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Welcome to Mostly Microbes and Infectious Diseases. David Ojcius posts newspaper and journal articles in the broad field of microbiology.

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Dirt Can Modulate the Pathology in Alzheimer’s Disease

Verrucarin A, a secondary metabolite produced by the #fungus Myrothecium spp, reduced the amounts of amyloid-beta in reprogrammed cortical neurons. #mycology #Alzheimers #Alzheimer #dementia Eating well, exercising regularly, and having a satisfying social life are all crucial to staying healthy. Sometimes, however, it can be the tiniest things that make the biggest difference. In this case, those tiny things are microorganisms, such as bacteria and fungi. The metabolites the

2020 Was Especially Deadly in the US. Covid Wasn’t the Only Culprit.

The year 2020 has been abnormal for mortalities. At least 356,000 more people in the US have died than usual since the #coronavirus #pandemic took hold in the country in the spring. But not all of these deaths have been directly linked to #COVID19. More than a quarter of deaths above normal have been from other causes, including #diabetes, #Alzheimer’s disease, high blood pressure and #pneumonia. Many of them are most likely indirectly related to the virus and caused by disru

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