ | February 22, 2018 | Katherine Stanley
    You know you’ve made it when you’ve got a strain of Listeria named after you. “Listeria costaricensis” is the official name for a new bacteria identified by scientists from the Biotechnology Research Center at the Costa Rican Institute of Technology (TEC). According to a news release from TEC, the Costa Rican researchers, Johnny Peraza and Kattia Núñez, made the discovery in collaboration with scientists from the Pasteur Institute in Paris, France. Listeria is a group of bacteria composed of 18 species, two of which are pathogens, meaning that they cause serious harm to humans or animals that consume foods contaminated...
  • Woman dies after contracting flesh-eating bacteria from oysters

    01/08/2018 9:35:43 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    Back in September, Texas residents Vicki Bergquist and wife Jeanette LeBlanc were visiting family in Louisiana. They went crabbing with friends and family on the coast, picking up a sack of raw oysters in a market in Westwego. It wasn't long after when LeBlanc's health rapidly declined, CBS affiliate KLFY-TV reports. The couple's friend Karen Bowers says she and LeBlanc shucked and ate about two dozen raw oysters. "About 36 hours later she started having extreme respiratory distress, had a rash on her legs and everything," Bergquist said. "An allergic reaction of sorts, that's what I would call it. That's...
  • North Korean soldier who defected to the South is found to have ANTHRAX antibodies [tr]

    12/26/2017 10:44:28 AM PST · by C19fan · 24 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 26, 2017 | Tariq Tahir and Sara Malm
    A North Korean soldier who defected to the South has been found to have anthrax antibodies in his bloodstream, local news reports. The unidentified soldier, believed to be the man who defected in November this year, would have been either exposed to or vaccinated against anthrax before he defected to South Korea. This comes after a report that North Korea is conducting biological weapons experiments to test the possibility of loading anthrax-laden warheads on its intercontinental ballistic missiles.
  • Alien life? Bacteria ‘that had not been there’ found on ISS hull, Russian cosmonaut says

    11/28/2017 6:50:18 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    Living bacteria were found on the surface of the International Space Station (ISS), and they might have extraterrestrial origins, Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov said. The microorganisms will be studied further on Earth. Shkaplerov, an ISS expedition flight engineer who will take his third trip to the ISS in December as part of the Expedition 54 crew, said that scientists found living bacteria while they were taking samples from the surface of the station. Speaking to TASS, he said that the microorganisms might have come from outer space. ... However, traces of bacteria originating on Earth – from Madagascar – and...
  • Is the Golden Age of Antibiotics Over?

    11/25/2017 10:56:25 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Gulf News ^ | 11/26 | Suchitra Bajpai Chaudhary, Senior Reporter
    Yes, say some international experts citing the rise of the super bug. But experts in UAE disagree and argue for better prescription protocols and patient responsibilityThe case of the six-year-old girl who developed antibiotic resistance is not an isolated one in the world of antibiotics. As these super drugs are routinely prescribed, controversies on their abuse and overuse are beginning to throw a big question-mark on whether antibiotics have outgrown their effectiveness. The question doing the rounds in many medical corridors is: Is the golden age of antibiotics over? “No, this is not true,” said Dr Sandeep Pargi, consultant pulmonologist...
  • NASA Will Launch E. Coli into Space to Study Antibiotic Resistance

    11/11/2017 6:30:48 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    Space.com ^ | November 10, 2017 05:43pm ET | Hanneke Weitering,
    After the E. coli samples arrive at the ISS, the experiment will examine how microgravity affects the bacteria's ability to thrive while exposed to antibiotics. Since humans started using antibiotics in the mid-20th century, pathogens like E. coli have evolved new genes that make them increasingly resistant to antibiotics. ... The NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer at the International Space Station will send the bacteria on their way, and the experiment will be conducted autonomously inside the cubesat.  Both naturally occurring and mutant strains of E. coli will be exposed to different concentrations of antibiotics. "The overall purpose of this is to...
  • Plague feared to go GLOBAL as death toll rises in 'worst outbreak for 50 YEARS' (Madagascar)

    11/08/2017 12:44:54 PM PST · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 58 replies
    Dailystar.co.uk ^ | 11/8/17 | Henry Holloway
    Cases have increased by 8% in just a week with nearly 2,000 people infected by the deadly airborne strain. Some 143 people have now been killed by the “medieval disease” in Madagascar. There are now warnings the plague could stretch across the sea and reach mainland Africa. Such an outbreak would be catastrophic and there are fears the virus could go global. Nine countries are now on high alert and have been told to brace for the plague.