Bacteria in the bloodstream could play a role in heart attacks triggered by acute stress, emotional shock or overexertion, say David Davies and his colleagues of the Binghamton University in New York. The hormones excreted during stress causes bacteria to release enzymes that break down their own biofilm. Potentially, these enzymes also cause plaque deposits to rupture in the bloodstream, leading to a heart attack. The results were published this week in mBio, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology. Continue reading
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Also this week MedZine brings you the latest medical news on various medical specialisms. In this editorial two striking studies are highlighted. The first describes how bacteria can be used to stop malaria. The second study sheds light on how modifications in key epigenetic markers influence human embryonic development. Continue reading