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Why binge drinkers are slower to heal from their wounds

People who are injured while binge drinking are much slower to heal from wounds suffered in car accidents, shootings, fires, etc. Now a new study...

Antimicrobial from soaps promotes bacteria buildup in human noses

An antimicrobial agent found in common household soaps, shampoos and toothpastes may be finding its way inside human noses where it promotes the colonization...

A quicker, cheaper way to detect staph in the body

Chances are you won’t know you’ve got a staph infection until the test results come in, days after the symptoms first appear. But what...

Staph can lurk deep within nose

Scientists at the Stanford University School of Medicine have revealed that formerly overlooked sites deep inside the nose may be reservoirs for Staphylococcus aureus, a major bacterial...

MRSA strain in humans originally came from cattle

A strain of bacteria that causes skin and soft tissue infections in humans originally came from cattle, according to a study to be published...

Research shows how pathogenic bacteria hide inside host cells

A new study into Staphylococcus aureus, the bacterium which is responsible for severe chronic infections worldwide, reveals how bacteria have developed a strategy of hiding within host cells to escape the immune system as well as many antibacterial ...

Plasma therapy: An alternative to antibiotics?

Cold plasma jets could be a safe, effective alternative to antibiotics to treat multi-drug resistant infections, says a study published this week in the January issue of the Journal of Medical Microbiology. The team of Russian and German resea...

Outsmarting killer bacteria

Antibiotics can work miracles, knocking out common infections like bronchitis and tonsillitis. But according to the Center for Disease Control, each year 90,000 people in the U.S. die of drug-resistant "superbugs" ― bacteria like Staphylococcu...

Treatment for S. aureus skin infection works in mouse model

Scientists from the National Institutes of Health and University of Chicago have found a promising treatment method that in laboratory mice reduces the severity of skin and soft-tissue damage caused by USA300, the leading cause of community-asso...

Staph study could help with treatment for lupus

Researchers have for the first time described a method that Staphylococcus aureus (staph) infection uses to inactivate the body's immune system. A protein produced by the staph bacteria causes previously healthy B cells -- a specialized cell of the immune system -- to commit suicide, a process called apoptosis. "By the targeted elimination of disease-causing B cells, properly dosed injections of SpA may have the potential to control the over-activity of the immune system that causes damage in autoimmune diseases like lupus and in certain cancers," said Gregg Silverman, M.D., UCSD professor of medicine and senior author of the paper.

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