Issue # 671

  1. Burn dressing 'lights up' when it detects dangerous bacteria
  2. Bacteria in the Intestines May Help Tip the Bathroom Scale, Studies Show
  3. SARS-Like Virus Kills Two More People in Germany and Britain
  4. Emerging CF Pathogen Is Transmissible
  5. Bacterial byproduct offers route to avoiding antibiotic resistance
  6. Chemical Compounds That Halt Virus Replication Identified
  7. The Threat of Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases to Wildlife
  8. Other Stomach Microbiota Modulate Resistance to H. Pylori-Driven Ulcers

Burn dressing 'lights up' when it detects dangerous bacteria
Wired
March 25, 2013
http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2013-03/25/bacteria-detecting-burns-dressing
A prototype medical dressing that 'lights up' when dangerous bacteria are present has been developed at the University of Bath. The invention means that life-threatening infections in child burn victims could in future be detected with nothing more than a UV light.


Bacteria in the Intestines May Help Tip the Bathroom Scale, Studies Show
New York Times
March 27, 2013
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/28/health/studies-focus-on-gut-bacteria-in-weight-loss.html
The bacterial makeup of the intestines may help determine whether people gain weight or lose it, according to two new studies, one in humans and one in mice.


SARS-Like Virus Kills Two More People in Germany and Britain
ABC News
March 27, 2013
http://abcnews.go.com/Health/sars-virus-kills-germany-britain/story?id=18822417#.UVW3WhdOS31
The mysterious SARS-like virus that appears to be originating in the Middle East has claimed two more victims after people died from the infection in Germany and in Britain.


Emerging CF Pathogen Is Transmissible
MedPage Today
March 29, 2013
http://www.medpagetoday.com/TheGuptaGuide/InfectiousDisease/38146
A bacterial species increasingly responsible for lung infections in cystic fibrosis patients can be transmitted from person to person, although probably not directly, researchers said.


Bacterial byproduct offers route to avoiding antibiotic resistance
Princeton
March 21, 2013
http://www.princeton.edu/main/news/archive/S36/38/05A57/index.xml?section=topstories
A team of scientists offer a possible solution that uses the bacteria's own byproducts to destroy them.


Chemical Compounds That Halt Virus Replication Identified
ScienceDaily
March 21, 2013
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/03/130321133112.htm
Researchers have identified a new chemical class of compounds that have the potential to block genetically diverse viruses from replicating.


The Threat of Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases to Wildlife
National Geographic
March 22, 2013
http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2013/03/22/the-threat-of-emerging-and-re-emerging-infectious-diseases-to-wildlife/
In this excellent interview with renowned wildlife biologist Dr. Michael Hutchins, National Geographic discusses the challenges facing vanishing species and other threatened free-ranging and captive populations of wildlife due to emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases.


Other Stomach Microbiota Modulate Resistance to H. Pylori-Driven Ulcers
ScienceDaily
March 25, 2013
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/03/130325135355.htm
Mice with different naturally occurring stomach bacteria have distinct susceptibilities to disease caused by Helicobacter pylori, the well-known cause of ulcers in humans, according to a study.

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