Latest Streptococcus Stories
You might not need to throw out your tooth brush after recovering from a sore throat after all, according to a new study presented Saturday at the annual meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) in Washington DC.
New research from Lund University casts new light on the interaction between the immune system and streptococcus bacteria, which cause both mild tonsillitis and serious infections such as sepsis and necrotising fasciitis.
Dr. Russell Russo, an Orthopedic Surgeon at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans, and other researchers stress that orthopedists should have a high index of suspicion for necrotizing fasciitis, or flesh-eating bacterial infection, in every patient with pain or other symptoms that are out of proportion to the initial diagnosis.
A more accurate, faster diagnostic test for Group B Streptococcal infection in babies has been reported in the Journal of Medical Microbiology.
Bacterial meningitis is an infection of the meninges, the protective membrane that covers the spinal cord and brain.
Widespread screening of children in poorer countries is now being studied and is resulting in the diagnosis of rheumatic heart disease (RHD) in patients that would likely have gone undetected under normal circumstances.
Rheumatic heart disease (RHD) is significantly under-treated in Africa and India according to the preliminary findings of a new global study presented today at the World Congress of Cardiology.
Streptococcus pyogenes is a spherical, Gram-positive bacterium is the cause of Group A streptococcal infections. It displays streptococcal group A antigen on its cell wall. When it is cultured on blood agar plates it produces large zones of beta-hemolysis. They are catalase-negative and in ideal conditions it has an incubation period of about 1-3 days. It is an infrequent part of the skin flora. It is the cause of many important human diseases, ranging from mild superficial skin infections...
Streptococcus pneumoniae, or pneumococcus, is Gram-positive, alpha-hemolytic, bile-soluble aerotolerant, anaerobic member of the genus Streptococcus. It was recognized as a major cause of pneumonia in the late 19th century and is thus the subject of many humoral immunity studies. It causes many other types of pneumococcal infections other than pneumonia including acute sinusitis, otitis media, meningitis, bacteremia, sepsis, septic arthritis, peritonitis, cellulites, and brain abscess. It...
Enterococcus faecalis "“ formerly classified as part of the Group D Streptococcus system "“ is a Gram-positive, commensal bacterium inhabiting the gastrointestinal tracts of humans and other mammals. It is one of the main constituents of some probiotic food supplements. E. faecalis can cause life-threatening infections in humans. It is frequently found in root canal-treated teeth in prevalence values ranging from 30% to 90% of the cases. It is a non-motile, facultatively anaerobic...
- A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.