infections

The mechanism by which the fungus that causes thrush attempts to hide from our body’s defenses, has been found by scientists from the University of Aberdeen. The Candida albicans fungus lives in most of us and is relatively harmless most of the time. It is also a common cause of thrush. But Candida can take… Read more

A bacteria “alarm clock” that wakes dormant Salmonella in the body, allowing the bug to trigger a repeat infection, scientists have discovered. The researchers, from Imperial College London, say the ‘alarm clock’ is shared among different types of bacteria, including Salmonella and E. coli. The findings may explain why some people suffer repeated bouts of… Read more

In the first four months of 2016, there have been seven different Salmonella infection outbreaks spanning 35 states. At least 324 people were sickened and the outbreaks are ongoing, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Confirmed via lab testing, the Salmonella outbreaks involve seven different strains of the bacteria. Sixty-six people were… Read more

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued new restrictions and label warnings for the category of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones. According to the advisory, side effects outweigh benefits for patients with sinusitis, bronchitis and uncomplicated urinary tract infections who have other treatment options. Those having these conditions should reserve fluoroquinolones for cases in which… Read more

Almost one in every two women suffers from a bladder infection at some point in her life. Also men are affected by cystitis, though less frequently. In eighty percent of the cases, it is caused by the intestinal bacterium E. coli. It travels along the urethra to the bladder where it triggers painful infections. In… Read more