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X-ray device traps airborne pathogens and neutralizes them

X-ray device traps airborne pathogens and neutralizes them | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Help may be on the way for people with compromised immune systems, severe allergies, or who otherwise have to be wary of airborne nasties. A team of scientists have created something known as a soft x-ray electrostatic precipitator, or an SXC ESP for short. It filters all manner of bacteria, allergens, viruses, and ultrafine particles from the air – plus, it kills everything it catches.

 

 

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Bacteria-killing blue light used to stop infections

Bacteria-killing blue light used to stop infections | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Over the past few years, blue light has allowed us to understand heart problems, control brain functions, and activate muscle tissue. Now, another biomedical function can be added to its list – because it’s known to have antimicrobial qualities, it’s been used to stop infections of the skin and soft tissues.

According to the American Society for Microbiology, such infections are the second most commonly-encountered type in private practice, and the most common type presented in emergency rooms. Unfortunately, as bacterial resistance to antibiotics grows, other means of stopping these infections are increasingly needed.

 

 

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Probiotics may help cut body fat levels: RCT data

Probiotics may help cut body fat levels: RCT data | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Daily probiotic yogurt consumption may improve energy metabolism and reduce body fat levels by up to 4%, say results of a placebo-controlled, double-blind cross-over clinical trial in Canada.

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Manipulating the microbiome could help manage weight

Manipulating the microbiome could help manage weight | Longevity science | Scoop.it
Vaccines and antibiotics may someday join caloric restriction or bariatric surgery as a way to regulate weight gain, according to a new study focused on the interactions between diet, the bacteria that live in the bowel, and the immune system.

 

Researchers examined the complicated relationship between the immune system, gut bacteria, digestion and obesity. They showed how weight gain requires not just caloric overload but also a delicate, adjustable -- and transmissible -- interplay between intestinal microbes and the immune response.

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Graphene Tooth Tattoos: for your health, not your looks

Graphene Tooth Tattoos: for your health, not your looks | Longevity science | Scoop.it

A graphene sensor effectively tattooed onto a tooth can be used to detect bacteria and so wirelessly monitor oral health, research has shown.

 

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Blood Cleaning and Filtration

Blood Cleaning and Filtration | Longevity science | Scoop.it

A new device has been tested to clean blood of bacteria.

 

In blood samples tested so far, the scientists have successfully removed 80 and 90 percent of the bacteria Escherichia coli and Saccharomyces cerevisiae, respectively. They have also been able to remove over 80 percent of the blood’s inflammatory...

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Anti-microbial hydrogel offers new weapon against drug-resistant bacteria

Anti-microbial hydrogel offers new weapon against drug-resistant bacteria | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Whether it’s in hospitals, restaurant kitchens or our homes, harmful bacteria such as E.coli are a constant concern. Making matters worse is the fact that such bacteria are increasingly developing a resistance to antibiotics. This has led to a number of research projects, which have utilized things such as blue light, cold plasma and ozone to kill germs. One of the latest non-antibiotic bacteria-slayers is a hydrogel developed by IBM Research and the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology in Singapore.

 

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Biotech Startup uBiome Aims To Sequence The Bacteria That Call Our Bodies Home

Biotech Startup uBiome Aims To Sequence The Bacteria That Call Our Bodies Home | Longevity science | Scoop.it
When you look at your body in the mirror, most of what you consider to be “you” actually isn’t you, at least not in a biological sense. That’s because there are approximately 10 bacterial cells for every single human cell in the body.
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Fermented foods bubble with healthful benefits

Fermented foods bubble with healthful benefits | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Fermented foods have been used extensively in Asian cultures as healthy sides.

 

These foods provide enzymes and bacteria to support a healthy immune system and efficient digestion.

 

Try some of our basic Japanese pickles-- Ray & Terry approved!

http://www.rayandterry.com/blog/basic-japanese-pickles/

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Kimchi (made without sugar or corn syrup...) is my favorite!

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IBM Research produces bacteria-killing "ninja polymers”

IBM Research produces bacteria-killing "ninja polymers” | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Researchers have discovered a new antiobiotic-free method of killing bacteria including MRSA ... and it’s based on semiconductor technology.

 

Chemists at IBM Research in Almaden, California had previously been looking for a way of performing microscopic etching on silicon wafers at a far smaller scale than was currently possible. In the course of their research, they identified materials that would produce an electrostatic charge when chained together to form a polymer.

 

While this polymer worked for its intended purpose, the chemists were curious as to whether it could have other applications. This resulted in the creation of what they've dubbed “ninja polymers.”

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Superbug-killing coating "magnetically" draws in bacteria

Superbug-killing coating "magnetically" draws in bacteria | Longevity science | Scoop.it

"Scientists at Singapore's Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have created a "magnetic-like" coating that traps and destroys 99 percent of the bacteria and fungi that it encounters.

 

The antibacterial coating has been shown to be effective against superbugs like Staphylococcus aureus and is already being used...

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