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2009-10-13 10:23:54

A special protein in the lining of the stomach has been shown to be an important part of the body’s defense against the stomach ulcer bacterium Helicobacter pylori in a new study from the Sahlgrenska Academy. The discovery may explain why the bacterium makes some people more ill than others.

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2009-09-25 08:58:54

Genetic regions have been identified that are unique to the most virulent strain of Clostridium difficile (C. difficile), the hospital superbug.

2009-09-10 14:28:37

Bean plants' natural defences against bacterial infections could be unwittingly driving the evolution of more highly pathogenic bacteria, according to new research published today in Current Biology.

2009-07-07 12:12:16

The Rosetta Stone of bacterial communication may have been found.

2009-05-28 10:59:00

That's one conclusion from a new study that looked at how virulence evolves in parasites. The research examined whether parasites evolve to be more or less aggressive depending on whether they are closely connected to their hosts or scattered among more isolated clusters of hosts.

2009-05-20 13:50:36

Researchers at the Helmholtz Center demonstrate how bacteria measure temperature and thereby control infection.

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2009-05-19 09:34:48

For the first time UK scientists have shown what the food poisoning bug Salmonella feeds on to survive as it causes infection: glucose.

2009-05-11 09:18:03

Scientists in the USA have discovered why smokers may be more prone to chronic gum disease (periodontitis). One of the bacteria responsible for this infection responds to cigarette smoke – changing its properties and the way it infects a smokers mouth.

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2009-05-07 06:55:00

Researchers have been asking themselves this question ever since Salmonella bacteria grown on board the space shuttle returned to Earth 3 to 7 times more virulent than Salmonella grown on the ground under otherwise identical conditions.

2009-03-23 08:56:00

Complimentary Continuing Education Virtual Lecture for Healthcare Professionals VOORHEES, N.J., March 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The epidemiology of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is changing rapidly and has been marked by a significant increase in incidence and severity.


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2011-04-14 13:29:59

Acinetobacter baumannii is a species of pathogenic bacteria that is resistant to most antibiotics. Some think the disease is killing tens of thousands of U.S. hospital patients each year due to its resistance to drug treatment. It can cause severe pneumonia and infections of the urinary tract, bloodstream, and other parts of the body. It forms opportunistic infections including reports of attacking wounded soldiers and is sometimes abbreviated as MDRAB. It is the most relevant human...

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Word of the Day
postliminy
  • In Roman antiquity, the return of a person who had been banished, or taken prisoner by an enemy, to his old condition and former privileges.
  • In international law, that right by virtue of which persons and things taken by an enemy in war are restored to their former status when coming again under the power of the nation to which they belonged.
The word 'postliminy' comes from a Latin word meaning 'threshold'.