Inflammation gives C. diff 2 survival benefits

The inflammation caused by Clostridioides difficile (C. diff) infection gives the pathogen a two-fold advantage that helps it thrive, a new study shows.

Tracey Peake-NC State • futurity
Jan. 19, 2021 ~4 min

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Tool reveals best antibiotic combos for tough bacteria

"...doctors can get an indication as to which combinations of antibiotics can help the individual patient within a relatively short time—hours."

Søren Thiesen-Copenhagen • futurity
Jan. 19, 2021 ~6 min

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Sediment bacteria likely adding to Greenland melt

Bacteria may add to melting on the Greenland ice sheet, which covers 656,000 square miles. If it melted, global sea level would rise an estimated 20 feet.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
Jan. 19, 2021 ~5 min

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Algorithm and poop ID our many intestinal bacteria

A new method uses artificial intelligence and poop to map intestinal bacteria, which could clarify a wide range of illnesses.

Søren Thiesen-Copenhagen • futurity
Jan. 13, 2021 ~5 min

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Algorithm and poop ID our many intestinal bacteria

A new method uses artificial intelligence and poop to map intestinal bacteria, which could clarify a wide range of illnesses.

Søren Thiesen-Copenhagen • futurity
Jan. 13, 2021 ~5 min

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Scientists discover slimy microbes that may help keep coral reefs healthy

The bacteria scrub out nitrogen, potentially defending against certain nutrient overloads.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Jan. 8, 2021 ~7 min

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Turning microbiome research into a force for health

A diverse group of researchers is working to turn new discoveries about the trillions of microbes in the body into treatments for a range of diseases.

Zach Winn | MIT News Office • mit
Jan. 5, 2021 ~10 min

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Bacteria and pathogen may team up to trigger gum disease

A one-sided relationship between bacteria and a pathogen in the mouth may lead to gum disease, a new study shows.

Marcene Robinson-Buffalo • futurity
Dec. 31, 2020 ~6 min

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Colorful light reveals how worms get longer lives

A metabolite called colanic acid can extend the lifespan of worms as much as 50%. New research uses optogenetics to clarify that discovery.

Jade Boyd-Rice • futurity
Dec. 28, 2020 ~9 min

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Secondary blood infection linked to worse COVID-19 outcomes

People with severe COVID-19 and a secondary blood infection had longer hospital stays and poorer outcomes, research finds.

Patti Verbanas-Rutgers • futurity
Dec. 23, 2020 ~4 min

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