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Probiotics May Help Keep Bad Germs At Bay
2013-11-04 08:38:08

Virginia Tech Microbes are everywhere – thousands of species are in your mouth, and thousands are in a glass of tap water. The ones in your mouth are mostly harmless – as long as you brush and floss so they don't form a biofilm that allows gum disease a path into the blood stream. Microbes in the tap water delivered by modern water systems in a developed country are also mostly harmless – with some notable exceptions. A team of Virginia Tech researchers is investigating the...

2013-10-30 10:51:43

Most of us wouldn't consider bacteria a promising energy source of the future. That would be shortsighted, says Leonard Tender, a microbial-electrochemist at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C., who believes that the focus of his research – electrode reactions catalyzed by microorganisms – may one day provide cheap, clean and abundant energy by converting the carbon dioxide in seawater to fuel and the organic matter in wastewater into electrical power. Tender will discuss...

2013-10-28 23:01:19

Scientific Biofilm Solutions wants to offer warnings and tips on how to properly clean a jetted tub, providing a nice, safe, clean tub experience, free of mold and bacteria. Maplewood, MN (PRWEB) October 28, 2013 Scientific Biofilm Solutions wants to raise awareness and provide tips on how to properly clean a jetted tub to avoid bathing in high levels of mold and bacteria. The problem jetted tub users encounter is that if the tub isn't cleaned properly, with the right cleaners, it...

2013-10-17 16:39:42

There are good bacteria and there are bad bacteria -- and sometimes both coexist within the same species. Take, for instance, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a microbe common in soil and water. This bacterium has been found to colonize medical equipment in hospitals and clinics around the world, and can live benignly in healthy individuals. But the bug poses a risk to those with weakened immune systems, and can turn pathogenic in patients with cystic fibrosis, forming thick layers of mucus in the...

2013-10-09 23:28:55

Potential Treatment to Improve Lung Function and Antibiotic Effectiveness in Patients with Cystic Fibrosis Claremont, CA (PRWEB) October 09, 2013 Excessive viscoelastic mucus contributes to airways obstruction and progression of Cystic Fibrosis (CF) lung disease. Viscous mucus also limits mucociliary clearance and facilitates bacterial biofilm formation. Complications due to biofilm infections in CF patients continue to rise, amid diminishing therapeutic options and the expanding threat...

2013-09-27 23:25:28

Helping CF Patients Breathe Easier Claremont, CA (PRWEB) September 27, 2013 Synedgen announces the award of a National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Small Business Innovation Research grant from the NIH to explore the mechanisms of a natural modified biopolymer to both reduce the viscosity of mucus and the cohesion of biofilms, potentially leading to a pulmonary treatment for patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) to enhance airway clearance and augment the activity of standard...

2013-09-12 11:34:04

A team of researchers at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center has developed an antibody that could prevent Candida infections that often afflict hospitalized patients who receive central lines. Margaret Hostetter, MD, director of infectious diseases at Cincinnati Children's, and her team developed the antibody, which prevents Candida albicans from binding to heparin, thereby stopping the formation of biofilm in a rat model of catheter-associated infection. A biofilm is a...


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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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