Medicinal plants: What you need to know about herbal antibiotics

Bacteria tend to develop resistance to industrial antibiotics sooner or later, but this isn’t the case with herbal antibiotics. Herbal antibiotics work in a way where bacteria resistance becomes unlikely, even futile. Medicinal plants, including herbal antibiotics, have been used in the management of infectious diseases since ancient times. In modern times, the effectiveness of many of … Continue reading Medicinal plants: What you need to know about herbal antibiotics

Mask mouth causes gum disease, which increases coronavirus death risk by 900%

New research has determined that a person with gum disease who tests “positive” for the Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19) is nine times more likely to die than a “positive” case without gum disease. Published in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology, the study determined that patients with gum disease showed blood markers of inflammation throughout the body, which could … Continue reading Mask mouth causes gum disease, which increases coronavirus death risk by 900%

Hygiene 101: Hand sanitizers work, but handwashing gets rid of more germs, explain scientists

While hand sanitizers work, handwashing is still the gold standard for hygiene as it kills more germs. According to Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center physician Dr. Roland Newman II, while there’s truth in the claims saying that hand sanitizers can kill 99 percent of germs, some pathogens can still sneak through. Handwashing is still the best According … Continue reading Hygiene 101: Hand sanitizers work, but handwashing gets rid of more germs, explain scientists

Just 10 minutes of swimming in the ocean is all it takes for infection-causing bacteria to alter skin microbiome – is pollution to blame?

A quick dip in the ocean is hard to beat on a hot day, but a new study shows that ocean bacteria can colonize your skin surprisingly fast – and some types of it can be quite dangerous. Researchers say that just 10 minutes of swimming in the ocean is enough to see your skin … Continue reading Just 10 minutes of swimming in the ocean is all it takes for infection-causing bacteria to alter skin microbiome – is pollution to blame?

Nano Medicine – Treatments for Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria

Antibiotic resistance is now a bigger crisis than the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s, a landmark report recently warned. The spread of deadly superbugs that evade even the most powerful antibiotics is happening across the world, United Nations officials have confirmed. The effects will be devastating – meaning a simple scratch or urinary tract infection could … Continue reading Nano Medicine – Treatments for Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria

Steroid use linked to increased risk of bacterial and viral infections

The use of steroids in the treatment of rheumatic conditions may be causing an increase in both viral and bacterial infections, according to researchers. In a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ), researchers from the University of Leeds in the U.K. found a strong association between glucocorticoids – man-made versions of steroids that occur naturally in the body – … Continue reading Steroid use linked to increased risk of bacterial and viral infections

Iodine and Immune System Strength

The body’s ability to resist infection and disease is hindered by long-term deficiency in essential vitamins and minerals.  Importantly poor immune response is correlated with impaired thyroid function; a deficiency in iodine can greatly affect the immune system because low levels of iodine lead to problems with the thyroid gland. In sufficient amounts iodine can not only … Continue reading Iodine and Immune System Strength

Study shows how viruses affect the bacteria populations in your gut, and what that means for your health

Bacteriophages, also known as phages, are viruses that target and destroy bacteria. An interesting thing about phages is that each one targets one specific strain of bacteria. Because of this, doctors used phages to fight bacterial infections before the dawn of antibiotics. Now, with the prevalence of antibiotic resistance, researchers are revisiting the idea of using … Continue reading Study shows how viruses affect the bacteria populations in your gut, and what that means for your health

DIY medical tips: What are antiseptics and why do you need them?

Basic hygiene practices such as washing hands with soap and water are taught from childhood. On top of washing, many people also use antiseptics to better get rid of germs. Rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, and iodine are some common antiseptics found in most homes. (h/t to BeansBulletsBandagesAndYou.com) Which is which: antiseptics, disinfectants, and antibiotics Preventing infection … Continue reading DIY medical tips: What are antiseptics and why do you need them?

Those fun ball pits your child likes to play in are probably a breeding ground for killer germs

The next time you go to the pediatric clinic, it may be best not to let your child into the ball pit. A recent study warned that these physical therapy playgrounds were just as dirty and filled with disease-causing microbes as their counterparts in family restaurants. Published in the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC), the study warned that … Continue reading Those fun ball pits your child likes to play in are probably a breeding ground for killer germs