Safer than silver: Antibacterial material made with algae
Consumers concerned about safety of silver ions in antibacterial and odor-free clothing will soon have a proven safe alternative thanks to ultra-thin thread and a substance found naturally in red algae.
Clay minerals are a possible new answer to MRSA and other 'superbug' infections
Superbugs, they're called: Pathogens, or disease-causing microorganisms, resistant to multiple antibiotics. Such antibiotic resistance is now a major public health concern.
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Studies show different types of vinegar may benefit health
The earliest known use of vinegar dates back more than 10,000 years ago and has been used as a food and medicine. A new review article in the Journal of Food Science, published by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), ...
New antibacterial fabric could revolutionise infection control
(Phys.org) —RMIT researchers have developed a new antibacterial fabric that can kill a range of infectious bacteria, such as E coli, within 10 minutes.
A greener source of polyester—cork trees
On the scale of earth-friendly materials, you'd be hard pressed to find two that are farther apart than polyester (not at all) and cork (very). In an unexpected twist, however, scientists are figuring out ...
Increased use of medicines in Norwegian fish farming
The increase in sales of agents to treat sea lice infestations continued in 2013. However, sales of antibacterials showed a reduction compared to the previous year. Sales of anthelmintics showed a slight ...
Conflicting opinions about the risks of antibacterial silver
Silver is used increasingly often as a bacterial agent in clothing and hygiene products, but there are conflicting opinions as to its effects on people and the environment. According to researchers at Chalmers ...
How persistent bacteria are able to avoid antibiotics
The mechanism by which some bacteria are able to survive antibacterial treatment has been revealed for the first time by Hebrew University of Jerusalem researchers. Their work could pave the way for new ways to control ...
How zinc starves lethal bacteria to stop infection
(Phys.org) —Australian researchers have found that zinc can 'starve' one of the world's most deadly bacteria by preventing its uptake of an essential metal.
Testing smart plastics in real time
Nano additives can make plastics scratch and flame proof, or give them antibacterial properties. For this to work, the particle distribution within the plastic compound must be absolutely correct. A new device ...