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A compound that stops cells from making protein factories could lead to new antifungal drugs

Tiny, abundant biological factories, known as ribosomes, produce the cell’s most fundamental building material: protein. If ribosomes don’t work, cells can’t divide—and ...

Superbug MRSA May Be Spreading Through Contaminated Poultry

Study suggests people in urban areas with no exposure to livestock are becoming infected with poultry-associated MRSA via meat ...

Purdue scientists have bright idea for detecting harmful bacteria in food products

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Scientists looking for traces of E. coli O157:H7 contamination in foods soon could have a new detection method on their hands - turning off the lights to see if the bacteria glow in the dark. ... Full story

Scientists enhance ability of antibiotics to defeat resistant types of bacteria using molecules called PPMOs

DALLAS – Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have developed a strategy to overcome a key defense that drug-resistant bacteria use to fend off antibiotic attack. ... Full story

Dust inhalation and heat exposure increase risk of invasive bacterial disease

The Sahel region of West Africa has the highest incidence of bacterial meningitis in the world. The seasonality of meningitis in the Sahel is well documented, and suggests that climatic factors likely influence disease patterns. However, the key climatic conditions associated with invasive bacterial disease have not been identified, nor have the mechanistic interactions underlying this risk been elucidated. ... Full story

An arms race with a superbug: Study shows how pneumonia-causing bacteria invade the body

Research in mice on Klebsiella pneumoniae could pave the way for better broad-spectrum antibiotics for humans ... Full story

Killing Superbugs with Star-Shaped Polymers, not Antibiotics

Tiny, star-shaped molecules are effective at killing bacteria that can no longer be killed by current antibiotics, new research shows. ... Full story

Infectious disease transmission: It’s who you know and where you go

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Public health researchers have long used social networks to understand the spread of infectious diseases, but those social networks often have gaps. A team of researchers recently showed that spatial analysis can help fill in those gaps, leading to a more complete picture of disease transmission and ways to mediate the risk, particularly for those who are most vulnerable. ... Full story

Scientists discover link between bacteria and supposedly non-infectious diseases

A group of scientists have found that a single molecule from a bacterial cell wall component can lead to the unusual behaviour of 100 million clotting molecules in blood, which may be a major contributor to many diseases including Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and diabetes. The discovery could help to explain many features of these kinds of diseases, and may lead to new methods of prevention or treatment. ... Full story

Growing antibiotic resistance forces updates to recommended treatment for sexually transmitted infections

WHO releases new treatment guidelines for chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis ... Full story

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