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Debunking the myth: Rusty nails won't give you tetanus


They are present in the environment in the form of spores, which are more resistant to physical and chemical changes than their vegetative form. ... Sources include: LiveScience.com CDC.gov 1 CDC.gov 2 MayoClinic.org Previous :Chinese Medicine can improve coronary artery disease by reducing inflammation: Study Next : Effective natural remedy for skin conditions: Warts and corns are no match for garlic - More news on bacterial spores Debunking the myth: Rusty nails won’t ...

Healthy People Taking Antibiotics May Spread Superbug Infection


Clostridium difficile, usually known as simply C. difficile, is a bacterium that spreads by bacterial spores. ... Humans shed spores of this bacteria in their feces and these spores can survive dormant in the environment for long periods of time, under harsh conditions and in temperatures up to 70 degrees C. "...

Researchers discover microscopic plant compound on meteorite fragment


"There are viable bacterial spores that have been found that are 40 million years old on Earth - and we know they're very hardened to radiation," said Steinn Sigurdsson, an astrophysicist from Pennsylvania State University. "...

Recipe: How to make a natural, allergy-busting smoothie


With its antimicrobial properties, honey is a food that’s just excellent as protection against bacterial infections . ... The National Honey Board has noted that honey contains “no vegetative forms of disease-causing bacterial spores”, which is the result of its ability to inhibit bacterial growth. "...

The amazing health benefits of kombucha


The acidity of the finished kombucha product prevents contamination by airborne mold and bacterial spores. "...

When Antibiotics Fail, Nurses Turn to Maggots And Manuka Honey to Beat Superbugs


This honey is then irradiated to kill any trace bacterial spores. According to Manuka honey products company Honeymark, the honey has proven effective at killing MRSA in scientific trials. "...

Could evaporation provide power and conserve water supplies? Scientists are exploring how to harvest a new renewable energy source


Sahin and his team are able to develop a device aptly called Evaporation Engine that helps harness energy from water vapor by using bacterial movement that correspond to changes in humidity. ... This mechanism then triggers the expansion or contraction of bacterial spores. The resulting movements are then transferred to a generator and turned into electricity. "...

The science behind home remedies: Is a saltwater gargle effective against sore throats and mouth pain?


. - Prevents infection – Gargling with salt water decreases the acidity of the oral cavity, making it hard for bacterial spores to breed and spread. - Fights bad breath – When pH levels are high and there’s a lot of bacteria inside the mouth, it results in bad breath. "...

These food heating and reheating techniques may damage your health


. - Rice — Bacterial spores easily grow on rice, especially when its left at room temperature. "...

Some bacteria can go into a “zombie” state to survive starvation


A bacterial infection might subside after a patient took antibiotics, but the disease can return once the remaining microorganisms come out of their spores and begin increasing in number. ... Dormant bacteria enclosed within their spores did not display any signs of activity. "...

STUDY: Face masks are teeming with disease-causing bacteria and fungi


“[F]ungi and their spores are resistant to drying,” the paper explains. “[T]hey can survive under the condition where masks dry out.” ... “However, in the current experiments, we did not find significant differences in bacterial or fungal colony numbers on the masks based on washing.” "...

Probiotics Can Help in the Treatment of Hay Fever


Hay fever is an allergic reaction to pollen or fungal spores, most commonly grass pollen. ... The probiotic drinks contained Lactobacillus casei, a bacterial species that has been widely studied for its health promoting properties. "...

Avoid these leftovers lurking in your fridge, they could make you sick


Chapman, Bacillus cereus spores can survive on rice — even when cooked. If the rice is stored at room temperature after cooking, the spores can grow and propagate. ... The acidic properties due to the vinegar make it impossible for bacterial growth. "...

Cancer breakthrough: scientists discover harmless bacteria in soil kills cancer tumors


They found that when spores of the bacteria are injected into cancer patients, they only grow in solid tumors. ... When Clostridia spores are injected into a cancer patient, they will only grow in oxygen-depleted environments, i.e. the center of solid tumors. "...

The hidden world of soil pathogens: Harmful microbes not only have to contend with a farmer's chemical attacks but their microscopic neighbors as well


These are hardy structures that also function as spores. They are produced to ensure the survival of the fungus through stressful situations, such as intense heat or cold. ... Bikaverin, it turned out, was just one of the antibacterial cocktail that Fusarium releases to protect itself and its spores from an invasion by Ralstonia. "...

CDC issues travel alert over Zika virus that causes miscarriages; affected regions include Latin America and the Caribbean


When these bacteria spores meet B lymphocytes from the immune system, the molecules bind, activating the B cells to reproduce faster. This action promotes the rapid reproduction of antibodies to help fight against viral and bacterial infections. "...

Probiotics cure peanut allergies in 80% of children and can replace vaccines for immune system stimulation


When these bacteria spores meet B lymphocytes from the immune system, the molecules bind, activating the B cells to reproduce faster. This action prompts the rapid reproduction of antibodies to help fight against viral and bacterial infections. "...

Hospitals are breeding grounds for superbugs, and the crisis is affecting doctors, not just patients


Meanwhile, a similar study has found that superbugs are capable of sticking around on hospital surfaces and gowns even after they’ve been decontaminated, demonstrating that spores have been growing more resistant. ... They found that the spores managed to grow even after the surfaces were sterilized according to guidelines set out by the Department of Health. "...

EMERGENCY MEDICINE skills: Creating your own penicillin at home


Penicillin refers to a group of powerful antibacterial drugs that target a wide variety of bacterial infections. ... This bacterial culture had become contaminated with mold from the genus Penicillium. "...

Aren't you glad that ice cream isn't made with beaver anal secretions… anymore?


While some cheesemakers still use traditional rennet, others use alternatives made from bacterial fermentation, mold, and plants (e.g., ivy and nettles). ... Honey may contain C. botulinum spores and while they are rather harmless for most individuals, the immune system of young infants is almost ineffective against these bacteria. "...