Vaginal bacteria linked to ovarian cancer, reveals study

Having too few ‘friendly’ vaginal bacteria may increase a woman’s chance of ovarian cancer, and swabs can be used to spot this, say researchers

Vaginal bacteria linked to ovarian cancer, reveals studyThe team, led by University College London, hope the finding could be used to identify women at high risk of the cancer, which has no screening test. However, they say that more work is needed to explore this. It is too soon to recommend women should be given protective doses of the good bacteria, they […]

Israeli scientists invent antibacterial filling material to prevent tooth decay

Almost everyone experiences tooth decay (caries), it seems, making this among the most common conditions caused by a bacterial infection. The costs of treating this condition are among the highest for bacterial conditions

Israeli scientists invent antibacterial filling material to prevent tooth decayHowever, the problem with treating dental decay is that it comes back again. Tel Aviv scientists have now discovered that certain novel materials have powerful antibacterial properties which can be harnessed in restorative dental fillings, to prevent recurrent tooth decay Getting a filling isn’t always the end of a tooth’s cavity problems. Sometimes, bacteria is […]

Antibiotics may help curb Alzheimer’s symptoms, finds study

The study, conducted at The University of Chicago, Illinois, demonstrated how long-term antibiotic use could reduce inflammation and slow the growth of amyloid plaques in male mice

Antibiotics may help curb Alzheimer’s symptoms, finds studyResearch showed that an antibiotic mix impacted the gut bacteria in mice to the point that it slowed the growth and development of Alzheimer’s, but only in males. Amyloid plaques are a feature specific to Alzheimer’s disease. They form when a particular protein within the neurons of the brain build-up and clump together. These amyloid […]

Regulating gut bacteria might help manage anxiety, finds 11 of 21 studies

Evidence that suggests our gut bacteria play complex roles in maintaining and impacting overall health is piling up. One new review of the scientific literature has now found that regulating intestinal microbiota may help relieve the symptoms of anxiety

Regulating gut bacteria might help manage anxiety, finds 11 of 21 studiesPeople who experience anxiety symptoms might be helped by taking steps to regulate the microorganisms in their gut using probiotic and non-probiotic food and supplements, suggests a review of studies published today in the journal General Psychiatry. Anxiety symptoms are common in people with mental diseases and a variety of physical disorders, especially in disorders […]

Your mouth bacteria can influence the health of your lungs, finds study

These bacteria were found predominantly in seniors with more plaque, more cavities, and fewer teeth. Additionally, the study found more fungi in these seniors' microbiotas, as well as among those who wore dentures

Your mouth bacteria can influence the health of your lungs, finds studyThe new study was carried out by a team of Japanese-based scientists affiliated with the Kyushu University in Fukuoka. Dr Yoshihisa Yamashita, from the Division of Oral Health, Growth, and Development in the Faculty of Dental Science at Kyushu, is the corresponding author of the study. As Dr Yamashita and his colleagues explain in their […]

Can appendix removal cause Parkinson’s disease?

People who have had their appendix removed may be at an increased risk for developing Parkinson’s disease, according to findings due to be presented at this year’s Digestive Disease Week

Can appendix removal cause Parkinson’s disease?There seems to be a link between the degenerative neurological disorder Parkinson’s disease and your appendix. Just what that relationship might be, nobody can agree upon, but here’s what we know so far. Late last year, an analysis of 1.7 million people found you were 25 per cent less likely to develop the condition if […]

How do cancer-causing bacteria take over our stomachs?

A new study in mice uses cutting-edge imaging techniques to investigate how H. pylori, which are present in around half of the humans on earth, survive and thrive in the stomach

How do cancer-causing bacteria take over our stomachs?One bacterium that has an incredible ability to colonise humans is Helicobacter pylori. In fact, it is estimated to live in the stomachs of around half of all humans. It tends to first enter humans when we are young and then remains in situ throughout much of an individual’s life. In most people, the bacterium […]

‘Don’t wash your raw chicken,’ warn health experts

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States have issued a warning against washing raw chicken before cooking. They warn of the risk of spreading harmful bacteria to other food or utensils and developing food poisoning at home

‘Don’t wash your raw chicken,’ warn health expertsThe CDC estimates that approximately a million people become ill after eating contaminated poultry. According to the CDC, this is because “Chicken juices can spread in the kitchen and contaminate other foods, utensils and countertops,” and many people are unnecessarily increasing their risk of illness by not following simple preventative hygiene steps. They warn that […]

Changing climate may affect animal-to-human disease transfer

Climate change could affect the occurrences of diseases like bird-flu and Ebola, with environmental factors playing a larger role than previously understood in animal-to-human disease transfer

Changing climate may affect animal-to-human disease transferResearchers from The University of Queensland and Swansea University have been looking at how different environments provide opportunities for animal-to-human diseases, known as zoonotic diseases, to interact with and infect new host species, including humans. Dr Nicholas Clark, from UQ’s School of Veterinary Science, said this was a new line of thinking in this area, […]

Turmeric compounds may help fight against stomach cancer, reveals study

Compounds found in turmeric, a condiment commonly used in Indian cuisine, can help prevent prevent and treat stomach cancer, scientists claim. Researchers Federal University of Sao Paulo (UNIFESP) and the Federal University of Para (UFPA) in Brazil identified possible therapeutic effects of curcumin - the yellow powder derived from the roots of the turmeric plant

Turmeric compounds may help fight against stomach cancer, reveals studyCurcumin is widely used to impart colour and flavour to food, but scientists have discovered that this yellow powder derived from the roots of the turmeric plant (Curcuma longa) can also help prevent or combat stomach cancer. The study by researchers at the Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP) and the Federal University of Pará […]