Immunology

Allergic immune responses help fight bacterial infections

Allergy is one of the most common diseases in Europe, it is estimated that more than 150 million Europeans suffer from recurring allergies and by 2025 this could have increased to half of the entire European population.1 ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Cleaning tips from a chemist who researches disinfectants

Many household cleaners, once ubiquitous and taken for granted, are flying off store shelves faster than they are restocked, as people strive to keep surfaces free of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The Centers for ...

Obstetrics & gynaecology

Group B strep and having a baby: what pregnant women need to know

Group B streptococcal (GBS) is a common bacteria that likes to live in the human gut and migrate down the rectum, vagina and sometimes to the urinary tract. Not everyone has GBS but even if you do, you might not know it; ...

Medical research

Resistance can spread even without the use of antibiotics

Antibiotic resistance does not spread only where and when antibiotics are used in large quantities, ETH researchers conclude from laboratory experiments. Reducing antibiotic use alone is therefore not sufficient to curtail ...

Medical research

In cystic fibrosis, lungs feed deadly bacteria

In cystic fibrosis, Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a much-feared pathogen. The bacterium easily colonizes the lungs of people with cystic fibrosis, leading to chronic infections that are almost impossible to eradicate and are ...

Health

How common gut bacteria trigger a lethal autoimmune disease

What causes the immune system, designed to protect us, to turn on the body and attack healthy cells? Common bacteria that reside in the human gut may be partly to blame, say Yale researchers, who studied the origins of a ...

Medications

Cocktail of common antibiotics can fight resistant E. coli

Today, many disease-causing bacteria acquire resistance genes, which make antibiotic treatment ineffective. One gene especially—CTX-M-15, encoding an extended spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL)—can lead to resistance in E. ...

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