Cell phone science: Can the molecules you leave behind determine who you are?

Humans leave behind trace chemicals, molecules and microbes on every object we touch. By sampling the molecules on cell phones — an object we tend to spend a lot of time touching — researchers conducting a recent study were able to construct lifestyle sketches for each phone’s owner, including diet, preferred hygiene products, health status […]

Do OTC antibacterial soaps do more harm than good?

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), you may be wasting your money when it comes to buying over-the-counter (OTC) antibacterial soaps and body washes. While many believe these products offer better germ fighting capabilities when compared to traditional soap products, research has yet to prove these claims are true and is […]

Barnyard dust could hold the answer to asthma

New research is showing microbes from farm animals, carried into the home in dust, could be a magic ingredient in the prevention of asthma in children.

Published recently in The New England Journal of Medicine, scientists explained that the results they have found are convincing enough that the possibility of developing a spray to do […]

Super bacteria discovery adds to antibiotic resistance concerns

Antibiotic resistance and super bacteria, have been causing major concerns as of late within the health and science communities. In fact, earlier this week a strain of drug-resistant super bacteria was discovered growing in the water off the coast of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

According to researchers, this bacteria, known as carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE, […]

Report: Deadly hospital-acquired infections still a major problem in the U.S.

Drug-resistant superbugs and other infectious bacteria, including Clostridium difficile, are still very much an issue for one-third of U.S. hospitals — including many flagship teaching hospitals. This data was released in a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) earlier this week and comes after several years of warnings, federal fines and […]

Report: Superbugs becoming even more antibiotic resistant

Superbug versions of foodborne pathogens have become more resistant to antibiotics in certain areas of the world than was previously thought—a new report from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) warns.

For example, Campylobacter, the most commonly reported cause of food poisoning in the EU, […]

One test can detect all viruses that infect people and animals

A new test developed by researchers at Washington University in St. Louis can now detect virtually any virus known to affect humans and animals. Called ViroCap, this test can also detect “novel” viruses not yet identified, as long as they share a few genetic characteristics with known viruses.

According to a recent article, the researchers […]

Study: College students are lousy at hand washing

The next time you attend a college graduation, it might be a good idea to avoid the congratulatory firm handshake and go for the hug instead.

A recent study of college students at the University of Findlay in Ohio showed that more than half had large amounts of potentially infectious bacteria on their hands.

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Worms, germs and the answer to preventing allergies?

For more than half a century, the focus of an allergic response has been an antibody, immunoglobulin E (IgE). Upon identification of an allergen, a recent article explains that IgE sends signals to the rest of the immune system leading to activation of a variety of cells, and the rapid onset of symptoms. Without some […]

Researchers successfully ID people from their microbial cloud

Research has explored the human microbiome for several years and it has been known that every person’s skin is teeming with millions of different microbes creating a living, breathing habitat layer unique to every individual.

However, new research is showing that the human microbiome actually extends beyond a person’s skin and into the air around […]