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Latest American Society for Microbiology in San Diego Stories

2010-05-26 11:54:40

A defective, mutant strain of the bacterium that causes gum disease could provide a clue to potential treatments for Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and a number of other diseases. Researchers from the University of Florida College of Dentistry reported their findings May 25 at the 110th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in San Diego. Autophagy, or "self-eating," is an essential component of cellular survival and defense against invading organisms. It is how the cell degrades...

2010-05-26 11:52:39

A Montreal study finds heterotrophic bacteria counts, in more than 70 percent of bottled water samples, exceed the recommended limits specified by the United States Pharmacopeia (USP). Researchers from Ccrest laboratories report their results May 25 at the 110th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in San Diego. "Despite having the cleanest tap water a large number of urban Canadians are switching over to bottled water for their daily hydration requirements....

2010-05-26 11:49:04

Recent findings suggest that bacteria residing in the human intestinal tract may be associated with an individual's risk of developing colon cancer. Scientists from the University of Florida present their research May 25 at the 110th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in San Diego, CA. "Our findings suggest that some bacterial signatures are more frequently detected in subjects with polyps, early lesions that can develop into cancer, while other bacterial signatures are...

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2010-05-26 06:20:00

US researchers claim to have identified a potential disease responsible for Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) in honeybees, which is responsible for wiping out many beekeepers' entire colonies over the past few years. Scientists from the US Department of Agriculture say the pathogens to blame are a fungus and a family of viruses. Results of the study were presented Tuesday at the 110th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in San Diego, California. Jay Evans of the USDA...

2010-05-25 11:03:09

The disease-causing bacterium E. coli O157:H7 is present but rare in some wildlife species of California's agriculturally rich Central Coast region, an area often referred to as the nation's "salad bowl," reports a team or researchers led by a UC Davis scientist. The researchers, who are nearing completion of a massive field study to help identify potential sources of E. coli O157:H7 near Central Coast farms, presented their findings May 24 during the annual meeting of the American Society...

2010-05-25 07:48:35

Researchers from Italy have found a statistically significant association between enteroviral infection and diagnosis of type-1 diabetes in children. They reported their findings May 24 at the 110th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in San Diego, California. Type 1 diabetes, also called juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes, is a disorder of the body's immune system. The patient's own immune system is somehow activated to slowly destroy insulin-producing beta...

2010-05-25 07:45:00

Scientists from the University of Massachusetts have developed an animal model that shows how an early childhood lung infection can cause asthma later in life. They presented their data May 24 at the 110th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in San Diego. Asthma is the most common chronic respiratory disease affecting young children all over the world and the number of new pediatric asthma cases has dramatically increased over the last 20 years. Chlamydia infection of the...

2010-05-24 13:49:10

Exposure to specific bacteria in the environment, already believed to have antidepressant qualities, could increase learning behavior according to research presented today at the 110th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in San Diego. "Mycobacterium vaccae is a natural soil bacterium which people likely ingest or breath in when they spend time in nature," says Dorothy Matthews of The Sage Colleges in Troy, New York, who conducted the research with her colleague Susan...