Obesity could be caused by gut bacteria rather than over-eating

It's not your fault you're fat: Obesity could be caused by gut bacteria rather than over-eating Study suggests the bacteria plays a larger role than eating too much or not exercising enoughResearchers found diet that altered gut bacteria caused dramatic weight loss | UPDATED: 13:58 GMT, 19 December 2012 Worried about your weight Chinese researchers claim a diet that reduces enterobacter bacterium could help Obesity may be caused by a certain kind of bacteria rather than eating too much or exercising too little, researchers claim.

Viruses could be used to infect and kill acne when antibiotics don"t work

Viruses could be used to infect and kill acne when antibiotics don't workScientists have isolated genomes of 11 bacteria-destroying virusesCould lead to topical therapies to treat condition associated with adolescence | UPDATED: 08:32 GMT, 25 September 2012 Breakthrough: Viruses could be used to target and kill acne, a condition that commonly develops during adolescence Viruses could be used to treat acne, according to a new study.

Bowel cancer could be fuelled by E coli stomach bug

Bowel cancer 'could be fuelled by E coli stomach bug' Two-thirds of the 21 samples taken from bowel cancer patients contained the bug, compared to just one in five of those taken from healthy people | UPDATED: 14:12 GMT, 20 August 2012 One of Britain’s most common cancers could be fuelled by the E coli stomach bug, scientists believe.

Treatment could halt spread of resistant TB as drug kills 99% of patient"s bacteria in two weeks

Drug cocktail could halt spread of resistant TB as it kills 99% of patient's bacteria in two weeks In some countries one in four people with TB has a form that can no longer be treated with standard drug cocktails | UPDATED: 08:06 GMT, 24 July 2012 Scientists have successfully tested a new drug treatment for tuberculosis which could be an effective weapon against increasingly resistant forms of the disease.

Hundreds of transplant patients at risk from killer germ after donor organs were contaminated

Hundreds of transplant patients at risk from killer germ after donor organs contaminatedBacillus cereus bacterium found in the fluid used to transport organs from donors to recipients Effects of the bug include vomiting, stomach cramps and – in rare cases – deathExperts say there is no choice but to continue using the contaminated solution as there is no alternative | UPDATED: 00:02 GMT, 30 March 2012 Hundreds of transplant patients could be at risk of potentially fatal infections after the chemical used to preserve donor organs was contaminated with bacteria.

Beating acne may be a matter of thyme as herbal cream "more effective" than prescription gel

Beating acne may be a matter of thyme: Herbal cream 'more effective' than prescription gel Thyme more effective than marigold, myrrh and acne chemical benzoyl peroxide | UPDATED: 14:49 GMT, 27 March 2012 Beating acne may be simply a matter of thyme.

Chlamydia is a "cunning" STD that easily evolves into new strains, reveal scientists

Chlamydia is a 'cunning' STI that easily evolves into new strains, discover scientists More than 150,000 people aged under 25 in England tested positive for chlamydia in 2010 Study provides insight into how chlamydia avoids the human immune system | UPDATED: 10:12 GMT, 12 March 2012 Warning: More than 150,000 adults aged under 25 were diagnosed with chlamydia in 2010 alone Chlamydia – the world's most common sexual infection – is a more cunning and highly evolved bacterium than thought, scientists say.