Bacteria

  • Injected bacteria can shrink human tumours August 17, 2014

    Washington: In a breakthrough, scientists have developed a modified version of a bacteria that produces a strong and precisely targeted anti-tumour response in rats, dogs and humans. In its natural form, Clostridium novyi (C novyi) is found in the soil and, in certain cases, can cause tissue-damaging infection in cattle, sheep...
  • Hospital elevator buttons hide more germs than toilets July 13, 2014

    Toronto: Elevator buttons are more likely to be colonised by bacteria than toilet surfaces, a new study of three large urban hospitals in Canada has found. "Elevators are a component of modern hospital care, and are used by multiple people with ungloved hands who will later go on to make contact...
  • Drug resistance in TB has increased in India: Dr MS Kanwar December 14, 2012

    Dr MS Kanwar, senior consultant, respiratory medicine at Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, joined IBNLive readers for an interaction on why India is not being able to curb the incidence of TB cases. Q. How bad is the situation MDR-TB and is there any possible cure coming in the near future? Asked by:...
  • Mobile phones filthier than toilet seat September 2, 2012

    London: Mobile phones are actually filthier than toilet seats because they are never cleaned even after being handled by different people, thus swarming with germs, say researchers. Tests showed that up to 10 times the amount of pathogens which cause nausea and stomach upsets were present on a mobile phone than...
  • Bangalore: Kites die feeding on city's fatal menu July 12, 2012

    Bangalore: Popularly known as Black Kites and formerly as Pariah kites, the Milvus migrans is today a creature of the urban milieu, swooping and hovering over dead carcasses and inedible animal parts and inhabiting the densely populated areas of the city which has a high concentration of slaughterhouses, butcher shops...
  • NASA's claim of 'arsenic life' disproved July 9, 2012

    Washington: The claim by NASA scientists that they have discovered a new form of bacteria which thrive on arsenic has been disapproved by two new studies, which say the bugs can't substitute arsenic for phosphorus to survive. Two scientific papers, published in the journal Science, refuted the 2010 NASA finding that...
  • US woman fighting flesh-eating disease improves June 26, 2012

    Atlanta: A Georgia graduate student who has undergone multiple amputations as she fights a rare flesh-eating bacterial infection has been upgraded from serious to good condition, a hospital spokeswoman said on Monday. Aimee Copeland, 24, was hospitalized after cutting the calf of her leg in a May 1 fall from a...
  • Oldest fossils on Earth discovered August 22, 2011

    London: The Earth's oldest fossils that show convincing evidence of cells and bacteria living in an oxygen-free world over 3.4 billion years ago have been discovered. The discovery has been made by a team led by Dr David Wacey of the University of Western Australia and including Professor Martin Brasier...
  • Human belly button harbours 1,400 bug strains July 10, 2011

    London: Scientists have stumbled on 1,400 strains of bacteria lurking in the much overlooked part of our anatomy - the navel. North Carolina State University's Belly Button Biodiversity study found 662 unrecognised strains - which could be a unique new species. Researchers made their startling discovery after they asked 95 volunteers to...
  • Europe's E coli death toll at least 44 June 25, 2011

    Berlin: Germany has reported another death in Europe's E coli outbreak, bringing the toll to at least 44. The national disease control center said Friday that 43 deaths have now been reported in Germany, the outbreak's epicenter. Another person has died in Sweden. In its own update on Friday, the World Health...
  • Germany: more than 3000 infected with E coli June 17, 2011

    Berlin: New sicknesses are still being reported in the European E coli outbreak that has killed 39, but Germany's national disease control centre said on Friday indications are that the crisis is tapering off. The number of reported infections in Germany, the epicenter of the outbreak, is now up to 3,408,...
  • New E coli outbreak in France hits children June 17, 2011

    Paris: Five children admitted to hospital in northern France after eating beef burgers infected with a strain of E coli bacteria are seriously ill, health officials said on Thursday, fanning fears of a wider outbreak. The officials said the bacteria did not appear to be related to the lethal strain of...
  • Deadly E coli: A worry for India? June 16, 2011

    New Delhi: The new mutant strain of the E Coli bacteria has left 36 people dead including a 2 year old boy across Europe, infecting more than 3,000 people. It is suspected to have first originated from contaminated bean sprouts from Germany. Devashish Ohri of Life technologies said, “This particular strain...
  • German E coli outbreak claims first child victim June 15, 2011

    Berlin: Germany's E coli outbreak claimed its first child fatality on Tuesday when a two-year-old died from the bacteria in the northern city of Hanover, taking the death toll to 37. German health authorities have linked the epidemic, the deadliest of its kind in modern history, to contaminated bean sprouts and...
  • Dutch find different E coli, pull beet sprouts June 10, 2011

    Amsterdam: Dutch authorities recalled red beet sprouts from three countries on Thursday after samples were found to be contaminated with a strain of E coli bacteria that was apparently less dangerous than the one causing Europe's deadly E coli crisis. German health officials, meanwhile, reported that three more people died of...
  • Germany signals hope in E coli fight June 9, 2011

