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Insect Antibiotic Targets Gram-negative Bacteria, Study

An antibiotic called thanatin attacks the way the outer membrane of Gram-negative bacteria is built. Researchers at the University of Zurich have now found out that this happens through a previously unknown mechanism. Thanatin, produced naturally by the spined soldier bug, can be used to develop new classes of antibiotics.

Resistant Bacteria: Health Risk Posed by Vegetables and Salad

Salad is popular with people who want to maintain a balanced and healthy diet. Salad varieties are often offered for sale ready-cut and film-packaged. It is known that these types of fresh produce may be contaminated with bacteria that are relevant from the point of view of hygiene. A working group led by Professor Dr. Kornelia Smalla from the Julius Kühn Institute (JKI) has now shown that these bacteria may also include bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics.

E-Cigarette: FDA Announces New Actions to Limit Sale

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center applauds new actions announced by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to limit the sale of most flavored electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) to age-restricted locations and require age-verification for online sales to lower the use of these products in children. In addition, the FDA plans to restrict the marketing of these products to youth.

Root Causes of Asthma in Puerto Rico Addressed, Grant Provided

Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), National Jewish Health and Pediatric Pneumology Center in Puerto Rico have been awarded nearly $ 10 million as part of a 5-year grant from the US National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, where asthma prevalence and deaths are among the highest in the world. The team plans to follow the children from birth through early childhood to study how genes and viral infections affect respiratory disease.