Scientists creating gene map of human 'microbiome'

2019-08-22 07:15

The human microbiome contains trillions of bacteria. Most are harmless, many beneficial, but some cause disease. There is growing evidence that these microbes play an important role in health.

4 personal items you probably should replace today

2019-08-09 07:00

You should replace your toothbrush, contact lens case, sunscreen and pillows on a regular basis.

Gauteng mother nearly loses her life to flesh-eating bacteria: ‘I was being eaten alive’

2019-07-31 13:01

She nearly lost her life to a flesh-eating bacteria that started with an abscess on her tooth.

Hospitals are also at risk of dangerous germ, which is resistant to disinfectants

2019-07-18 11:26

A new study has found that the spores of the bacterium clostridium difficile are becoming resistant to disinfectants, which is especially problematic in hospitals.

Flying insects in hospitals carry 'superbug' germs

2019-06-25 17:00

The findings of a new study show that a variety of flying insects collected from UK hospitals harbour pathogenic bacteria.

5 gross reasons why you should wash your hands more often

2019-05-26 15:25

We touch our faces many times a day, so whatever is on your hands has a chance of making its way into your system and making you ill.

Microbes on international space station are familiar from earth

2019-04-27 15:00

Most of the microbes scientists found inside the International Space Station have been found to be human-associated.

Oil-eating microbes found in the deepest part of the ocean could help clean up man-made oil spills

2019-04-12 17:54

Scientists found oil-eating bacteria in the deepest part of the Mariana Trench. These microbes could help clean up oil spills on the ocean surface.

Seriously, why is my vagina so itchy?!

2019-02-25 10:58

There are many reasons why your skin might be irritated or inflamed...

Avoid germs at the gym to protect your skin

2019-01-16 17:30

The bacteria, viruses and fungi that cause skin infections love warm, moist places like sweaty exercise equipment and locker room showers.


Why rye? Here's another reason to add to the list of health benefits

2019-08-19 22:00

An interplay of microbes is a health benefit of rye bread, as it is rich in lactic acid bacteria.

Sewage-polluted streets plague community

2019-08-06 13:27

Samora Machel residents are choking on the stench of contaminated water overflowing onto their streets despite having reported the matter to the City of Cape Town.

A single apple could harbour as much as 100 million bacteria, but it's probably a good thing

2019-07-24 20:22

The more variety of bacteria in your gut, the less likely it is for one to be dominant enough for you to get sick.

Watch: Scientists discover new plastic-eating bacteria and tested it to see how fast it would break it down

The bacteria has been named Ideonella Sakaiensis.

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We had our earbuds tested for bacteria to find out if it's gross to share headphones

We tested 22 pairs of headphones for bacteria to try and see if it's safe to share earbuds. Here's what we found.

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Watch: The toilet isn't the dirtiest place in your home

Around 200,000 different species of bug, bacteria, and fungus live in your house. You may think most of them live in your toilet, but that's not true.

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Are kids' ball pits jumping with germs?

2019-04-13 15:00

There are definitely things in a ball pit that could hurt a child who is immune-compromised, but the situation may not be as serious as it sounds.

Fish slime could hold key to beating 'superbug' infections

2019-04-02 17:02

Fish slime – the mucus that coats young fish – protects them from bacteria, fungi and viruses, trapping these pathogens before they can cause infections. This slime may hold the key to beating 'superbug' infections

Dangerous bacteria may lurk in hospital sinks

2019-02-15 13:17

Germs can lurk in the most unexpected places, and maintaining a strong understanding of environmental risks is critical to protecting patients.

Just how clean is that stethoscope?

2018-12-27 07:09

A study found that in an intensive care unit, reusable stethoscopes were significantly contaminated with a large number and extensive variety of bacteria.

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