In the labyrinth of the human body, a multitude of microscopic life forms thrive, shaping our health, emotions, and overall wellbeing. Among these microorganisms, there exists a pantheon of villains, known as pathogens, poised to compromise our health at the slightest opportunity. Let’s venture into the world of these pathogens, examining their role in diseases like endometriosis, measles, and HIV, while also delving into how the body responds to their insidious invasions.
To appreciate the marvel that is human health, one must delve beneath the skin, beyond the reach of the naked eye. Inside the complex labyrinth that is our body, we find a bustling metropolis of microscopic organisms known as the human microbiome. Of these residents, the probiotics, prebiotics, and immunobiotics command particular attention for their crucial role in promoting health and warding off diseases.
E. coli, a bacteria notorious for causing food poisoning, may also be responsible for nearly half a million urinary tract infections (UTIs) each year, according to a recent study. Although UTIs are highly prevalent, with over half of all women experiencing at least one in their lifetime, most E. coli strains are harmless and naturally reside in the human gut as part of the body’s “microbiome.”
Three people have died due to a drug-resistant bacteria called Pseudomonas aeruginosa, which has been linked to recalled eye drops. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on Tuesday that a total of 68 people across 16 states have been infected. Eight of these patients have lost their vision, and four have had their eyeballs removed.
Researchers have found that global warming is causing the spread of a deadly flesh-eating bacteria, Vibrio vulnificus, along the northeastern coast of the United States. The bacteria, which is found in warm, shallow coastal waters, can infect a person through a cut or insect bite during contact with seawater.