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2011-03-15 15:29:48

Insufficient cleaning could allow build-up of microbes on orthodontic retainers, researchers at the UCL Eastman Dental Institute have found. Dr Jonathan Pratten and colleagues looked at the types of microbes which live on retainers. This study, which found potentially pathogenic microbes growing on at least 50% of the retainers, is published today in the Society for Applied Microbiology's journal Letters in Applied Microbiology and could indicate a need for the development of improved...

2011-03-12 00:00:29

Agile Sciences' pharmaceutical compounds to be assessed for efficacy against bacterial isolates from cystic fibrosis patients. Raleigh, NC (PRWEB) March 11, 2011 Agile Sciences has been awarded a $75,000 grant from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation which will facilitate testing of the company's lead pharmaceutical compounds toward bacterial isolates from cystic fibrosis patients. The company will collaborate with a leading cystic fibrosis expert and expects to complete the initial assessment...

2011-02-21 08:04:00

VISTA, Calif., Feb. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Despite the cramped conditions and unflattering fluorescent lights, the typical office space can be a hotbed for meeting your significant other. With most people now spending 50 hours a week at work, there are not many free hours available to meet that special someone. An inter-office romance can be dicey, so follow some tips to avoid a bumpy road. Tips for a successful inter-office romance: The first step is making sure you only pursue other...

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2011-02-15 07:29:06

Like people in cities, microbes often live in complex communities that contain many different microbial types. Also like us, microbes tend to gravitate to and "hang out" with certain other types in their community, more than with the rest. And sometimes, when opportunities arise, they move to more favorable locations. But until recently, scientists have not been able to look at a microbial community and distinguish the spatial relationship of more than 2 or 3 kinds of microbes at once. Now, a...

2011-02-11 13:22:32

RNA recycling system gone awry brings MRSA to a halt Scientists have discovered a new way to attack dangerous pathogens, marking a hopeful next step in the ever-escalating battle between man and microbe. In a paper published online Feb. 10 in the journal PLoS Pathogens, scientists demonstrate that by stopping bacteria's ability to degrade RNA "“ a "housekeeping" process crucial to their ability to thrive "“ scientists were able to stop methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus...

2011-02-11 08:33:00

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Nationally-acclaimed researcher and award-winning author Dr. Cynthia C. Chernecky warned in a speech at the 11th National Conference on Cancer Nursing Research that silver treated IV connectors could actually cause potentially deadly infections they were supposed to prevent. After testing antimicrobial effectiveness of three different needleless IV connector devices with silver coated or silver impregnated fluid pathway components, Dr....

2011-02-05 00:00:00

40 percent to 60 percent of all cooling water systems tested contain Legionella--the bacterium that causes Legionnaires' disease. Nonchemical devices failed to control this bacterium in model cooling water towers according to an ASHRAE-funded study. Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB) February 4, 2011 To avoid a potential health hazard, equipment operators, building owners, and engineers should monitor large cooling water systems that use nonchemical "green" devices to control Legionella, says Dr. Janet...

2011-01-25 15:54:52

Researchers at National Jewish Health and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center have discovered a new method to fight bacterial infections associated with contact lenses. The method may also have applications for bacterial infections associated with severe burns and cystic fibrosis. The results were published online January 18 in the journal Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science. "Infections by the bacteria Pseudomonas aeruginosa can cause severe scarring and vision...

2011-01-25 00:02:22

Carolyn Cross, Chairman & CEO of Ondine Biomedical Inc. "I have been determined to expand Ondine's mandate into the catheter associated infection arena as we do not know of any other technology being developed today, that has the potential to match PDT's ability to kill the hazardous biofilms and superbugs found in hospitals today. This is exactly the kind of financial and political support that will propel Ondine and UCL onto the world stage as innovation leaders in the field of...

2011-01-24 18:23:29

The success of a fungal pathogen in becoming a persistent and opportunistic source of infection in human beings may be due to a mating strategy that can best be described as "don't be too choosy." A new Brown University study finds that Candida albicans will respond to the pheromones of several different species, not just its own, and if an opposite-sex partner isn't around, it can switch over to same-sex mating. In affairs of DNA exchange "” for the yeast has no heart "” Candida...


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2011-04-25 21:18:54

Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a common bacterium that can cause disease in animals and humans. It can be found in soil, water, skin flora, and most man-made environments throughout the world. It thrives in normal or hypoxic atmospheres; due to this it has colonized many natural and artificial environments. It can infect animals with damaged tissue or people with reduced immunity. Symptoms are generalized inflammation and sepsis. It can be fatal if colonization occurs in critical body organs,...

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