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New Research Could Help Develop Bacteria-resistant Materials
2014-03-04 14:23:46

Dan Krotz, Berkeley Lab The bacterium Staphylococcus Aureus (S. aureus) is a common source of infections that occur after surgeries involving prosthetic joints and artificial heart valves. The grape-shaped microorganism adheres to medical equipment, and if it gets inside the body, it can cause a serious and even life-threatening illness called a Staph infection. The recent discovery of drug-resistant strains of S. aureus makes matters even worse. A Staph infection can’t start unless...

Synthetic Probe Identifies Staph Bacteria Without Need For Biopsies
2014-02-03 08:02:08

University of Iowa Chances are you won't know you've got a staph infection until the test results come in, days after the symptoms first appear. But what if your physician could identify the infection much more quickly and without having to take a biopsy and ship it off for analysis? Researchers at the University of Iowa may have found a way. The team has created a noninvasive chemical probe that detects a common species of staph bacteria in the body. The probe ingeniously takes...

Staph Bacteria Can Hide Deep Within Your Nose
2013-12-12 05:20:36

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Staphylococcus aureus, which is a major bacterial cause of disease, has been found in previously overlooked sites deep within the nose, according to a new study from Stanford University School of Medicine. The research team also found an inverse relationship between the presence of S. aureus at these sites and that of a different bacterial species, Corynebacterium pseudodiphtheriticum. This relationship suggests that the two...

Our Immune System May Actually Help Staph Bacteria Thrive: Study
2013-11-21 07:48:52

Ranjini Raghunath for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Staphylococcus aureus, one of many strains of bacteria involved in Staph infections, is found in about 20 percent of all humans. Under normal conditions, the bacterium dwells harmlessly in the skin or nasal passages, occasionally causing food poisoning or mild skin infections. When it enters the bloodstream, however, it can be quite deadly, causing life-threatening illnesses such as meningitis or sepsis. One of the ways the...

2013-07-03 12:13:09

A new study found drug-resistant bacteria associated with livestock in the noses of industrial livestock workers in North Carolina but not in the noses of antibiotic-free livestock workers. The drug-resistant bacteria examined were Staphylococcus aureus, commonly known as "Staph," which include the well-known bug MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus). New Staph strains are emerging in people who have close contact with livestock animals and for this reason have been given the...

Disease Can Spread Easily When Passing Basketballs
2013-07-03 08:47:19

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Basketballs and volleyballs can potentially spread dangerous germs between players, according to a new study by UC Irvine. The researchers hope to bring a new awareness to athletes, coaches, trainers and parents about safe sanitation practices for athletes. The research team presented their findings at the American College of Sports Medicine national conference in May, 2013. Known for causing staph infections in athletes,...

2013-05-02 12:09:49

Using a protein complex found in breast milk, researchers force drug-resistant 'superbugs' including MRSA to respond to antibiotics again A protein complex found in human breast milk can help reverse the antibiotic resistance of bacterial species that cause dangerous pneumonia and staph infections, according to new University at Buffalo research. In petri dish and animal experiments, the protein complex – called Human Alpha-lactalbumin Made Lethal to Tumor Cells (HAMLET) –...

2013-02-11 10:53:15

National Institutes of Health (NIH) scientists have identified a promising lead for developing a new type of drug to treat infection caused by Staphylococcus aureus, a bacterium that frequently resists traditional antibiotics. The researchers discovered a system used by S. aureus to transport toxins that are thought to contribute to severe staph infections. These toxins–called phenol-soluble modulins (PSMs)–have gained much attention in recent years, but their multitude and...


Latest S. aureus Reference Libraries

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2011-04-26 20:20:41

Staphylococcus aureus is a facultative anaerobic gram-positive coccus, and is the most common cause of staph infections. It is commonly part of the skin flora found in the nose and on skin. Around 20% of the human population is long-term carriers. It gets its golden color due to its carotenoid pigment staphyloxanthin. The pigment acts as a virulence factor with an antioxidant action that allows the microbe to evade death by reactive oxygen species used by the host immune system. Staphylococci...

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