Electric hand dryers can spread more germs

A new study suggests that electric hand driers make you more susceptible to germ attack.

Now, biofuel from oranges

 Scientists from Japan's Mie University have developed biofuel from inedible oranges and have received promising results due to its efficiency and less corrosive nature, media reported.

A kiss can spread more bacteria than love, here's how

Here is a piece of news worth noting for the couples as a new study suggests that kissing even for 10 seconds can transfer as many as 80 million bacteria. Shocking! Isn't it? And you thought a kiss only spreads love.

Deadly diarrhoea bacteria spread mapped for first time

A team of Swedish researchers has mapped the spread of the strains of a deadly diarrhoea bacteria that is being considered a major step towards the development of a new vaccine.

How mucus in mouth naturally fight cavities

Salivary mucins, key components of mucus, actively protect the teeth from cavity-causing bacteria, new research shows.

Gut bacteria decide our body weight

Our genetic makeup influences whether we are fat or thin by shaping which types of microbes thrive in our body, shows a study.

Drug-resistant superbug found in 1915 soldier killed by dysentery

Scientists who unlocked the genetic code of bacteria grown from a soldier who died of dysentery in World War I say it revealed a superbug already resistant to penicillin and other antibiotics decades before they were in common use.

US approves first vaccine against dangerous meningitis strain

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first vaccine against meningitis B following outbreaks in several college campuses over the past year.

Drug-resistant bacteria to be soon taken care of
Drug-resistant bacteria to be soon taken care of

In a major breakthrough, researchers have discovered how bacteria destroy antibiotics - a finding that will help develop drugs which can effectively tackle infections in the future.

Females sex hormone key to warding off lung infections

Females have been known to be naturally more resistant to respiratory infections than males.

Washing hands can prevent disease, death: Harsh Vardhan

The deaths of children due to preventable causes is "shameful" and simple measures like hand-washing which can prevent it should be promoted, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said Wednesday.

Mystery of last universal common ancestor solved

Scientists have solved a four billion-year-old mystery surrounding the one common ancestor of all life on Earth.

Frozen faecal capsules may treat gut infection

Capsules containing frozen faecal material may help clear up infections caused by C difficile bacteria, scientists say.

Mexican researcher claims to detect Ebola using microfluidics

Ebola can be quickly detected using microfluidics, the study of very tiny volumes of liquids, according to Juan Pablo Agusil Antonoff, a specialist in biomedical engineering at the Ibero-American University in Mexico.

Aggressive treatment may not kill resistant pathogens

A study has questioned the accepted wisdom that aggressive treatment with high-drug dosages over long duration is the best way to stem the emergence and spread of resistant pathogens.

Antioxidant in grapes may help treat acne

Resveratrol, an antioxidant derived from grapes and found in wine, can inhibit growth of the bacteria that causes acne, a new research shows.

Sweat-eating bacteria may improve skin health

Bacteria that metabolise ammonia, a major component of sweat, may improve skin health and could be used for the treatment of skin disorders, such as acne or chronic wounds, scientists say.

Wine bacteria may boost health

Red wine has bacteria that may be beneficial to human health, according to a new study.

Sort 10 billion bacterial cells in 30 minutes!

A mechanical engineer from the University of Hawaii at Manoa has developed a new, high-throughput method for sorting cells, capable of separating 10 billion bacterial cells in 30 minutes.