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Newswise: Lifestyle trumps geography in determining makeup of gut microbiome
Released: 6-Apr-2020 3:35 PM EDT
Lifestyle trumps geography in determining makeup of gut microbiome
Washington University in St. Louis

Researchers from Washington University in St. Louis studied the gut microbiomes of wild apes in the Republic of Congo, of captive apes in zoos in the U.S., and of people from around the world and discovered that lifestyle is more important than geography or even species in determining the makeup of the gut microbiome.

Released: 25-Mar-2020 10:05 AM EDT
New study: Cannabis helps fight resistant bacteria
University of Southern Denmark

Since the discovery of penicillin in 1928 by Sir Alexander Fleming, antibiotics have saved millions of lives from fatal infections world-wide. However, with time bacteria have developed mechanisms to escape the effects of antibiotics - they have become resistant.

20-Mar-2020 11:00 AM EDT
Burying or burning garbage boosts airborne bacteria, antibiotic resistance genes
American Chemical Society (ACS)

Researchers reporting in Environmental Science & Technology have shown that when waste is burned or buried, it can be a source of antibiotic-resistance genes in the air.

Newswise: New Device Quickly Detects Harmful Bacteria in Blood
Released: 23-Mar-2020 6:00 AM EDT
New Device Quickly Detects Harmful Bacteria in Blood
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Engineers have created a tiny device that can rapidly detect harmful bacteria in blood, allowing health care professionals to pinpoint the cause of potentially deadly infections and fight them with drugs. The Rutgers coauthored study, led by researchers at Rochester Institute of Technology, is published in the journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces.

Newswise: St. Jude finds cancer drug resistance genes and possibly how to limit their effects
6-Mar-2020 8:15 AM EST
St. Jude finds cancer drug resistance genes and possibly how to limit their effects
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Drug resistance is a leading cause of cancer death in children and adults with leukemia. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital scientists have developed a novel strategy to find the genes responsible.

Released: 3-Mar-2020 2:10 PM EST
Starve a tumor: How cancers can resist drugs
University of California, Irvine

With drug resistance a major challenge in the fight against cancer, a discovery by University of California, Irvine biologists could offer new approaches to overcoming the obstacle. Their research reveals that a mechanism enabling the diseased cells to scavenge dead cell debris for nourishment holds a pivotal role.

Newswise: UTEP and EPCC Study Focuses on Antibiotic Resistance in Rio Grande
Released: 26-Feb-2020 4:55 PM EST
UTEP and EPCC Study Focuses on Antibiotic Resistance in Rio Grande
University of Texas at El Paso

Researchers at The University of Texas at El Paso and El Paso Community College discovered that the Rio Grande is a “hotspot” for multidrug-resistant bacteria, antibiotic residues and antimicrobial resistant genes.

Released: 26-Feb-2020 11:40 AM EST
No Benefit Found in Using Broad-spectrum Antibiotics as Initial Pneumonia Treatment
University of Utah Health

Doctors who use drugs that target antibiotic-resistant bacteria as a first-line defense against pneumonia should probably reconsider this approach, according to a new study of more than 88,000 veterans hospitalized with the disease. The study found that pneumonia patients given these medications in the first few days after hospitalization fared no better than those receiving standard medical care for the condition.

Newswise: Antibodies: the body’s own antidepressants
21-Feb-2020 11:05 AM EST
Antibodies: the body’s own antidepressants
Max Planck Society (Max-Planck-Gesellschaft)

Antibodies can be a blessing or a curse to the brain - it all depends on their concentration

Newswise: Researchers explore role of antibiotic resistance in pandemic risk
Released: 13-Feb-2020 1:35 PM EST
Researchers explore role of antibiotic resistance in pandemic risk
Johns Hopkins University

Researchers investigating the drug prescription response to a “superbug” enzyme that renders bacteria resistant to antibiotics are available to discuss why such resistance is posing a growing risk during pandemics such as the current coronavirus.


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