    Berlin: Germany on Wednesday said the deadly E coli outbreak appeared to be waning as the government convened an emergency meeting of federal and state health ministers for the first time since the outbreak of the deadly infection over a month ago. Germany's new health minister Daniel Bahr admitted failures by...
  • Germany backtracks on sprouts as E coli source June 7, 2011

    Hamburg: First they pointed a finger at Spanish cucumbers. Then they cast suspicion on sprouts from Germany. Now German officials appear dumbfounded as to the source of the deadliest E coli outbreak in modern history, and one US expert called the investigation a "disaster." Backtracking for the second time in a...
  • Germany says beansprouts may be behind E coli June 6, 2011

    Hamburg: German-grown beansprouts could be the source of the deadly E coli outbreak that has killed 22 people, made more than 2,000 ill and struck fear into consumers across Europe, officials said on Sunday. The Lower Saxony state agriculture minister, Gert Lindemann, said at a news conference investigators had traced the...
  • One E coli case identified in Finland June 4, 2011

    Helsinki: The E coli bacterial infection is fast spreading across Europe, with one case diagnosed in Finland, Xinhua reported. The E coli infection was detected in the capital city of Helsinki, the Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare said on Friday. The properties of the bacteria found in the patient were...
  • Germany steps up hunt for deadly E coli source June 4, 2011

    Berlin: Racing to curb the spread of a killer food bug, Germany set up a task force on Friday to hunt down the source of a highly toxic strain of E coli that has killed 19 people and sounded alarms around the world. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, locked in a...
  • Killer E Coli strain described as deadliest yet June 3, 2011

    London: A virulent new strain of E Coli bacteria that has killed at least 17 people in Europe may be the deadliest yet in human history, health experts said. Germany is at the centre of the outbreak, with more than 1,500 people ill from eating contaminated vegetables and salads, but the...
  • Killer cucumbers take Germany toll to 10 May 30, 2011

    Berlin: A virulent form of E coli bacteria blamed on infected cucumbers from Spain has killed 10 people in Germany and sickened 300, health officials said on Sunday while warning people not to eat suspect vegetables. European health experts on Saturday said the outbreak of hemolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS), which affects the...
  • New antibiotic developed to tame NDM-1 superbug May 10, 2011

    New Delhi: In a major development on the fight against the NDM-1 superbug, a Swiss company, Basilea Pharmaceutical, has announced that its un-named drug has proved effective against the bacteria in lab tests. Currently the NDM-1 bacteria is resistant to all known forms of antibiotics. The New Delhi Superbug (NDM-1 bacteria) has...
  • After Delhi, NDM-1 superbug found in Pune April 29, 2011

    Mumbai: After the panic the Lancet article about the NDM-1 superbug created in the Capital, an ongoing two month long study being carried out by Pune's Sassoon Hospital and the National Centre of Cell Sciences has alarming findings. Taking blood and urine samples of more than 3000 patients, scientists at Sassoon...
  • Delhi superbug: Are we in denial? April 13, 2011

    Dr R Laxminarayan and Dr Devi Shetty speak to CNN-IBN about Lancet Journal's NDM-1 superbug study. ...
  • Govt to conduct own study on Delhi superbug April 12, 2011

    New Delhi: After denying the existence of NDM-1 superbug in water in Delhi, ever since it was first mentioned in the Lancet Infectious Diseases journal, the government authorities have finally decided to conduct their own studies. The National Centre for Disease Control has planned to conduct a study on the drug-resistant...
  • Superbugs found in Delhi drinking water April 7, 2011

    London: A gene that makes bugs highly resistant to almost all known antibiotics has been found in bacteria in water supplies in New Delhi used by local people for drinking, washing and cooking, scientists said on Thursday. The NDM 1 gene, which creates what some experts describe as "super superbugs", has...
  • Experts urge vaccination for Cholera January 26, 2011

    Hong Kong: The cholera bacterium has undergone important mutations in recent years, causing longer outbreaks of the disease with increased fatalities, researchers reported on Wednesday. In a package of papers published in the journal PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, they said mass vaccinations should be considered as a solution even after...
  • 34000-year-old life found in salt crystals January 15, 2011

    Washington: Scientists have found 34,000-year-old bacteria trapped inside tiny bubbles of salt crystals that could be the oldest living organisms on Earth, according to a report in the latest edition of GSA Today. The salt crystals containing the bacteria were found buried in the Death Valley of California. "It was actually...
  • Now, 'Poo-Gloos' that can eat all sewage January 10, 2011

    Washington: Scientists have developed a new cheap igloo-shaped, pollution-eating device that can clean up sewage just as effectively as multimillion-dollar treatment facilities. Developed by researchers at the University of Utah, the sewage-eating device, called 'Poo-Gloos', use a thriving bacterial biofilm to consume pollutants from sewage lagoons. It consists of a set...