Posts Tagged ‘microbes’

Can Garlic be Useful as an antimicrobial for Resistant Urinary Tract Infections?

Friday, July 24th, 2015

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Recent research on garlic as antimicrobial, published in the Pertanika Journal of Tropical Agricultural Science concluded that garlic extract may be an effective weapon against multidrug resistant strains of pathogenic bacteria associated with urinary tract infections (UTI). The researchers said “even crude extracts of garlic showed good antimicrobial activity against multidrug resistant strains where antibiotic therapy had limited or no effect.”

In the study, researchers found that 56% of the 166 bacteria strains isolated from the urine of people with UTI showed a high degree of resistance to antibiotics. The study also showed about 82% of the antibiotic resistant bacteria were susceptible to a crude aqueous extract of antimicrobial Allium sativum. The authors conclude, “there is evidence that garlic has potential in the treatment of UTI and maybe other microbial infections. However, it is necessary to determine the bioavailability, side effects and pharmacokinetic properties in more detail.”

 

Is there a Non-Invasive Procedure to Diagnose Pancreatic Cancer?

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

logo1267406_mdNew research presented recently at the American Society for Microbiology”s  annual meeting concluded that patients with pancreatic cancer have a different and distinct profile of specific bacteria int their saliva compared to healthy controls and  patients with other cancers or pancreatic disease. The researchers believe that the ratio of particular types of bacteria in the saliva may indicate pancreatic cancer. In their study, the researchers compared the diversity of saliva bacteria of 131 patients (63 females, 68 males) being treated in California. Of those, 14 had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, 13 with pancreatic disease, 22 with other forms of cancer, and 10 who were disease free. Results showed that those with pancreatic cancer had higher levels of two oral bacteria-Leptotrichia and Campylobacter when compared to the healthy or those with diseases including pancreatic disease. Those with pancreatic cancer also had lower levels of Streptococcus. Treponema, and Veillonelia. Researchers concluded “Our results suggest the presence of a consistently distinct microbial profile for pancreatic cancer.”