Antimicrobial from Soaps Promotes Bacteria Buildup in Human Noses

 

WASHINGTON, DC – April 8, 2014 – An antimicrobial agent found in common household soaps, shampoos and toothpastes may be finding its way inside human noses where it promotes the colonization of Staphylococcus aureus bacteria and could predispose some people to infection. Researchers at the University of Michigan report their findings this week in a study published in mBio®, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology.

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Chikungunya Poised to Invade the Americas

WASHINGTON, DC – April 7, 2014 – A team of French and Brazilian researchers warn that chikungunya virus is poised to invade, and become epidemic in the Americas according to research published ahead of print in the Journal of Virology.

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Studies of Gut Flora in Infants and Toddlers Could Lead to Better Health

WASHINGTON, DC – March 20, 2014 – Breastfeeding until at least nine months of age increases prevalence in the gastrointestinal tract of Lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria, species which are known to contribute to development of a healthy immune system, according to a paper describing the establishment of the intestinal microbiota during the first three years of life. The research was published ahead of print in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology.

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First Look at Breast Microbiota Raises Tantalizing Questions

WASHINGTON, DC – March 24, 2014 – The female breast contains a unique population of microbes relative to the rest of the body, according to the first-ever study of the breast microbiome. That study sought to lay the groundwork for understanding how this bacterial community contributes to health and disease, says first author Camilla Urbaniak, a PhD student at the University of Western Ontario. The research was published ahead of print in Applied and Environmental Microbiology.

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Study Fingers Chickens, Quail, in Spread of H7N9 Influenza Virus

WASHINGTON, DC – March 18, 2014 – Among the copious species of poultry in China, quail and chickens are the likely sources of infection of H7N9 influenza virus to humans, according to a paper published ahead of print in the Journal of Virology.

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