Improved Identification of War Wound Infections Promises More Successful Treatment

WASHINGTON, DC – May 29, 2014 – War wounds that heal successfully frequently contain different microbial species from those that heal poorly, according to a paper published ahead of print in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology. These and other findings have important implications for improving wound healing, says first author Nicholas Be of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, California.

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Testing a Paleo Diet Hypothesis in the Test Tube

WASHINGTON, DC — May 20, 2014— By comparing how gut microbes from human vegetarians and grass-grazing baboons digest different diets, researchers have shown that ancestral human diets, so called paleo" diets, did not necessarily result in better appetite suppression. The study, published in mBio® the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology, reveals surprising relationships between diet and the release of hormones that suppress eating.

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Humans and Companion Animals Harbor the Same Types of MRSA Infections

 

WASHINGTON, DC – May 13, 2014 – A shared population of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria circulates both in humans and companion animals, according to a study published this week in mBio®, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology.

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Studies Find Existing and Experimental Drugs Active against MERS-Coronavirus

WASHINGTON, DC – May 19, 2014 – A series of research articles published ahead of print in the journal Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy have identified a number of existing pharmaceutical drugs and compounds under development that may offer effective therapies against Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).

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Potential Cure For Captive Amphibians With Chytrid Fungus

WASHINGTON, DC – May 12, 2014 – Researchers at Vanderbilt University have identified an alternative to a sometimes toxic therapy that protects frogs in zoos from a deadly fungal infection that has been destroying the amphibian populations worldwide.  Their research is published ahead of print in Applied and Environmental Microbiology.

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