The leechbook. Credit: © The British Library Board (Royal 12 D xvii) To fight antibiotic resistance more antimicrobials are needed to treat bacterial biofilms, which protect an infection from antibiotics. Using the ‘Balds eyesalve’ medieval mixture containing every day natural ingredients such as garlic, researchers from the University of Warwick have found […]

Long-term care facilities (LTCFs) are a major driver of total COVID-19 deaths. Reported today (June 5, 2020) in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Boston Medical Center (BMC) and Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) geriatricians Rossana Lau-Ng, Lisa Caruso and Thomas Perls studied the past month’s case and death data reported […]

False color scanning electron micrograph of meningococci (orange) adherent to human host cells (green). Credit: Alexandra Schubert-Unkmeir / University of Wuerzburg Meningococci are bacteria that can cause life-threatening meningitis and sepsis. These pathogens use a small protein with a large impact: The RNA-binding protein ProQ is involved in the activation of […]

A watercolor-like illustration of Treponema pallidum, the bacterium that causes syphilis. Credit: Alice C. Gray By shuffling DNA in and out of one gene, syphilis stays a step ahead of the immune system to resist eradication. The bacterium that causes syphilis, Treponema pallidum, likely uses a single gene to escape the immune system, […]