Chronic Lyme disease – does it exist?

Many patients without a diagnosis of Lyme disease report a constellation of symptoms, sometimes for years. Does chronic Lyme disease exist?

John Nathaniel Aucott, Director of the Johns Hopkins Lyme Disease Research Center, Associate Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins Medicine • conversation
May 21, 2020 ~9 min

Tags:  antibiotics  cdc  ticks  joint-pain

Coronavirus pandemic is paving the way for an increase in superbugs

Half of all patients who died of COVID-19 in Wuhan had a secondary infection.

Ronan McCarthy, Lecturer in Biomedical Sciences, Brunel University London • conversation
April 22, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus antibiotics drug-development amr

Bees seeking bacteria: How bees find their microbiome

Humans obtain bacteria through the foods they eat. But how do bees collect bacteria that live in and on them? And where do they pick up these microbes?

Lila Westreich, PhD Candidate, School of Environment and Forest Sciences, Seattle, Washington, University of Washington • conversation
April 14, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: environment insects bees antibiotics microbiome spring

Here's why soil smells so good after it rains

That smell you detect after it rains is part of a chemical language between bacteria and animals.

Paul Becher, Associate professor in Chemical Ecology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences • conversation
April 8, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  bacteria  soil  ecology  antibiotics  chemical-compounds  invertebrates

A small trial finds that hydroxychloroquine is not effective for treating coronavirus

The president promoted the combination of hydroxychloroquine and an antibiotic for treating COVID-19. But a new study suggests it provides no benefits.

Katherine Seley-Radtke, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and President-Elect of the International Society for Antiviral Research, University of Maryland, Baltimore County • conversation
April 3, 2020 ~5 min

Tags:  covid-19  coronavirus  pandemic  antibiotics  fda  sars-cov-2  cdc  hydroxychloroquine  anti-malarials  chloroquine

Deep learning AI discovers surprising new antibiotics

Pathogens rapidly evolve resistance to antibiotics. AI could keep us a step ahead of deadly infections.

Sriram Chandrasekaran, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan • conversation
Feb. 20, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  drug-discovery  artificial-intelligence  deep-learning  antibiotic-resistance  antibiotics  drug-resistance  tuberculosis  e-coli

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