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2008-09-11 12:00:09

By JAMES WOODWARD PEOPLE who fail to brush their teeth regularly put themselves at greater risk of suffering a heart attack, scientists revealed today. Bad dental hygiene leads to bleeding gums which let in around 700 types of bacteria, it has emerged. These go straight to the bloodstream and are now known to be "independent factors" in causing heart disease, no matter how fit and healthy the person is. Professor Howard Jenkinson from the University of Bristol, working with the Royal...

2008-09-11 00:00:08

PEOPLE who don't brush their teeth regularly increase their risk of a heart attack - even if they are fit and healthy, scientists said yesterday. Poor dental hygiene leads to bleeding gums which let in around 700 types of bacteria. These go straight to the bloodstream and are now known to be "independent factors" in causing heart disease. Professor Howard Jenkinson of the University of Bristol, working with the Royal College of Surgeons, made the discovery after examining how harmful...

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2008-08-13 15:50:00

"Flesh-eating" or "Strep" bacteria are able to survive and spread in the body by degrading a key immune defense molecule, according to researchers at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine and Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. The finding, which could aid in development of new treatments for serious infections in human patients, will be reported in the August 14 issue of the journal Cell Host & Microbe. Led by senior author Victor Nizet, M.D., UC...

2007-08-17 12:06:49

By Lisa Redmond, The Sun, Lowell, Mass. Aug. 17--A 35-year-old Ayer woman who gave birth to a healthy baby last week at Emerson Hospital in Concord has been transferred to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston after being diagnosed with a rare flesh-eating disease. The woman, whose name is not being released, was diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis, a potentially fatal bacterial infection, according to Emerson Hospital spokesman Bonnie Goldsmith. She was listed in critical condition...

2007-08-17 06:03:34

King Pharmaceuticals has begun distributing its Bicillin C-R injection for patients with penicillin-G-susceptible bacterial infections. Administered via deep muscular injection, Bicillin C-R is indicated for the treatment of pediatric and adult infections caused by penicillin-G-susceptible bacteria, including moderately severe to severe upper-respiratory tract infections, scarlet fever, erysipelas, streptococci-related skin and soft-tissue infections, and moderately severe pneumonia and ear...

2006-03-03 05:40:14

LONDON (Reuters) - A new vaccine from GlaxoSmithKline Plc could help to reduce middle ear infection, a common problem in toddlers, scientists said on Friday. Researchers at the University of Defense in Hradec Kralove in the Czech Republic said the vaccine they tested against middle ear infection, or otitis media, reduced cases of the illness by about 30 percent in babies who had been vaccinated in the first six months of life. "We found a reduction in ear, nose and throat...

2005-11-08 16:16:07

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Doctors often improperly prescribe antibiotics to children complaining of sore throats but could avoid that mistake by administering a simple test for strep throat, a study said on Tuesday. American physicians prescribe antibiotics for 53 percent of the estimated 7.3 million children with sore throats who visit a doctor each year, the eight-year study said. But antibiotics are called for in just the 15 percent to 36 percent of cases where the source of the pain...

2005-11-08 16:15:00

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Doctors often improperly prescribe antibiotics to children complaining of sore throats but could avoid that mistake by administering a simple test for strep throat, a study said on Tuesday. American physicians prescribe antibiotics for 53 percent of the estimated 7.3 million children with sore throats who visit a doctor each year, the eight-year study said. But antibiotics are called for in just the 15 percent to 36 percent of cases where the source of the pain and...

2005-09-01 13:12:26

By Amy Norton NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Some infants delivered by cesarean section may have a higher risk of developing cavities later in life, a new study suggests. Researchers found that among young children who harbored a particular cavity-causing bacterium in their mouths, those who were delivered by C-section acquired the infection one year earlier, on average, than those delivered vaginally. Mothers appeared to be the main source of transmission of the bacterium, known as...

2005-07-05 15:38:07

By Andrew Stern CHICAGO (Reuters) - Strep throat infections triple a child's risk of developing compulsive behaviors or tics, an indication that the same antibodies that attack the infection may also damage brain cells, a study said on Tuesday. As many as one in four children develop some kind of tic disorder that can range from a compulsive ordering of objects to obsessive hand-washing to the uncontrolled lashing out of Tourette's syndrome sufferers. In many cases, the tic disappears...


Latest Streptococcus Reference Libraries

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2011-04-28 14:40:22

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...

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2011-04-28 14:27:08

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...

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2011-04-15 14:36:05

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...

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  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'