New papers on Microbiology of the Built Environment, November 12, 2016

It’s been a couple of weeks since my last posts due to some work-related trips and changing jobs. Since last week, I am the new Science Editor at uBiome. So here is a longish post to catch up with papers and news articles on microbes of the Built Environment. Microbes and buildings Popular press: ‘Living buildings’ …

Hospital-associated microbiota and implications for nosocomial infections

Appropriate song to play while reading this post: Doctor! Doctor! – Thompson Twins Despite the many hours we spend inside homes, offices, and other buildings, we still know very little about the microorganisms that live inside these walls. Health-care facilities are very important in this respect, because the humans inside these buildings are often immunocompromised: they are …

C. difficile on the rise outside the hospital

Just a quick post here about the spreading of C. difficile among patients who visited healthcare settings but didn’t take antiobiotics.   Traditionally C. difficile is thought to infect people whose normal microbiota was disturbed by antibiotics.  It’s also the target of most experiments on fecal transplants since those have been shown to be very effective …

A Possible Solution to Nosocomial Infections?

This interesting review article from 2012 bridges clinical Microbiology and the study of the built environment. Authors Borkow and Monk discuss various sources of nosocomial infections (NI) and a potential solution to the problem. Despite rigorous efforts to sterilize and sanitize hospitals, NI are persistent and pose a serious threat to patients who are already …