Bacteria exchange genes easily, but a newly discovered set of rules that regulate these exchanges could help us to prevent the spread of antibiotic resistance.
The discovery of molecular rules that regulate the transfer of genetic material between bacteria could help prevent the spread of antibiotic resistance.
By the time they turn one, half of Australian babies have had a course of antibiotics.
There may be additional long-term health harms from antibiotic exposure in early life and before birth, including an increased risk of infection, obesity and asthma.
If you eat a healthy diet, it’s probably not worth it.
Probiotics have been proclaimed by many as the answer to all sorts of health issues and conditions. But what exactly are probiotics? And, more importantly, should you be taking them?
Faecal bacteria on hands is really common.
Handshakes may be polite, but they're also a sure fire way to transfer lots of bacteria from one hand to another.
Following NASA's latest discovery of organic matter on the red planet, new findings in a salt lake in California could point to where to look for alien life.
With all the different types of yogurt on offer, making a decision on which one to buy can be difficult.
Consuming yoghurt is associated with many health benefits. But with all the varieties of yoghurt, and added ingredients like fruits and probiotics, it can be hard to know which is best for your health.
No mother wants their baby to develop jaundice, but it turns out that they should probably be grateful.
A low diversity of gut bacteria may help explain heart attacks in young people, women and certain ethnic groups.
If you drop your food, it’s less about time spent on the floor and more about the surfaces.
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The "sniff test" doesn't work every time, and other food safety tips.
Sugar mama? Researchers are teasing out the benefits of various molecules in human milk.
A chemist explains how some molecules in human breast milk help fight infection. Understanding their properties could lead to better infant formulas that share the health advantages of breastfeeding.
Eczema, which is common in babies, is itchy and painful.
In this clinical trial, the first of its kind, physicians explore whether directly applying a 'good' strain of bacteria to the skin can heal eczema
Cancer is the leading cause of death in the world.
Julio C. Valencia, NCI Center for Cancer Research
Synthetic biology allows us to engineer biological cells. This could help us tackle cancer in remarkable ways.
From a human perspective, some strains are good, some are evil.
E. coli bacteria are the frequent culprits behind outbreaks of food-borne illnesses. But not all strains are harmful; some are even helpful.
New research has found a way to speed up enzymes that break down the PET plastic in bottles.
In Australia, cases of Buruli ulcer have been associated with coastal areas – like Victoria’s Bellarine Peninsula.
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The Victorian community is seeing a worsening epidemic of flesh-eating bacteria that causes Buruli ulcer. But how can we prevent this disease if we don't know where it comes from and how it spreads?
There are a few different types of stye – and if you’re in lots of pain you’ll know yours is the infected kind.
The only way to prevent a stye is to keep your eyelids clean and free of grime that can block your glands.
Ten cases have been reported so far, including two deaths.
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Two people have died after eating rockmelon contaminated with listeria. A total of ten cases have been confirmed in NSW, Queensland and Victoria between Jan 17 and Feb 9, and more are expected.
Smoked and other deli meats are common sources of the Listeria bacterium. In 2008, contaminated deli meat caused 57 cases of Listeriosis and led to the deaths of 24 people in Canada.
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As the death count in South Africa’s listeriosis outbreak rises, Canadian researchers are isolating bacteria from the microbiome of exotic foods to try to develop a solution.
A giant ant carries a dead fellow in the name of cleanliness.
Ants produce their own antimicrobial chemicals to fight bacteria.
Toxic shock syndrome has many causes, but tampons are one cause women should be aware of.
Toxic shock syndrome is the body's response to toxins produced when bacteria that lives in and on us grows to dangerous levels.