Medical research

A wound dressing that kills bacteria

If germs invade a wound, they can trigger a long-lasting infection that may fail to heal or even spread throughout the body, leading to life-threatening blood poisoning (sepsis). The problem of antibiotic resistance is becoming ...

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Peptide derived from fungi kills TB bacteria

The discovery of the peptide as a possible future antibiotic was made by researchers who screened different antimicrobial peptides' ability to prevent the growth of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The peptide they found comes ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Treating infectious disease with the help of antimicrobial peptides

Against the backdrop of increasing antibiotic resistance, the FORMAMP project has trialled nanotechnology-based delivery systems and antimicrobial peptides (AMPs), to deliver new tools in the fight against infectious diseases.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

New weapons against antibiotic-resistant pathogens

Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin in 1928—and arguably changed the course of history as the drug not only saved thousands of lives during World War II, but also laid the foundation for the antibiotic era that gave ...

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New way to prevent unfavorable intestinal microbiota

The trillions of microbes living in a mammal's intestine play an important role in the host's metabolism and immunity. The composition of microbiota is maintained by antimicrobial proteins secreted from intestinal cells. ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Transplanting good bacteria to kill Staph

Healthy human skin is alive with bacteria. In fact, there are more microorganisms living in and on the human body than there are human cells. Most can live on the human skin without harming the host, but in some people bacteria ...

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Devils' milk could fight superbugs: Australia scientists

Mother's milk from the marsupials known as Tasmanian devils could help the global fight against increasingly deadly "superbugs" which resist antibiotics, Australian researchers said Tuesday.

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