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Could Engineered Bacteria Implanted into Human Skin Produce Insulin?

Microscopic organisms can do amazing stuff. Yeast is instrumental in baking bread and brewing beer. Bacteria make yogurt. And now, thanks to synthetic biology, they might be the key that unlocks a revolutionary treatment for type 1 diabetes.

“Bacteria are excellent at doing things, and we understand these things,” says Dr. Yo Suzuki, a synthetic biologist at the J. Craig Venter Institute. “And one of those things we are exploring is if we can get bacteria to produce insulin.”

Taking on Superbugs, Syphilis and Gonorrhoeae with Iodine

Time Magazine reported that this week marks one year since world leaders met at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City in 2016 and unanimously committed to tackling antimicrobial resistance (AMR). The risks of not doing so were clear: a recent report estimated that if AMR continued to spread at its current rate, there would be up to 10 million deaths globally by 2050.

The surprising connection between gut bacteria, probiotics and heart health

Researchers are crediting the gut microbiota, a community of microorganisms in the body’s digestive tract, with the ability to help prevent such serious conditions as diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and bowel disease. Now, new research points to the possibility that beneficial gut bacteria may help combat cardiovascular disease as well. In fact, when it comes to protecting your heart, the maintenance of healthy gut bacteria could be one of the most underrated and overlooked factors for cardiovascular health.

Should You Microwave Your Underwear? A Look at the Best Ways to Get Bacteria Out of Clothes

Washing your clothes may not be as harmless as you might imagine. Detergents deposit toxic chemicals in your washing machine, on your clothes and into the environment. However, on the opposite side, wearing clothing riddled with bacteria and soaked in sweat is not a healthy answer either.

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Man Dies After Flesh-Eating Bacteria Infects New Tattoo

A 31-year-old man from Texas died after contracting flesh-eating bacteria through a new leg tattoo while swimming in the Gulf of Mexico.

According to a paper published in the medical journal BMJ Case Reports, the patient – who was only identified as a Hispanic man – was admitted to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas with severe pain in both legs and feet. He also had fever, chills, and a reddening over his tattoo and other areas of his skin.

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Are Microwaves Mutating Enablers For Bacteria And Other Super Bugs?

Professor Olle Johansson, Associate Professor at the Karolinska Institute, Department of Neuroscience and head of The Experimental Dermatology Unit, in Stockholm, Sweden, recently advised about extremely-concerning research confirming “bacteria exposed to mobile phone and WiFi radiation turned resistant to antibiotics, science demonstrates [1].”

How Do I Protect My Family From Foodborne Illnesses?

Sanjay Gupta, Jun 1, 2016
Nearly 50 million Americans get sick every year from eating food contaminated with bacteria, parasites, or viruses. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 128,000 of these cases require hospitalization and 3,000 result in death.

To Fight Growing Threat From Germs, Scientists Try Old-Fashioned Killer

Gautam Naik , Jan. 22, 2016
Bacteriophages, little-used for decades in the U.S. and much of Europe, are gaining new attention because of resistance to antibiotics

What Exactly Is Wrong With Commercial Beef?

JENN RYAN, 1/6/2016
Many of us are swayed by advertising. Commercials that show happy cows in a pasture, a package of beef that says “free-range” or “grass-fed”or “organically-raised”: it seems easy to make the right choices at the supermarket.