Tag Archives: microbes

Apple cider vinegar can help clear bacteria and yeast infections; a natural cure

The effect of apple cider vinegar on white blood cell clearance of microbes.

Antibiotic resistance poses a major health issue worldwide. There has never been a greater need for new anti-microbials which are natural, active on multiple organisms and ideally beneficial to the patient. Bacteria such as E-Coli, Staphylococcus aureus

Psoriasis, more than a skin disease? The involvement of gut microbes

Psoriasis, is a chronic inflammatory skin disease with a high prevalence, of which the exact cause is unknown. Genetic, immunologic and environmental factors all are involved. Psoriasis and Inflammatory Bowel Disease, including Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis,

Microbes paralyze immune system

About every fourth child is suffering from atopic dermatitis (AD) (often called atopic eczema) and adults are also often affected by this disease. The skin of AD patients is strongly damaged (Fig. 1). It is dry, itchy,

Washing microbes away

Microbial colonies that stick to surfaces or tissues are difficult to remove. The simplest way to try to detach them is to scrub them off, for example when brushing one’s teeth, but the exertion of mechanical forces

Direct monitoring of the interaction between ROS and cerium dioxide nanoparticles in living cells

Swallowing the pill we don’t know whether it comes to the target, destroys the harmful objects (microbes, viruses, cancer cells) and/or whether it works correctly at the center of the inflammation. Let’s imagine that each grain of

Generation of a microbial factory for direct biofuel production from plant cellulose waste

Biofuels have attracted increasing interest due to economic, geopolitical and environmental concerns caused by fossil fuels. It has been proposed as a renewable, sustainable and environmental-friendly fuel to replace fossil fuel or be used as fuel additive.

From the gut to the eye: commensal microbes as potential triggers of autoimmune uveitis

Autoimmune uveitis is a group of inflammatory diseases that affect the retina of the eye and related tissues and constitute a major cause of human blindness. It is believed that the disease is triggered by the activation

New method to isolate biofuel-producing bacteria

There has been much debate about converting foods like corn grain into fuel for our cars.  Even if all the corn grain in the US were converted to ethanol, it still wouldn’t make enough fuel to replace

Mold is meat: Microbes are trophically equivalent to animals in the food-chain

The biological world can be divided into two vast “empires:” 1) organisms that make their own food (i.e., autotrophs, such as plants, algae, phytoplankton), and 2) those that must eat other organisms to live (i.e., heterotrophs, such

Oral microorganisms: how do they communicate?

Many oral diseases are related to the interaction between microorganisms in the oral cavity.  These microbial interactions are necessarily associated with the development of dental plaque and can lead to oral diseases including dental caries and perhaps

What’s in the breast milk affects microbes in the baby

Our intestines are full of a vast number of microorganisms. These microbes include bacteria and fungi, and interactions between us and the microbes that live inside us have an impact on health and disease in ways that

The master puppeteer? – Impact of microbes on brain and behaviour

For the longest time microbiology & neuroscience used to be studied independently and with limited overlap. Recently, however, research on the microbiome and its interaction with our organs, including the brain, is increasingly gaining momentum. With more

Killing microbes with red light

Photosensitization is a process in which a chemical compound (photosensitizer) that absorbs energy from light is able to transfer that energy to oxygen molecules. As a consequence, reactive oxygen species (ROS), highly toxic to living cells, are

Sanitation and disease: it’s time to cut the crap!

Even if we don’t talk about it, most of us will experience diarrhea in our lifetime, suffering little more than temporary discomfort and embarrassment. Except for the approximately 1.5 million people — over 350,000 of whom are