Co-infecting pathogens and the microbiome from SARS-CoV-2 positive and negative samples

In a recent study published in PLOS ONE, researchers evaluated co-infections in severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2)-infected patients. Additionally, they explored the differences in microbial profiles of SARS-CoV-2-positive and SARS-CoV-2-negative samples. Study: Evaluation of co-circulating pathogens and microbiome from COVID-19 infections. Image Credit: Kateryna Kon/Shutterstock Background The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) ruined people’s … Read more

Exploring the effects of dietary fiber on gut microbiome and inflammatory diseases

In a recent study published in Medicine in Microecologyresearchers reviewed how dietary fibers modulate the composition and function of gut microbiota. Study: The gut microbiome: linking dietary fiber to inflammatory diseases. Image Credit: Alpha Tauri 3D Graphics/Shutterstock Diet is considered an important factor in shaping the microbiome of the human gut. People consume less dietary … Read more

Three ways to protect yourself from Legionnaires’ disease when using potting mix

Getting out in the garden might seem like a healthy activity, but there are some precautions you need to take to avoid exposure to a potentially deadly bacteria that could be in the soil. A Sydney woman in her 60s died from Legionnaires’ disease in November after handling potting mixand NSW Health say 96 people … Read more

Study implicates gut microbiome health in Parkinson’s disease

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative condition that hampers movement and ultimately results in the loss of independence. A new study published in the journal Nature Communications discusses the links between this condition that affects the brain and changes in the gut microbiome that may predate brain changes. Professor Haydeh Payami, the senior author of … Read more

New metagenomic study reveals global landscape of antimicrobial resistance

There are large geographical differences in both how frequently resistant genes occur and in which types of bacteria the genes are found. This is shown by analyzes of sewage from throughout the globe, thus underlining the importance of combating antimicrobial resistance based on data on local conditions. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the world has become … Read more

Researchers discover a new form of antimicrobial resistance

Australian researchers have uncovered a new form of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) – undetectable using traditional laboratory testing methods – in a discovery set to challenge existing efforts to monitor and tackle one of the world’s greatest health threats. AMR is expected to claim 10 million lives a year by 2050, with scientists racing to understand … Read more

Broccoli and sprouts improve gut microbiota and reduce inflammation in IBD

Inflammatory diseases significantly enhance morbidity and mortality among patients. One of the most common chronic inflammatory diseases is Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), which significantly affects the daily life of patients. IBD can affect the gut epithelial barrier function and promote alterations in the gut microbiome. Recently, scientists reviewed the role of sulforaphane from cruciferous vegetables … Read more

Does breast milk influence infants’ intestinal microbiota?

A large number of health-related benefits of probiotics have led to the development of a new discipline called probiogenomics, which focuses on the molecular mechanisms of probiotic activities. According to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the next-generation probiotics satisfy the scope of “live biotherapeutic products” (LBPs), which could be used to develop effective … Read more

New microfluidic Organ Chip platform replicates the human vaginal tissue microenvironment

The human microbiome has been a hot topic over the last decade, with research pointing to disrupted bacterial communities as culprits for a host of maladies including irritable bowel syndrome, eczema, and autoimmune diseases. Most studies have focused on the microbiome within the human gut, but there is growing recognition that another often-ignored bacterial community … Read more

Small business: The Wild Fermentary – The ‘Bacteria Baristas’ serving up fermented food and drinks

Kelli-Jo Walker, co-founder of The Wild Fermentary, with childhood friend and business partner Jen Worsfold (in background). Photo / Supplied Fresh off winning BNZ’s Market Made competition, The Wild Fermentary’s Kelli-Jo Walker talks growing the fermentation scene in New Zealand and opening a microbial mixology bar at local Auckland markets called the ‘Bacteria Baristas’ with … Read more