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E. coli or Escherichia coli is the name of a type of bacteria that lives in your intestines. Most types of E. coli are harmless. However, some types can make you sick and cause diarrhea. One type causes travelers' diarrhea. The worst type of E. coli causes bloody diarrhea, and can sometimes cause kidney failure and even death. These problems are most likely to occur in children and in adults with weak immune systems. You can get E. coli infections by eating foods containing the bacteria. To help avoid food poisoning and prevent infection, handle food safely. Cook meat well, wash fruits and vegetables before eating or cooking them, and avoid unpasteurized milk and juices. You can also get the infection by swallowing water in a swimming pool contaminated with human waste. Most cases of E. coli infection get better without treatment in 5 to 10 days.
Enzyme identified in baker's yeast can efficiently annihilate leukemia cells

Enzyme identified in baker's yeast can efficiently annihilate leukemia cells

An enzyme identified in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, commonly known as brewer's or baker's yeast, has passed in vitro trials, demonstrating its capacity to kill acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) cells. [More]
Engineered E. coli bacteria can help detect environmentally relevant concentrations of EDCs

Engineered E. coli bacteria can help detect environmentally relevant concentrations of EDCs

Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) have been implicated in the development of obesity, diabetes and cancer and are found in a wide array of products including pesticides, plastics and pharmaceuticals. [More]
Researchers develop E. coli cell line that produces large quantities of compound serine

Researchers develop E. coli cell line that produces large quantities of compound serine

If you had a company that manufactured valuable ingredients for chemicals like detergens or paint, you would probably like to produce the ingredients in large quantities, sustainably, and at a low cost. That's what researchers from The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability -- DTU Biosustain -- at DTU can now do. [More]
Researchers provide clues to how mcr-1 gene protects bacteria from 'last resort' antibiotic

Researchers provide clues to how mcr-1 gene protects bacteria from 'last resort' antibiotic

An international research team, led by the University of Bristol, has provided the first clues to understand how the mcr-1 gene protects bacteria from colistin - a 'last resort' antibiotic used to treat life-threatening bacterial infections that do not respond to other treatment options. [More]
Genomic sequencing reveals new insights into major shigellosis outbreaks in California

Genomic sequencing reveals new insights into major shigellosis outbreaks in California

In a study that could have significant impact on how disease outbreaks are managed, researchers at UC Davis and the California Department of Public Health have sequenced and analyzed genomes from Shigella sonnei (S. sonnei) bacteria associated with major shigellosis outbreaks in California in 2014 and 2015. [More]
Researchers use worms as model system to study how gut microbiome influences disease

Researchers use worms as model system to study how gut microbiome influences disease

The billions of microorganisms living within the human digestive tract appear to play a significant role in health and disease, notably metabolic syndrome, autoimmune disorders and diabetes - but how these organisms do so is not well understood. [More]
Combatting Antibiotic Resistance, the role of POC Diagnostics

Combatting Antibiotic Resistance, the role of POC Diagnostics

During the winter months, patients frequently present with respiratory symptoms like coughing, sneezing and fever that could be caused by one of several bacterial and viral infections including influenza, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) or bacterial pneumonia. [More]
Researchers discover first toxin antitoxin system in biofilms

Researchers discover first toxin antitoxin system in biofilms

Bacterial resistance does not come just through adaptation to antibiotics, sometimes the bacteria simply go to sleep. [More]
Restaurants not effective in communicating risks of eating undercooked meat to customers, study shows

Restaurants not effective in communicating risks of eating undercooked meat to customers, study shows

Front-line staff, such as servers in restaurants, are often trusted with providing customers with food safety information regarding their meals. [More]
ASN to honor Amit X. Garg with Young Investigator Award

ASN to honor Amit X. Garg with Young Investigator Award

The American Society of Nephrology will honor Amit X. Garg, MD, PhD by presenting him with the ASN-AHA Young Investigator Award during the society's annual meeting, ASN Kidney Week 2016, held November 15-20 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. [More]
Scientists capture DNA intermediates that reveal how cancer evolves

Scientists capture DNA intermediates that reveal how cancer evolves

Scientists from Rice University, Baylor College of Medicine and other institutions are using synthetic biology to capture elusive, short-lived snippets of DNA that healthy cells produce on their way to becoming cancerous. [More]
New research shows impact of fiber deprivation on mouse gut

New research shows impact of fiber deprivation on mouse gut

It sounds like the plot of a 1950s science fiction movie: normal, helpful bacteria that begin to eat their host from within, because they don't get what they want. [More]
York University researchers find new way to quickly trap and kill E. coli in water

York University researchers find new way to quickly trap and kill E. coli in water

Paper strips laced with sugar could be the sweetest solution so far, literally, to kill E. coli in contaminated water. [More]
Researchers develop new strategy to immunize against microbes that cause foodborne illness

Researchers develop new strategy to immunize against microbes that cause foodborne illness

University of California, Irvine and MIT researchers have developed a new strategy to immunize against microbes that invade the gastrointestinal tract, including Salmonella, which causes more foodborne illness in the United States than any other bacteria. [More]
Scientists turn iron-scavenging power against common UTI-causing bacteria

Scientists turn iron-scavenging power against common UTI-causing bacteria

For most invading bacteria, the bladder is not a friendly place. But for those that have figured out how to scavenge iron from their hosts, it's a fine place to grow and reproduce. [More]
Polysorbate slows toxic effects of E. coli poisoning

Polysorbate slows toxic effects of E. coli poisoning

Polysorbate, a safe additive found in everything from ice cream to cosmetics, has been proven to slow the toxic effects of E. coli poisoning. [More]
Safe food additive can slow toxic effects of E. coli poisoning

Safe food additive can slow toxic effects of E. coli poisoning

Polysorbate, a safe additive found in everything from ice cream to cosmetics, has been proven to slow the toxic effects of E. coli poisoning. [More]
Study yields insights into shifts in epidemiology of multi-drug resistant organisms

Study yields insights into shifts in epidemiology of multi-drug resistant organisms

A first-of-its-kind study of 900,000 hospital admissions from an integrated health system has yielded insights into shifts in the epidemiology of multi-drug resistant organisms (MDROs) in the community. [More]
Research could pave way for new approaches to kill antibiotic-resistant E. coli bacteria

Research could pave way for new approaches to kill antibiotic-resistant E. coli bacteria

Research by bioscientists at the University of Kent and the University of Queensland is expected to pave the way for new approaches to kill bacteria that no longer respond to conventional antibiotics. [More]
Reducing contamination rates in urine samples: an interview with Prof. Frank Chinegwundoh MBE

Reducing contamination rates in urine samples: an interview with Prof. Frank Chinegwundoh MBE

Contamination is thought to be a significant problem. Depending on which study you look at, the rates of urine contamination can be 17% or upwards. The standard method of midstream urine collection is for the healthcare professional... [More]
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