Drug-resistant bacteria brewing to become a ‘superbug’ for children

As bacteria evolves to fight antibiotics, the most likely to suffer are children with immature immune systems. New evidence that the power of antibiotics is fading fast has been gleaned from a decade-long study of child patients.

Scientists are in a race to develop new medicine to fight antibiotic resistant bacteria as infection rates soar. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention found that infections from P. aeruginosa – relatively common bacteria that can cause skin rashes and ear infections – have grown increasingly antibiotic resistant, according to BBC.

Molecules found on phones reveal lifestyle secrets

Molecules found on mobile phones reveal an astonishing amount about the owner's health and lifestyle - including their food preferences and medication.

Californian scientists found traces of everything from caffeine and spices to skin creams and anti-depressants on 40 phones they tested.

We leave traces of molecules, chemicals and bacteria on everything we touch, according to BBC.

Why wounds heal more slowly with age

Older bodies need longer to mend. Yet until now, researchers have not been able to tease out what age-related changes hinder the body's ability to repair itself.

Recent experiments explored this physiological puzzle by examining molecular changes in aging mouse skin. The results, delineate a new aspect of how the body heals wounds.

"Within days of an injury, skin cells migrate in and close the wound, a process that requires coordination with nearby immune cells. Our experiments have shown that, with aging, disruptions to communication between skin cells and their immune cells slow down this step," says Elaine Fuchs.

"This discovery suggests new approaches to developing treatments that could speed healing among older people," adds Fuchs.

Breast cancer 'more often advanced' in black women

Black women in England are almost twice as likely to be diagnosed with advanced breast cancer as white women, according to a new analysis by Cancer Research UK and Public Health England.
Late-stage disease is found in about 25% of black African and 22% of black Caribbean breast cancer patients, according to BBC.
In white breast cancer patients, the figure is 13%.
Experts say there are many reasons for this. Vital ones to change are low awareness of symptoms and screening.

Antibiotic restores cell communication in brain areas damaged by Alzheimer's-like disease in mice

New research has found a way to partially restore brain cell communication around areas damaged by plaques associated with Alzheimer's disease according to Science daily.

The findings, demonstrate a possible target and a potential drug treatment to reduce damage to the brain that occurs in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. Using Ceftriaxone, an FDA-approved antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections, researchers were able to reduce synaptic disruption and clear the lines of neuronal communication in mice.