Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Supercharged 'clones' spark scarlet fever's re-emergence

A University of Queensland-led team of international researchers says supercharged "clones" of the bacteria Streptococcus pyogenes are to blame for the resurgence of the disease, which has caused high death rates for centuries.

Oncology & Cancer

Cancer mutations caused by bacterial toxin preventable

Reports show that cancer is the second leading cause of death globally. Scientists from Duke-NUS Medical School have found DNA mutations in some cancers that link them to a bacterial toxin called colibactin. Their findings, ...

Neuroscience

Cyanobacteria from Lake Chad analyzed for toxins

Indigenous people near Lake Chad in Africa have historically used dried cakes called Dihe, made from aquatic cyanobacteria, to supplement their protein-deficient diets. However, Dihe wafers have not been previously analyzed ...

Gastroenterology

Fighting E. coli with E. coli

According to findings published this week in mBio, Nissle, a strain of Escherichia coli, is harmless to intestinal tissue and may protect the gut from enterohemorrhagic E. coli, a pathogen that produces Shiga toxin.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Don't get sick while swimming this summer

(HealthDay)—Swimming and summer are practically synonymous, but getting sick from bacteria in lakes, rivers and the ocean can spoil the fun, U.S. health officials warn.

Medical research

A bacterial toxin turning cells into swiss cheese

Although the innate immune system is the front line of defense against microbial infections, the complex mechanisms of innate immunity are incompletely understood. In a new study, researchers from Kanazawa University synthesized ...

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