Not all bad: How “good” viruses boost your well-being

Though viruses are known for causing disease, not all of them are harmful. In fact, some viruses in your body are important for your overall health and may even help eliminate infections. Called “bacteriophages,” these “good” viruses are natural antibiotics that pack a mean punch against bad bacteria. What are bacteriophages? The community of viruses inside your body is called the “virome.” The … Continue reading Not all bad: How “good” viruses boost your well-being

Coronavirus pandemic exacerbates antimicrobial resistance woes as ignorant doctors throw antibiotics at hospitalized patients

A recent study suggests that the approach to treating coronavirus (COVID-19) in hospitals could be exacerbating the global antimicrobial resistance (AMR) problems.  If the AMR goes unchecked, the world faces a future in which minor infections could mean death. The study published in the Lancet found that 85 percent of coronavirus (COVID-19) patients admitted to National Health Service (NHS) hospitals during the first wave of … Continue reading Coronavirus pandemic exacerbates antimicrobial resistance woes as ignorant doctors throw antibiotics at hospitalized patients

Factory-farmed meat more likely to be contaminated with antibiotic-resistant bacteria – study

A recent study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives found that factory-farmed meat is more likely to be contaminated with antibiotic-resistant bacteria than organic meat. Researchers arrived at this conclusion after studying data from the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS), a joint program between the Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). NARMS collected chicken breast, ground beef, ground turkey … Continue reading Factory-farmed meat more likely to be contaminated with antibiotic-resistant bacteria – study

Cleaning products linked to antibiotic resistance: Use plant-based non-toxic cleaners instead, urge experts

Millions of people around the globe use chemical disinfectants and other similar cleaning products to rid their homes of disease-causing bacteria. However, scientists find that the use of these cleaners can cause bacteria to develop resistance to chemicals meant to kill them. This is because chemical cleaners leave active residues that continue to kill bacteria — but not all … Continue reading Cleaning products linked to antibiotic resistance: Use plant-based non-toxic cleaners instead, urge experts

Toxic ingredient in disinfectants can give rise to antibiotic-resistant bacteria, birth defects and more

Experts are raising the alarm about a certain family of chemicals that are found in several commercial cleaning products. Quaternary ammonium compounds, or quats, are charged chemicals that can kill bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms. But though they are effective disinfectants, researchers found that quats can give rise to serious health and environmental problems, including antibiotic resistance, … Continue reading Toxic ingredient in disinfectants can give rise to antibiotic-resistant bacteria, birth defects and more

Turmeric may be the key to preventing diseases caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria

British and German researchers may have found the key to defeating antibiotic-resistant bacteria and preventing the diseases they cause. In their study, which appeared in the journal ACS Applied Bio Materials, the researchers said that their newly developed tiny capsules loaded with curcumin — the active compound in turmeric — can treat infections caused by antibiotic-resistant strains of Helicobacter pylori. … Continue reading Turmeric may be the key to preventing diseases caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Scientists study nanocapsules in the search for an antibiotic-free approach to superbugs

Antibiotic resistance is a growing problem around the world, with multiple strains of bacteria now showing adaptations designed to increase their protection against the drugs that have been formulated to kill them. One such pathogen is Helicobacter pylori, which, according to current data, is carried by around 4.4 billion people worldwide, although it is most common in … Continue reading Scientists study nanocapsules in the search for an antibiotic-free approach to superbugs

Researchers investigate green tea compounds that may help resolve antibiotic resistance

Scientists have reported that compounds present in green tea may improve the efficacy of antibiotics against antibiotic-resistant bacteria. In their report, researchers from the University of Surrey‘s School of Veterinary Medicine in the U.K. noted this effect is because of the compound epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which is present in green tea. EGCG is a plant compound with potent antioxidant properties. This means that … Continue reading Researchers investigate green tea compounds that may help resolve antibiotic resistance

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria may be hiding in some leafy greens, warn researchers

A study presented at the American Society for Microbiology conference has warned that plant foods can carry antibiotic-resistant bacteria, or superbugs. In particular, hard-to-wash vegetables such as lettuce may be hiding these microorganisms. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 20 percent of the two million annual superbug infections are linked to agriculture. However, this estimate only accounts for … Continue reading Antibiotic-resistant bacteria may be hiding in some leafy greens, warn researchers

Compounds in lung moss can potentially treat even drug-resistant candida infections

A grayish lung-like lichen may help treat patients with infectious fungal diseases that developed a resistance to pharmaceutical drugs. A new study found that natural molecules in lung moss (Lobaria pulmonaria) possess anti-fungal activity and can selectively target drug-resistant strains of Candida albicans. The use of too many antibacterials, anti-fungals and other pharmaceutical drugs led to the … Continue reading Compounds in lung moss can potentially treat even drug-resistant candida infections