With wintertime firmly in sight, we are taking a look at the cause of the so called “winter vomiting bug”: Norovirus. Norovirus is a stomach bug and its symptoms include sickness, nausea, diarrhoea and vomiting. People affected by the bug may also experience a high temperature of 38°C and above, a headache and aching limbs.
Celebrated annually on 10th November, the UNESCO World Science Day for Peace and Development aims at linking science more closely with society and underlines the importance and relevance of science in our daily lives. We are taking a look at bioremediation as a solution to manage plastic pollution.
Despite the advances in treatment and detection, cancer has remained a major health problem and one of the leading causes of death worldwide. To mark breast cancer awareness month, we take a look at the role of bacteria in the treatment of cancer.
A study conducted on 60 samples of ice cubes produced at domestic, restaurant and industrial levels were examined for microorganisms other than enteric or normally ‘harmless’ bacteria. The study found that ice cubes made at home or from ice machines in pubs and restaurants contained significantly more bacteria than industrial level ice cubes.
With the ability to cause an epidemic or even a pandemic, the recent Australian flu virus or H3N2v currently has the World Health Organisation (WHO), National Health Service (NHS) and Public Health England (PHE) taking serious precautions as the number of incidences has over doubled from last year’s figures.
Gut flora is made up of a vast network of bugs that exist in a mutualistic, symbiotic relationship- meaning both the human host and the gut bacteria co-exist, and reap benefits from one another. It’s widely accepted that a healthy gut flora leads to a healthy human in general, but what is it exactly that our microscopic friends do for us?
"Leprosy" from the Greek, lepra, meaning "scab" or "peeling". Leprosy is a chronic infection caused by the bacterium, Mycobacterium leprae also called Hansen’s bacillus. It is amongst the oldest recorded human diseases yet remains relatively poorly understood and somewhat misunderstood through centuries of stigmatisation.
If you haven’t been through the pains of treatment for acne before, someone who has will testify that the so called treatments are frustratingly ineffective – those days may be behind us. Quorum Innovations, researchers in the field of microbiome therapeutics, have announced brand new treatments for many common skin conditions, treatment for acne included.
Recurring Salmonella Infections can be the bane of a person’s life. Despite antibiotic therapy the infection stubbornly reoccurs without little in the way of an answer why – until now. Researchers may have just found an important aspect - a bacterial ‘alarm clock' that appears to cause bacterial reactivation once the threat has waned.
Milk – popular and ubiquitous – but quick to spoil and become undrinkable because of the activity of the abundant microorganisms it contains. Pasteurisation, the process of heating milk (and various other foods) to kill pathogenic bacteria, is one of the oldest food preservation methods still in use today.