Washing does not remove Salmonella bacteria from tomatoes, IISc team finds

IISc researchers have found that tomatoes get infected with Salmonella typhimurium, which cause gastroenteritis, when the bacteria enter the plant through tiny openings that form on the main root for the lateral roots to emerge. Hence, the bacteria are found inside tomatoes and cannot be removed by washing. As salinity increases the number of lateral roots … Continue reading Washing does not remove Salmonella bacteria from tomatoes, IISc team finds

NCCS finds mass bathing during Kumbh Mela alters bacterial load, diversity

During Kumbh Mela in 2015, microbial diversity dropped by nearly 37.5% while bacterial load increased by about 130-fold at five bathing sites in Nashik from where samples were collected prior to and during the event. The study also found an increase in infectious diseases and drug-resistant microbe genes in the river water samples collected during … Continue reading NCCS finds mass bathing during Kumbh Mela alters bacterial load, diversity

Why BMJ’s advice to ‘stop taking antibiotics when you feel better’ should be ignored

Stopping antibiotics half way through the course, when a patient feels better, may not guarantee cure of the infection. A single analysis piece published on July 26, 2017 in the journal BMJ (British Medical Journal) has done more harm than good to the field of antimicrobial stewardship. Though the article makes a strong case for carrying out … Continue reading Why BMJ’s advice to ‘stop taking antibiotics when you feel better’ should be ignored