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Bacteria and Food Hygiene
Bacteria and Food Hygiene
It is relatively easy to achieve good food hygiene using some basic rules to reduce bacterial contamination. These can, quite literally, mean the difference between…...
Bacteria and Sex
Bacteria and Sex
Sexual contact results in millions of bacteria being exchanged between partners. Most of these are harmless but some are pathogenic and the diseases they cause can be…...
Bacteria and Tooth Decay
Bacteria and Tooth Decay
Tooth decay has been a human problem since Neolithic times. Bacteria that live on the sugars in the mouth produce acid that erodes tooth enamel causing caries....
Bacteria in the Home
Bacteria in the Home
Most bacteria in the home are harmless but a few areas are danger spots. It makes sense to observe some hygiene rules in bathrooms, toilets, kitchens and around bins....
Bacteria That Deal With Pollution
Bacteria That Deal With Pollution
Species of bacteria with an unusual collection of enzymes are able to break down complex toxic molecules that pollute the land and groundwater, rendering them harmless....
Bacteria That Fix Nitrogen
Bacteria That Fix Nitrogen
Proteins are vital for the growth of plants and animals and the nitrogen they contain comes mainly from atmospheric nitrogen that is captured by specialised…...
Bacteria That Infect Plants
Bacteria That Infect Plants
About a hundred different species of bacteria infect plant and cause serious disease, usually by blocking internal transport vessels to cause wilt and rot....
Bacteria That Recycle Nutrients
Bacteria That Recycle Nutrients
Bacteria play a key role in the environment by recycling nutrients containing the elements nitrogen and carbon. Without such activity, these elements would be in short…...
Bacterial Vaginosis: An Embarrassing Problem
Bacterial Vaginosis: An Embarrassing Problem
Bacterial vaginosis is a common problem that affects 10-15% of women during their childbearing years. It causes vaginal discharge that has an offensive, fishy smell....
Do Bacteria Cause the Common Cold?
Do Bacteria Cause the Common Cold?
It is often thought that the common cold is a bacterial infection but it is actually caused by different viruses. Bacteria do, however, have a part to play....
How Do Disinfectants and Antiseptics Work?
How Do Disinfectants and Antiseptics Work?
Disinfectants kill bacteria on the surface of non-living objects; antiseptics have the same purpose but are used on the surface of the skin of animals and people....
Useful Bacteria in Food
Useful Bacteria in Food
Some foods are prepared intentionally to contain large amounts of useful bacteria. Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium species are commonly used in probiotic foods and…...
What is a Strep Throat?
What is a Strep Throat?
Strep throat is a severe, sudden onset of a sore throat caused by the bacterium Streptococcus pyogenes. It should be diagnosed and treated quickly to avoid serious…...
What is Otitis Media?
What is Otitis Media?
Otitis media is a bacterial infection that affects the middle ear. It is usually caused by Haemophilus influenzae or Streptococcus pneumoniae and follows an initial…...
What is Toxic Shock Syndrome?
What is Toxic Shock Syndrome?
Toxic shock syndrome is a serious and potentially lethal condition that is caused by toxins released throughout the body by Staphylococcus aureus or Streptococcus…...
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